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Journalism

Rare Access Allows a Photographer to Show Us the People Power of Pope Francis

Picture Stories<p>Picture Stories<p>As I was walking home from work last week, I saw a man wearing a T-shirt that said “I love Pope Francis.” It didn’t surprise me. Ever since he was elected the leader of the Catholic Church in March of 2013, the pope has been capturing the public’s heart and the media’s …

Pope Francis

'Stay With Me': Afghan Government Begs Citizens Not to Flee

Afghanistan has contributed the second-largest group to Europe’s migrant influx, and its leaders fear no one will be left to rebuild the country.<p>“Don’t go. Stay with me. There might be no return!”<p>That’s the message Kabul is sending to Afghans thinking of abandoning their home country for a new life …

Afghanistan

The Wrath of Volkswagen’s Drivers

Volkswagen’s stunning admission that it sold diesel-powered cars that intentionally faked emissions testing results has left many of their owners — who thought they were buying fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles — angry and feeling betrayed.<p>The deception could prove a major threat …

EPA

These pictures show what really happens in the background of stylized Instagram shots

Our filter-friendly life is coming under so much scrutiny lately. First, hipster Barbie touched a nerve by parodying all the stereotypes of the Instagram hashtag #liveauthentic. Now, Chompoo Baritone, a Thai photographer based in Bangkok, has published a new series of pictures that reveal all the …

Social Media

The psychology behind why couples always fight when assembling Ikea furniture

If you have assembled a piece of Ikea furniture with a partner, then you have probably argued with a partner about assembling a piece of Ikea furniture. Domestic battles over the Swedish retailer’s products are such a common feature of modern cohabitation that comedian Amy Poehler once joked that …

Harvard Business School

The Unsettling Arrival of Speculative 9/11 Fiction

When I was in high school, my English class read a famous short story called “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” written in 1890 by Ambrose Bierce. Its central character, Peyton Farquhar, is a slave-owning Southern planter. As the story opens, Peyton is about to be hanged by the Union Army for …

Why Jordan Is Key to Ending the Syria Crisis

LONDON -- The refugee crisis that dominates Europe's TVs and newspapers is the product of the horrendous civil war that still rages in Syria. Why will we not focus our attention on this? The reality in Syria is that the war creates the refugees. Do more to stop this war is my plea. While we focus …

Inside the GOP Clown Car

T<p>he thing is, when you actually think about it, it’s not funny. Given what’s at stake, it’s more like the opposite, like the first sign of the …

Government

Burning Man’s rabid brand of loyalty is changing the events business

Every year without fail, certain dusty, LED-lit corners of the Internet are whipped into a frenzy over a shared conundrum: the shortage of Burning Man tickets.<p>As with most limited-capacity events, scalpers are eager to corner the market. And with Burning Man kicking off at the end of this month, …

Black Rock

What was in Osama Bin Laden's tape collection?

<b>After the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Osama Bin Laden was forced to flee the city of Kandahar, where he had been based since 1997. Several compounds were hastily vacated, including one, opposite the Taliban foreign ministry, where al-Qaeda bigwigs met. Inside it, 1,500 cassettes were</b> …

The World's 13 Most Inspiring Trees

Whether it's the world's most famous Joshua tree or a lonely island palm, the members of travel website Trippy.com have come across some absolutely amazing trees in their travels. As you can see, they definitely found what they were looking for.<p>Click here to share your favorite tree picture or to …

Dozens of new Ebola cases reported in West Africa

<b>(CNN) —</b> It seemed like the number of people contracting Ebola in West Africa was on the decline. But now, officials say that trend has stalled, with dozens of new cases of the deadly virus reported so far this month.<p>Last week, there were 31 new cases of Ebola reported in a growing geographic area …

Obama condemns Russia over downed plane in Ukraine, gunmen hamper inquiry

HRABOVE Ukraine (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama demanded Russia stop supporting separatists in Ukraine after the downing of a Malaysian airliner by a surface-to-air missile he said was fired from rebel territory raised the prospect of more sanctions on Moscow.<p>Calling the deaths of almost …

Germany expels CIA official in US spy row

<b>The German government has ordered the expulsion of a CIA official in Berlin in response to two cases of alleged spying by the US.</b><p>The official is said to have acted as a CIA contact at the US embassy, reports say, in a scandal that has infuriated German politicians.<p>A German intelligence official was …

US fired depleted uranium at civilian areas in 2003 Iraq war, report finds

US forces fired depleted uranium (DU) weapons at civilian areas and troops in Iraq in breach of official advice meant to prevent unnecessary suffering in conflicts, a report has found.<p>Coordinates revealing where US jets and tanks fired nearly 10,000 DU rounds in Iraq during the war in 2003 have …

Ex-POW Bergdahl had been discharged from Coast Guard

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held for five years by an Islamic insurgent group in Afghanistan before the controversial barter that brought him freedom, was discharged from the Coast Guard two years before joining the Army.<p>"He did join in early 2006 and he did enter boot camp training," Coast …

Karachi airport attack signals tactical shift by Taliban

KARACHI (Reuters) - It was the shoes that betrayed Corporal Faiz Mohammad’s would-be killers.<p>Smoke billows from Jinnah International Airport in Karachi in this June 9, 2014 file photo. Taliban militants attacked Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on Sunday night, sparking a five-hour gun …

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl arrives back in US

<b>A US soldier held by the Taliban for five years has arrived in Texas to continue his treatment after spending some time recovering in Germany.</b><p>Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, 28, is being taken to a military medical centre for the next part of what the military calls a "reintegration mission".<p>Officials …

Kurds take oil-rich Kirkuk amid advance of ISIL insurgency in Iraq

Iraqi Kurds seized control of the northern oil city of Kirkuk on Thursday as Sunni insurgents threatened to advance on Baghdad — two developments that further indicate that the central government has now lost large swathsof a country spiraling deeper into chaos and internecine violence.<p>Kurds have …

Obama: Iraq needs U.S., international help as ISIS threatens to seize more cities

As radical Islamist militants surged through Iraq -- and threatened its capital -- U.S. President Barack Obama conceded the turbulent situation demanded significant assistance immediately and over the long-term for the Baghdad-based central government.<p>"It's going to need more help from us, and it's …

Report: Long waits for 57,000+ vets

Tens of thousands of veterans are still waiting for their first medical appointment at VA centers, according to an audit by the Department of Veterans Affairs that revealed “pervasive” deception throughout the system to hide delayed access to care.<p>The examination of 731 VA hospitals and large …