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With Russia as an ally, Serbia edges toward NATO | Reuters

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia is performing a delicate balancing act between its European aspirations, partnership with NATO and its centuries-old religious, ethnic and political alliance with Russia.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a military parade to mark 70 years since the city's …

Russia

Katie Hopkins: I expected to die before 50, so I needed to earn for my children

Katie Hopkins, 41, first appeared on our television screens when she famously turned down the chance to be in the final of The Apprentice in 2007.<p>Since then she has also appeared in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and Celebrity Big Brother. She works as a columnist and broadcaster.<p>She lives in …

A hero in a harsh, high-desert world

For nearly two decades, David Pylman has been running the search and rescue team at Joshua Tree National Park, helping to save the parched, sun-stroked and injured.<p>David Pylman looked up at a giant outcropping of tawny granite, a gnarled Joshua tree sat to his right. Pylman watched as his partner …

Shock in Calais: ‘Perhaps the French and English were not best of friends after all’

Residents of the French port, dismayed at the rhetoric of Brexit, now want to see the town’s huge refugee camp moved over the Channel<p>On the corner of the Boulevard des Allies, the thoroughfare that runs parallel to the port of Calais, the sense of dismay and regret was palpable.<p>“Naturally the …

Syria conflict anniversary: My friends stayed in Syria, now most of them are dead

Julia*, 14, tells her story of how she left everything behind to escape the daily bombing of her village near Damascus<p>I was born in Damascus and grew up in a village in the countryside nearby. I miss the square there, as I liked the shops and people selling things. I went to school in Damascus and …

Syria: US diplomats urge anti-Assad military strikes

As US-led air power pounds ISIL in Syria, dozens of State Department officials want the Assad regime to feel the force of American military might.<p>As reported in the Wall Street Journal, more than 50 US diplomats have signed a confidential, internal memo sharply critical of current policy. The …

RUSSIA: It's hard to figure out who is who in Syria when we're targeting air strikes

Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, made the remarks when asked to comment on allegations from a senior unnamed U.S. defense official who accused Russian forces in Syria of bombing U.S.-backed rebels.<p>"Our air force operation is continuing in Syria," Peskov told reporters on a conference call.<p>"It is …

Scientists looked inside bird brains and found they’re far more sophisticated than yours

Think again the next time you call someone “bird-brained.” You might be giving them a compliment.<p>Bird brains are small. An emu’s brain accounts for 0.06% of its body mass, whereas a human’s is 2%. Yet some birds are capable of using tools, recognizing themselves in the mirror, and saving food for …

The Brain

Friday essay: The Qur’an, the Bible and homosexuality in Islam

Neither the Bible nor the Qur’an (Koran) has a lot to say about homosexuality, and what they do say relates only indirectly to contemporary …

Religion