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The crazy story of the man who fought for Finland, the Nazis, and the US Army Special Forces

Larry Thorne enlisted in the US Army as a private in 1954, but he was already a war hero. That's because his real name was Lauri Törni, and he had been fighting the Soviets for much of his adult life.<p>Born in Finland in 1919, Törni enlisted at age 19 in his country's army and fought against the …

Outdoor Photographer of the Year finalists announced, in pictures - Telegraph

Astonishing, rare images of the Vietnam War from the winning side

Another Vietnam<p>Unseen images of the war from the winning side<p>1972<p><b>UPDATE, Feb. 10, 2016, 9:30 a.m.:</b> <i>Based on serial numbers visible on the tail fins,</i> …

Photographer Sneaks Into Abandoned Top-Secret NASA Base. Here's What He Saw

Pictures of a top-secret base once used by NASA have been captured by a photographer from San Francisco.<p>The Santa Susanna Field Laboratory, a …

San Francisco

Haunting Drone Footage Captures Syrian Destruction In Stunning High-Def

There’s one silver lining to Europe’s worsening migrant crisis: it ensures that the human toll from Syria’s protracted civil war doesn’t get lost in …

Turkey agrees plan for 'Isis-free zone' along Syrian border

Turkey and the US have agreed on the outlines of a plan to drive Islamic State out of a strip of land along the Turkish-Syrian border, according to reports, in a landmark deal that will draw Turkey further into Syria’s civil war and looks likely to increase the intensity of the US air war against …

Turkey’s peace with Kurds splinters as car bomb kills soldiers

Kurdish rebels blamed for attack on military police vehicle carrying several officers, as PKK says ceasefire has ‘lost all meaning’ after Turkish air strikes<p>The fragile peace process between the Turkish government and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ party, or PKK, appeared to be on the brink of …

Kurds condemn Turkish air strikes inside Iraq

The leadership of Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) has condemned Turkish air strikes against positions of Kurdish fighters in its autonomous region, echoing the remarks of the leadership earlier.<p>Masoud Barzani, president of KRG, spoke to Ahmed Davutoglu, Turkey's prime minister, over …

Frontiers of the Roman Empire: Dividing Us From Them

The Roman Empire became very cosmopolitan, containing many races and cultures and granting limited citizenship to many conquered people. However, …

After Turkey bombs Islamic State for the first time, what happens next?

Four days after Isil attacked a mainly Kurdish gathering of youth activists, the Turkey-Syria border is a new hotspot in the Middle East's widening war, writes Raziye Akkoc<p>They say a week in politics is a long time and this week proved just how true that was in Turkey. After months of accusations …

Middle East

Another Russian neighbor with occupied territories is moving toward the EU

Khidasheli told RFE/RL in an exclusive interview on July 22 that while "Russia is losing all of its bridgeheads" in diplomatic circles, "Georgia is gaining new friends."<p>She said Georgia will continue to "move gradually towards European integration, and no provocation can stop or slow this …

Kurdish group claims 'revenge murder' on Turkish police

The armed wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has claimed responsibility for killing two Turkish police officers, saying the murders were reprisals for a suicide attack in the border town of Suruc.<p>"A punitive action was carried out... in revenge for the massacre in Suruc," the …

Edge of Stability: A Time-Lapse of Severe Weather and Natural Wonders

Photographer Jeff Boyce of Negative Tilt recently took an epic photography journey across the United States, shooting 70,000 photos across 15 states …

Nasa may have found the most Earth-like planet to date

<i>UPDATE: Nasa has now announced its findings. Read all about it here.</i><p>Nasa may have just found the closest thing to an Earth-like planet in the …

Town Shames ISIS Chief ‘Cersei Lannister-Style’—and Then Executes Him

It was an execution designed to humiliate the local ISIS leader. And it seemed to be ripped right out of the screenplay for the brutal HBO series.<p>In …

Bizarre Cometlike Alien Planet Is First of Its Kind

A Neptune-size planet appears to be masquerading as a comet, with a gargantuan stream of gas flowing behind it like a comet's tail.<p>The bizarre find …

Astronomy

Black Holes Get Even Weirder with New Stephen Hawking Theory

Black holes may be even weirder than scientists had thought, according to a new paper by famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.<p>The paper, which …

Physics

Who Is Really Fighting ISIS?

While the world is transfixed on ISIS, its scrutiny dangerously overlooks Iraq’s Shiite militias. The popular mobilization forces (PMF)—a collection of Shiite, Iranian-backed militias—liberated Tikrit in April and are providing the muscle in today’s fight in Anbar province. The militias and their …

'ISIS will benefit' from the Iran nuclear deal

Hassan Hassan, an associate fellow at the think tank Chatham House and coauthor of the recent book "ISIS: Inside The Army of Terror," told The Wall Street Journal that the nuclear deal could make already-disaffected Sunnis feel even more like the US and Iran are conspiring against them.<p>"ISIS will …

What happened when two men walked through Moscow... holding hands?

<b>The latest "social experiment" video to take off globally shows an apparently gay couple holding hands in downtown Moscow - and receiving harsh homophobic abuse.</b><p>The two young men stride hand-in-hand past some of Moscow's best-known landmarks. But it's far from a relaxed stroll - instead they are …

Afghan war costs American taxpayers $4 million per hour – study

New data shows that America’s war in Afghanistan is costing taxpayers roughly $4 million an hour, despite the Obama administration’s drawdown of …

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 …

Photographing Pluto: This Is How New Horizons Works

A montage of New Horizons' images of Jupiter and its volcanic moon Io, taken during the spacecraft's Jupiter flyby in ea<p>... VIEW MORE<p>NASA/Johns …

Solar System

We already knew the Earth was not the center of the universe, but now we know exactly where it is.

Scientists have mapped more than 8,000 galaxies to find the Earth's official address, and it turns out the universe is even bigger than we …

Ethiopia is 2015's best tourism destination | CNN Travel

Tourism

Canadian-Israeli woman sought 'redemption' by helping Kurds fight IS

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Canadian-Israeli who was the first foreign woman to help the Kurds in their fight against Islamic State said on Monday that she had volunteered in an effort to “turn her life around” after being jailed in the United States for an international phone scam.<p>Gill Rosenberg walks …

Middle East

Isis launches Russian-language propaganda channel

Islamic State’s social media and video efforts have stepped up, part of a region-wide effort to sign up youths to fight take up the black flag. RFE/RL reports<p>The militant group Islamic State has stepped up its Russian-language propaganda efforts, another sign it is becoming more powerful in the …

New Evidence Ancient Chinese Explorers Landed in America Excites Experts

John A. Ruskamp Jr., Ed.D., reports that he has identified an outstanding, history-changing treasure hidden in plain sight. High above a walking path …