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Jordan executes two Iraqi militants in response to pilot's death

Jordan has executed two Iraqi militants in response to ISIS killing a captured Jordanian pilot with fire.<p>Sajida al-Rishawi, the Iraqi woman militant, was sentenced to death for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack that killed 60 people. Ziyad Karboli, an Iraqi al Qaeda operative, who was …

ISIS captors cared little about religion, says former hostage

<b>London (CNN) —</b> A French journalist's ISIS captors cared little about religion, Didier Francois -- who spent over 10 months as the group's prisoner in Syria -- told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.<p>"There was never really discussion about texts or -- it was not a …


Jordan To Execute Sajida Al-Rishawi After ISIS Video Released

Jordan will execute Sajida al-Rishawi, the failed female suicide bomber whose release was sought by the Islamic State militant group, at dawn on Wednesday, a Jordanian security official said. The report comes shortly after the group released a video showing the death of a Jordanian fighter pilot it …

Jordan pilot hostage Moaz al-Kasasbeh 'burned alive'

Joe Biden

Here's how ISIS abuses humanitarian aid

There are no shortage of Islamist militant groups that have held on to land and reconstituted themselves as a government: the Taliban regime ruled over Afghanistan before the US invasion; Hamas has held the Gaza Strip since 2007.<p>But ISIS's primary enterprise is the Islamic State itself: a discrete …

Middle East
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Middle East

Convicted jihadists executed in Jordan after pilot's death

Jordan's King Abdullah II has promised to fight back hard against Islamic State, saying that the death of a Jordanian pilot at the militants' hands will not be in vain.<p>The remarks were made as the king held a crisis meeting with security chiefs.<p>He cut short a US trip after IS posted a video showing …

Jordanian pilot's father: 'Annihilate' ISIS

<b>(CNN) —</b> The family of a Jordanian fighter pilot mercilessly killed by ISIS is calling for total revenge.<p>Lt. Moath al-Kasasbeh, 27, was burned alive while confined in a cage.<p>In response, Jordan executed two prisoners -- Sajida al-Rishawi, a would-be suicide bomber whose release ISIS had previously …


Grim Fandango Remastered might be the perfect video game remake

There wasn't anything like <i>Grim Fandango</i> when it first came out in 1998. Nearly two decades later, there's still nothing that comes close.<p>The adventure game tells the story of Manny, a salesman for the Department of Death who helps lost souls find better travel packages to the land of the dead. It's …

PS Vita

Tales from Auschwitz: survivor stories

Tuesday 27 January is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Six survivors, some of whom will be returning to the site for the last time, tell Kate Connolly their stories<p><b>Irene Fogel Weiss, born in 1930 in Bótrágy, Czechoslovakia, now Batrad, Ukraine. She</b> …

World History

Maybe Early Humans Weren't The First To Get A Good Grip

The special tool-wielding power of human hands may go back farther in evolutionary history than scientists have thought.<p>That's according to a new study of hand bones from an early relative of humans called <i>Australopithecus africanus</i>. Researchers used a powerful X-ray technique to scan the interior …

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Playful Celebrity Portraits Show Off the Goofy Sides of A-List Stars

When we think of Hollywood royalty, often the picture that comes to mind is gorgeous and airbrushed to the extreme. London- and New York-based photographer Andy Gotts, however, takes a different approach with his celebrity portraits, which are often bursting with spontaneity and humor. Both playful …

Scarlett Johansson

Asteroid swings very near Earth: Are you up for a midnight viewing?

An asteroid five football fields wide will make a near-Earth flyby on Monday, and you may be able to see it at the witching hour with a pair of strong binoculars.<p>Late Monday -- particularly at midnight -- will be prime time for trying to catch a glimpse of asteroid 2004 BL86, said the<p>Jet Propulsion …

DayZ has sold 3 million copies even though it's still in development

Open-world zombie survival game <i>DayZ</i> has sold over three million copies since launch in December 2013, according to developer Bohemia Interactive. It sold one million copies during its first month on sale, and passed the two million mark during its first four months. Those are impressive numbers for …

Fine Art

Pictures of the Week 1.22.15

Drop’s kitchen scale was so easy my 8 year old could use it

I am not a baker; we should get that out of the way right off the bat. So when I saw the Drop kitchen scale last winter I thought it was a great idea …


7 Science-Based Reasons to Use Emoticons at Work

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Do you remember seeing your first emoticon?<p>The first documented use of “:-)” dates back to 1982, when Scott Fahlman proposed that it be used as a “joke marker” on a message board for Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists. Here’s his …


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