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Russia cuts off gas to Ukraine as Kiev orders border secured | Reuters

KIEV/GORKI Russia (Reuters) - Russia cut off gas to Ukraine on Monday in a dispute over unpaid bills that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe and set back hopes for peace between the former Soviet neighbours.<p>After the weekend loss of 49 troops when pro-Russian rebels shot down a military …

The Decision 2.0: Where will LeBron James end up after this debacle?

The San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat 104-87 on Sunday night to win the 2014 NBA Finals and send LeBron James off into another offseason where he …

Basketball

Time for Miami Heat to Borrow San Antonio Spurs' Long-Term Formula

The Miami Heat’s Big Three needs the same break the San Antonio Spurs have been getting for the past few years.<p>This same break allowed the Spurs to dethrone the Heat in five games during the NBA Finals. The Spurs looked like the better team throughout, and an argument could be made that this was …

NBA

Flooding a concern ahead of USA vs Ghana match

In several hosting cities the rainy season is coming to an end and anyone who witnessed the heavy downpour that started during Mexico’s game with Cameroon on Friday, will have an idea of the type of conditions that might be encountered over the next few weeks.<p>That downpour in Natal turned out to be …

Boots

Kawhi Leonard named 2014 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player

The Spurs' versatile forward was huge throughout the NBA Finals, earning him the Bill Russell Award.<p>Kawhi Leonard's huge impact on the 2014 NBA Finals has earned him the Most Valuable Player award.<p>The San Antonio Spurs' forward had a breakout series against the Miami Heat this year, dominating on …

The Heat is off! Spurs take NBA championship

San Antonio defeated the Miami Heat 104 to 87 to claim the NBA championship Sunday night.<p>"This is a team, and that's what makes this so, so great," Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said.<p>San Antonio dominated the series, winning four games to one. Each Spurs victory was by at least 15 points.<p>"Hard to …

Ukraine vs Russia: A mafia state's cover-up? | Croatia

It's not yet quite as bad as the battle of Vukovar, but the armed conflict in Ukraine is looking increasingly similar to the war in Croatia fought in 1991. One by one, Russia is trying to chip off the predominantly Russophone southeastern parts of Ukraine either through direct annexation, as in the …

This Leaked Diplomatic Cable From 2008 Foreshadowed Russia's Invasion Of Ukraine

Armed men, believed to be Russian soldiers, stand guard outside a Ukrainian military base in Simferopol March 19, 2014. Defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty in Moscow on Tuesday making Crimea part of Russia again, but said he did not …

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

Investing

10 Phrases Great Speakers Never Say | Inc.com

While it's really hard to immediately win over a crowd, it's really easy for a speaker to lose the room within the first few minutes of a presentation.<p>To make sure you don't lose your audience, here's Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, serial entrepreneur and founder of TwitterCounter and The Next Web, …

Public Speaking

World of Science in Pictures

Parenting In The Age Of Apps: Is That iPad Help Or Harm?

When it comes to media, parents all want to know: How much is too much for my child?<p>Dr. Dimitri Christakis, a pediatrician, professor and father of two, has spent a lot of time thinking about the effects of media on young children.Christakis tells NPR's Arun Rath that not all TV is bad.<p>Some …

Scientists Develop Health Trackers That Work Like Temporary Tattoos

First there was the pedometer -- simple in design and function, but it gets the job done. Then there were health trackers that you could either clip to your pocket (a la Fitbit) or wear on your wrist (a la Jawbone, Nike Fuelband, and so on and so forth).<p>And now, the next stage in health tracking …

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Meteorite whizzes by skydiver, gets caught on tape

A Norwegian skydiver appears to have an extremely close call with a falling meteorite, which fortunately wasn't on fire at the time.<p>The odds of dying from a meteorite impact could be as slim as 1 in 250,000, according to Tulane University. So imagine the odds of going for a dive from an airplane …

Space

Why is the west seen as the greatest threat? From Asia, the answer's clear

A recent Gallup survey of respondents from 65 countries suggests that America is now seen as the country that poses the "greatest threat to world peace today". In fact, more people picked the US than Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea and Pakistan combined.<p>Seen from Asia, this result wasn't hard to …

U.N. warns food security a risk to Asia-Pacific | Reuters

ULAN BATOR (Reuters) - The world must increase its food production by 60 percent by mid-century or risk serious food shortages that could bring social unrest and civil wars, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday.<p>Customers shop at a vegetable and fruits wholesale market in …

Asia-Pacific failing to save forests, grassland loss | Reuters

ULAN BATOR (Reuters) - Asia-Pacific nations are failing to halt the loss of natural forests and grasslands, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday, robbing people of their livelihoods and worsening environmental problems like desertification and climate change.<p>A Tibetan …

China is Cheating the World Student Rankings System

The results from a global exam that evaluates students’ reading, science and math skills are in and, once again, Chinese students appear to be …

Misery and mass bowing: the view from a North Korean tour bus

Restraints on foreign tourists fail to mask the hardship and mind control in country UN likened to Nazi Germany<p>A stunningly beautiful, twentysomething woman dressed in black performs her death wail in the main hall of an obscenely luxurious palace in central Pyongyang. Her face seems to contort as …

Horrifying Stories Emerge Of China Torturing To Get Graft Confessions

Zhou Wangyan heard his left thigh bone snap, with a loud "ka-cha." The sound nearly drowned out his howls of pain.<p>"My leg is broken," Zhou told the interrogators. According to Zhou, they ignored his pleas.<p>China's government is under strong pressure to fight rampant corruption in its ranks, faced …

IBM factory strike shows shifting China labour landscape | Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A wildcat strike at an IBM factory in southern China illustrates how tectonic shifts under way in the country’s labour market are emboldening workers to take matters into their own hands, raising risks for multinationals.<p>IBM workers shout slogans as they protest at an IBM …

With legal reforms, China wants less interfering in cases, fewer death penalty crimes | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has curtailed the power of the ruling Communist Party’s Political and Legal Committee, a secretive body overseeing the security services, to interfere in most legal cases, scholars with knowledge of the situation said - a significant reform at a time of public discontent …

Japan, U.S. differ on China in talks on 'grey zone' military threats | Reuters

TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As Japan and the United States start talks on how to respond to armed incidents that fall short of a full-scale attack on Japan, officials in Tokyo worry that their ally is reluctant to send China a strong message of deterrence.<p>A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri …

China says expels Philippine from disputed shoal | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Monday that coast guard ships had driven away two Philippine vessels which had tried to approach a shoal in the South China Sea in the latest flare-up of a long-running territorial dispute.<p>The Chinese ships were patrolling waters around Second Thomas Shoal, known …