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African mobile banking service M-Pesa is calling investors

If you're searching for the latest in mobile technology and banking, Africa is calling: check out M-Pesa in Kenya. It's a phone system, it's a bank and it's a roaring success.<p>M-Pesa (pesa is the Swahili word for money) is a game-changing technology leap – a mobile money system that lets customers …

I'm One of the 1.4 Million Canadian Citizens Who Can't Vote

I cannot vote in Monday's election. Together with 1.4 million of my fellow Canadian citizens I was stripped of that seemingly inalienable right with …

The Fall Of The Unipower: Russia Is Defeating More Than ISIS In Syria

The distinguished and knowledgeable international commentator William Engdahl, in a superb statement, has expressed the view I gave you that Russian …

Russia's military is more advanced than people thought

Experts are saying that Russia's military is more advanced than everyone thought, and that Syria has allowed it to showcase its progress to the world.<p>Russia has used a new aircraft that has never before appeared in war, and is launching new cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea that can travel more …

The Man, The Myth

Love him or hate him, Vladimir Putin is...the Most Interesting Man in the World. Sorry, Dos Equis guy. Here's a look around the interwebs at Putin in all his crazy glory.

5 hurdles holding you back from retiring a millionaire

That's what financial adviser William Bernstein writes in his book, "If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly."<p>The formula may sound simple, but the execution is easier said than done.<p>"Bad things almost inevitably happen to people who try to save and invest for retirement on their own, and …

Retirement

Canadian election: vote hinges on immigrants at center of rights debate

With the latest polls showing a divided electorate, all eyes are on one large bloc of voters who have yet to show their intentions: immigrants in Toronto’s suburbs<p>A Canadian election campaign that began amid widespread concern over a faltering economy has turned into a national referendum on the …

US Army will test a smart grenade launcher that hits hidden targets

After years of work, Orbital ATK (born from Orbital Sciences) is close to delivering a clever weapon that could help American soldiers in very tricky situations. As of early 2016, the US Army will start acceptance testing for the XM25, a smart grenade launcher that can defeat enemies behind cover. …

22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them

You'd like to get paid to write online, but many websites are looking for contributors with experience. If you don't have significant experience, …

Creative Writing

Titanic's Last Lunch Menu Sells for $88,000 at Auction

A piece of paper that sailed aboard the Titanic was recently sold at auction for the price of a fancy sports car.<p>The yellowed document — a luncheon …

Moscow Demands Britain Explain "Green Light To Shoot Down Russian Jets"

The chances of escalation from a proxy war to outright war just went to 11 on the Spinal Tap amplifier of sabre-rattling. A day after <b>British and NATO</b> …

Middle East

Russia’s New Mega-Missile Stuns the Globe

Putin’s latest weapons were mostly unknown to the outside world—until they began slamming into Syria.<p>On Oct. 7, Russian warships in the Caspian Sea …

Witchcraft & exorcism abuse rising in UK – police

The UK is experiencing an alarming rise in children suffering from accusations of witchcraft and exorcism, which are being reported to the police. A watchdog says there has been “a significant increase” with 60 cases reported so far in 2015.<p>One incident saw a young boy’s parents throwing him out of …

6 Millionaire Traits That You Can Adopt

Personal Finance<p>Millionaires: tax-evading golfers that inherited their fortunes, right? You'll be surprised to find how average millionaires actually …

The Tragic Ending To Obama's Bay Of Pigs: CIA Hands Over Syria To Russia

One week ago, when summarizing the current state of play in Syria, we said that for Obama, "<b>this is shaping up to be the most spectacular US foreign</b> …

Russia's Aim in Syria Is to Strategically Defeat ISIS and Al Qaeda

BEIRUT -- As soon as Russia launched the first stages of its military campaign in Syria, world media erupted with epic slights on President Vladimir Putin and the deprecation of Russia's strategic motives in Syria. Is this information operation simply a recrudescence of Cold War neuralgia, or is …

Abyssal: Amazing Optical Illusion by Regina Silveira

<i>“Abyssal is an image of an abyss constructed in vertical anamorphosis, in which successive lines of windows in great perspectival compression provoke</i> …

Neurology

Superhero Bits: Avengers: Infinity War, Justice League Dark, Batman v Superman, Captain Marvel, Daredevil – Page 2 of 3 – /Film

A photo posted by Clay Enos (@clayenos) on Oct 8, 2015 at 1:17pm PDT<p>Photographer <b>Clay Enos</b> offers another look at <b>Batman</b> and his Batmobile.<p>Take it with …

A financial planner says there's something everyone should do before trying to get rich

That's why we like insight into how rich people get to where they are, from the actions they take to the habits they foster to the strategies regular people use to become millionaires.<p>However, says certified financial planner Jeff Rose, founder of Alliance Wealth Management, there's something …

Putin’s Syrian Revenge

On Wednesday, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced that four Russian warships in the Caspian Sea had fired sea-based cruise missiles at eleven <i>ISIS</i> targets in Syria and destroyed them. Russian air strikes intensified and, according to Syrian officials, enabled their ground troops to …

Russian cruise missiles fired at Syria 'hit Iran' as US warns Moscow it will suffer casualties

Russia will face the consequences of its actions in Syria, says US defence secretary Ash Carter, as troops try to secure the president's western heartland<p>Four cruise missiles fired at Syria from a Russian ship in the Caspian Sea on Wednesday have crashed in Iran, US officials said on …

Marvel Superhero Firefighter Helmets

(Photos: FDNY)<p>Soon, the Fire Department of New York City will celebrate its 150th anniversary. To mark the occasion, it will display and auction off …

Helmets

Putin's boost in battle against ISIS: China preparing to 'team up with Russia in Syria'

GETTY•IGReports from Russia and the Middle East have both said China's armed forces are on the way to Syria<p>Russia has carried out a series of deadly …

Middle East

Philippines Trans Women Legal Rights Activist

<i>Refinery29 has partnered with Allison Rapson and Kassidy Brown, founders of the media company We are the XX, for a documentary series exploring the</i> …

LGBTQI

Turkey 'cannot endure' Russian violation of airspace, president says

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan condemns Moscow as Nato says incursions into Turkish airspace do not appear to be accidental<p>A war of words has broken out between Russia and Nato over Moscow’s military intervention in Syria and its violation of Turkish airspace.<p>The row threatens to further escalate tensions …

Homeless woman lay dead in Hong Kong McDonald's for hours

Woman aged between 50 and 60 entered the restaurant 24 hours earlier, but police were not called for several hours<p>A homeless woman lay dead at a Hong Kong McDonald’s restaurant for hours surrounded by diners before authorities were called.<p>The woman, aged between 50 and 60, was found dead on …

Indonesia: Two women arrested after hugging in public

Two women have been arrested by Sharia police in Aceh, Indonesia on suspicion of being lesbians after hugging in public.<p>On 28 September the Wilayatul …

7 Seed-Stage Funding Sources To Finance Your Startup

Even if you work every day in the world of new-venture funding, as I do, the options are confusing, and their meanings seem to change on a regular …

British tourist Zoe Woolmer death: Australia cliff photo 'marketing stunt' was 'tragedy waiting to happen'

Inquest hears that Zoe Woolmer, 23, fell and died while posing for a photograph on a hike in Australia as part of a stunt which guides say was dangerous but encouraged by the tour firm for marketing purposes<p>The death of a British tourist who fell while posing for a photograph during a hike in …

Northern Territory