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Harrowing PBS doc reveals IS’s systematic rapes, sexual slavery

A man shows the camera crew around a village in northern Iraq. The village is deserted, every building empty. Not bombed or flattened to the ground, but just eerily empty.<p>Then the man presents a video of Islamic State fighters, showing them joshing about Yazidi women. What one man says is …

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How Central Asia's links with India fostered a culture that celebrated difference

Historian Farhat Hasan explains why rightwing historians are conflicted about acknowledging the Muslim rulers who came to India from Central …

Celebrate the 10th N7 day with a video on the history of the world according to Mass Effect

The latest story of Mass Effect: Andromeda might take place hundreds of years in the future, but actually the Mass Effect story actually begins more …

Best books for summer 2015: what to read

We asked novelists and historians to tell us which new book and which classic they’re packing this year. From Ishiguro to Napoleon, here are their selections:<p><b>Alan Johnson</b> <br>A new Kazuo Ishiguro novel is always worth waiting for, which is just as well because The Buried Giant (Faber) is his first in a …

Ancient Jewish ritual bath discovered in Jerusalem

A rare 2,000 year-old bath used for Jewish ritual bathing has been discovered under the floorboards of a family home in Jerusalem<p>Israeli authorities said Wednesday they have identified a rare, well-preserved 2,000-year-old Jewish ritual bath hidden under the floorboards of a home in …

Indian public servants love tinkering with Wikipedia

On June 30, a small storm was raised about edits to a Wikipedia page on Jawaharlal Nehru. The new edits claimed that India’s first prime minister was born in a former brothel, and that his family had deviously hidden its descent from the Mughals by claiming to be Kashmiri Pandits.<p>These edits were …