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Lusitania: The epic battle over its biggest mystery

<b>By Richard B. Stolley</b><p>Photograph by Library of Congress<p>May 5, 2015, 12:01 AM EDT<p>Retired venture capitalist Gregg Bemis owns the salvage rights to the …

The US stock rally is making it seem as if America is binging on debt

Americans, as a whole, are the world’s biggest debtors. But is that their fault, or even such a bad thing?<p>The US does some accounting to compare how many foreign assets Americans own to how many American assets foreigners own, including both governments and private citizens. In 2014, foreigners …

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1.</b> Texas police are investigating whether two gunmen killed outside a drawing contest for depictions of the Prophet Muhammad had ties to terrorist groups.<p><b>2.</b>New peace talks on Syria, which will include delegates from the Syrian government, Turkey, Iran, and some rebel groups, are set to begin in …

Merkel to join Holocaust survivors to mark Nazi camp's liberation

American army trucks rolled into Dachau, northwest of Munich, on April 29, 1945 to discover the unspeakable horror that had led to more than 41,000 people being killed, having starved or died of disease.<p>Similar 70th anniversary commemorations have taken place at other former camps this year, …

Counter-documentaries: when subjects of investigation go on the attack

Recently Louis Theroux revealed that the Church of Scientology is looking to neutralise his forthcoming documentary about them by producing their very own film about him. In the US there’s a saying that “the best defence is a good offence” and L Ron Hubbard, the founder of the religion, was a …

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23 signs you were born to travel

<b>1.</b> You can make friends anywhere, but are just as happy to sit in silence by yourself.<p><b>2.</b> You’ve always been willing to try anything once. Except …

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The Beauty and Grandeur of Opera Houses Around the World

For centuries, opera houses have stood as the symbol of a nation's wealth and grandeur. David Leventi celebrates these cultural landmarks by photographing the interiors of world-famous opera houses around the globe, capturing the spectacular architecture and ornate decor of vast halls in Budapest, …

Report: Saudi Arabia used U.S.-supplied cluster bombs in Yemen

<b>(CNN) —</b> Human Rights Watch has accused Saudi Arabia of dropping U.S.-supplied cluster bombs in the fight against Houthi rebels in Yemen.<p>The small bombs, if unexploded, can lay dormant and then detonate when people stumble upon one by chance, killing or maiming them as a result.<p>An international …

Chairman of Taiwan's ruling party visits mainland

SHANGHAI (AP) — The chairman of Taiwan's ruling Nationalist party said Sunday that further cooperation between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan was of …

Peaceful Baltimore demonstrators hail city's top prosecutor

Thousands filled a grassy plaza across from Baltimore’s City Hall Saturday, as speakers praised the city’s top prosecutor for quickly moving forward with charges against the six police officers they see as responsible for the death of a 25-year-old black man who died from a spinal injury in their …

Journalist's murder prompts fears for press freedom in Kenya

The brutal murder of a journalist in western Kenya has triggered alarm about what campaigners call an increasingly repressive environment for press freedom in the country.<p>John Kituyi was bludgeoned to death at about 8pm on 30 April while walking home from his office by unknown assailants who took …

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