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Instagram Update Introduces Slideshows

You can now post up to 10 photos and videos in one Instagram.<p>There will come a time in your life where you will struggle with the decision of whether to capture your squad potluck or eyebrow tutorial through a single photo or video. After all, as much as we all love Instagram, it can get to be a …

Iranian models arrested and forced to give public self-criticism for posting pictures without headscarves

A leading Iranian model has been forced to give a public self-criticism after being charged with “promoting western promiscuity” for posting pictures of herself online without a headscarf.<p>Elham Arab, famous for her blonde hair, doll-like looks and wedding dress model shoots, is one of a string of …

The Taliban Is Publicly Executing Women Again

When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, they would shoot women for so-called "moral crimes" in front of stadium crowds. Activists fear that the terrorist group is going back to the bad old days of public executions.<p>The Taliban has publicly executed two women in northern Afghanistan, with graphic video …

Afghanistan

The Most Intriguing Spy Stories From 166 Internal NSA Reports

In the early months of 2003, the National Security Agency saw demand for its services spike as a new war in Iraq, as well as ongoing and profound …

7 Ways We Miss Out on Happiness (and 3 Ways to Stop)

Source: Alliance/Shutterstock<p>Most people around the world agree that “being happy” is an important goal. So you would think that the smarter and more …

The British Army's Secret Plan to Keep South Africa's Ruling Party in Power

Also revealed: the army's links to a controversial mining company.<p>Britain's Ministry of Defence has drawn up a secret report about how to keep South Africa's ruling party in power in the next election, VICE has discovered.<p>Freedom of Information requests reveal that last year, a group of military …

South Africa

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

The U.S. Military Needs to Defend the Country, Not Undermine American Security

As President Obama visits still-communist Vietnam, a former American rival, in his "pivot to Asia" to recruit more countries to shelter against a rising China, the trip only serves to illustrate the global American Empire's overextension. At the same time, he is opening missile defenses in Europe, …

That time a handful of Israeli airmen led by a former US Marine took on 10,000 Egyptians — and won

The plan called for a complete British withdrawal, separate Jewish and Palestinian states, and an international regime to control the ancient, holy city of Jerusalem.<p>The partition plan was rejected by Arab nations in the region on the grounds that it violated the UN charter's principles of …

Israel

Sykes-Picot: The map that spawned a century of resentment

<b>Reaching its centenary amidst a general chorus of vilification around the region, the legacy of the secret Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916 has never looked more under assault.</b><p>As Iraq lurches deeper into turmoil and disintegration, Kurdish leaders in the already autonomous north are threatening to …

Middle East

Divers find ancient Roman cargo from 1,600-year-old shipwreck in Israel

CAESAREA, Israel (Reuters) - Archaeologists in Israel have recovered bronze statues and thousands of coins from a merchant ship that sank off the Mediterranean coast some 1,600 years ago during the late Roman period.<p>The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said two divers had made the discovery …

The CIA Wants to Play American Citizens for Fools. Again.

Some thoughts on this latest "accident" involving a report on the agency's torture tactics.<p><i>"You've got two or three or four thousand people running around doing espionage. You can't monitor it. You can't control it. You can't check it. And that's probably the biggest problem with an espionage</i> …

Surveillance

Transgender Mafia Don Murdered in Naples

An aspiring Camorra crime boss—and trans male—was tortured and murdered by rivals, but police say his gender wasn’t at issue in the gruesome …

Crime

A-10 Nose Art Is the Last of a Dying Breed

The US Air Force intends to retire the warplane in 2022, meaning these designs would leave the military with them.<p><i>This story originally appeared on War Is Boring</i>.<p>The A-10 doesn't <i>need</i> nose art to look mean. A 30-millimeter cannon does that job well enough. But the Warthog is a rare example of a …

Military

6 things you need to know about Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps

Despite the historic nuclear agreement between the US and Iran, and talk of the rising political influence of Iran’s "moderates," who favor easing tensions with the US, the fact is that a core constituency in the Iranian regime remains vehemently opposed to warming relations with America.<p>That …

Fossilized space dust from 2.7 billion years ago holds surprise about Earth’s ancient atmosphere

Each year, more than 3,000 tons of space dust fails to burn up in our planet's atmosphere and falls instead to Earth's surface.<p>These micrometeorites are just a few microns in diameter, but scientists say that embedded in the fossilized specks of this extraterrestrial debris are chemical clues that …

Earth Science

There's A New Vegan-Ish Diet That's Changing The Rules

And it could make breakfast a lot more fun.<p>If you can't imagine abiding by the laws of veganism, a diet that excludes some of brunch's best offerings, you might be pleased to know about a new food fad that permits breakfast lovers to have their omelets and eat them, too.<p>Many not-quite-vegans are …