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What Makes ISIS Tick?

According to <i>The New York Times</i>, Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata, the commander of American Special Operations forces in the Middle East, is trying to figure out why the brutal Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is such a dynamic force in Iraq and Syria but has been flummoxed. The general's band …

15 Things Exceptional People Think Each Day

Being smart or lucky never hurt anyone, but being truly successful depends on the way you live each day.<p>Successful people are not necessarily smarter or luckier than most. They simply understand that, as Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit." Here are …

City Link private equity firm hopes to recover £20m despite job losses

Financial sector,Investing,Trade unions,Postal service,UK unemployment and employment statistics,Politics,UK news,Unemployment and employment statistics,Business<p>While administrators announce substantial new year job cuts, City Link’s owner Better Capital tells stakeholders it expects to recoup 50% …

“No civilization would tolerate what America has done”

<b>(Reuters/Richard Rowe)</b><p>Institutional racism. Rampant income inequality. A broken justice system. America may never be a great society<p>David Masciotra<p>December 29, 2014 11:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>It seems police can get away with anything: choking men who have …

British boxer visits Pakistan school massacre site

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — British boxer Amir Khan has visited the school in northwestern Pakistan where Taliban militants massacred scores of children.<p>Khan went to the school in Peshawar on Monday as part of a multi-day visit to Pakistan. He said he wanted to pay his respects to those who died in …

Papiss Cisse: Newcastle striker banned after accepting FA charge

<b>Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse will serve a three-match ban after accepting a charge of violent conduct from the Football Association.</b><p>Cisse elbowed Everton defender Seamus Coleman during Sunday's 3-2 league win over the Toffees.<p>He will miss Thursday's visit of Burnley, Saturday's FA Cup tie …

France’s postal service is testing delivery by drones

Amazon may have gotten all the buzz last year when it talked about delivering products by drones. But France could actually beat the e-commerce giant to the punch.<p>This week, LaPoste, France’s postal service, announced that its package-delivery subsidiary, GeoPost, had successfully completed initial …

Latest Snowden Revelations Expose Scope Of NSA Interceptions

Over the weekend, German news outlet Spiegel published a story about the NSA’s ability to crack encrypted forms of communication, exposing the agency’s routine interception of SSL/TLS, which are used by web servers to transmit sensitive information. The report also exposed the fact that the agency …

‘China’s Apple’ Is Now the World’s Most Valuable Startup

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is now the world’s most valuable privately-funded startup.<p>Xiaomi, known as “China’s Apple,” is valued at over $46 …

Europeans have two weeks to return iTunes purchases for a refund

Apple has quietly introduced a 14-day return policy for iTunes, App Store, and iBooks purchases in several countries in Europe, according to 9to5Mac. …

Hacker claims he can steal fingerprints from public photos

Security is a big deal for users all around the world when it comes to keeping our personal information safe. In recent years, one of the more …

iPhones and iPads made up over half of devices activated on Christmas

Apple's still the king of Christmas when it comes to gadgets, but new holiday data reveals some intriguing new trends. iPhones and iPads accounted for over half (51 percent) of new devices activated during Christmas week, but Microsoft's Lumia devices actually made a decent showing as well with the …

Report: Windows 10 will have a new browser that's not Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer, Microsoft's venerable but often despised web browser, may be on its way out.<p>That's according to Microsoft Student Partner lead …

Scottish Ebola patient transferred to London hospital

• <b>A Scottish nurse being treated for Ebola, after becoming the first person to be diagnosed with the virus on UK soil, has been named in news reports as Pauline Cafferkey, an NHS nurse</b> based in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire.<p><b>Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon said the patient, who is being treated</b> …

Pentagon discloses airstrike against senior Somali militant leader

The United States launched an airstrike against a senior Shabab militia leader in southwestern Somalia on Monday, a<p>Pentagonspokesman disclosed.<p>Rear Adm. John Kirby did not name the target of the strike near the town of Saakow, northeast of the militants' stronghold of Kismayo, saying only that …

Doubts over Greek bailout as PM forced to call snap election

It is a result that some fear could jeopardise Greece’s international bailout.<p>Parliament has failed to choose a new president, rejecting the ruling coalition’s nominee for the post, the former European Union commissioner Stavros Dimas.<p>The country now faces early elections, as required under Greek …

Reports: Debris spotted in area where AirAsia jet vanished

SURABAYA, Indonesia — Indonesian search and rescue officials say a sonar image appears to show the wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501 at the bottom of the Java Sea, CBS News and CNN report.<p>The reports say it remains unclear if the sonar image reveals an intact plane, or only a portion of the …

Brazilian oil company Petrobras sued by US city

<b>The US city of Providence, Rhode Island is suing the Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras over investor losses due to a corruption scandal.</b><p>Unlike other class actions, some of the company's senior executives have also been named as defendants.<p>Providence alleges that Petrobras made false …

Russia's Economic Crisis: Can Putin Save Russia and Himself?

World<p>Runs on the bank. Hyperinflation. Russia's currency — the ruble — in free fall. It may sound like today’s Russia, but these were also the symptoms of its 1998 economic meltdown. That crisis eventually forced Russian President Boris Yeltsin out of power, and put Vladimir Putin, a shy and …

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These 20 companies achieved $1B+ valuations in 2014 (updated)

<i>Update 12/29: We’ve added AdYen.</i><p><i>Update 12/30: We’ve added IronSource.</i><p><i>Update 1/6/2015: We’ve added Credit Karma.</i><p>It is really, really difficult to create a company and grow it to the point where investors believe it is worth $1 billion or more. That milestone is so difficult to achieve, in fact, that …

Snow, ice sweep Europe, stranding drivers

LONDON (AP) — Snow and icy weather swept through parts of Europe on Saturday, stranding drivers overnight and leaving thousands of homes without …

Al-Shabab leader wanted by US surrenders

Highly sought after Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi gave himself up to government and AU forces in Somalia, officials say.<p>A highly sought after al-Shabab leader with a $3m bounty on his head has surrendered to government and African Union forces, a Somali intelligence officer has said.<p>Zakariya Ismail …

Mexico crisis engulfs major institutions but hits the left hardest

When a president is in crisis, it is usually a propitious time for political opponents to pounce. But in Mexico, the controversies, failings and crisis of confidence engulfing President Enrique Peña Nieto have tarred not just his 2-year-old administration but the entire political establishment.<p>No …

More than 160,000 evacuated in Malaysia's worst ever floods

Flooding across Malaysia has killed at least eight people and forced over 160,000 from their homes, as torrents of water up to six feet deep swept through the east of the Asian nation<p>Malaysia has been hit by its worst flooding in 30 years, leaving at least eight people dead and forcing an estimated …

NYC officer mourned at funeral as tensions linger

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of police officers from across the nation packed a church and spilled onto streets Saturday to honor Officer Rafael Ramos …