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Oregon standoff: What the armed group wants and why

<b>(CNN) —</b> Saturday night, armed men broke into the desolate headquarters of a federally owned wildlife refuge in Oregon and said they weren't going to leave until the government stops its "tyranny."<p>It just got weirder from there.<p>The group's spokesman is Ammon Bundy, the son of anti-government Nevada …

Belgium charges 10th Paris attacks suspect and arrests six over Brussels plot

A Belgian citizen is charged over the Paris attacks as Brussels cancels New Year fireworks display and arrests six over a suspected plot to attack the Belgian capital<p>Belgian authorities charged another suspect with involvement in the Paris attacks after a large number of mobile phones were found …

Terrorism

Airstrike Kills Frenchman Said To Have Been Involved In Planning Paris Attacks

French authorities believe Charaffe al-Mouadan, a French citizen, may have been involved in planning the Nov. 13 massacre.<p>The Pentagon said Tuesday that recent coalition airstrikes in Syria have killed several ISIS leaders, including a French citizen whom American authorities believe had a direct …

Paris Attacks

Laquan McDonald death: Chicago policeman denies murder

<b>A white Chicago police officer has denied murder over the death of a black teenager who was shot 16 times in 2014.</b><p>Jason Van Dyke was heckled as he arrived at court where he denied six counts of first-degree murder.<p>Video released earlier this year showing the shooting of Laquan McDonald sparked an …

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015

Memory erasing is just the beginning.<p>As the New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight to Pluto and some scientists explored the far reaches of our solar system, others were making some incredible advances in their exploration of the inner workings of the mind.<p>Studies published this year shed …

Our rarest Christmas coffee ever

Introducing an extremely rare Reserve Christmas coffee featuring aged sumatra<p>This holiday season we are proud to introduce our first-edition …

Philippine Billionaire Razon's Bloomberry Opens Korea Casino As License Contest Cools

Jeju Sun casino held its grand opening on December 19, following a September soft opening, an event fraught with import far beyond its 42 tables, 21 slot machines and 202 hotel rooms. Jeju Sun marks an inflection point for the casino’s owner, Philippine billionaire Enrique Razon Jr’s Bloomberry …

Syrian Kurds take strategic dam from 'Islamic State'

An alliance of US-backed Syrian Kurdish and Arab rebels has taken a key dam on the Euphrates River from the so-called "Islamic State." The alliance …

Scottish Social Bite aid packs sent to refugees

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/news_scotland/1216000/1216502_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524785749_f3ff957a8b8ae429d786818b90fd0d15<p><b>Winter aid packs donated by a Scottish-based campaign will be delivered to refugee camps throughout Europe on Boxing Day.</b><p>Social Bite has …

ESA Makes Last-Ditch Effort To Recontact Comet Lander

More than a year after the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Philae spacecraft made history with the first-ever successful touchdown on the surface of a comet — 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, its Rosetta spacecraft is still trying to re-establish contact with its now-silent lander.<p>“We’re trying to contact …

Space

Earthrise Reimagined : Image of the Day

acquired October 12, 2015 download large image (12 MB, JPEG, 8520x12388)<p>On December 24, 1968, during a live Christmas Eve broadcast from orbit around …

San Bernardino shooting: Carnage was 'unspeakable,' police say

<b>(CNN) —</b> The gunpowder was still lingering in the air as San Bernardino Police Lt. Mike Madden and three other officers approached a conference center where a mass shooting had been reported.<p>Bodies had fallen outside the meeting room in San Bernardino, California, where a holiday party with about 80 …

Experts warn of crisis in the making in some provinces where extreme El Niño climate conditions have devastated crops<p>People in drought-ravaged villages in Papua New Guinea are eating toxic mushrooms and clay to stave off hunger pangs as crops fail, vanishing water sources become contaminated and …

Papua New Guinea

Germany's first new copies of Mein Kampf in 70 years aim to shatter myth of book

Hitler's personal manifesto will be published for the first time since Second World War and scholars say its 3500 annotations will strip away any allure<p>Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf is to be printed in Germany for the first time since the Second World War in January when its copyright expires.<p>Despite …

Mein Kampf

UN says ISIL exploiting Libya security vacuum

The UN has given warning that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group is exploiting the political instability in Libya to expand its influence there.<p>Since 2013, the group's Libyan affiliate experienced "several waves" of reinforcements, including Libyan returnees from the wars in …

Pakistan hangs four Taliban militants tied to school massacre

Officials have hanged four men in Pakistan who were involved in a school massacre that killed 151 people, most of whom were children. The attack …

Turning Off One Gene Blocks PTSD in Mice: Study

A new study on mice, published Tuesday in the journal <i>Molecular Psychiatry</i>, could help pave the way for a more effective way to treat post traumatic …

NATO faces new Mideast crisis after downing of Russian jet by Turkey

BEIRUT — NATO faced being thrust into a new Middle Eastern crisis on Tuesday after warplanes from member state Turkey shot down a Russian jet that Turkish officials said had violated their country’s airspace on the border with Syria.<p>The incident marked a serious escalation in the Syrian conflict …

Middle East

US issues travel warning in wake of attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans should be alert to the possible travel risks, especially during the holidays, following increased threats from militant …

Scientists caught a new planet forming for the first time ever

The image above is just an illustration, but don't let that dampen your excitement too much — because it's illustrating something <i>really awesome.</i><p>On Wednesday, a study in the journal Nature announced that scientists have directly observed the formation of a planet for the very first time.<p>[<i>The most</i> …

This is How to Respond When People Ask You to Work for Free

Among photographers, the idea of working for “exposure” (i.e.. for free) is a hot button topic. It seems that every other week there's an example of …

The Wrong Way to Legalize Marijuana?

Ohio may be on the brink of creating America’s first marijuana ‘monopoly.’<p>On the surface, Ian James sounds like any other idealistic marijuana advocate: He’s critical of the war on drugs, he touts the economic and tax benefits of legalization and uses the familiar rebuttal against the “think of the …

Cannabis

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

Middle East

More Than 8,400 Never-Before-Seen Photos from NASA's Apollo Moon Landings

Nearly half a century ago, NASA took one giant leap for mankind with the Apollo program, which landed 12 men on the moon on nine missions between 1968 and 1972. The astronauts were equipped with Hasselblad medium-format cameras and instructed to take photos that have remained largely unseen by the …

Child soldier, 14, already a veteran of South Sudan's civil war

As a new film about child soldiers is released, David Blair speaks to a boy caught up in South Sudan's conflict<p>At the age of 14, Gatwech is already a veteran of South Sudan’s civil war. He joined the national army a year ago – supposedly of his own volition – and soon became accustomed to the fury …

Virginia quietly grants death row inmates new privileges

Now, the seven men awaiting execution get an extra half-hour of recreation each day, and officials are building a new yard with a basketball court and exercise equipment. They can hang out with up to three other death row inmates for an hour daily, and the state is building a room where they can …