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‘Refugees subject to armed attacks at sea’

<b>Human Rights Watch (HRW) says gunmen have carried out a series of assaults on vessels carrying the asylum seekers trying to cross the Aegean Sea,</b> …

North Africa

Eastern Europe’s hard attitude to refugees is born out of trauma

Accusations of bigotry and historical amnesia are thrown at eastern European governments, but many westerners are ignorant of how this region operates<p>Heartless and mindless – that is how western eyes view how eastern European governments have reacted to the refugee crisis, enforcing their borders …

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1</b><b>. Chinese gross domestic product grew by 6.9% during the third quarter,</b> its slowest quarterly growth since 2009 but still beating expectations by 0.1%.<p><b>2. T yphoon Koppu is battering the Philippines for a second day,</b> leaving two dead and thousands homeless.<p><b>3</b><b>. Henriette Reker was elected as mayor of</b> …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Patrick Witty's Dramatic Photos Capture What It's Like To Arrive As A Refugee

Photographer Patrick Witty captured the arrival of refugees onto the Greek island of Lesbos for BuzzFeed News.<p><b>Each day, rickety boats</b> land laden with people seeking a path into Europe. The Greek island of Lesbos, which is off the coast of Turkey, offers an alternate route to the long land journey …

Eastern Europe

From dirt poor to billionaire — the incredible rags-to-riches story of fashion legend Ralph Lauren

On Tuesday, the fashion legend announced he would step down as CEO from his iconic brand Polo Ralph Lauren.<p>He will stay with the company as its executive chairman and chief creative officer.<p>Lauren has an estimated net worth of $6 billion.<p>Long before he became a fashion icon, he was Ralph Lipschitz, …


The Best 12 Books Coming Out This October

The weather is taking a turn (and threatening a full-blown hurricane if you’re on the East Coast), but there’s no shortage of books offering up the same dose of comfort as a warm blanket or bowl of hot soup. These juicy plotlines will have you happily holed up inside. From novels about …

New Magnificent Photos of Beautiful Libraries around the World

Since 2011, French-born, New York-based photographer Franck Bohbot has traveled all over the world in a quest to document the captivating beauty of libraries for his ongoing series titled <i>House of Books</i>. From Rome to Tokyo to Paris, he creates a visual record of the cultural institutions that have …

The 21 most popular novels of the year so far

The beauty of fiction writing is its ability to take the reader into captivating imagined worlds, from fantasy-like environments to tales set back in time.<p>Every year, Amazon pulls together its most popular print books of the year​. Based on sales numbers and updated daily, the list is a good …


6 Sleep Habits Of Productive People

For starters: They don’t need alarm clocks, stick to their bedtimes, and don’t sleep with their smartphones.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 habits to adopt to be better at your job in 2016. See the full list here.</i><p>You may feel super productive by pulling all nighters, but you’re …

20 Of The Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World

Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.<p>Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.

Andaman and Nicobar

Explosion at chemical plant in eastern China kills 1

BEIJING (AP) — An explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China killed one person and injured nine others, a state news agency reported Sunday, less than two weeks after a similar disaster at a chemical warehouse killed 123 people.<p>The explosion occurred just before 9 p.m. Saturday in Zibo, a city …


Go Behind the Lens of That Famous V-J Day Kiss in Times Square

LIFE photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt kissing a woman during V-J Day celebrations in Times Square, August 14, 1945.<br>William C. Shrout—The LIFE Picture …

THE SELECTS: Seeing Double

The Top 10 Drone Photos Ever Shared on 500px

Drone photography is picking up steam as the little recreational multi-rotor copters become more and more affordable and easier to use.<p>It’s safe to …

Winners of the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

The winners of the 27th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest have just been announced. Winning first prize, Anuar Patjane Floriuk of Tehuacán, Mexico, will receive an eight-day photo expedition for two to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal for a photograph of divers swimming near a …

THE SELECTS: Landscapes by Jay Patel


Willem Jonkers: The Fisheye Master Of Street Photography

<b>All Images (c) Willem Jonkers</b><p><i>Willem Jonkers is not quite your average street photographer. His work is rather unique. Although he chases many of the same subjects as the other few million street photographers out there, he does so with an 8mm fisheye lens. This slight deviation from the normal</i> …

The 50 Most Amazing #BestTowns2015 Photos

@rockcreekgear: Chattanooga<p>Back in April, we asked for wild card submissions on Instagram for the final four entrants to our Best Towns 2015 contest. We were blown away by your submissions, and a wild card entrant, Port Angeles, almost won the whole thing. Here are some of our favorites.<p>The sun …

Adventure Travel

15 photos that capture Earth's turbulent drama and blissful serenity

The deadline is rapidly approaching for National Geographic’s 2015 Traveler Photo Contest with the first place contestant winning an eight day …

Yellowstone National Park

13 Pictures Capture Wonder and Bounty of Our Oceans

We depend on the ocean for food, recreation, as a weather regulator—and more. It in turn depends on us to keep it pristine.<p>Monday is World Oceans Day. The blue kingdom, which covers three fourths of planet Earth, provides half the world’s oxygen, absorbs vast amounts of carbon dioxide emissions …


The Associated Press has named photographer Muhammed Muheisen, frequently honored for his striking photos of people in their everyday environment, as its chief photographer for the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan. To see more of his award-winning photos, visit blog.apimages.com Photo Caption: An Afghan boy stands on a roadside hoping to sell his balloons during sunset in Kabul, Afghanistan. #APPhoto by @mmuheisen #MuhammedMuheisen #AP #Afghanistan #Pakistan #MiddleEast #balloons #sunset #silhouette #Kabul

"Amélie" // [Summer-Mix] By Dennis Kruissen - 08/2015

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.


The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his choices One in five doesn’t represent over 300 years of women in literature: a response What is missing: …


11 YA novels not just for kids

<i>Throughout the summer, EW has been rolling out lists of some of our favorite books of all time. So far, we’ve suggested celebrity memoirs,</i> …


12 Books That Will Lift You Up When You Are Down

Sometimes you need a pick-me-up.<p>Sometimes, you need a pick-me-up. You're feeling blue, down in the dumps, maybe even dealing with a lump in your throat. Whichever idiom fits your situation, you're just not feeling like your best self.<p>To abate the waves of sadness, or palpitations of dread, we've …

Here Are The Books On President Obama's Summer Reading List

More like Reader of the Free World.