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Portugal goes to the polls for a new president

People in Portugal have been voting in the presidential election against an unstable political backdrop that has seen the country ruled by a shaky left-wing alliance since November.<p>Opinion poll frontrunner, centre-right candidate Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, has promised to bring some stability to …

A Fearless Foodie’s Guide to Touring Vietnam

In the historic city of Hoi An, a gutsy omnivore discovers a flavor of the local culture that most travelers miss...starting with snake heart<p>A boat docked in Hoi An, a Unesco World Heritage site on the central coast of Vietnam.<p>Christian Berg for The Wall Street Journal<p>1 of 12<p>•••••<p>By<p>David Farley<p><b>FOOD</b> …

Vietnam

Kinder, Gentler Vikings? Not According to Their Slaves

New clues suggest slaves were vital to the Viking way of life—and argue against attempts to soften the raiders’ brutish reputation.<p>The ancient reputation of Vikings as bloodthirsty raiders on cold northern seas has undergone a radical change in recent decades. A kinder, gentler, and more …

Orphaned planet and twin Earths that 'could share life' revealed

<b>(CNN) —</b> From a world 11 times more massive than Jupiter to a pair of Earth-like planets that may house life, scientists have revealed a host of fascinating new findings about our galactic neighbors.<p>Take HD-106906b, or "fat Jupiter" as some observers have termed it.<p>A planet far larger than our …

Universe

Mafia arrests in Italy uncover threat to 'hit' senior politician

Wiretaps during police operation against Sicily’s Cosa Nostra recorded talk of plan to harm interior minister Angelino Alfano<p>Italian police have arrested six members of Sicily’s Cosa Nostra mafia as part of an inquiry that uncovered a threat of violence against the interior minister, Angelino …

Crime

Child soldier, 14, already a veteran of South Sudan's civil war

As a new film about child soldiers is released, David Blair speaks to a boy caught up in South Sudan's conflict<p>At the age of 14, Gatwech is already a veteran of South Sudan’s civil war. He joined the national army a year ago – supposedly of his own volition – and soon became accustomed to the fury …

Unclear if bones found in Florence church belong to ‘Mona Lisa’ model

Scientific testing of bone fragments from a Florence church grave could not determine whether they are from the body of a Renaissance-era woman some believe was the model for Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa," researchers said Thursday.<p>Perhaps as enigmatic as that Mona Lisa smile, the question of who …

Migrants in the Balkans: Everyone wants to be Syrian

Documents scattered only meters from Serbia's border with Hungary provide evidence that many of the migrants flooding Europe to escape war or poverty are scrapping their true nationalities and likely assuming new ones, just as they enter the European Union.<p>Many of those travelers believe that using …

North Africa

50 bodies found in ship's hull as migrant wave inundates Europe

As tens of thousands of migrants fleeing war and poverty attempt to reach safety in Europe, the death toll rose above 2,400 on Wednesday, and skirmishes broke out along the Serbian-Hungarian border.<p>This summer's unprecedented exodus from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea and other nations in turmoil has …

Skeletons in ancient Portuguese garbage dump may be Jewish victims of 16th-century Inquisition

Portuguese researchers suspect that a dozen skeletons found in an ancient garbage dump were Jewish victims of the Inquisition more than 400 years ago.<p>The excavation team found the remains at what was called the Jail Cleaning Yard of the Inquisition Court in Evora, 135 kilometres east of the …

In a swipe at Japan, North Korea creates new time zone

North Korea is frequently accused of turning back the clock on human rights, economic development and diplomacy.<p>But on Friday, the impoverished and reclusive nation took the expression to a whole new level.<p>North Korea will adopt a new time zone -- Pyongyang Time -- to cast off the legacy of "wicked …

Here's what to do when an airline loses your luggage

Thankfully, the US Department of Transportation has started laying down the law on what should happen when you arrive somewhere and your baggage doesn't.<p>Unfortunately, this still varies wildly depending on each airline and each specific situation.<p>To help you navigate these tricky waters, we've …

Flying

Tanzania camp overstretched by Burundi refugee influx

<b>Kigoma, Tanzania</b> - Tanzanian authorities say the camp hosting refugees who fled unrest in neighbouring Burundi is full and will have to be expanded.<p>Isaac Nantanga, spokesperson for the Ministry of Home Affairs, told Al Jazeera the Nyarugusu camp, located close to the town of Kisulu, could not …

Africa

Burundi street children caught up in clashes

Homeless children in Burundi's capital have been caught up in often violent clashes during protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office.<p>As the near one-month protests drag on, finding food is becoming increasingly difficult for street children, who also face …

Africa

Myanmar signs off controversial pregnancy law

Myanmar's president has signed off a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting US diplomat and rights activists.<p>The bill, which was drafted under pressure from hard-line Buddhist monks, was passed by parliamentarians last month and …

Rights & Freedoms

Following army raid, Colombia's FARC rebels cancel unilateral cease-fire | Fox News

Colombia's largest rebel group on Friday called off a unilateral cease-fire in reaction to a military raid on a guerrilla camp that killed 26 of its fighters, further straining negotiations to end the country's half-century-old conflict.<p>The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said in a statement …

Middle East

‘It was like a killing field in the sea’: Indonesian fishermen at front lines of migrant crisis

The call on the fisherman's radio was urgent. "There are a lot of people in the sea. Please come over immediately to help save them."<p>It was accompanied by a set of GPS coordinates pointing to a spot in the Malacca Strait some 60 kilometres off the northern coast of Indonesia's Sumatra. Pawang …

Farc rebels killed in new Colombian army offensive

<b>Colombia's security forces have killed at least five fighters from the Farc rebel group in an air strike in the north-western region of Antioquia.</b><p>On Thursday, 26 rebels were killed in a similar operation in southern Colombia, prompting the Farc to suspend its unilateral ceasefire.<p>The rebels and the …

Middle East

ISIS Is Torturing, Enslaving, And Murdering Women At A "Staggering" Rate, U.N. Official Says

"They are institutionalizing sexual violence," said Zainab Hawa Bangura, U.N. Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.<p>The U.N's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict this week spoke with <i>Middle East Eye</i> about her recent tour of refugee camps across the region, where she …

Here's why everyone wants to go to Milan this year

Flights to Milan from the US are regularly cheaper than they are to other European cities.<p>And with the euro near an all-time low, US visitors can take advantage of the shopping, dining, and nightlife the city has to offer.<p>Bottom line — if you see a great deal on a flight to Milan, book it. There's …

Italy

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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Khmer Rouge take over Cambodia: from the archive, 18 April 1975

The insurgent guerrillas were greeted by Cambodians waving flags and streamers as they moved into the city through a sea of white surrender flags<p>After almost exactly five years of war, Phnom Penh surrendered yesterday to Communist-led Khmer insurgent forces. They swept into the Cambodian capital …

Asia

Oskar Gröning trial: Auschwitz survivors hope for 'closure'

Hedy Bohm, a Holocaust survivor, hopes for 'closure' from trial of 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz'<p>An Auschwitz survivor has spoken out about her hopes of achieving "closure" a day ahead of taking part in what may be the last ever trial over the crimes of the Holocaust.<p>Hedy Bohm has travelled to Germany …

A–Z of the First World War

How much do you really know about the First World War? In a new bite-sized A-Z guide, the Imperial War Museum reveals a number of surprising facts, …

These 11 Speeches from the Last Two Centuries Changed the World

<i>This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was</i> …

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