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10 Things No One Tells You About Running on the Beach

Sandy shoes—forever.<p>Running on the beach sounds kind of magical in theory, but in reality it’s like bootcamp times a thousand. While it <i>is</i> a hell of workout, our jog on the sand never seems to turn out like the sexy workout gear commercial we imagine.<p>Here are a few harsh truths no one tells you …

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7 Simple Strategies to Help You Live Your Dream Life

Everybody wants the good life, but not everybody gets it. The difference between the people who get what they want from life and the people who don't comes down to one word -- motivation.<p>It takes motivation to work towards something most people won't achieve. It takes motivation to do the work day …

2 Harvard students built a company that will do your chores for you, and it's made money since day one

The two women hired someone off of Craigslist to come do their laundry and buy their groceries weekly, and then they split the cost.<p>The woman they hired, Jenny, came to their apartments to take care of errands that would otherwise pile up. This would eventually evolve to become their company, …

Nigeria's Boko Haram crisis: Eid prayer blasts hit Damaturu

<b>At least nine people have died in explosions at prayers for the Muslim festival of Eid in the Nigerian town of Damaturu, the army says.</b><p>The two female suicide bombers included a 10-year-old girl, said Nigerian army spokesman Col Sani Usman.<p>There were two blasts at a venue where volunteers were …

Ahead of Yemen ceasefire, UNICEF sounds alarm about impact of crisis on children

Speaking to reporters earlier this afternoon in Geneva, UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac explained that the UN agency and its partners were …

Yemen: UN agencies deliver life-saving medicines and domestic supplies amid ongoing fighting

“The humanitarian and health situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate, but the health situation is especially critical in Aden, with many people …

Security Council urges all Libyan parties to unite in support of new political agreement

The agreement’s initialling is the result of ongoing UN-facilitated consultations between various Libyan parties and comes amid sporadic fighting …

UN chief condemns terrorist attacks that killed 60 people in northeast Nigeria

“These heinous crimes came as the victims, along with Nigerians nationwide, were conducting Eid prayers, a sacred time for families and communities …

Nigeria Eid shoppers 'killed in Gombe market explosions'

<b>Two explosions at a market in Nigeria's north-eastern city of Gombe have killed at least 49 people and injured dozens of others, officials have said.</b><p>The market was crowded with people doing last-minute shopping on the eve of the Eid festival marking the end of the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan.<p>One …

Letter from Africa: On Buhari and forgiveness in Nigeria

<b>In our series of letters from African journalists, novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers Nigerians' tendency to forgive past misdemeanours and what it means for the country's new president.</b><p>In Nigeria, it is quite common that if you fire someone for gross misconduct, that person will …

Ebola: 'Fear, denial and fatigue fuelling outbreak'

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Islamic State 'behind blast' at Italian consulate in Cairo

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1179000/1179665_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524704889_14cbbfdaddd1bd0cb8536c4b78c3abd9<p><b>Islamic State militants have said they were behind a deadly explosion that severely damaged the Italian consulate in Egypt's capital, Cairo.</b><p>At least …

How Iran fell out with the West

<b>It was October 1979, a full eight months after Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi had fled the Iranian revolution, leaving Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to fly back from France and assume power as the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic that was declared on 1 April.</b><p>A senior CIA officer, George Cave, flew …

Why is EU struggling with migrants and asylum?

<b>Europe is experiencing one of the most significant influxes of migrants and refugees in its history. Pushed by civil war and terror and pulled by the promise of a better life, huge numbers of people have fled the Middle East and Africa, risking their lives along the way.</b><p>More than a million migrants …

Syria conflict: Number of refugees passes four million

<b>More than four million Syrians - a sixth of the population - have fled abroad to escape the conflict in their country, the United Nations has said.</b><p>A surge in the number of people crossing into Turkey has increased the total by one million in just 10 months.<p>More than seven million others have been …

Asylum seekers' state support to be cut by government

<b>The amount asylum seekers and their children receive in state support is to be cut by the government.</b><p>Under the changes, a parent with two children will receive £110.85 rather than the £149.86 they get now.<p>The Home Office said a review found families were getting "significantly more cash than was …

The young people sent back to Afghanistan

<b>Many unaccompanied children who have fled Afghanistan and had their asylum claim rejected in the UK are given until they are 18 before being sent back. For the past seven months the BBC has followed some of these young men. They face life in an unfamiliar and dangerous country, write Chris Rogers</b> …

Angela Merkel attacked over crying refugee girl

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Greece debt crisis: German MPs vote 'yes' to bailout talks

<b>The German parliament has voted in favour of starting negotiations on Greece's €86bn (£60bn) bailout deal.</b><p>The motion passed with a clear majority, with 439 MPs in favour, 119 votes against and 40 abstentions.<p>Prior to the vote, Chancellor Angela Merkel warned of "predictable chaos" if the Bundestag …

Egypt navy ship 'hit by Sinai militants' missile'

<b>Islamic State-affiliated militants in Sinai say they have carried out a missile attack on an Egyptian naval vessel in the Mediterranean Sea.</b><p>The militants, who call themselves Sinai Province, posted pictures online of what looked like a missile followed by a large explosion on the ship.<p>Egyptian …

Obama defends Iran deal, challenges critics to present alternative

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended the recently-negotiated deal with Iran and challenged critics to present a better alternative than what is currently on the table before Congress.<p>"It is incumbent on the critics of this deal to explain how an American president is in a …

Six British citizens deported from northern China

<b>Six British tourists arrested in northern China on 10 July are being deported, the Foreign Office has said.</b><p>They were among a group of foreigners detained in Ordos in Inner Mongolia.<p>Three other Britons and two dual British-South African nationals remain in custody and the Foreign Office said it had …

Debt Crisis: Greeks Say Bailout Austerity Will Cause a 'Revolution'

ATHENS — Greece faced a day of political turmoil and public protests Wednesday as its parliament voted on whether to accept a $94 billion bailout that would bring painful austerity measures.<p>Workers’ strikes and several rallies were planned in Athens, with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras facing an …

Terrorism, Ukraine and the American threat: the view from Russia

Former Russian spy chief Nikolai Patrushev, now head of the powerful security council that advises the president, believes his country is under threat – from terrorists, from colour revolutions and, particularly, from America. Ahead of a recent conference to discuss global instability, Patrushev …

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Landmark deal reached on Iran nuclear program

<b>Vienna (CNN) —</b> After arduous talks that spanned 20 months, negotiators have reached a landmark deal aimed at reining in Iran's nuclear program.<p>The agreement, a focal point of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy, appears set to reshape relations between Iran and the West, with its effects …

Afghanistan: Security Council welcomes direct talks between Government and Taliban

The United Nations Security Council has welcomed the recently held direct talks between Afghan Government and Taliban representatives as a step …

Yemen: Ban deplores attack on UN compound in Gulf country, calls for full investigation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the Coalition-led airstrikes on a United Nations compound in the Yemeni city of Aden, which resulted in …

UN chief condemns deadly terrorist bombing in Egypt

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today’s fatal terrorist attack in Cairo which resulted in the killing of Egyptian …

Marking World Day, UN spotlights plight of vulnerable populations in emergencies

The United Nations plans to raise awareness of the needs of women and girls in emergencies on World Population Day 2015 with campaigns including an …