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Liberland president arrested by Croatia for trespassing in 'no man's land'

A Czech politician, who declared himself president of a tiny nation established on what he claims is a 2.7-square-mile "no man's land" along the Danube River, was arrested Saturday by Croatian authorities who said he and his self-styled fellow founding fathers of Liberland are trespassing.<p>Croatian …

College kids can't take a joke

Chris Rock has stopped performing on college campuses, he said in a recent interview, because college audiences are getting "way too conservative."<p>"Not like they're voting Republican," he said in the interview with Frank Rich published in Vulture, "but in their social views and their willingness …

The Return of Evil

Where is Chris Kyle when you need him?<p>The late hero of the movie “American Sniper” made no apology for killing as many members of Al Qaeda in Iraq, the precursor of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, as he could get in his rifle sights.<p>After the burning alive of a captured Jordanian pilot by …

Al-Qaeda

How Real Are Facebook Friendships?

An artist set out to find the answer—by tracking down and photographing every one of her social-media connections.<p>Editor of the <i>New York Times Book Review</i> Pamela Paul’s recent column “How to Be Liked By Everyone Online” describes how social media “has upended social and psychological norms” by …

Social Media

President Obama's Proposed Budget Attacks the Wealthy; Full of Wasteful Spending

President Barack Obama announced today his budget plan for the next 10 years to erase the national debt and fight income inequality. But as usual, the president has some disturbing and misguided ideas on how to rectify the situation, starting with uplifting the middle class by penalizing the …

Russia defiant after more threats from West over Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — A defiant President Vladimir Putin on Monday called the Ukrainian army a "NATO foreign legion," reflecting his readiness to stand up to …

Russia

Cold War Still On? Banker, 2 Diplomats Charged As Russian Spies in N.Y.

A banker and two diplomats were charged Monday with spying for the Russian government in the New York area, using coded messages and secret handoffs to gather intelligence and send it back home.<p>Evgeny Buryakov, who worked in a Manhattan bank, was arrested in the Bronx and was set to appear in …

Sony streams 'The Interview' online and makes Hollywood history

A bit of Hollywood history unfolded on Wednesday. And it might be a glimpse into the future.<p>The controversial Sony Pictures comedy "The Interview" was released on YouTube, Google Play, the Microsoft Xbox video game console, and a special Web site.<p>The movie, which started streaming online around 1 …

Does Israel’s US-funded Iron Dome make the world safer?

Throughout the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, Israel’s Iron Dome defence system has received extensive coverage in the international media. It may be an Israeli defence system, but the United States provides significant financial support for the project, and has just approved an additional …

Israel should face arms embargo, former government minister says

An arms embargo should be imposed on Israel, the former international development secretary Andrew Mitchell has said , as he warned that the level of misery and carnage in Gaza was likely to poison the remaining goodwill in the region for generations.<p>Mitchell also said on Wednesday that UN schools …

Ron Paul Says U.S. May Share Responsibility for Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash

Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul claimed Sunday that the U.S. and European Union may share responsibility for the downing of a …