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WW2 bomb forces huge evacuation in Greece - and museum trip for refugees | Reuters

THESSALONIKI, Greece (Reuters) - A World War Two bomb forced a massive evacuation in Greece’s second-largest city on Sunday, but also gave a group of stranded refugees a rare day-trip to the museum.<p>Refugees visit the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki after being evacuated from the Softex …

Announcing the 2016 National Book Award Winners

The year’s most coveted literary prizes are handed out in NYC.<p>The 67th annual National Book Award Ceremony, hosted by Larry Wilmore, are underway in …

Best mystery books and thrillers of 2016

<b>Before the Fall</b> <br>By Noah Hawley (Grand Central)<br>One August evening, a private plane awaits passengers on Martha’s Vineyard. The plane, chartered by a Republican kingmaker who has founded a wildly profitable (and proudly right-wing) cable news network, crashes. Was it foul play, and if yes, who was …

The 10 best books of the year, according to Amazon

Amazon Books editors read thousands of pages before settling on their ranking, which includes a number of memoirs as well as books from debut authors.<p>"The main challenge for us was that there were a number of great books to choose from," Amazon Books editor Chris Schluep told Business Insider. "In …

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Six New Thrillers for Fall

Is there any excuse for a thriller to be well written? A good sentence and a good thriller exist at cross purposes — the sentence making us pause to think or notice, the thriller dissolving our awareness of anything but its narrative, the genre that most wants to make us forget we’re reading. You …

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Best science fiction books to read

Fans of science fiction find themselves in the genre for a number of reasons. It could be a love of all the accoutrements that mark the genre: new species, alien warfare, spaceships and gripping anti-heroes. But, it also serves as a crystal ball — showing humanity through imagined reactions to new …

Jihadism is not nihilism: What everyone gets wrong about ISIS

<b>(Reuters)</b><p>Religious fanaticism is a consequence of faith, not of losing faith. It’s important that we make the distinction<p>Marty Kaplan<p>November 24, 2015 8:15am (UTC)<p>Extremist jihadism is a consequence of faith, not a consequence of losing faith. In the partisan battle over describing the Islamic …

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What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

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