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America’s Secret War in 134 Countries

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26 Years of Growth: Shanghai Then and Now

Reuters photographer Carlos Barria recently spent time in Shanghai, China, the fastest-growing city in the world. A week ago, he took this amazing shot, recreating the same framing and perspective as a photograph taken in 1987, showing what a difference 26 years can make. The setting is Shanghai's …

The Precarious Lives of Criminal Defense Lawyers in China

Poorly paid and subject to government pressure, China's small but stubborn group of weiquan nonetheless continue to fight for the country's accused.<p>In November of 2012, Li Jinxing saved a man's life. He didn't lift a car or hurl himself in front of a bullet. But, considering the history of capital …

Medicines To Fight White Plague Are Losing Their Punch

You probably don't think about tuberculosis much. Why would you? The number of cases in the U.S. is at an all-time low.<p>But TB has returned with a vengeance in some parts of world, and there have been some troubling outbreaks here at home, too.<p>Many of the cases come with a deadly twist. They're …

With Navalny’s Sentence, Putin Chooses the Hard Way

Alexey Navalny was registered as a candidate for the Moscow mayoral race on Wednesday; in a recent poll, he ranked second, with eight per cent of decided voters. On Thursday, he was found guilty of embezzlement, sentenced to five years, and handcuffed and taken into custody right in the courtroom. …

PRI

There’s a remarkable picture that’s been making the rounds on the web recently, and it caught our eye. You may have seen the shot: it’s of a group of medical students and they’re all women.<p>One’s from Japan, one’s from India, and the third from Syria. They’re all wearing traditional clothes from …

Extremist attack in Nigeria kills 42 at boarding school

Nigeria sufffered one of its bloodiest days as terrorists carried out a massacre on 42 children and teachers at a boarding school in the country’s insurgent-plagued north-east.<p>Gunmen thought to be loyal to the al-Qaeda-linked Boko Haram fundamentalist movement descended on the Government Secondary …

Africa

11 Habits You Need to Give Up to Be Happy

Are your habits and routines sucking up your happiness?<p>Oftentimes we unknowingly hold on to little, obsessive habits that cause us a great deal of …

Treaty of Versailles - a summary

On 28 June 1919, Germany reluctantly signed the Treaty of Versailles as part of the Paris Peace Conference in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of …

The League of Nations - toothless?

Following the end of the First World War, US president, Woodrow Wilson, proposed a programme of Fourteen Points to be presented at the Paris Peace …

Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand - a summary

On Sunday, 28 June 1914, the 50-year-old heir to the Austrian-Hungarian throne, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, the Countess Sophie, paid …

China Xinjiang riots toll 'rises to 35'

<b>The death toll after riots in China's far western region of Xinjiang has risen from 27 to 35, state media say.</b><p>The rioters had attacked police stations with knives and set fire to police cars on Wednesday, killing 24 people, reports said.<p>The police killed 11 of the attackers and captured four, the …

PRI

The story of Monsieur Periné begins with a life-altering, chance encounter on the internet — and no, this isn't an online dating story. It was the early 2000s, and Santiago Prieto and Nicolás Junca, two young musicians from Bogotá, were fooling around on the peer-to-peer file sharing network Kazaa …

5 Reasons Why Hardgainers Can’t Gain Weight Or Build Muscle

<i>I can't gain weight. I can't build muscle. Am I a hardgainer?</i> How many times have you heard this question? Probably one too many times, I imagine.<p>If …

Fitness

Oh Thank God—Finally, War With Syria

Don’t you hate it when someone says, “I told you so?” We do. That’s why we’ll revise the common statement.<p><i>We</i> told you so.<p>We first told you, 18 months …

Slow Down and Fully Enjoy This Moment

<b>“Don’t miss all the beautiful colors of the rainbow looking for that pot of gold.” ~Unknown</b><p>Have you noticed that time seems to go by faster as you …

How to Maximize Strength and Size With Bodyweight Exercise

<b>One of the biggest debates in strength and hypertrophy training has always been about whether or not you can get strong and swole from bodyweight</b> …

Iran celebrates Rouhani's presidential win

Moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani has called his defeat of conservative hardliners a victory of moderation over extremism and pledged a new tone of respect in international affairs.<p>This victory is a victory of wisdom, a victory of moderation, a victory of growth and awareness and a victory of …

Associated Press News

Polls close in Iran's presidential election

Voting in Iran's presidential election has ended after an extension of four hours across the country and five hours in the capital Tehran because more people than expected appeared to have cast their vote.<p>Friday's election, in which voters have a choice of six candidates, is the first for a head of …

The Dhammapada: "one of the greatest psychological works ever written"

Jonathan Haidt, who studies morality and emotion, at the NYU-Stern School of Business, discusses the Buddhist classic, The Dhammapada, on Five …

Happiness

World's Oldest Person Dies—How Can You Live to 100?

For starters, eat nuts and socialize, says longevity expert Dan Buettner.<p><b>The oldest man ever known to have lived—Japan's Jiroemon Kimura—died Wednesday at 116. Kimura, who was born April 19, 1897, was recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest living person, oldest living man, and oldest</b> …

Iran's Election May Not Really Be About Picking A President

When Iranians vote Friday for president, it will be an election unlike any other.<p>Clerics who hold supreme power in the Islamic Republic have allowed elections for decades.<p>But while the people vote, clerics and their allies make the rules. Those already in power choose who can run for office and …

How To Build Back Muscle Size: 8 Tips For An Impressive Back

It's a fact: a truly impressive back is about as rare as a balanced state budget or a Lindsay Lohan sighting outside a police car.<p>Why is that?<p>For one …

The Advanced No-Gym Bodyweight Workout [INFOGRAPHIC]

Think bodyweight training can’t get intense? Our favorite no-equipment moves are getting a whole lot more kick-ass — from head to toe. Designed by …