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The Last Test

Americans are finally embracing mixed-race marriage.<p>In 2010, a record 10 percent of opposite-sex married couples told America’s census takers that they lived in an interracial household—up from 7.4 percent in 2000. Given America's racial history with blacks, Latinos, Japanese and Chinese, 1 in 10 …

In The Streets Of Iran, A Fashion Shoot Bursting With Color

Iran is a notoriously closed society, so this was an unusual milestone: It was recently the setting for a high-fashion magazine shoot, published in California-based magazine <i>FSHN</i>.<p>Iranian-Canadian photographer Afra Pourdad took photos of model Shabnam Molavi posing in public spaces — in bazaars, on …

8 Things You Can Learn About Your Date by Looking in His Fridge

You all know that the first time you visit the home of the person you just started dating the first thing you do is go rifle through the medicine cabinet. Admit it. We all do it. But have you considered checking his fridge? It might tell you far more than if he's on anti-depressants and might have …

China, Saudi Arabia win UN human rights seats

China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia have won three-year seats on the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, the United Nations' top rights body, despite concerns about abuses and restrictions on freedoms in all four nations.<p>Also winning seats on the 47-nation council on Tuesday were Algeria, Britain, …

Desperation grips Philippine storm survivors

The expected death toll from Typhoon Haiyan's rampage through the Philippines is much lower than the 10,000 previously estimated, President Benigno Aquino has said, as attention shifts to a quickly deteriorating security situation.<p>Aquino said an initial UN estimate of 10,000 people killed in in the …

Pakistan urged to vaccinate against polio

Pakistan is being urged to vaccinate all of its children against polio amid a dangerous outbreak that has reached Syria and neighbouring countries.<p>The World Health Organisation said on Wednesday that 21 nations from the Middle East and surrounding area signed a joint declaration on eradicating the …

UK spy found dead in locked bag 'not murder'

A British spy whose naked, decomposing body was found padlocked in a bag in his bath probably died accidentally on his own, police in the UK have said, rejecting conspiracy theories that his death was the work of foreign agents.<p>The Metropolitan Police's deputy assistant commissioner, Martin Hewitt, …

Spanish court acquits oil spill defendants

A Spanish court has acquitted all three people charged in the sinking of the <i>Prestige</i> oil tanker off Spain's northwestern coast 11 years ago, which triggered a major environmental catastrophe.<p>Judge Juan Luis Pia said on Wednesday that the court found no criminal responsibility in the sinking and …

Aid eludes many Philippine storm survivors

Hundreds of thousands of people in the Philippines are still in desperate need of help, almost a week after Typhoon Haiyan hit.<p>Emergency supplies of food, water and medical kits are ready to be delivered but they remain frustratingly out of the survivors' reach.<p>Valerie Amos, the UN humanitarian …

Fizzy drinks can change your brain, warn scientists

Research on rats indicates that protein levels in the brain can be altered by consuming too many sugary soft drinks<p>Fans of fizzy pop have been urged to think before they drink after research suggested sugary beverages could “profoundly” change the brain.<p>Drinking a sweet drink over a long period can …

Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines aid effort hampered by lawlessness

Major relief packages have continued to pour into the typhoon-devastated city of Tacloban – from food aid to medicine and search-and-rescue teams – on the second day of a ramped-up effort by the Philippines government to reach those hardest hit by the super storm that many fear has killed more than …

Insecure? ACA vulnerabilities feared

Early stumbles on the hobbled Obamacare website — password glitches, incomplete testing and fractured development — underscore considerable safety risks and hint at deeper vulnerabilities, data security experts warn.<p>Lawmakers seized on those concerns Tuesday and will most likely do so again …

Our favourite images of the week

Seven amazing photos from the last seven days – including sculpture on Sydney’s shores, skiing adventures in Finland and Alaskan bear spotting.

The 40 Must-Have Android Apps for the Power User

For the longest time, Android was an operating system that eschewed visual flair in favour of giving flexibility and power to the user, and since third party developers took their cues from the OS itself, their apps tended to be complex and unabashedly ugly.<p>Somewhere along the way, right around the …

Galaxy Note 3: Five million shipped in 28 days, twice as fast as Note 2

Samsung CEO JK Shin revealed today that the Galaxy Note 3 shipped 5 million units in record time for the series.<p>Samsung doesn’t usually reveal how many devices it actually sold to consumers (the sell-through), so we don’t how many of those Note 3 units are in people’s hands. Still, the fact that …

After the iPhone 5s launch, it’s time to let the iPhone 6 concepts roll …

The iPhone 6 concepts of course started appearing even before the iPhone 5s was launched, but now that the new handsets are old news, the concept bandwagon is gathering speed.<p>Apple is known to be testing a variety of handset sizes, but has always said a phone should be usable with one hand, which …

New coating could lead to waterproof mobile phones

A new waterproof coating to protect the delicate electronics in mobile phones could mean getting your phone wet will no longer be a disaster<p>Dropping your phone down the toilet may never be a problem again.<p>Researchers have developed a new way of waterproofing electronic components that means they …

Nokia pursues HTC sales ban in UK after patent victory

The HTC One is the Taiwanese smartphone maker's flagship device<p><b>Nokia is seeking an injunction preventing the import and sale of the HTC One, its rival's flagship smartphone, into the UK after winning a patent dispute.</b><p>The Finnish company is also seeking compensation.<p>The case centred on an invention …

These Two New Yorkers Help Startups Create Weird Company Cultures, Because That's How You 'Make More Money'

OK, probably a lot of things.<p>For some people, surprises are absolutely terrifying.<p>But there's actually a lot of value in that, Tania Luna of Surprise Industries tells Business Insider.<p>In fact, Luna and her sister, Kat Dudina, have built an entire business devoted to surprising people and companies …

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LivingSocial Says Anti-Semitic Party Decor Was 'Not A Smart Choice'

What may sound like just a horrifying rumor is actually a real thing that happened.<p>The flash sale site LivingSocial threw a 7 Deadly Sins-themed Halloween party last weekend, and the party's "greed" room featured gold and silver decorations... and dreidels, the spinning tops that are popular during …

Tying the knot in the time of India riots

The setting was unusual for marital bliss, but it was no deterrent for the dozen-odd couples who tied the knot last week in a mass wedding at a relief camp for riot victims in Muzaffarnagar.<p>Having fled communal violence that recently swept parts of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and …

Video raises fresh Philippine siege questions

Benigno Aquino, the Philippine president, has questioned the authenticity of an amateur video that appears to show hostages being shot at during a siege last month.<p>Fighting between the Philippine army and the hostage-takers left many dead near the southern city Zamboanga.<p>Human rights groups are …

Polio outbreak confirmed in Syria

The UN health agency has confirmed an outbreak of polio in war-torn Syria, which had been free of the crippling disease since 1999, and said it feared it would spread.<p>Oliver Rosenbauer, spokesman for the World Health Organisation's anti-polio division, told reporters on Tuesday that laboratory …

Mandela coup plotters jailed in South Africa

A South African judge has sentenced 20 members of the Afrikaner white supremacist group Boeremag after being found guilty last year of high treason and plotting to kill Nelson Mandela, among other charges.<p>The state media reported that Judge Eben Jordaan handed the sentences out on Tuesday to end …

Turkey opens tunnel linking Europe and Asia continents

Turkey has for the first time connected its European and Asian sides by opening a railway tunnel that fulfils a vision first proposed by an Ottoman sultan about 150 years ago.<p>The tunnel is 13.6km long, with 1.4km running under the Bosporus, the strait that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of …

Egypt's top satirist to be investigated

Egypt's top prosecutor has ordered an investigation into a complaint that alleges hugely popular satirist Bassem Youssef harmed national interests by ridiculing the country's military in his TV show.<p>The decision by chief prosecutor Hesham Barakat, announced in a statement by his office on Monday, …

Dozens killed in India bus-crash blaze

A fierce blaze on board a bus sparked by an exploding fuel tank has killed at least 44 passengers in southern India, local police say.<p>The fire broke out early on Wednesday morning after the bus crashed into a central reservation on a highway between the cities of Bangalore and Hyderabad around 5am, …

Suicide attack hits Tunisia resort town

The official Tunisian news agency says a man has blown himself up in front of a hotel in a Mediterranean resort town.<p>The TAP news agency on Wednesday said the man, wearing a belt of explosives, was killed. No one else was hurt in the explosion in the town of Sousse, about 150km south of the …