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9 Bad Habits You Must Break to Be More Productive

Nothing sabotages your productivity quite like bad habits. They are insidious, creeping up on you slowly until you don't even notice the damage they're causing.<p>Bad habits slow you down, decrease your accuracy, make you less creative, and stifle your performance. Getting control of your bad habits …

Baghdad market car bomb attack kills dozens

Islamic State claims responsibility for largest blast, in Sadr City, as two other Shia neighbourhoods also targeted<p>A string of car bomb attacks across Baghdad has killed at least 90 people, making it the Iraqi capital’s deadliest day this year.<p>Islamic State claimed responsibility for the largest …

Islam

Top Leadership Lessons from 11 Classic Novels | Inc.com

When we think about "leadership books," we tend to think about non-fiction titles like "Talent Is Overrated," "High Output Management," or the perennial favorite, "How to Win Friends and Influence People."<p>But according to Scotty McLennan, a lecturer in political economy at Stanford Graduate School …

Literature

Will the Abe-Putin meeting settle their nations' island dispute?

As part of his Europe-Russia tour, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 6. The two are expected to address the …

Russia to boost troops along borders to counter Nato

Russia will raise three new military divisions to counter an increased Nato presence in eastern and central Europe, the country’s defence minister has said.<p>Two new divisions will be deployed to Russia’s western border and one to the south the end of the year, Sergei Shoigu said in Moscow on …

Russia

99 Tools To Enhance Your Freelance Lifestyle

The world of freelancing is incredibly competitive, even now more than ever. If you want to be successful as a freelancer in the 21st century, you …

Project Management

The Reading Habits of Ultra-Successful People

Want to know one habit ultra-successful people have in common?<p>They read. A lot.<p>In fact, when Warren Buffett was once asked about the key to success, he pointed to a stack of nearby books and said, "Read 500 pages like this every day. That's how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. …

10 morning habits the most well-balanced people share

Over the last 10 years, I've made observations of my friends (whom I respect and admire a ton), coworkers and executives on their morning habits.<p>To give you some quick context, they've worked at companies like Box, Kaiser, VMware, Optimizely, Cisco, Deutsche Bank, or they've started their own …

Top 10

NATO, Russia to meet for first time in two years

NATO and Russian ambassadors will meet in the next few weeks for the first time in nearly two years. NATO suspended cooperation with Russia in the …

9 TED talks that can help you become insanely productive

Reaching optimal productivity is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day.<p>The following TED talks offer valuable lessons in doing just that.

Castro demands return of Guantánamo Bay during historic Obama visit

The Cuban president called for an end to the trade embargo as the first visit by a US head of state since 1928 could not mask abiding differences<p>President Raúl Castro of Cuba demanded that Barack Obama hand back Guantánamo Bay and fully end the US trade embargo as their historic first summit in …

Cuba

The Top 7 Books That Can Make You a Better Writer | Inc.com

Writing is an expensive skill in the business world. Research from the National Commission on Writing showed that employers spend about $3.1 billion on remedial writing training each year.<p>And it's likely this trend will continue. Four years ago, data from the National Assessment of Educational …

Writing

5 Self-Help Books That Are Actually Helpful

1 of 5<p>"A Complaint Free World"<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 5<p>"Wherever You Go, There You Are"<p>3 of 5<p>"Don't Sweat The Small Stuff...And It's All Small …

40 Motivational Quotes That Will Inspire You To Make Something Of Your Life

<b>1. “Don’t count every hour in the day. Make every hour in the day count!”— Mark Amend</b><p><b>2. “It always seems impossible until its done.”— Nelson</b> …

North Korea rocket launch will have 'serious consequences', US says

John Kerry calls foreign ministers in South Korea and Japan to discuss action against Pyongyang and affirm Washington’s ‘ironclad commitment’ to allies<p>North Korea rocket launch: UN security council condemns latest violation<p>The US vowed “serious consequences” for North Korea’s rocket launch with …

North Korea

Isis targeting Europe for Paris-style attacks, says EU police chief

Europol head says Islamic State seeking to carry out large-scale attacks in Europe similar to last year’s on French capital<p>Islamic State is actively focusing its attention on conducting large-scale attacks in Europe similar to those last year in Paris, the head of the EU’s law enforcement agency …

Terrorism

These 20 Books Are Game Changers, Read Them Before You Turn 30

Books offer wisdom that we ourselves might need years to figure out. Between 20 and 30, we all would undergo lots of struggles and have lots of …

Self-improvement

The differences between the 2 Talibans — and how they operate

It was what is described by armed Islamist groups there as a "fidayeen attack."<p>Fighters of the Pakistani Taliban, TTP, were equipped to blow themselves up, but first shot all those they encountered until they were cornered and shot by security forces.<p>In the run-up to the attack, TTP recruits had …

Top 10 books about the cold war

The long, nuclear-armed standoff that followed the second world war was a terrifying parody of peace – which inspired some brilliant literature<p>What do you think of when you think of the cold war? The answer may depend on how old you are. For the young, it is history; for the elderly it is one of …

Books

ISIS releases 270 civilians after weekend kidnapping, rights group says

<b>(CNN) —</b> ISIS has released more than half of the people it kidnapped over the weekend in Syria, freeing 270 of the 400 people taken in the city of Deir Ezzor, a Syrian rights group said.<p>Among the released were women, children under the age of 14 and men over the age of 55, said Rami Abdurrahman, …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Police arrest 3 men on suspicion of links to Jakarta attack

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police on Friday arrested three men on suspicion of links to the brazen attacks in the heart of the country's …

Extremism

Literary travel: around the world in 10 must-read books

Ann Morgan spent a year reading a book from every country in the world – 196 in total. Here she picks 10 favourites that vividly evoke the regions they describe<p>• If you’ve read a book with a powerful sense of place or one that inspired you to travel, we’d love to hear about it in the comments …

Books

Three Russians Detained on Suspicion of ISIS Links After Istanbul Bombing

Turkey detained three Russians on suspicion of links to ISIS on Wednesday, following a bomb attack that killed 10 foreign tourists in Istanbul, according to a senior courthouse source and local media reports.<p>The trio were taken into custody near the southwestern resort city of Antalya and were …

Extremism

China Summons U.S. Envoy Over $1.83B Arms Sale to Taiwan

BEIJING — China summoned a senior U.S. diplomat and threatened to impose sanctions on U.S. firms after Washington announced it would sell arms worth $1.83 billion to Taiwan.<p>Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Zheng Zequang told Kaye Lee, the U.S. deputy chief of mission in Beijing, on Wednesday that the …

China

Russia: Turkish president benefits from IS oil trade

MOSCOW (AP) — Sharply raising the stakes in Moscow's spat with Ankara, Russia's top military brass on Wednesday accused Turkish President Recep …

Russia

Climate change negotiations begin in Paris; Obama calls the talks an 'act of defiance'

Declaring that the future of the planet is at stake, more than 150 world leaders assembled outside Paris on Monday to launch an ambitious attempt to confront climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.<p>After decades of difficult negotiations and an unsuccessful attempt to strike a deal six …

Climate