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U.S. slow to support Iraqi tribes in the fight against the Islamic State

Watching events unfold in Iraq this year has been like viewing a slow-motion train wreck. Iraqi tribal leaders have been warning since spring about the rise of the terrorist Islamic State and pleading for American help. But after months of slaughter, the United States is only now beginning to build …

Book News: The Future Of The Public Library May Lie In The Coffee Shop

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>For a public library to expect to survive today, it must begin to take crucial cues from coffee shops. At least, that's the key recommendation offered by a much-anticipated report on British public libraries, which is …

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All The Writers You Love Probably Love Dorothy Dunnett

The old fiction room at my high school was a small box of wonders, and no matter how long I spent investigating its seven and a half overstuffed shelves, I never stopped discovering treasures. When I was sixteen, the shelf which held authors A through D divulged a small, yellowing paperback with a …

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The ‘Deadpool 2’ Writers Tell Us About That Cut Scene Featuring Baby Hitler<p>‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: A Great Heist Movie, An Underwhelming Origin …

My rookie year as a Giller-winning author

You couldn't get away with writing a plot like this one – too unrealistic, too happy an ending. Sean Michaels, 32-year-old music blogger, publishes his first novel – a fictionalized account of the life of Lev Termen: inventor of the theremin, Russian scientist – and spy. <i>Us Conductors</i> is published …

North Korea Rages At Obama After Its Internet Goes Down

"Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest," a spokesman for North Korea's National Defense Commission said in the statement, according to Agence France-Presse.<p>The statement was published by North Korea's official news agency, KCNA.<p>North Korea's main internet …

The Brothers Who Ambushed ISIS

The Ismael brothers were carpenters, not fighters. But when ISIS attacked, they took up arms and helped stop the jihadists in their tracks.<p>KOBANI, …

The new Cold War is being fought over the treatment of LGBTQ citizens.

An old new power struggle is underway in Europe. With Russia on one side and the United States and the European Union on the other, the struggle is …

Authors’ favorite books: The ultimate literary guide to 2014

From Roxane Gay on Lindsay Hunter to Knausgaard on Donald Antrim, authors share the books they loved most this year<p><b>Karen Abbott, author of “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy” (Harper)</b><p><i>“Euphoria,” by Lily King (Atlantic Monthly Press)</i><p>I was wholly captivated by Lily King’s “Euphoria,” drawn from the life …

The weird things people asked librarians before the internet

Before Google came along to offer us confidential answers to our most embarrassing, random, and incriminating questions, librarians roamed the …

A Century Ago, When The Guns Fell Silent On Christmas

A century ago, young men in Europe were killing each other by the tens of thousands. World War I, which had erupted just a few months earlier, was raging. Yet on a frozen Christmas Eve, the guns briefly fell silent.<p>The Christmas Truce of 1914 has become the stuff of legend, portrayed in films, …

Superman Vs. Iron Man — Heroes Battle in Fan-Made Trailer

Pictures of the Week 12.25.14

The Tsunami's Wake

It was just after 10:30 a.m. when Noppasri Jailak received a panicked phone call from a neighbor about water surging through their street. The …

Wayne Coyne on Living with Death

2015 Family Movie Preview

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The 2014 Novel of the Year

Cristina Henríquez’s The Book of Unknown Americans speaks to the humanity found in the stories of immigrant families.<p>Immigration reform is the …

Former Football Superstar-Turned Politician, George Weah Wins Liberian Senate Seat In Landslide Victory

Against the backdrop of a nine-month long Ebola epidemic and twice-delayed senate elections, popular former football star and opposition politician, George Weah won a landslide victory in the most high-profile race for the Montserrado County senate seat in Liberia. Running as a candidate for the …

Dollar slips against yen on year-end profit-taking | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar hit a 1-1/2-week low against the safe-haven yen on Tuesday after traders booked profits from recent multi-year highs in the greenback and parked their winnings in the Japanese currency.<p>American dollar notes are displayed in this photo illustration in …

Russians Rage Against America

Enduring Sanctions, Anger Turns to Hate: Racist Names for Obama and Putin Disses Coca-Cola<p>If you talk to a Russian about the international political …

Egypt's most bizarre news of 2014 - Politics - Egypt

Enjoy Ahram Online's selection of the most bizarre news in Egypt throughout 2014.<p><b>Puppet terror suspect (January)</b><p>The year started with a fuss around …

Barack Obama And Hillary Clinton Top Gallup’s Mostly Celebrity-Free List Of The Most Admired People

While some may assign some level of political importance to the results of a Gallup poll about the most admired people in America that put Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at the top, I’m aghast at the near lack of entertainers and nerdy icons. Yes, we have Oprah and Saint Angelina Jolie, but no …

Civil liberties violations of 2014: civil forfeiture, grand juries, religion, abortion, voting rights.

The world may not actually be falling apart—but it feels like America is. From police brutality and botched executions to voter suppression and …

U.S. Targets Al-Shabab Leader in Somalia Airstrike

The U.S. military carried out an airstrike Monday against the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab in Somalia, but the Pentagon did not say whether the intended target, described only as a senior leader, was killed. A U.S. official told NBC News that no U.S. ground forces were involved.<p>"At this time, …

Russia parties the latest on New Year’s Eve, while China and Israel turn in the earliest

If 2013 is any indication, Russians are going to have a great time this New Year’s Eve. Moscow and St. Petersburg topped Jawbone’s list of cities that stayed up latest on Dec. 31 last year.<p>The maker of wearable activity monitors looked at data showing when its users went to sleep on New Year’s Eve, …