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Russia’s elites are buying into a black market for a strange commodity

Sergei Naryshkin, the former chief of staff in Vladimir Putin's administration and a prominent member of his United Russia party, stood accused of receiving the Russian equivalent of a doctoral degree on the strength of a dissertation in which more than half of the pages contained material lifted …

Russia

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Twitter blocks U.S. intelligence agency access to social media tool, report says

Twitter has blocked U.S. intelligence agencies from accessing Dataminr, a social media tool that sends out real-time alerts based on an algorithm …

Swedish scientists offer drug to pedophiles to stop them from sexually abusing kids

Researchers in Sweden have come up with a plan to help prevent pedophiles’ urges from leading them to actions. A Stockholm institute wants to give …

“Republicans are not in any way serious about criminal justice reform or ending police brutality”: Michael Fortner on race, the Clintons and the crime bill

Some of Bill Clinton’s defense of the crime bill is true, the author of “Black Silent Majority” tells Salon<p>Several weeks ago in Philadelphia, former president Bill Clinton confronted protesters who were critical of his 1994 Crime Bill and its role in the mass incarceration of African-Americans. …

Ukraine's embattled prime minister resigns as corruption scandals shake Europe

Fallout from corruption scandals continued to roil Europe on Sunday, as Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk announced that he would resign amid a growing political crisis.<p>His resignation came at a time when the country's president,<p>Petro Poroshenko, is under scrutiny after thePanama …

Russia

Your WhatsApp secrets are safe now. But Big Brother is still watching you…

In some ways, the biggest news of the week was not the Panama papers but the announcement that WhatsApp was rolling out end-to-end encryption for all its 1bn users. “From now on,” it said, “when you and your contacts use the latest version of the app, every call you make, and every message, photo, …

Privacy

They flee North Korea, only to be adrift in the South

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A middle-aged man is walking through a quiet Seoul neighborhood when he suddenly stops. He lights a cigarette, cupping his hands to shield the flame from the winter wind, and takes a deep draw, remembering how things used to be. He's a former policeman, a broad-shouldered …

'I Eat 250 Ice Creams a Day'—Professional Food Tasters Tell Us About Their Jobs

We spoke to the people who get paid to eat pie, ice cream, pizza, and noodles over and over again, every working day, for years on end.<p>If you define yourself as an "average human," you'll eat around 35 tons of food in your lifetime. However, before much of it reaches your mouth, somebody somewhere …

23 NYC subway facts to entertain even the most jaded commuter

Public transportation in the U.S. serves a dual purpose: It gets us where we want to go (most of the time), while also being the bane of our …

Beijing Bumps New York City as 'Billionaire Capital of the World'

Move over, New York City: Beijing is the new "Billionaire Capital of the World."<p>The Chinese capital has overtaken the Big Apple as home to the most billionaires — 100 to 95 — according to Hurun, a Shanghai firm that publishes a monthly magazine and releases yearly rankings and research about the …

China

How to Tell Apart the 6 Colonial American Home Styles (& Why You Should Want To)

Sometimes, it's actually very important to judge a book by its cover, especially in the case of home exteriors. As someone whose day job focuses on residential <i>interiors</i>, I've been learned how true this can be by reading Virginia Savage McAlester. Her newly updated and expanded book, A Field Guide …

Middle School

This Sex Worker's New Memoir Paints a More Poignant Picture of Love Than Any Sitcom

Charlotte Shane turned her memoir-like newsletter about life and sex work into an unflinching collection titled 'Prostitute Laundry.' We talked to the author about how sex work and writing share some of the same qualities.<p>In early 2014, writer Charlotte Shane began using an email newsletter …