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The Panama Papers reveal the corrupt roots of global extremism

In the aftermath of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ (ICIJ) release of the so-called Panama Papers—a massive leaked database of documents from offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca—it’s become public knowledge how many powerful people, including world leaders, have kept, …

Corruption

How to explore the world's greatest archipelagos

Readers share their tips on exploring the world's archipelagos.<p>This week's winning entry<p><b>Escape from modern living</b><p>Inspired by your article in Discover, we explored Palawan and the surrounding islands on the only sailing paraw [outrigger] in the Philippines. This is as remote as travel gets. …

The Best Photographs From Scott Kelly's Year In Space

"#Jimena in the Pacific is a massive storm. Makes the moon look puny. #YearInSpace"—via Twitter on Aug. 30, 2015.<br>Scott Kelly—NASA

Space Exploration

20 Everyday Habits That Sabotage Weight Loss Goals

If you Google “how to lose weight” you get nearly a million results. You’d think with all the weight loss tips out there, we’d be a nation of people …

Fitness

Germany turning back more migrants, Austria says, after Scandinavian curbs

Authorities say the migrants being sent back are those wishing to travel to Denmark and Sweden, where border controls have been tightened<p>Germany is turning away hundreds of migrants a day on the border with Austria as Angela Merkel’s government seeks to reduce the number of asylum seekers in the …

Why Does Hot Water Freeze Faster Than Cold Water?

Yep, it's true - and the chemistry is fascinating.<p>Lots of you in the Northern Hemisphere will be in the middle of yet another winter, and some might …

Stanford University

Here’s The Simple Proof That There Must Be Multiple Levels of Infinity

Easy!<p>Infinity is a powerful concept. Philosophers, artists, theologians, scientists, and people from all walks of life have struggled with ideas of …

Mathematics

6 factors that will shape the global economy in 2016

2016 will be a challenging and difficult year for the global economy.<p>Global growth is picking up somewhat after a number of weak years. A global GDP growth rate of 3.5%, the latest IMF forecast, is lower than the 4.5% average that preceded the decade before the great recession, but it is better …

On Muslims, Democrats find an unlikely ally: George W Bush

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taunted by Republicans to declare war on "radical Islamic terrorism," Democrats are turning to an unlikely ally: George W. Bush.<p>President Barack Obama, under pressure to be more aggressive on terrorism, regularly cites his predecessor's refusal to demonize Muslims or play into the …

George W. Bush

Some of California's most dangerous prisoners win push for more sleep

Some of California's most dangerous inmates could be getting more sleep under an agreement announced Thursday that requires guards to hold down the noise.<p>Dozens of prisoners complained that they were being kept awake around the clock by overnight welfare checks every half-hour.<p>Under the agreement …

Why I Had to Stop Working Out to Get Healthy

My doctor gave me an unusual prescription: to stop working out. And it totally changed my relationship with exercise and my body.<p>I just pulled out a box in my house filled with my journals from college and young adulthood. I moved a year ago and I haven't been willing to face the diaries until now …

The Science Behind the Virgin Birth

Researchers have come up with several intriguing—if improbable—scientific explanations for the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.<p>Although the religious meaning of Christmas was long ago neutered, replaced with the secular joys of eggnog and mall Santas, at its core December 25 is still a celebration of …

Jesus

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Business (Canada)

This Family Fled ISIS in Iraq. Here's How They Made It to Germany

Yezidi refugee Samir Qasu, 45, from Sinjar, Iraq, and his wife Bessi, 42, cry while embracing two of their children, Dun<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Muhammed …

5 Android Productivity Apps to Help You in 2016

New year, new you? The power to supercharge your 2016 is already in your hands! These apps will make you a force to be reckoned with come January, so invest some time to make sure you're ready to hit the ground running.<p><b>SwiftKey</b><p>SwiftKey is a free app which is probably the best third party keyboard …

EU warns Poland on rule of law as constitutional crisis escalates

The EU's executive body has urged Poland to postpone a new law that critics say threatens the rule of law. The law is controversial for instituting …

Europe

Palestinian stabbers kill Israeli, assailants shot dead

JERUSALEM (AP) — Two Palestinian assailants on Wednesday carried out a stabbing attack outside Jerusalem's Old City, killing one Israeli, before they …

5. Under The Skin (2014)

Under the Skin, which stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien disguised as a woman who traverses the Scottish countryside in order to find lowly men to …

4 Scientifically Proven Foods for Weight Loss

We all know food can have a significant impact on our health. Eating the right foods can help increase metabolism while supporting lean muscle …

Cruise holidays to book in December

The most common question asked by those who have never cruised is when to book their holiday to secure a good cabin at the best price. There is no easy answer to this. Unless you are tied to a specific date or have your heart set on a specific ship, there is enough capacity for you to be able to …

‘They’re Being Tortured’: U.S. Ally Accused of Abusing ISIS Prisoners

America’s Kurdish allies are allegedly torturing ISIS fighters taken with the help of U.S. special forces. But don’t expect the U.S. to look too hard …

18 Cool New Products to Make You Actually WANT to Work Out

Mixing up a workout routine with a new top here, some post-workout treats there and new goals everywhere is important for staying excited (and committed!) to your fitness. Fresh gear and gadgets to reinvigorate your routine or reward yourself when hitting a new PR go a long way in the results …

Undercover British TV Show Reports U.K. Muslim Moms Recruiting Girls for Islamic State: ‘We Do Not Submit to the Law of Any Country’

A British television network went undercover for a year among female supporters of the Islamic State group in London and reportedly found British mothers preaching that Allah will destroy Western militaries, that the “man-made” laws of Britain are to be rejected and that Muslims must travel to …

Tourist attractions left deserted after terror attacks

Destinations that are so magical, they hardly seem real

These seven dreamy destinations make you feel like you’ve stepped straight into a magical fairy tale world.<p>Where to go to escape the stresses of life, the bustle of the workweek and the noise of traffic? To find out, we turned to question-and-answer site Quora, where users have been sharing their …

Underwater pier detonated on old Bay Bridge early Saturday

Caltrans imploded an underwater pier of the old Bay Bridge eastern span at 7:17 a.m. Saturday, triggering 22,000 pounds of dynamite to pulverize the upper portion of the structure.<p>Spouts of water shot skyward from the force of the blast, but the explosives detonated mostly below the waters of the …

San Francisco

Paris attacks: We bomb the jihadists there, they shoot us here

With this attack, the jihadists are showing us that the West can win battles in the Middle East but still face a war at home<p>The Paris attackers shouted “this is for Syria” as they started their rampage, asserting that by involving themselves in the Middle East western nations had brought its wars …

Paris attacks put dagger through heart of liberal Europe

Attacks threaten viability of Schengen agreement and the vision of tolerant, multi-cultural society that is "essence" of Europe, analysts warn<p>The Paris attacks that killed at least 128 people on Saturday night will put renewed pressure on Europe Schengen agreement and threaten the “very essence” of …

Gatwick terminal evacuated as explosive experts inspect item

Police arrest man at airport after ‘suspicious item’ discarded in bin day after coordinated terror attacks in Paris<p>Police have carried out a controlled explosion at Gatwick airport after a man appeared to discard a firearm and other possessions in a dustbin.<p>Officers were called to reports on …