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Erdogan left with a divided Turkey after referendum

By expanding his powers through a slim, contested victory in Sunday's referendum, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan has consolidated his rule - but over …

Donald Trump’s big problem is he doesn’t know what he’s talking about

At least it’s one of his problems.<p>Donald Trump doesn’t know what he’s talking about. This became clear when he said he realized dealing with North Korea was “not so easy” after 10 minutes with the Chinese president.<p>Dealing with complicated problems isan occupational hazard faced by outsiders in all …

Iraqis say they're trying to retake Ramadi's center from ISIS

<b>(CNN) —</b> Iraqi forces sneaked across an improvised bridge Tuesday and attacked ISIS in the key city of Ramadi, the Iraqi military said, aiming to recapture the provincial capital whose fall to ISIS months ago drew U.S. criticism about Baghdad's ability to fight the terror group.<p>The forces, including …

Why NASA's Mars Missions Last Long After Their Expiration Dates

Two words: conservative engineering.<p>NASA's Mars Opportunity rover was supposed to last 90 days on the red planet. That was 11 years ago, and it's still roving. The Mars Odyssey orbiter had a stated two-year mission, starting in 2002. Today it still collects data and acts as a communications hub for …

Top 10 Android app updates this week: Chromecast Viber

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found …

CRISPR, the fancy new technology that lets people edit genes, could have an unprecedented and horrific consequence

The method, known as CRISPR, holds the potential to fix genetic defects that cause disease in humans. And researchers are also experimenting with tweaking the genes of other animals. For example, you could modify mosquitoes to prevent them from spreading horrific diseases like malaria and dengue …

Genetics

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani Urges Global War Against ISIS

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq's most powerful Shiite cleric called for a global war against ISIS on Friday, a day after the prime minister said he would welcome Russian airstrikes against the group on his country's soil.<p>Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who has a huge following and can often influence …

Middle East

Angela Merkel 'firm favourite' for Nobel prize over refugee crisis - but losing favour in Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel emerges as the firm favourite for the 2015 peace prize but faces growing opposition to her refugee policy at home<p>Speculation is mounting that Angela Merkel will win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for her handling of the European refugee crisis and the war in Ukraine, …

Russia, Iran, Iraq & Syria setting up ‘joint information center’ to coordinate anti-ISIS operations

Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria have agreed to establish a joint information center in Baghdad to coordinate their operations against Islamic State (IS, …

ISIS Defectors Say They Left the Group Because It Is Slaughtering the Wrong People

At least 58 former ISIS fighters have publicly spoken about their defection from the group. That’s a miniscule number of the estimated tens of …

Huawei Nexus said to feature 128GB of storage space

This year we are expecting to be treated to not one but two new Nexus smartphones, a high end refresh from LG and an even more powerful variant from Huawei. According to the latest leak, the Huawei Nexus will also be the first Nexus smartphone to ship in a 128GB storage variant.<p>Given that Google …

Mobile Technology

More Islamic State defectors speaking out - report

<b>A growing number of defectors from so-called Islamic State are speaking publicly about their decision to leave, according to a new report.</b><p>The defectors risk reprisals by members of the militant group and imprisonment by their home nations, the report says, leading most to go into hiding.<p>But …

Islam

Netanyahu meets Putin to discuss concerns over Russian activity in Syria

Russian president assures Israel its actions in Middle East will be ‘responsible’ despite concerns over military presence in Syria<p>Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, has met the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, to discuss security concerns along Israel’s northern border and how to avoid …

Russia just put its Arctic oil dreams on hold

The Russian Energy Ministry gave a presentation earlier this week that pointed to exploration in the Kara Sea not resuming until 2020 at the earliest, a huge blow to the highly touted project north of the Arctic Circle.<p>In 2014, Rosneft suspended drilling in the Kara Sea after western sanctions …

Cuba thaw could erode Russian influence with Havana allies

Cubans fearful of hostile U.S. neighbors have long counted on the Kremlin to ride to their rescue with military backing and economic infusions, even in the lean years that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.<p>But if Havana and Washington could patch up their relationship after nearly 55 years …