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Rafael Nadal plays down Australian Open chances as Roger Federer hits his peak

Spaniard blames lack of game time for poor form while Federer praises his serve and consistency<p>Asked on Saturday to name the most smoothly functioning aspect of his game, <b>Rafael Nadal</b> replied “Nothing”. Admittedly, the reply was delivered with a smile, but it was still a revealing moment in the …

U.S. Troops Will Train Syria Rebels in Fight Against ISIS: Pentagon

U.S. troops will be sent to the Middle East to train Syrian opposition rebels as part of the wider fight against ISIS militants, the Pentagon said Friday.<p>The first 300 American forces will be deployed to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, defense officials said. The U.S. is negotiating with a fourth …

Madagascar Photos

See photos of Madagascar (including lemurs, geckos, baobabs, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

Teen Arrested Over Christmas Gaming Console Attacks

British police may have nabbed the Grinch responsible for taking down Microsoft's Xbox Live and Sony's PlayStation Network over Christmas, causing …

Why we fear and admire the military sniper

CHRIS KYLE, the Navy SEAL in the new film “American Sniper,” is a guardian angel: He picks off Iraqi insurgents from afar, saving his comrades before …

2014 Confirmed as Hottest Year On Record, With Spike in Ocean Temperatures

NOAA and NASA measurements agree: Last year was a record-setter.<p><i>Updated at 2:08 p.m. EST.</i><p>The year 2014 was the hottest since record-keeping began in 1880, according to independent reviews of temperature data released Friday by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.<p>Globally, …

Yosemite National Park

<b>Location: California<br>Established: October 1, 1890<br>Size: 747,956 acres</b><p>In a high-country meadow two hikers crouch near the edge of a mirroring lake and watch a pika as it harvests blades of grass for a nest deep within a huge rock pile. When they resume walking, there is no other person in sight for as …

Web of Terror: Paris attackers' connection to global jihad

<b>(CNN) —</b> When the sound of gunfire rattled out of the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, it looked like the systematic murder of cartoonists and staff at the satirical magazine could have been the work of lone wolf extremists, two brothers named Said and Cherif Kouachi.<p>When a policewoman was gunned …

New Cuba Travel, Trade Rules Will Start Friday: U.S. Government

Decades of U.S. trade and travel restrictions on Cuba will come to an end on Friday, the government announced in the first tangible step towards restoring diplomatic ties between Washington and Havana.<p>New rules will allow Americans to travel to the country without a license – as long as they go for …

FBI raids firm headed by one of the Wolves of Wall Street

Danny Porush - the man who inspired the character played by Jonah Hill in the Scorcese film - spotted leaving premises in a Rolls-Royce after agents cart away boxes of documents<p>FBI agents descended on the Florida offices of a company linked to Danny Porush, one of two men who inspires The Wolf of …

Astronomers Spy "Bullet" Galaxy Blasting Through Other Galaxies

A speedy space collision rips gas from a fast-moving galaxy.<p><b>What's New</b><p>A distant galaxy pierced another group of galaxies like a bullet, astronomers report, in a cosmic collision some 1.4 billion light-years away.<p>Observations from Europe's XMM-Newton X-ray space telescope reveal that the bullet …

National Geographic Travel

The Forgotten Plan to Save Great Art From World War III

From a secret treasure trove below the memorial to Oliver Wendell Holmes in DC to a retrofitted quarry in Wales, our governments have gone to great …

It's Alarmingly Easy To Take North Korea's Internet Offline

But it appears likely that the country's paltry web infrastructure — which consists of a mere four networks and just over 1,000 IP addresses — was the target of a distributed denial of service attack (DDOS) conceivably motivated in some way by the events surrounding last month's Sony breach and the …

North Korea

Obama commutes eight drug offenders' sentences, why not others?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Obama administration has consistently supported measures aimed at reforming mandatory minimum prison sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders. But President Barack Obama's recent decision to commute the prison sentences of only eight federal inmates -- incarcerated for drug crimes -- …

What the 'marshmallow test' can teach you about your kids

<b>(CNN) —</b> The premise is simple: You can eat one marshmallow now or, if you can wait, you get to eat two marshmallows later.<p>It's an experiment in self-control for preschoolers dreamed up by psychologist Dr. Walter Mischel. While the rules of his experiment are easy, the results are far more complex …

ISIS Raped and Sold Yazidi Women and Girls for Sex: Report

Women and girls were raped, forced into sexual slavery and driven to suicide by ISIS militants rampaging through northern Iraq, according to shocking personal testimonies published Tuesday in a report by Amnesty International. ISIS militants abducted “hundreds, possibly thousands” of men and women …

Sony Hack: North Korea Demands Joint Probe With U.S.

The White House responded Saturday to North Korea’s denial that it carried out the cyberattack against Sony Pictures, saying the FBI stands by its conclusion that the reclusive country is behind the “destructive attack.”<p>“As the FBI made clear, we are confident the North Korean government is …

North Korea

Climate Change Dangers Are 'Higher Than Ever': U.N. Report

Pollution and climate change due to human influence is “clear,” and the observed effects are “unprecedented,” according to a report released Sunday by a United Nations panel.<p>The 116-page report is the fifth since 1990 prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The latest …

Islamic State appears to release chilling threat

A video released by the Islamic State militant group shows British captive John Cantlie speaking about western governments moving "toward all out war with Iraq and Syria.''<p>It was posted Monday on the website of the SITE intelligence group and on You Tube.<p>The video shows Cantlie in an orange shirt …

Islamic State: 'You are not even safe in your bedrooms'

Jihadists in Iraq and Syria warn western civilians and the military will be targeted as the US builds support for air strikes against Isil<p>The Islamic State issued a rallying call yesterday for Muslims to attack and kill European and American citizens wherever they could be found and warned the West …

New View Suggests Big Bang Inflation Claims Are Just Dust

Newly released observations from the European Space Agency's Planck satellite have dealt a heavy blow to purported evidence of the universe's post-Big Bang growth spurt. Back in March, the scientists behind the South Pole Telescope campaign — known as Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic …

33 Pictures Taken at Just the Right Moment

Image: Imgur<p>People who take a ton of pictures know all too well that snapping the shot at the right split second is imperative when it comes to …

'Mario Kart 8' fails to stem growing Nintendo losses

2.82 million copies sold, but most to existing Wii U owners<p>Nintendo made an operating loss of ¥9.47 billion ($92.7 million) in its first quarter of 2014, with the launch of <i>Mario Kart 8</i> sparking a bump in Wii U hardware sales that wasn't big enough to boost the company's financial performance. Wii U …

Brazil's nerve-racking win provides host nation with major boost

Jun 28,2014<p>BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil – Anxiety and tension hung over the Estadio Mineirao like a wet, wool blanket as Brazil’s players took the field for the penalty shootout. It’s only a game, some might say, with no lasting impact beyond the final whistle.<p>Only there’s no such thing at this World …