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David Bowie: Blackstar review – a spellbinding break with his past

Taking a headlong plunge into electro-acoustic jazz, Bowie’s 25th album is lyrically inscrutable and thrillingly strange<p>As he reaches his 69th birthday, David Bowie finds himself in a rarefied position, even by the standards of the rock aristocracy. He does not give interviews, make himself …

David Bowie

Top Israeli diplomat: 'Iran wants to turn Syria into a province of Iran'

During a talk at the Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC on January 11, Israeli diplomat Dore Gold, a former ambassador to the UN and the current director-general of Israel's ministry of foreign affairs, singled out Iran's allegedly unique ability to threaten Israel's …

Middle East

He vacations in war zones -- Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia | CNN Travel

“Why would a Mexican have something negative to say about Donald Trump?”: Mexico’s “Grand Warlock” has predictions for Trump on Colbert

“Notably, a Mexican Grand Warlock is still not the weirdest thing about this election,” Colbert said.<p>Sarah Burris<p>January 12, 2016 12:39pm (UTC)<p>"Notably, a Mexican Grand Warlock is still not the weirdest thing about this election," Colbert said. Apparently, this guy was correct in his predictions …

Donald Trump

Animal skin clothing, mud huts made from dung and warrior men hunting for food: Photographer spends seven years taking intimate portraits of African tribes - who 'could teach us all a lesson in happiness'

A photographer who travelled around Africa documenting tribal societies says the people were some of the happiest he'd ever met, despite their simple …

What do these PMs know that economists don’t?

<i>Munir A. Sheikh is executive fellow at the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, and a former chief statistician of Canada.</i><p>During Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's recent visit to Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper commented on climate change: "No matter what they say, no country …

Joe Biden changes story on Osama bin Laden raid

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Vice President Joe Biden offered an account Tuesday of the decision to launch the raid that killed Osama bin Laden that differed from some of his previous retellings -- and from Hillary Clinton's.<p>His remarks come as he considers facing off against the former secretary of state in …

Osama Bin Laden

She Kills People From 7,850 Miles Away

Her name is ‘Sparkle.’ She operates a drone. She is sick of whiny boys. And she is perfectly OK with dealing out death.<p>Anne crawled out of bed in her …

'El Chapo' is wounded but not caught as Mexico's military roars into terrified villages

Martha Marbella was getting ready to prepare dinner for her three children one evening last week when a plane flew over their home in the village of El Verano, deep in the Sierra Madre.<p>Next, three helicopters swooped overhead. The biggest one, dark gray, had the face of a shark painted on it, and …

Mexico

Obama's decision to delay withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, explained

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Once again, the United States is delaying the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan -- prolonging the United States' longest war.<p>President Barack Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. will keep its nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan through most of 2016. And in 2017, …

U.S. 'excessive force' comment touches nerve in Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel bristled on Thursday at what it saw as U.S. suggestions it used excessive force following Palestinian stabbings, and published images to refute Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s allegation that a teen suspect had been “executed”.<p>Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …

Israeli-Palestinian violence: What you need to know

<b>Jerusalem (CNN) —</b> Over the past few weeks, violence in the decades long Israeli-Palestinian conflict has flared up.<p>Bloodshed is not unusual in this part of the Middle East but this particular wave of aggression -- stabbings as well as a shooting and driving into crowds -- is very different from …

Pictures: Investigators piece together the wreckage of MH17, and blame a Russian-made missile

The Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) has published conclusions from its investigation of the crash of MH17, the Malaysia Airlines flight that went down in eastern Ukraine in July 2014 on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The report (PDF) confirms what was suspected already: that a …

Airplanes

The Tribe That Won’t Stop Killing ISIS

Its members have been massacred on several occasions, but ‘The Family of the Tiger’ fights on.<p>ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan — Forces of the so-called …

'Israel is a terrorist state'

<b>Nazareth -</b> The violence rocking the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and now Gaza is on the verge of spilling into Israel, Palestinian leaders in Israel warned.<p>A wave of unrest has swept Palestinian towns in Israel over recent days, with repeated clashes with Israeli police in Nazareth, Jaffa, …

This Columbus Day, Seeking the Real History of Native Americans

<b>A Q&A with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States.</b><p><i>By Mark Trecka</i><p>CHICAGO -- When Howard Zinn published <i>A People's History of the United States</i> in 1980, historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz told Zinn that he had largely failed to include the …

Three Exceptional Facts About America

<b>It’s Safe to Be Paranoid in the U.S.</b><p><i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>Given the cluttered landscape of the last 14 years, can you even faintly remember the moment when the Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War ended in a stunned silence of shock and triumph in Washington, Eastern Europe was freed, …

Edward Snowden joins Twitter and immediately throws shade at the NSA

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has officially come out of the shadows and joined Twitter using the handle @Snowden, which was verified within two hours of joining.<p>The bio on his new account reads: “I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public. Director at @FreedomofPress.”<p>Have you …

National Security Agency (NSA)

We are at war with an imaginary Islam: Lies, propaganda and the real story of America and the Muslim world

<b>Former President Bush holding hands with the late Saudi King Abdullah, during a visit to Bush's Texas ranch in 2005. (Reuters/Jason Reed)</b><p>American propaganda exaggerates the power and moral depravity of the Islamic enemy, in the service of our empire<p>Raymond William Baker<p>September 26, 2015 2:45pm …

Yes, You Should Definitely Watch 'Narcos' on Netflix This Weekend

The show looks at the life and crime of Pablo Escobar from two very different sides.<p>You can fault Donald Trump for many things, and I do, but not his market research. If Donald Trump believes that people will buy something—no matter how stupid, no matter how tacky—they usually will. Unfortunately, …

Trump's newest media brawl

This time the controversy centers around Univision’s Jorge Ramos.<p>DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Univision anchor in the front row of Donald Trump’s pre-rally news conference in Iowa on Tuesday night piped up to ask a question as the Q&A began.<p>Then Jorge Ramos quickly became the surprise star of the news …

Wileyfox ‘Storm’ and ‘Swift’: Two surprisingly good Cyanogen OS handsets [Hands-on]

Making a splash in a well-established, some may say entrenched, mobile market isn’t an easy proposition.<p>At the top end of the scale you have companies like Samsung, Apple, HTC, Motorola and other household brands to contend with, while at the ‘value’ end of the scale you get challenger brands like …

Group With No Jihadi Experience Rehabs ISIS Recruit

The first attempt to de-radicalize an Islamic extremist is happening in Minnesota right now, and it resembles a high school civics class.<p>An American …

Consumer Reports Just Issued a Horrifying Warning About Ground Beef

In testing 300 packages of ground beef, Consumer Reports found some scary results.<p>In testing 300 packages of ground beef from grocery stores, big box stores, and natural food stores nationwide, <i>Consumer Reports</i> found some disturbing results. Regardless of whether the beef came from conventional …

The Microbiome Is Science’s Hot New Kid

‘Microbiome’ is a word you’ve probably been reading everywhere—and it’s only the beginning.<p>As Americans, we love the concept of …

5 Slang Phrases That Perfectly Sum Up Why Hawaii Is So Damn Happy

There's more to it than just the beaches and aloha.<p>Hawaii is often defined by its awe-inspiring beauty, but for those lucky enough to live there, the Aloha State is much more than an idyllic paradise.<p>It consistently ranks as one of the happiest states in the country, and its unique mixture of …