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Philippines to enact law on Muslim autonomy

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has asked the country’s congress to swiftly enact a law creating a Muslim autonomous area in the south of the mainly Roman Catholic state.<p>The move aims at in ending nearly five decades of conflict, which has seen the two sides signing a deal in March to end a …

Jack the Ripper: five unlikely suspects other than Aaron Kosminski

After 126 years of the lucrative “Who was Jack the Ripper?” mystery, the case, apparently, is cracked. Aaron Kosminski, a 23-year-old Polish immigrant hairdresser was “definitely, categorically and absolutely” the man guilty of the 1888 killing spree, according to “armchair detective” Russell …

The Beatles’ final photo shoot

The Beatles united for a final photographic session on this day. It was also the last occasion in which all four members were together for band …

5 Things I Learned When I Quit Facebook

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Mick Jagger, Sting, David Gilmour Sign Letter Urging Scotland to Stay in U.K.

More than 200 celebrities, including Mick Jagger, Sting, Stephen Hawking and Helena Bonham Carter, have signed an open letter asking Scots to vote in …

Tension as Gaza ceasefire lapses, with Hamas demanding end to blockade

Gaza,Hamas,Israel,Middle East and North Africa,Palestinian territories,Gaza flotilla,Binyamin Netanyahu,Mahmoud Abbas,Fatah,Egypt,Mohamed Morsi,World news<p>Scramble in Cairo to secure an extension but Palestinians insist Israeli blockade must end to secure lasting truce<p>Hamas officials in Gaza were …

Ukraine: Rebel leader resigns; militants shoot down fighter plane

A prominent leader of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine resigned his post Thursday as fighting flared there, with militants reportedly downing a Ukrainian military plane.<p>Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, told reporters he was stepping down and …

Russia bans food imports from West

Russia has banned most food imports from the United States and the European Union in obvious retaliation to tough Western sanctions against it over its role in neighbouring Ukraine.<p>I hope that the economic pragmatism of our partners will win over lousy political motives<p>Dmitry Medvedev, Russian …

Obama authorises air strikes in Iraq

US President Barack Obama has authorised targeted air strikes against Sunni fighters in Iraq, saying the measure was meant to avert "genocide" in the country.<p>"We can act, carefully and responsibly to prevent a potential act of genocide," Obama said on Thursday, referring to the Yazidis, a religious …

These People Look SO Much Like Celebrities, It's Hard To Believe They're Not Clones

On Thursday, a curious Redditor posed a question on the social news site. “Reddit, do you have a celebrity look-alike?” the netizen asked. “If so, can you share a side-by-side comparison.”<p>The response was swift, overwhelming and crazy impressive.<p>One guy said he often gets stopped in the street …

Hamas Says It Will Continue Fight After Ceasefire

Hamas reiterated late Thursday that it plans to continue fighting after a temporary cease-fire ends Friday morning, if its demands are not met.<p>“The …

Obama questions blockade as Gaza talks go on

A three-day ceasefire in Gaza that has brought relief to hundreds of thousands of its residents, is entering its final stretch with the Hamas leadership saying that there will be no extension unless Israel meets its demands.<p>As talks continued in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Thursday, US President …

Cambodia tribunal convicts Khmer Rouge leaders

Three and a half decades after the genocidal rule of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge ended, a U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal on Thursday sentenced two top leaders of the former regime to life in prison on war crimes charges for their roles during the country's 1970s terror.<p>The historic verdicts were …

Egypt reclaims role as Arabs' indispensable nation with Gaza talks

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt is on a mission -- to return his country to its rightful place as the "indispensable" Arab state after what he saw as the dangerous chaos of Muslim Brotherhood rule under his predecessor, Mohamed Morsy.<p>He also is determined to resist the spread of Islamist …

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When the Son of Hamas Spied for Israel

Code-named ‘The Green Prince,’ Mosab Hassan Yousef betrayed his father and passed intel from the highest echelons of Hamas to Israel’s internal …

NATO Isn't Ready to Take on Russia, But the Problem Is Political, Not Military

On July 31, while it remained unclear exactly how directly involved in the Ukrainian crisis Russia is, the British media ominously reported that NATO had been deemed unready to fight a war with Russia.<p>The story comes from the Commons Defence Select Committee, in a report Towards the next Defense …

The Conflict In Gaza Explained In One Map

Israel withdrew its last forces from Gaza on Tuesday, as a 72-hour ceasefire between the country and Palestinian militants went into effect. Nearly 2,000 people have lost their lives in a month of fighting, a majority of them civilians.<p>The violence in Gaza can be painstakingly difficult to …

Obama woos African leaders to counter growing Chinese influence

Barack Obama is convening the largest ever gathering of African leaders in Washington on Monday – 50 have been invited – for a summit billed by the White House as "elevating our engagement" with a continent increasingly under China's influence.<p>But it's likely to prove a challenging few days for a …

UN warns of 'tragedy' as militants take over Iraq towns

<b>The UN has warned that up to 200,000 people have been forced to flee their homes after militants took over more towns in northern Iraq.</b><p>Islamic State (formerly known as Isis) militants are reported to have taken over the town of Sinjar near Syria.<p>It follows the IS takeover of the town of Zumar and …

Ukrainian forces advance to edge of rebel stronghold Donetsk

Kiev claims it has encircled Donetsk but MH17 crash site remains disputed as civilians flee mortar bombardment<p>Ukrainian government forces advanced to the edges of the rebel-held city of Donetsk on Sunday as civilians fled the conflict close to the MH17 crash site.<p>There was fierce fighting between …

Israel Will Hold Fire For 7 Hours In Parts Of Gaza

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Israel said it would unilaterally hold fire in most of the Gaza Strip on Monday to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid and allow some of the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians displaced by an almost four-week-old war to go back to home.<p>The announcement, …

Afghanistan has cost more to rebuild than Europe after Second World War

A US government report reveals corruption and waste have pushed the cost of reconstruction beyond the total spent under the Marshall Plan<p>The cost of rebuilding Afghanistan has exceeded the amount of money spent putting Europe back on its feet after the Second World War, it has been disclosed.<p>A US …

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Israel and Palestine: 'If I was to look to anyone for hope, it would be the people on both sides'

For the last few weeks GuardianWitness has been running two assignments – one for people living in Palestine and the other for those in Israel. Amid the anger at the tragic human cost of this conflict, individuals and organisations have been contributing images, videos and testimony that reflect a …

Israeli military announces end to Gaza truce

The Israeli military says a Gaza ceasefire that went into effect earlier on Friday is now over and military operations are in progress on the ground.<p>Asked during a media conference call if the ceasefire was over, Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner, a military spokesman, said: "Yes. We are continuing …

In Pictures: Gaza Devastation

Displaced Palestinians across the Gaza Strip took advantage of a brief ceasefire on Friday to inspect their homes. But the lull in fighting was short-lived - within two hours, the truce collapsed with Israel and Hamas blaming each other for violating the agreement.<p>Thousands of buildings have been …

Street Smart: What to do in Brookland

Change has come to the community nicknamed “Little Rome” for its myriad Catholic institutions, bringing new condos, restaurants and, notably, the arts. But much of Brookland remains a quiet family neighborhood where daily encounters on leafy streets can include nuns and friars.<p><b>The Arts Walk</b> <i>Monroe</i> …