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Latin American adventures for the whole family

Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you have to stop travelling altogether. In fact, bringing the kids along for your next Latin American adventure can be an enriching experience for everybody involved. It’s easier than you think, and just a few simple guidelines can keep your …

South America

Kurds withdraw support, leaving Iraqi government without a president

Deepening rift between Kurds and prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, also causes loss of foreign, trade and health ministers<p>The Kurds have ended participation in the Iraqi government, demonstrating a deepening rift between the group and Nouri al-Maliki after the prime minister accused them of …

Rising sea levels force Pakistanis from homes

Tens of thousands of people have left Pakistan's coastal regions, inhabited since prehistoric times, because of rising sea levels.<p>Villagers in Sindh province say salt water contamination has made it impossible to grow crops or raise animals.<p>Conservationists say more than one million hectares of …

Pakistan refugee crisis creates polio challenge

BANNU, Pakistan (AP) — The rugged Pakistani region of North Waziristan emerged as a hotbed of polio infections after Taliban militants in the isolated area banned immunizations. Now the Pakistani government's offensive against the militants has sent a half-million refugees fleeing the territory, …

The Kurds May Seize the Moment to Break Free of Iraq

Their centuries-old dream of statehood is coming closer amid the chaos of war.<p>As Sunni fighters led by the jihadist group ISIS have pressed forward, capturing the Iraqi cities of Mosul, Tikrit, and Ramadi and encircling Baghdad, Iraq's Kurds have taken advantage of the chaos by expanding their …

Iraqi Kurds strengthen their positions while Isis advances on Baghdad

As Iraq's government teeters before Isis insurgents, the Kurds now control the oil hub of Kirkuk – and have national ambitions<p>Iraqis in Baghdad and the country's south are already calling the events of the past two weeks "the catastrophe". Not so inhabitants of the would-be Iraqi Kurdish capital of …

Kerry urges Kurds to save Iraq from collapse | Reuters

ARBIL Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged leaders of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on Tuesday to stand with Baghdad in the face of a Sunni insurgent onslaught that threatens to dismember the country.<p>Security forces fought Sunni armed factions for control of the country’s …

Kurdistan defies Baghdad and delivers a million barrels of oil to Israel

In a step that cements the impression of a de facto independent Kurdistan, a million barrels of Kurdish oil were delivered to a client in Israel today, despite threats by Baghdad to sue anyone buying it. The US government, fearing another blow to embattled Baghdad, had also worked to prevent anyone …

Middle East

US ready to give Congo $30m but Kabila must not seek re-election

• Kerry wants president to abide by constitutional term limit • 'Military force alone will not deliver stability' to DRC<p>The United States is prepared to give the Democratic Republic of Congo $30m ($18m) in aid for stability and democracy-building but wants President Joseph Kabila to agree to step …

Pakistani Hindus 'unwelcome' in India | Bangladesh

Shaukimal Prajapati is a Pakistani Hindu who has found shelter in India, but never succeeded in finding a place that he could truly call his home.<p>"I am a Hindu in Pakistan, but a Pakistani in India," the MSc graduate from Pakistan’s Sindh Agricultural University, laments.<p>Prajapati's plight embodies …

Study: Parents Only as Happy as Their Unhappiest Child

Child-centric parenting lets parents find more meaning in childcare.<p><b>Problem:</b> Where two of life’s biggest questions—how to be a good parent and how to be happy—collide, there is bound to be some friction. A recent study published in <i>Social Psychological and Personality Science</i> looks at whose …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. …

Mathematics

First Children Are Smarter—but Why?

One mysterious finding—and seven theories<p>"Those born earlier perform better in school"—and according to a new study, it's because of the parents.<p>Moms and dads simply go easy on their later-born kids, according to data analyzed by economists V. Joseph Hotz and Juan Pantano, and as a result, …

Turkey is set to end a ban on several letters of the alphabet

Kurds make up about 20% of Turkey’s population - around 15 to 20 million people. But until the early 1990s, it was illegal in Turkey to use Kurdish in public.<p>Turkey went even further by banning several letters of the alphabet - X, W and Q - because they are associated with the Kurdish language.<p>The …

Qatar World Cup boss: tournament will not be built on 'blood of innocents'

Hassan al-Thawadi says 2022 World Cup will accelerate progress of migrant workers' rights in Gulf state<p>Hassan al-Thawadi, the man in charge of Qatar's World Cup preparations, has insisted the tournament will not be built on "the blood of innocents" as organisers come under increasing pressure over …

Iraq's Kurds focus on autonomy

<b>Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region is holding parliamentary elections on Saturday at a critical moment in the history of the Kurds - not only in Iraq but also in the whole Middle East.</b><p>When it comes to security and safety, Kurdistan is a world apart from the rest of Iraq.<p>Irbil, the capital of …

Middle East

Abraham Maslow and the pyramid that beguiled business

<b>The psychologist Abraham Maslow's theory of human motivation is 70 years old but continues to have a strong influence on the world of business. What is it, and is it right?</b><p>There is a commonly reproduced symbol which many believe holds the secret to personal fulfilment and business success.<p>It …

Employee Engagement

11 best political books of all time

No one knows political books better than the staff at Politics & Prose. Opened in 1984, the Washington, D.C., bookstore is considered a “sacred …

CIA Admits Role in Iran Coup

50 Science Fiction/Fantasy Films That Everyone Should See

Last week, Flavorwire published a list of 50 science-fiction and fantasy novels that everyone should read – an article that prompted some great …

Steven Spielberg

That 2012 Bundle Of Joy Will Cost You $241,080 To Raise

The United States Department of Agriculture has crunched the numbers and it concludes today that if you had a child in 2012, it'll cost you $241,080 to raise him or her for next 17 years.<p>If you adjust it for inflation, that number soars to $301,970.<p>This represents a 2.6 percent increase from 2011. …

Best Pictures of Perseids Meteor Shower

Leaked report shows high civilian death toll from CIA drone strikes

The report describes 147 civilian deaths, much higher than the U.S. administration has admitted to<p>A secret document obtained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reveals for the first time the Pakistan government's internal assessment of dozens of drone strikes, and shows scores of civilian …

Pakistan's New Big Threat Isn't Terrorism—It's Water

Shortages of the precious resource threaten to destabilize the region even further.<p>In a report released last week by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Pakistan was pinpointed as "one of the most water-stressed countries in the world, not far from being classified, 'water-scarce'." As water demand …

'What Do You Do?': A Stay-at-Home-Mother's Most Dreaded Question

A woman reflects on her decision to leave the workforce, a decade and a half later.<p>The four most dreaded words in the English language, according to a recent study, are, "We need to talk." But for me, as a long time stay-at-home mom, the four words I dread most are, "What do you do?" It is the …

The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements

Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don't contain enough, and we need supplements. Fortunately, many excellent studies have now resolved the issue.<p>On October 10, 2011, …

Sexual harassment taints Egypt's euphoria | Egypt

<b>Cairo, Egypt -</b> While chants and songs boomed in the city's packed Tahrir Square, the epicentre of million-man marches that toppled two presidents in three years, mobs of sexual predators blended within the crowds, hounding female prey.<p>Although there are no official chronicles of the number of …

Saudi Arabia Cheers the Coup in Egypt

The kingdom is hoping Morsi's downfall signals a return to autocratic rule in the Middle East.<p>While most of the world is ambivalent about the …