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Russian Soldiers Bring Profits to Syrian Business Owners

Middle East

4 Ramadan Vines That Perfectly Sum Up A Day Of Fasting

Waking up for suhoor is such sweet sorrow.

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An Interview with a Guy Who Lived Underwater for 31 Days for Science

Fabien Cousteau lived underwater for a month and built a robot shark to swim around in.<p>We all watched <i>The Little Mermaid</i> as kids and prayed that one day we'd sprout a tail and fins so we could join the magical world at the bottom of the ocean. In reality, for a human, spending extended periods of …

Scuba Diving

Your Diamond Ring Might Explain the Origin of Life on Earth

A geochemist re-examines the deep carbon cycle<p>In 1958, the Smithsonian Institution received a plain paper package in the mail. The only hint of its contents was the insurance on the brown carton, registered for one million dollars. Nestled inside the box sat the largest known blue diamond in the …

Marie Antoinette

Champs-Elysees avenue with christmas 2012 lights at dusk

What It Was Like Watching Television In 2004 Vs. 2014

A lot can change in a decade, but it doesn't always.

Real Estate

Four 2015 Energy Ideas 'Back to the Future' Got (Almost) Right

Hoverboards, flying cars, and auto-fueling are closer than you think, and garbage energy is here.<p>Energy is so cheap and easy in 2015 that we all have flying cars and robot gas attendants. That's not the reality as of New Year's Day, of course, but rather the "future" depicted in the hit 1989 movie</i> …

Check out This Man's Badass Beard Sculptures

His motto: "Growing a beard is like growing a baby on your face."<p><b>While on the surface</b>, 30-year-old Isaiah Webb might look like a <i>Portlandia</i> extra, the San Francisco-based Sony employee is in fact the superhero "Incredibeard"—a remarkable man who can shape his facial fuzz into veritable works of art, …

Sculpture

21 Christmas Songs To Listen To This Instant

<i>Last year, we gave you a list of great Christmas songs. This year, we're re-gifting the concept. Enjoy 21 more songs that will surely brighten your holiday season.</i><p><b>Bing Crosby, "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas"</b><p><b>Johnny Mathis, "Winter Wonderland"</b><p><b>Kelly Clarkson, "White Christmas"</b><p><b>Eartha</b> …

Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?

In an excerpt from their new book, two former Office of Management and Budget directors ask whether or not a focus on numbers and hard evidence—not …

Xmas Preparations Around the World

China to send 700 combat troops to South Sudan

Deployment marks shift in Africa policy and will be first Chinese infantry battalion to take part in a UN peacekeeping mission<p>China is to send 700 combat troops to South Sudan in what analysts describe as a significant shift from its stated policy of non-interference in African conflicts.<p>The first …

Demonstrators March In NYC After Mayor's Call To Suspend Protests

Protesters against police brutality marched along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Tuesday, despite a call from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to suspend demonstrations. De Blasio asked people to wait until after the funerals of two police officers who were shot and killed over the weekend.<p>There have …

Heritage sites ravaged by Syria's war

Hundreds of ancient sites in Syria have been destroyed, damaged or looted in the course of the country's ongoing conflict according to new "alarming" satellite evidence, the UN has said.<p>In a report published on Tuesday, the UN said 290 sites have been directly affected by fighting, of which 24 had …

Curfew in India state after rebels kill 63

SHAMUKJULI, India (AP) — Hundreds of survivors of a brutal rebel attack that killed at least 63 people in northeastern India sought shelter Wednesday in a church and school while security forces imposed a curfew in a bid to contain the latest bout of ethnic violence.<p>Long-simmering land and ethnic …

Insurgency, fraud pose risks for credible Nigerian election | Reuters

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria has made an effort to clean up voter registration for elections next February, but holding a credible poll is a daunting prospect amid chaotic distribution of ballot cards and an Islamist insurgency that could disenfranchise millions.<p>Vendors sell their wares near an …

2 shot in movie theater in Atlanta

ATLANTA — Two people were shot inside a movie theater in Atlanta's Midtown neighborhood Tuesday night, police said.<p>The victims, a man and a woman, are hospitalized in stable condition.<p>According to Atlanta police, the shooting occurred at the Midtown Art Cinema after a screening of the movie …

Arrest warrant sought for ex-Korean Air executive in nuts scandal

South Korean prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant for the former Korean Air executive Heather Cho who sparked outrage by kicking a flight attendant off a plane for serving macadamia nuts the wrong way.<p>The warrant would cover charges of violating aviation safety rules, including a change in a …

Russia, Ukraine set for peace talks after Kiev step towards NATO

The talks in the Belarussian capital Minsk are expected to bring together envoys from Ukraine, Russia, pro-Moscow separatists and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).<p>Progress in the peace efforts had been in doubt for more than two weeks and Tuesday's vote by the …

Russia

Earthquake: 4.1 quake strikes near Niland, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 4.1 earthquake was reported Tuesday evening 5 miles from Niland, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 9:51 p.m. PST at a depth of 0 miles.<p>According to the USGS, the epicenter was 14 miles from Brawley, Calif., 22 miles from Imperial, Calif. …

India Deploys Troops After Rebels Kill Dozens in Assam

NEW DELHI, India — The death toll from rebel violence in the remote northeastern Indian state of Assam rose to 52 after a series of coordinated attacks, police said Wednesday. Hridayananda Das, a police inspector in state capital Guwahati said rebels gunned down at least 37 Adivasi, or tribal …

India

Key developments in case of 2 slain NYPD officers

Two New York police officers were ambushed Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley after he had made threatening posts online, including a vow to put "wings on pigs" and references to high-profile cases of white police officers killing unarmed black men. After shooting the officers, Brinsley ran into a …

Tornado: State of emergency declared in Mississippi

Authorities in Mississippi have declared a state of emergency after a tornado tore through the south of the state.<p>Four people have been killed and thousands have been left without power.<p>Forecasters say more rain, sleet and snow is expected for the east coast of America.<p>Travel chaos is predicted …

Weather

Protesters flood New York City streets despite mayor's call for moratorium

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of New York City Tuesday night, defying a call by Mayor Bill de Blasio for a moratorium on demonstrations until two NYPD officers killed Saturday could be laid to rest.<p>The New York Post reported that over a thousand activists marched through one of midtown …