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Russia sends artillery and tanks to Syria as part of continued military buildup

Increase of Russian hardware in Syria has caused concerns in the west about the implications of Moscow militarily helping its old ally, President Bashar al-Assad<p>Russia has sent tanks and artillery to Syria amid a reported military buildup, US officials say, raising concerns about a potential …

Kim Davis asks Kentucky governor to free her in same-sex marriage case

<b>(CNN) —</b> Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who's refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, on Monday asked the Kentucky governor to immediately free her from jail, according to court documents obtained by CNN.<p>"We would like them to release her from jail and provide reasonable, sensible accommodation …

LGBTQI

Barack Obama 'is considering refugee response'

White House statement comes amid growing criticism that the US - home to so many immigrants - has been slow to respond to crisis unfolding in Europe<p>The Obama administration is considering how it might help ease the growing global refugee crisis, a White House spokesman said on Monday, including …

Amazon overtakes Walmart to become largest US retailer

Shock profit pushes up shares and gives Amazon a market cap of more than $261bn<p>Amazon overtook Walmart on Thursday night to become the largest US retailer by market capitalisation, after announcing a rare profit.<p>Shares in the online retailer, led by founder Jeff Bezos, jumped more than 16pc in …

Heavier cutlery makes food taste better

Eating with heavier cutlery makes food taste better, with researchers for the first time finding a direct link between the weight of eating utensils …

Obama returns to Kenya, reunites with father's family

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Fulfilling the hopes of millions of Kenyans, Barack Obama returned to his father's homeland Friday for the first time as U.S. president, a long sought visit by a country that considers him a local son.<p>The president spent the evening reuniting with his Kenyan family, including …

Africa

Turkey carries out first ever strikes against Isis in Syria

Bombing of Isis positions is tactical shift after deadly terrorist attacks and comes as Turkey allows US-led coalition to use its southern airbases<p>Turkish fighter jets have struck Islamic State targets in Syria and the government has rounded up hundreds of suspected militants in a coordinated …

Scores killed as militants attack Egyptian troops in Sinai

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Islamic State-linked militants struck Egyptian army outposts in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday in a coordinated wave of suicide bombings and battles that underlined the government's failure to stem an insurgency despite a two-year crackdown. Security officials said dozens …

Extremism

Some States Are Still Trying To Resist Gay Marriage

County clerks in Texas will be able to turn away gay couples seeking marriage licenses, the state's attorney general Ken Paxton (R) announced on Sunday.<p>Clerks can refuse based on religious objections, Paxton told the Austin American-Statesman, and because the clerks will probably be sued, "numerous …

Cuba welcomes US move to drop island from terror list

Havana says Barack Obama's decision is 'fair' and that they should never have been on it in first place<p>President Barack Obama's move to drop Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism was "fair," Havana has said.<p>America's terror designation of Cuba has been a major stumbling block for efforts …

Dashcam video shows Arizona officer intentionally running over suspect

<b>(CNN) —</b> Police in Arizona said Tuesday that an officer who intentionally used his car to run into a suspect with a rifle probably saved lives.<p>Video of the incident has stirred debate about what type of force police should have used to detain a man with a gun.<p>"Everything in the video seems to point …

CNN

Yemen conflict: Houthi rebels condemn UN arms embargo

<b>Houthi rebels have condemned Tuesday's UN Security Council arms embargo imposed on them and their allies.</b><p>They called for protests against what they termed UN support of "aggression".<p>The Houthis have made rapid advances across the country, sparking air strikes on their strongholds by a Saudi-led …

Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

<b>Nasa's Curiosity rover has found that water can exist as a liquid near the Martian surface.</b><p>Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point - allowing briny films to form.<p>The results lend credence to a theory that dark streaks seen on …

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Psychology

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

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 …

Religion

The Many Causes of America’s Decline in Crime

A new report finds that locking up more offenders isn't making people any safer—and may even be counterproductive.<p>The dramatic rise of incarceration and the precipitous fall in crime have shaped the landscape of American criminal justice over the last two decades. Both have been unprecedented. Many …

Criminal Justice

Russia and China’s Growing Energy Relationship

Russia’s economic free fall and isolation from the West has made it increasingly eager to build its relationship with China, even at the cost of lost …

The Ideal Work Schedule, as Determined by Circadian Rhythms

Humans have a well-defined internal clock that shapes our energy levels throughout the day: our circadian process, which is often referred to as a circadian rhythm because it tends to be very regular. If you’ve ever had jetlag, then you know how persistent circadian rhythms can be. This natural — …

The Best Laptops You Can Buy

Maybe it's a bit more clunky than you thought when you carry it in your bag during a commute. Perhaps the screen is too reflective for your liking when you're watching Netflix. And worst of all, what if the battery life is much shorter than you expected?<p>We've researched some of the best laptops on …

Consumer Tech

Meet The New King Of Saudi Arabia

King Salman has a history of maintaining order in the royal family. A look at the man who will now rule a country that holds one-sixth of the world’s oil reserves.<p>Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died Friday and was quickly succeeded by his half brother, former Crown Prince Salman. Both men come from …