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When the confetti is swept away we are left with a deeply divided country

The royal wedding demonstrated great public affection for the monarchy, but it exists only so long as it keeps winning the popularity contest<p>In advance of the event, the campaign group Republic launched a petition demanding that no taxpayers’ money be spent on the royal wedding. These …

Prince Philip

China is reportedly proposing a permanent military base in the South Pacific

China has approached Vanuatu about establishing a permanent military presence on the tiny Pacific island, Australia's Fairfax Media reported on …

China

Feds: Backpage.com made $500M from prostitution-related ads

PHOENIX (AP) — The owners of the classified advertising site Backpage.com, who have already beaten some state charges in a separate California case, …

Corruption

Manchester police record 775 cases of LGBT domestic abuse

Campaigners praise force for highlighting issue, with most victims taking up support<p>Greater Manchester police have recorded 775 cases of domestic abuse in the LGBT community since it became the first UK force to officially log figures a year ago.<p>The force said it was encouraged by the reporting of …

Sociology

What It's Like To Be A Legal Sex Worker In The U.S.

When Alice Little, a legal sex worker, gave Refinery29 a peek at her life in the form of a Money Diary last year, the post received more than 300 …

The internet's worst-case scenario finally happened in real life: An entire country was taken offline, and no one knows why

LONDON — For years, countries have worried that a hostile foreign power might cut the undersea cables that supply the world with internet service.<p>Late last month, we got a taste of what that might be like. An entire country, Mauritania, was taken offline for two days because an undersea cable was …

Ivory Coast

Fossil find gives middle finger to previous understanding of human exodus from Africa

Even for a desert, the Nefud is nearly bone-dry. Only about an inch of water falls onto the red, sandy soil in northern Saudi Arabia over the course …

The Surprising Effects of Loneliness on Health

The potentially harmful effects of loneliness and social isolation on health and longevity, especially among older adults, are well established. For example, in 2013 I reported on research finding that loneliness can impair health by raising levels of stress hormones and inflammation, which in turn …

Psychology

Does being stoned improve your sex life?

<b>Feelings we commonly associate with being stoned are giggliness and a sense of calm.</b><p>And although it’s not often talked about, loads of people also …

Cannabis

Inside 'Nazi sex dungeon' where cruel gang tortured and threatened to rape man

This is the disturbing video footage of the inside of a sex dungeon where a cruel gang tortured and threatened to rape a man they had chained up.<p>The …

Being sexually assaulted can have long term physical effects

Being sexually assaulted is a harrowing experience; something that leaves its survivors feeling shaken, vulnerable, angry and in pain.<p>If the attack …

Saudi-UAE Push To Mobilize Tribes Against Qatari Emir

For now, the promotion of opponents of Sheikh Tamim appears to be more of a public relations stunt and fixture of the media war than a serious challenge.<p>Nearly six months into the Gulf crisis, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are attempting to mobilize tribal opposition as well as little …

Oil could top $200 if Saudi-Iran war breaks out

Events appear to be spinning out of control in the Middle East, and the threat a Saudi-Iranian war is looking increasingly credible. Make no mistake, …

Oil

The purge in Saudi Arabia, explained

“It is the most volatile period in Saudi history in over a half-century.”<p>Mohammed bin Salman, the ambitious 32-year-old crown prince of Saudi Arabia, is rounding up the opposition — specifically, the opposition inside his own royal family.<p>Over the weekend, Saudi police arrested an astonishing 11 …

Slavery is thriving on London's building sites and in restaurants, says police chief

LONDON, July 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - London is a hotspot of modern slavery, with workers in hotels, restaurants and on construction sites at particular risk of exploitation, said the head of the Metropolitan police's anti-slavery unit.<p>Modern slavery cases surged in the first half of this …

AOL

Fighting the Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism

With July now upon us, many travelers are preparing to embark on trips and getaways to destinations within the United States and across the world. …

How BAE sold cyber-surveillance tools to Arab states

<b>A year-long investigation by BBC Arabic and a Danish newspaper has uncovered evidence that the UK defence giant BAE Systems has made large-scale sales across the Middle East of sophisticated surveillance technology, including to many repressive governments.</b><b>These sales have also included decryption</b> …

Cybersecurity

Grenfell Tower fire: At least 17 dead as police say they may not be able to identify all the bodies

Police have said they may never be able to identify all of the victims killed in the Grenfell Tower fire, as they confirmed at least 17 people had …

'You can each rape 3 women, I'll protect you,' Duterte jokingly tells Philippines troops

Philippines president tells military personnel implementing martial law they have his full support.<p>Firebrand Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is …

Syrian troops advancing towards US and British special forces

Bashar al-Assad’s troops are on a collision course with Western special forces, after advancing towards their training base in eastern Syria over the weekend.<p>Pro-government soldiers are now within 15 miles of al-Tanf - a heavily fortified hub for American and British special forces training Syrian …

Middle East

'Is it a rolling pin?' Ad with young girls innocently guessing what sex toys actually do has heartbreaking message

The disturbing and frank reality of what millions of child prostitutes are forced into every day has been revealed in a shocking advert.<p>The ad from …

Your 'Westworld' sexbot is almost here, thanks to RealDoll

Abyss Creations, maker of the life-size RealDoll, releases an AI named Harmony on the unsuspecting world as its first step toward personal sex robots.<p>The maker of the RealDoll, a life-size faux-human you can have sex with, is stepping up its game.<p>After months of teasing, Abyss Creations on Saturday …

Artificial Intelligence

4 maps that explain wars in the Middle East and North Africa

Zohra Bensemra/Reuters The Middle East and North Africa region runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean and from Turkey to Yemen. The bulk of the region is along five waterways: The Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Black Sea, and Caspian Sea.<p>Here are four maps that explain the …

A Dubai-based flight attendant is flying high by documenting her travels on social media

A Serbian flight attendant with Emirates is winning legions of fans by documenting her exotic travelling experiences on social media. Dubai-based Maria Soldatova, 29, has 85,000 followers between YouTube and Instagram, and posts under the name SkyFlyGirl. They love seeing the exotic destinations …

Social Media

Burmese Nobel Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi Has Turned Into an Apologist for Genocide Against Muslims

AUNG SAN SUU KYI IS ONE of the most celebrated human rights icons of our age: Nobel Peace Laureate, winner of the Sakharov Prize, recipient of the …

Asia

First picture of Khalid Masood reveals how he went from football-loving teenager to London attacker

This is the first photo of Khalid Masood, the terrorist responsible for the Westminster attack. Smiling broadly for the camera, he is photographed with school friends who were taking part in a charity five-a-side tournament.<p>The picture was taken around 1980, when Masood, who was known as Adrian …

Saudi Arabia the Next Stop on China’s Maritime Silk Road

Like a weathervane, the recent visit to China by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman points to changing strategic directions in the Middle East–Asia security architecture. The significance of the Saudi monarch’s meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) and other top officials goes well beyond the …

Ancient palace revealed under destroyed Mosul shrine

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi archaeologists think that tunnels dug by Islamic State militants under a destroyed shrine in Mosul have revealed the palace …

Archaeology

Breakthrough for Science as MIT Researchers Create a New Form of Matter

A new form of matter has been created by MIT researchers that combine the properties of both solids and superfluids. It was done using lasers to …

Raped, beaten, exploited: the 21st-century slavery propping up Sicilian farming

Every night for almost three years, Nicoleta Bolos lay awake at night on a dirty mattress in an outhouse in Sicily’s Ragusa province, waiting for the sound of footsteps outside the door. As the hours passed, she braced herself for the door to creak open, for the metallic clunk of a gun being placed …

Human Rights