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What Writing Has in Common With Happiness

The author Yasmina Reza says that Borges taught her fiction, like joy, is borne of mysterious, instinctual processes achieved in an unconscious state.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan,</b> …

Literature

Islamic State crisis: Al-Nusra issues threat over air strikes

<b>Syrian militant group al-Nusra Front has denounced US-led air strikes as "a war against Islam".</b><p>In an online statement, the al-Qaeda-linked group called on jihadists around the world to target Western and Arab countries involved.<p>It comes as the US and other nations widened air strikes against …

International anti-ISIS coalition grows

The coalition is growing -- not just in words, but in action.<p>Just over two weeks after U.S. President Barack Obama vowed "America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat" posed by ISIS, more than 50 countries have signed up, so far, to support the fight.<p>They include new …

Why Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone is Hard (But Not Impossible)

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>You’ve heard people say you need to get out of your comfort zone, right? You need to stretch yourself, they say. It’ll be good for you.<p>Everyone seems to agree with this idea, but what do we actually know about the comfort zone? Aside from the fact that …

Kim Jong-un's absence triggers speculation over his health

North Korean leader fails to appear a gathering of top party and government officials on Thursday after not appearing in public for three weeks<p>The failure of Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, to appear in public for nearly three weeks has triggered renewed speculation over his health and the …

US tourist begins hard labour sentence in North Korea

Matthew Miller, a US tourist held in North Korea since April for "hostile acts", begins a six-year sentence involving farm work and isolation, say media reports<p>Matthew Miller, an American held in North Korea since April for "hostile acts", on Thursday began a six-year hard labour sentence that he …

North Korea

Brazil election poll shows Rousseff and Silva neck and neck | Reuters

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her main challenger Marina Silva are running neck and neck if the October presidential election goes to a runoff, according to a poll published on Thursday.<p>A combination picture of two file photos shows Brazil's presidential …

Hong Kong school children join student protest demanding democracy | Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hundreds of children joined students demanding greater democracy for Hong Kong on Friday, capping a week-long campaign that has seen a large cut-out depicting the territory’s leader as the devil paraded through the city and calls for him to resign.<p>Secondary school students …

Inequality and injustice the legacy of Sudan’s September protests

A year has passed since the September 2013 protests in Sudan, in which more than 170 people, including women and children, were killed during demonstrations against President Omar Al-Bashir’s military regime.<p>The protests began on 23 September in the central town of Wad Madani, in Al Jazeera state, …

Hamas and Fatah reach accord on unity cabinet

Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have reached a partial understanding that should put plans of a unified government back on track, after being hampered by fresh rifts that followed the latest war on Gaza.<p>Following two-day meetings in Cairo, officials from the rival groups agreed on Thursday …

Video Shows ISIS-Affiliated Group Beheading Frenchman

A newly released video shows an al Qaeda splinter group in Algeria beheading a French citizen, days after giving French President Francois Hollande a 24-hour deadline to stop airstrikes against ISIS. Hollande confirmed the killing in an address to the United Nations General Assembly on …

U.S., Arab nations attack ISIS in Syria - CNN.com

Multitasking may be affecting the density of your grey-matter

Reading this article on a laptop while watching TV and idly scrolling through tweets on your phone? You're a multitasker, and it may be changing the structure of your brain. New research from the University of Sussex suggests that people who simultaneously use multiple media devices on a regular …

The Biology Of Altruism: Good Deeds May Be Rooted In The Brain

Four years ago, Angela Stimpson agreed to donate a kidney to a complete stranger.<p>"The only thing I knew about my recipient was that she was a female and she lived in Bakersfield, Calif.," Stimpson says.<p>It was a true act of altruism — Stimpson risked pain and suffering to help another. So why did …

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Pope Francis Says Drug Legalization Is a Bad Idea

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Pope Francis strongly condemned the legalization of recreational drugs on Friday, arguing that the …

A Day in the Life of Pope Francis, Who Lives Behind This Gas Station

<i>"Following Francis" is a monthly blog on the latest happenings of Pope Francis. It is prepared exclusively for The WorldPost by Sébastien Maillard, Vatican Correspondent for La Croix, Rome</i><p>ROME -- Who's awake when Francis rises? Unlike New York, Rome is a city that does sleep. When the Pope wakes up …

Pope Francis On Gays: Who Am I To Judge Them?

Pope Francis has had a busy week at World Youth Day in Rio as he visited his slums and prisons, blessed the Olympic flag and brought three million people to Copacabana Beach for a final Mass on Sunday morning.<p>Now he has made another headline, this time when the pontiff said, "Who am I to judge a …

Pope Francis Kisses Man With Rare Disorder Showing The Healing Power Of Compassion

Pope Francis' compassionate nature was poignantly captured in this image of him tenderly comforting a sick man by kissing him on the head.<p><i>Pope Francis caresses a sick person in Saint Peter's Square at the end of his General Audience in Vatican City, 06 November 2013.</i><p>Though the man's face was …

Catholic Cardinals Challenge Pope Francis' Openness Toward Nontraditional And Divorced Couples

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis made headlines this week when he officiated at the weddings of 20 couples, including some who had been living together and a woman who has a daughter from a previous relationship.<p>It was the first time that the Argentine pontiff had presided over a marriage ceremony …

Bishop Blase Cupich Named By Pope Francis To Be Next Archbishop Of Chicago

(RNS) Pope Francis on Saturday will name Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., a prelate closely identified with the Catholic Church’s progressive wing, to be the next archbishop of Chicago, according to news reports and multiple church sources.<p>It is the pontiff’s most important U.S. appointment …

L.A. chosen for pilot program on dissuading militant recruits

The Obama administration has chosen Los Angeles as one of three cities to launch pilot programs aimed at deterring U.S. citizens from traveling abroad to fight with militant groups and to prevent attacks by fighters returning from Syria and Iraq, a senior administration official told reporters …

Western allies reject ISIS leader's threats against their civilians

Western allies vowed a tough fight against ISIS on Monday after the terrorist group called for attacks against those countries.<p>"This call for the murder of civilians along with the execution of hostages and mass slaughters testifies once again, if necessary, of the terrorists' cruelty and justifies …

This Is How ISIS Makes $3 Million A Day

U.S. intelligence officials revealed last week that they believe the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is reaping as much as $3 million a day in revenue, making it one of the wealthiest terrorist groups in history.<p>The group desperately needs the money, for as one U.S. official recently told NBC: …

John Cantlie warns West of another Vietnam in latest Isil video as US launch air strikes in Syria

British hostage paraded before Isil cameras again to deliver progaganda message of bravardo, mocking America's 'Gulf War III' and insisting 'not since Vietnam have we witnessed such a mess in the making'<p>British hostage John Cantlie, has once more been paraded by Isil extremists to deliver a message …