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Policewoman Run Over Outside French President Francois Hollande's Home

PARIS — A female police officer stationed outside the French president's residence was run over by a car late Wednesday. The incident follows three days of bloodshed in France last week at the hands of three gunmen who killed 17 people.<p>The Paris Prefecture Police told NBC News that a car was …

France

Ebola’s Hidden Costs

The number of people who die from the disease could be only a fraction of the number who go hungry from it.<p>On September 3, 2014, Agnes Ngekia learned by phone that her son was dead and that there would be no burial. He had died of Ebola. Ngekia is a nurse in the Kono district of Sierra Leone, and …

Disease

Russia offers sympathy to North Korea over Sony hacking scandal

Russia has offered sympathy to North Korea amid the Sony hacking scandal, saying the movie that sparked the dispute was so scandalous that Pyongyang's anger was "quite understandable."<p>Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told Thursday's briefing that Washington failed to offer …

5 genius kitchen hacks for holiday dinner problems

Whether you're hosting a holiday dinner for the first time or are a seasoned pro, the holidays are undeniably stressful when you're battling your way through the supermarket and entertaining a home full of house guests. Oh yeah, and you have to feed a hungry crowd with high expectations for juicy …

Cooking

Samsung shutters flagship London store amid falling sales

Closing down a marquee location in one of Europe's biggest malls<p>What are Samsung Experience Stores? Why, they're a dying species, if the latest development in Samsung's efforts to establish its own retail empire are any indication. The flagship Samsung store in London, occupying a large and …

Oscars: 4 Animated Movies That Could Make History

No animated film has ever been nominated for a best production design Oscar, but maybe that changes this year as Lego cities, "San Fransokyo" and …

Animation

Stunning Time-Lapse Reveals Auroras and Earth From Space

Astronaut Alexander Gerst made the video from International Space Station.<p>As if Santa attached a GoPro camera to his sleigh, a new video reveals the Earth as few have seen it.<p>Published this week, the time-lapse shows stunning views of the Earth, sunrises, clouds, lightning, auroras, stars, and the …

10 things you have to watch over the holidays

So you've got a few days off, and you're probably trapped with family to boot -- this calls for some serious binge-watching. Now is the perfect time to catch up on all of those movies and shows you couldn't make time for during the year. To help guide you through the plethora of options, we've …

Airline passenger freaks out over crew's 'Merry Christmas' greeting

A man at New York City's LaGuardia Airport was removed from a plane after the Christmas spirit turned out to be too much for him.<p>As he was boarding …

19 Tips And Tricks To Get You Started With Your New iPhone 6

<i>Note: Many of these tips work with older iPhone models too. We'll let you know if something only works on the iPhone 6.</i>

Apps

Buckingham Palace exhibition showcases the ultimate 17th century status symbol - the pineapple

New exhibition traces the way gardens have been depicted in art for the past 400 years<p>The humble pineapple. Today it as likely to be used as a garnish with gammon and chips or a receptacle for an over-embellished cocktail as it is to be enjoyed as a dish in its own right.<p>But in the 17th century, …

England

5 Predictions For The World In 2039

You will probably live to see a time when we can make backup copies of your brain.<p>Natalia Hatalska says there are two types of people in the world: those “who take one day at a time” and “those who have a vision, look far ahead [and] see its opportunities and threats.” She puts herself in the …

My atheist Christmas: How I overcame my personal struggle with the holiday

The holiday and its religious trappings used to offend me deeply. Here’s how I overcame my feelings of oppression<p>Only recently have I come to accept Christmas as a secular holiday. Because of my religious awakening in high school and the subsequent falling out I had with God in college, its symbols …

Flight attendant, pilot strikes disrupt holiday week travel

'Tis the season for airline labor disputes.<p>Flight attendants at British budget airline easyJet planned a strike Dec. 25 and 26, just in time to …

Saudi women arrested for driving referred to court that tries terrorism cases

Two Saudi women detained for nearly a month in defiance of a ban on females driving were referred on Thursday to a court established to try terrorism cases, several people close to the defendants said.<p>Activists said it marks the first time that women drivers have been referred to the Specialized …

Saudi Arabia

Rush Limbaugh: Idris Elba can't be Bond because he's black

Ian Fleming conceived character as white and Scottish, says right-wing commentator, adding: ‘I know it’s racist to point this out’<p>US commentator Rush Limbaugh has said Idris Elba should not be able to play James Bond because he is black.<p>Responding to rumours that the London-born actor is being …

Jack Miles’ return to religion: “There are questions that remain in the human mind even when science doesn’t address them”

Science is about learning, and religion about coping with life, says editor of new Norton Anthology of religion<p>Jack Miles is the religious writer of our time. An agnostic who dared to write the book "God: A Biography," which won the Pulitzer Prize, he has just completed another daunting work as the …