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World’s Most Expensive Home? Another Bauble for a Saudi Prince

LOUVECIENNES, France — When the Chateau Louis XIV sold for over $300 million two years ago, Fortune magazine called it “the world’s most expensive home,” and Town & Country swooned over its gold-leafed fountain, marble statues and hedged labyrinth set in a 57-acre landscaped park. But for all the …

France

Nigel Farage claims he is 'skint' and says 'there's no money in politics'

Former Ukip leader discusses personal life but social media users quick to point out he lives in £4m townhouse<p>Nigel Farage, the former leader of Ukip, has bemoaned being “53, separated and skint” in an interview, adding “there’s no money in politics”.<p>In an interview in the Daily Mail, Farage …

Great Britain

US Muslims struggle with how they should condemn extremism

NEW YORK (AP) — By now, the tableau has become tragically familiar: American Muslims standing before a bank of cameras, condemning an attack linked to Islamic extremism.<p>After the San Bernardino, California, rampage, the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations didn't even wait for …

Religion

The mysterious Islamic movement quietly sweeping the Middle East

An ultraconservative Muslim order that preaches nonmilitancy is gaining followers across the region. Does Dawah represent an antidote to Islamic …

Islam

15 things I learnt about Islam and British values being a gay boy living opposite a mosque.

• No mosque has enough parking and muslim men love to complain about it. I don’t care how young or trendy they are, within seconds they will be …

‘The Tainted Veil’: Muslim Women Confront the Power and Legacy of the Hijab

Forget the misinformed pundits on TV. In a new documentary, Muslim women explain their faith and why they wear the hijab.<p><i>The Tainted Veil</i>—a new …

CNN Host Chris Cuomo’s Observation About Christians, Muslims and Killing in the Name of Religion Might Surprise You

CNN host Chris Cuomo did some defending of Muslims as a whole after last May’s “Draw Muhammad” contest in Garland, Texas, where two armed Islamic militants apparently targeting the event were gunned down by law enforcement.<p>And he’s tried in his interviews to shine light on the tendency to paint …

Mark Zuckerberg: A look at the life, career, and controversies surrounding one of the richest people in the world

Through success and controversy, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been regarded as one of the most brilliant minds of his generation.<p>Now with a net worth of $66 billion, the young CEO is credited with creating a social network that has more monthly active users than any single country in the world …

No European democracy has the perfect way to handle Islam

EUROPE'S democracies are standing united in the face of the nihilist terror which struck the heart of the continent on November 13th. With no fear, …

Religion

Jewish activists secretly pray at Muslim holy site

JERUSALEM — In a move that could further inflame recent Palestinian violence, Jewish activists are defying Israeli law by secretly praying at a site holy to both Jews and Muslims.<p>On a recent Sunday at the hilltop complex known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, …

This Singer Says His Muslim Uber Driver Was Moved To Tears Over The Paris Attacks

Folk artist Darren Hanlon tells a small story of a moment of shared humanity with his Uber driver.<p>According to Hanlon, it was as if he was waiting to dovetail the topic into conversation, the events of the day playing over in his mind.<p>"'I'm a Muslim,' he said almost as a confession, 'and this is …

Bill Maher’s moral superiority: Grandstanding on Islam and political correctness while tragedy in Paris unfolds

<b>(HBO)</b><p>The “Real Time” host wasted no time lighting into Muslims as news of the Paris attacks was still developing<p>Sonia Saraiya<p>November 14, 2015 7:45pm (UTC)<p>“I’m not demonizing, I’m <i>characterizing,</i>” Bill Maher said of the entire religion of Islam on Friday evening, in what appeared to be complete …

Religion

Let’s listen to Bill Maher: On Paris, religion and race, Maher walks a fascinating and tricky line

<b>(HBO/Janet Van Ham)</b><p>He’s not always right, but Maher’s posing provocative questions, and answering them with intelligence, consistency<p>Sophia A. McClennen<p>November 15, 2015 5:10pm (UTC)<p>Bill Maher has made his mark as the comedian who refuses to toe the party line—any party’s line. He has come under …

Religion

New Android adware reportedly “nearly impossible” to remove

Lookout has discovered a new form of adware that roots a device after the user installs it, then entrenches itself as a system application. This makes it impervious to any normal means of deleting it, even factory resetting the device.<p>This is a new, more sophisticated version of typical adware, …

International Space Station filled with germs, Nasa warns

Bacterial pathogens mostly innocuous on Earth thrive in ISS as it is prime breeding ground, study that could lead to stricter space cleaning regime finds<p>Despite orbiting 248 miles above the Earth, the International Space Station is swarming with infectious germs, a new study has found - and …

15 books successful people read to their kids

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading aloud to your children and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books can strengthen language skills, literacy development, and parent-child relationships.<p>What's more, a study conducted this year by a number of pediatricians …

Acer unveils its first wave of Windows 10 devices

Last week, Microsoft led the Windows 10 charge, announcing a range of hardware that takes advantage of its newly refined operating system.<p>Acer followed suit on Monday, announcing two new computers powered by Windows 10 at a press conference in Taipei: the Aspire R 14 convertible notebook and the …

HTC One A9 dummy leaks in super clear images

The HTC One A9 continues to be the most rumored device coming from the Taiwanese manufacturer. Though we were all hoping for a September 29th unveiling, that day was all about the HTC One M9+ Supreme Camera edition and the Butterfly 3. And so our quest for the hottest One A9 rumors continues; today …

In future, the internet could come through your lightbulb

The tungsten lightbulb has served well over the century or so since it was introduced, but its days are numbered now with the arrival of LED lighting, which consume a tenth of the power of incandescent bulbs and have a lifespan 30 times longer.<p>Potential uses of LEDs are not limited to illumination: …

Ex-Pakistan President Musharraf threatened Benazir Bhutto before her assassination says US lobbyist

American lobbyist Mark Siegel has told a Pakistan court that Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf threatened ex-Pakistan Prime Minister …

It's Peeple: The app where you review other humans — without their consent

Imagine a database that allows you and everyone you know to be ranked, classified and reviewed by someone you've dated, worked with or befriended, …

Why was it so hard to take pictures of the Super Blood Moon?

There have been some stunning pictures of the Super Blood Moon released, but here's why your Snapchat story/Facebook post looked like a little pinhole<p>If you stayed up to see the Super Blood Moon last night, you probably saw an amazing sight. And nowadays, when we see those, we reach for our …

Firefox now blocks Flash automatically

Flash is the Justin Bieber of browser plugins: it's everywhere, it does nothing useful and every time you see it you want to smash a window. Yesterday, Facebook's head of security publicly opined that it was time for the platform to die, and just a day later, Mozilla's Mark Schmidt has joined in. …

The Good and the Bad of Escaping to Virtual Reality

Researchers believe new immersive technology could lead to isolation, but maybe when social needs are met online, people won't need in-person interaction as much.<p>In Silicon Valley, in 1985, a ragtag band of programmers began exploring the concept of virtual reality from a tiny cottage in Palo Alto. …

Is California's Hyperloop train closer to reality? Startup CEO has 'no doubt'

The chief executive of a company attempting to deliver a transport system that could send commuters from Los Angeles to San Francisco at speeds of up to 800mph says he is confident of securing the funding needed to turn the project from a pipe dream into a viable transit option for …

Lance Armstrong in Purgatory: The After-Life

After a great fall, what do we remember? We remember the cheating, and the lies. We remember the cult of personality that we eagerly embraced, and then felt betrayed by. But what of the man who fell? What about the work he didn't cheat at? What about the 16 years Lance Armstrong spent building a …

June 2014