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Report: US gives Israel go-ahead to kill powerful Iranian general

US intelligence agencies have given Israel the green light to assassinate the senior Iranian responsible for coordinating military activity on behalf …

Middle East

China tests its first solar-powered highway that can charge electric cars

China has successfully conducted tests on its first solar-powered highway on Thursday. The kilometer-long stretch in Jinan city, the capital of …

Palestinians condemn Israeli plans to annex West Bank

Fatah and Hamas denounce ruling Likud's resolution that calls for formal annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank.<p>Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have denounced Israeli plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank, saying it represented "an end to the remnants of the peace …

Israels Regierungspartei stimmt für Annexion des Westjordanlands

Weite Teile des besetzten Gebietes sollen nach Vorstellung der israelischen Regierungspartei Likud annektiert werden. Die richtungsweisende …

Year’s largest supermoon on January 1-2

The first of two January 2018 full moons falls on the evening of January 1, 2018, for most of the Western Hemisphere (January 2 for the Eastern …

Exploring the Planets with an Amateur Telescope

Many people are the proud owners of new telescopes each year—received as gifts during the holidays, from birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries. …

Consumers in Germany were paid to use electricity this holiday season

The cost of electricity in Germany has decreased so dramatically in the past few days that major consumers have actually been paid to use power from …

Israelis Don't Care How the UN Votes. Here's Why.

The Jewish state is secure enough to shrug off the world body's longstanding rhetorical hostility.<p>When President Donald Trump announced on Dec. 6 that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Israelis cheered; support for the move in Israel was almost universal. When the United …

Israel

This is what Christmas is like in North Korea, according to someone who escaped

A quick Google search of "Christmas in North Korea" brings up very little actual concrete information.<p>From US tabloids branding Kim Jong-un the "Grinch who stole Christmas" to a veritable plethora of Christmas jumpers which feature predictable puns that incorporate Christmas and nuclear weapons, it …

Kim Jong-un

Christians don't have a Christmas monopoly on Jesus. Muslims honor him too.

To help fight Islamophobia, Americans need to understand Christianity and Islam's many similarities.<p>Dec.24.2017 / 11:57 AM ET<p>In his first and only official visit to an American mosque, seven years into his presidency, former President Barack Obama articulated something American Muslims know all too …

Religion

Charles Dutoit: Conductor relieved of duties after sex assault claims

<b>The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has cancelled conductor Charles Dutoit's appearances "for the immediate future" following sexual assault allegations.</b><p>Three opera singers and a musician say Dutoit forced himself on them, the Associated Press news agency reported.<p>The conductor has not responded to …

Das lukrative Marzipan-Monopol

Die Deutschen essen so viel Marzipan wie kein anderes Volk. Und die erfolgreichsten Hersteller kommen aus einer Stadt, die das Land mit ihrer Ware …

UN votes 128-9 to reject US decision on Jerusalem

A total of 128 UN member states voted in favor of a draft measure that declares US President Trump's Jerusalem decision "null and void." The …

The Traveler’s Guide to Staying at a Japanese Ryokan

I was young, single, and travelling alone through Japan. Not only was it my first time abroad, but I barely spoke more than a word of Japanese. It …

Japan

Taking score: These states didn't vote against Trump and Israel

More than 100 countries voted in favor of a UN General Assembly resolution calling for the US to withdraw its decision to recognize Jerusalem as …

Xi's China rising, Trump's America waning

China is likely to become the global post-American hegemon. And that might be bad news.<p>In less than a year in office, US President Donald Trump has managed to alienate more allies and provoke more enemies faster and more decisively than any of his predecessors in recent history. All of a sudden, we …

Rustikale Schiebetüren: 8 fantastische Ideen für dein Zuhause

Remembering Himmler's 'Auschwitz decree' to exterminate Roma and Sinti

Seventy-five years ago, Heinrich Himmler instructed German police to bring "all gypsy mixed-bloods, Roma Gypsies and […] members of gypsy clans" to …

Donald Trump Seems Confused About Jerusalem

Do you maybe find Middle East politics a bit confusing? Hard to tell all those claims and counterclaims apart, to sort out just who deserves to govern which piece of land?<p>Well, the Trump administration is here to make matters more bewildering and stressful for everyone.<p>First, out of the blue, …

US-Präsident Donald Trump: "China hilft, Russland hilft nicht" im Nordkorea-Streit

Im Konflikt um Nordkorea pocht US-Präsident Trump auf die Unterstützung Russlands - ganz nach chinesischem Vorbild. Der UN-Generalsekretär appelliert …

Mohammed bin Salman's ill-advised ventures have weakened Saudi Arabia’s position in the world

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) of Saudi Arabia is the undoubted Middle East man of the year, but his great impact stems more from his …

Guess who the Palestinians would like to take over the peace process?

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has apparently had enough of the Trump administration’s efforts at moving the peace process forward. This …

17 Amazing Documentaries You Can Watch On Netflix Right Now

Let's end 2017 with real facts, not fake news.

Aristotle said there are three types of friendship, but only one we should strive for

At age 17, Aristotle enrolled in the Platonic Academy. He would stay there for 20 years.<p>Founded by the father of Western philosophy, the Greek philosopher Plato, Aristotle was the most promising student around. He asked many questions and answered even more.<p>The exact time of his departure from the …

Aristotle

Seven things not to do at hotel checkout

Checking out of a hotel seems like a simple enough process, but it can sometimes trip up even experienced travelers — especially if it involves stumbling around at dawn to stuff everything in a suitcase and make an early flight. Below are a few common mistakes people make during hotel checkout; …

A narrative that denies the right of Israel to exist

Mark Regev, Israel’s ambassador to the UK, responds to Karma Nabulsi’s article on Jerusalem<p>Karma Nabulsi (In Jerusalem we have the latest chapter in a century of colonialism, 13 December) promotes a narrative that denies the very right of my country to exist within any borders. She endorses violent …

Few in the Arab World Care About Jerusalem

Pundits predicted Armageddon. Arab leaders announced days of rage—even war. And it all fizzled out.<p>There are important lessons to be learned from the …

Trump's Jerusalem move: 'A blunder with consequences'

Analysts say Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital is a mistake with international consequences.<p><b>Washington, DC</b> - President Donald Trump's decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem is a blunder driven by domestic US polices, but with international strategic …

Solar-powered forever home is a modern take on the rustic farmhouse

‘Waste not want not’ seems to be a motto of Horseshoe Farm Residence, a modern solar-powered farmhouse built with reclaimed materials in North …

‘Shingle cell’ P-Series solar panel from SunPower maximizing polysilicon efficiencies

SunPower’s stock jumped 12% on Monday partially because an analyst is highly impressed with the sales opportunity of the P Series solar panel.<p>The solar panel pumps efficiency partially through the use of a weird $9 trick – shingling solar cells – to maximize direct sunlight on silicon. The panel …