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The 1857 Revolt: The 72 Hours That Brought Down British East India Company

The events of 10 May 1857 in Meerut mark the end of the company’s rule in India.

This black fighter pilot broke all kinds of records. He doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page

Meet Clarence D. Lester, the forgotten Tuskegee Airman from Chicago<p>On July 18th, 1944, Lieutenant Clarence D. “Lucky” Lester was, once again, about …

The Latest: UN nixes Russian text on Syria gas attack probe

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on the developments in Syria (all times local):<p>1:15 a.m.<p>The U.N. Security Council has rejected a Russian resolution that would have welcomed an investigation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons into a suspected poison gas attack in the suburbs of …

Middle East

The little-known story of the men who fought for women’s votes

The “Suffragents” took the backseat, and showed what support looks like<p><b>By Brooke Kroeger</b><p>OnMay 6, 1911, under perfect blue skies, 10,000 spectators …

Feminism

Stephen Hawking, science's brightest star, dies aged 76

Tributes poured in on Wednesday to Stephen Hawking, the brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped modern cosmology and inspired global audiences in the millions. He died at the age of 76 in the early hours of Wednesday morning.<p>A brief history of Stephen Hawking's Brief …

Stephen Hawking

In Winston Churchill, Hollywood rewards a mass murderer

<i>Shashi Tharoor is author of “Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India.” He chairs the Indian Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.</i><p>“History,” Winston Churchill said, “will be kind to me, for I intend to write it myself.” He needn’t have bothered. He was one of the great mass murderers of …

World History

‘Annihilation’ on Netflix: Moviegoers Need to Take Responsibility For Paramount’s Controversial Deal

Alex Garland's science-fiction thriller was a box office dud in the U.S., but it's not Paramount's fault these kind of movies are a hard …

Film Industry

Sooner rather than later, Pakistan will pay for Sunjuwan attack: Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat

The Indian army will give Pakistan a reply “sooner rather than later” for the February 10 terror attack on a military camp in Jammu, General Bipin …

India

Zorawar Singh: The brave Sikh warrior

In the frigid and empty vastness of Tibet stands a peculiar cenotaph or memorial – that of a nineteenth century Sikh general! It is located at …

India

Sydney sisters build empire with 'man-repelling' Orthodox Jewish fashion

Growing up in the beachy Sydney suburb of Coogee, sisters Simi Polonsky and Chaya Chanin stuck out like a sore thumb.<p>"On Saturdays everyone is …

Orthodox Judaism

200,000 Endangered Antelope Died. Now We Know Why.

Rare saiga antelope—known for their big noses—perished en masse in 2015 in Central Asia.<p>Conservationists have solved a mystery that has bedeviled them for serveral years: what caused the mass die-off of hundreds of thousands of critically endangered saiga antelope in Central Asia.<p>In the spring of …

Wildlife

Incredible images of Washington, DC before it was a city

Before Washington, DC became the capital city of the United States, it was a sprawling, 100-square-mile plot of plantations, forests, and hills.<p>The city's urban plan was the brainchild of French immigrant and architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant, who envisioned an egalitarian design for the District — …

A Forgotten Memorial That Gives Indian Soldiers of Yore Their Due

Cavalry officers have always felt that brief surge of extra pride in the month of November, when traffic on Delhi’s busy Teen Murti roundabout …

Nuclear deterrence is a myth. And a lethal one at that

In his classic <i>The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy</i> (1989), Lawrence Freedman, the dean of British military historians and strategists, concluded: ‘The Emperor Deterrence may have no clothes, but he is still Emperor.’ Despite his nakedness, this emperor continues to strut about, receiving deference he …

War

India's top judges issue unprecedented warning over integrity of supreme court

Four senior Indian supreme court judges have gone public with an extraordinary warning that India’s chief justice is mishandling sensitive cases and endangering the court’s integrity and the country’s democracy.<p>The four judges, the most senior members of the bench after the chief justice, abruptly …

India

Indian man carves road through hills so children can attend school

A man in a remote eastern Indian village has single-handedly carved a five-mile (8km) road through hilly terrain to help his children attend school.<p>It had been taking Jalandhar Nayak’s three sons about three hours each way to navigate the narrow, rocky route to class. So two years ago the vegetable …

India

Tatsuro Toyoda, Who Led Toyota’s Global Expansion, Dies at 88

Tatsuro Toyoda, the American-educated son of the founder of the Toyota Motor Corporation and a major figure in the company’s international expansion, died on Dec. 30. He was 88.<p>The cause was pneumonia, the company said on Saturday in announcing his death. It did not say where he died.<p>Mr. Toyoda …

Movie theaters are losing their battle to avoid the retail apocalypse

Is jacking up ticket prices helpful in this environment?<p>We keep hearing the good news, and we love it. During the four-day weekend, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," became the highest-grossing movie of 2017 with 58.1 million tickets sold in the US and $517 million in ticket sales so far, according to …

The Good Place makes the case for hibernation

<i>Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Thursday, January 4. All times are Eastern.</i><p>Top pick<p><b>The Good Place</b> <b>(NBC, 8:30 p.m.):</b> The …

Forgotten victims: Polish children abducted during World War II still seeking truth

Up to 200,000 Polish children were kidnapped from orphanages or snatched from their parents and then forcibly 'Germanized' during World War II. DW …

World History

While you celebrate Christmas, don't forget the ridicule and aggression to which Christians are so often subjected

Ah, Christmas. How’s it been for you?<p>Presents? Check. Too much food? Check. That warm fuzzy feeling which is excessive wine plus the effects of …

Religion

'An employer? No, we have a master': the Sikhs secretly exploited in Italy

Singh was full of resolve the day he walked into an Italian police station to report the abuse he was facing in the fields of southern Italy. “I am a Sikh,” says the farm worker from Punjab in northern India. “And when a Sikh takes a decision, he will go forward, no matter what.”<p>Singh knew the risk …

Siblings

Jessica Chastain and Saoirse Ronan speak their minds — along with other top actresses

Awards season always get us thinking about what it must be like to work in the movies, so we invited six leading actresses to join The Envelope to share their insights. Answering our call was Annette Bening, who plays former Hollywood leading lady Gloria Grahame romantically linked to a much …

Mark Hamill Explains His Creative Differences With Rian Johnson In ‘The Last Jedi’: ‘He’s Not My Luke Skywalker’

*Spoilers*<p>Leading up to the release of <i>The Last Jedi</i>, whispers of creative differences between Mark Hamill and director Rian Johnson had <i>Star Wars</i> fans scratching their heads. What could’ve possibly gone sideways for Luke Skywalker himself to question the direction of his grand return? Now that the …

This is not going to go the way you think: The Last Jedi and the necessary disappointment of epilogues

<i>This article discusses major plot points from both</i> Star Wars: The Force Awakens <i>and</i> Star Wars: The Last Jedi<i>.</i><p>Luke Skywalker is old. When we see him in</i> …

We need a Jewish action hero now more than ever

My favorite scene in <i>Independence Day</i> is probably the stupidest. Late in the film, as the aliens make their final push against humanity, Judd Hirsch’s …

'All the grace of a drunk ewok': readers review Star Wars: The Last Jedi

After much anticipation Star Wars: The Last Jedi is finally here. We asked you to review the latest instalment – so did it live up to your expectations? Were all your questions answered? Here’s what you told us.<p>‘Bold, inventive, truly surprising and wholly controversial’<p>4 out of 5 from Rhys …

Star Wars

Just How Seriously Should We Take This Star Wars: The Last Jedi Backlash?

Is this really the most divisive installment in the Skywalker saga?<p>This article contains considerable spoilers for <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi.</i> If you want to go into the film pure as the driven salt on the mining planet of Crait, you should wait until later to read this. Otherwise, join us for some …

Sonia Gandhi Leaves the Stage

With Hindu nationalism ascendant, what does the future hold for India’s first family and its pluralist legacy?<p>In 1994, Sonia Gandhi published a book of photographs from her private life with her late husband, Rajiv Gandhi. It included a dozen pictures from their trips to Italy, where she had grown …

India

The indignity of being Muslim in India

My first name was chosen by my mother because it was, as she put it, a “secular” name. Being a mildly religious woman, that really meant the name came as close as it could to a Hindu one, without sounding like a complete cop-out to some of her more orthodox Muslim relatives.<p>At any rate, it was …