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Mali extends state of emergency

Mali has extended by three months a nationwide state of emergency initially imposed following a deadly jihadist attack on a hotel in the capital in November, officials said Wednesday.<p>The government on Monday submitted a bill authorising the fresh extension to March 31 "because of serious threats to …

Africa

Five Ways to Drink Coffee Around the World

Will travel for caffeine? Here’s where to get a coffee buzz across the globe.<p>> Rome, Italy<p>Espresso gained popularity after manufacturer La Pavoni perfected the machine in 1905. Forcing scalding water through fine grounds produces a concentrated brew with a layer of <i>crema</i> on the surface.<p>At</b> …

Coffee

Crowds Flock to Japan to View Orchid Species Resembling a Monkey's Friendly Face

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, February 8th, 2016 will mark the start of the Year of the Monkey and one Japanese aquarium's celebrating in a floral fashion. The Aquamarine Fukushima recently opened up an exhibit featuring the rare <i>Dracula</i> <i>simia</i> flower—which is also known as a Monkey Orchid. …

Ancient Egyptians described Algol's eclipses

12/18/2015 06:30:00 PM<p>Their analysis revealed that the periods of Algol (2.85 days) and the Moon (29.6 days) strongly regulate the actions of deities …

Syfy's Gritty New Fantasy 'The Magicians' Is Magical And Terrifying

<i>Spoilers for the season premiere of ‘The Magicians’ follow.</i><p>If Harry Potter discovered he was a wizard just before applying to Yale, and also had a major obsession with Narnia, and then found himself at a wizarding school where the dean of the college had his eyes plucked out by a mysterious, evil</i> …

Books

John Cleese Picks the Most Gut-Busting Monty Python Sketches

Upper-Class Twit of the Year, "The Galaxy Song," and more.<p>John Cleese never stops working. 76 years old and on the eve of a much-needed three-week vacation to the West Indies, he can't help but talk about the work he's going to accomplish while away: start planning the follow-up to his …

Comedy

Ask a North Korean: do you drink alcohol?

In an ongoing series, NK News poses a reader’s question to a North Korean defector. This week: booze, bars and breweries<p>North Koreans tend to be heavy drinkers and enjoy hard spirits. There aren’t many bars, but alcohol can be drunk in restaurants or bought at the market or at factories to drink at …

Alcohol

Spinach Puffs

4 to 6 Servings<p>Prep Time: 25 min<p>Total Time: 1 min<p>Spinach and feta arrive in tiny puff-pastry packages.<p>November 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed<p>1/2 cup crumbled feta<p>1/4 cup minced onion<p>1 tablespoon olive oil<p>1 teaspoon chopped dill<p>1 teaspoon minced garlic<p>Kosher …

Spinach

North, S.Korea hold high-level talks meant to ease animosity

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea on Friday held high-level talks at a North Korean border town, a small step meant to improve ties battered by a military standoff in August and decades of acrimony and bloodshed.<p>No major breakthrough was expected at the meeting of vice-ministerial …

8 weird things NPC's do all the time

10 Misconceptions About Mythology

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These recipes will convince you that sprouts are for life, not just for Christmas

School dining halls, the walls streaming with condensation, the floors slippery with spilt gravy; discordant Christmases where dishes of them are passed round forlornly; the kitchens of institutional caterers... The Brussels sprout isn’t just hard to like – the smell it emits, especially if it’s …

Deep Frying