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Root force: unstoppable urban trees – in pictures

Some urban trees won’t be hemmed in by walls, pavements or concrete, their roots slowly working their way into the very structure of the city

Hong Kong

This animated map shows how religion spread across the world

Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are five of the biggest religions in the world. Over the last few thousand years, these religious groups have shaped the course of history and had a profound influence on the trajectory of the human race. Through countless conflicts, conquests, …

Religion

9 wars that were technically ongoing due to quirks of diplomacy

Of course, these "extended wars" have never actually had any bearing on international relations.<p>Instead, the ongoing de facto peace overrode any technicalities on the world stage. However, the patching up of these diplomatic irregularities has been used by countries still technically at war to …

World History

‘Don’t mess with Shorty’: Mexican cartel boss threatens ISIS over drug trade

The runaway leader of Mexico’s deadliest drug cartel, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, has reportedly sent a threatening letter to Islamic State following …

Developing countries want $3.5 trillion to achieve climate goals, and one nation wants most of it

Flipping the world’s energy system from one based on burning carbon to one focused on avoiding emissions was never going to be cheap. Rich countries still have much higher per capita emissions than those in the developing world, but many are on a decarbonization course—achieved, to a large extent, …

Fossil Fuels

San Bernardino shooter is believed to have planned previous attack, source says

Federal law enforcement officials believe Syed Rizwan Farook considered a terror plot as early as 2011 or 2012 but abandoned his plans after another scheme to kill Americans in Afghanistan was foiled by a law enforcement task force in nearby Riverside, according to a government official briefed on …

Theworldpost | HuffPost

Airport straddles Mexican border with passenger bridge straight into US

Travellers hail ability to cross quickly between terminals in Tijuana and San Diego rather than spending hours at congested border posts<p>An airport on the US-Mexico border has become one of only a few in the world spanning two countries with the opening of an aerial pedestrian bridge connecting …

Immigration

The seven tweets that could cost a Chinese human rights lawyer eight years in jail

Before his detention last year, Pu Zhiqiang, one of China’s best-known human rights lawyers, was an outspoken Internet commentator on the Twitter-like microblogging site Sina Weibo.<p>Between 2011 to 2014, the former defense lawyer for artist Ai Weiwei had sent some 20,000 tweets—most of them …

China

Police Recently Shut Down and Searched Three Mosques in Paris — Now We Know What They Found

Kalashnikov ammunition and Islamic State propaganda was seized during multiple raids in France last week, following the closure of a mosque in the outskirts of Paris.<p>The mosque, located in Lagny-sur-Marne or about 30km east of Paris, was shut down last Wednesday, according to the Agence …

Terrorism

Middle class no longer dominates in the U.S.

The once-strong middle class no longer dominates America.<p>Middle class Americans now compriseless than half, or 49.9%,of the nation's population, down from 61% in 1971, according to a new Pew Research Center report. For Pew, middle class Americans live in households earning between two-thirds to two …

Income Inequality

Above The Border, New Walkway Spans The Gap Between U.S. And Mexico

A pedestrian bridge spanning the U.S.-Mexico border now connects San Diego County and Tijuana. The 390-foot-long airport terminal, called the Cross Border Xpress, opened Wednesday.<p>The purple bridge, suspended above the border fence, links Tijuana International Airport to a terminal in southern San …

San Diego