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Tribe of Dan: Sons of Israel, or of Greek mercenaries hired by Egypt?

The Tribe of Dan, one of the 12 "Israelite tribes," may have started as no such thing. New archaeological evidence suggests that the Danites …

Ancient History

The Emperor and the Nightingale at Keswick's Theatre by the Lake - photo essay

The Theatre by the Lake in the northern Lake District has staged a Christmas play every year since it opened in 1999. This year it’s The Emperor and the Nightingale, adapted from a Hans Christian Andersen story by Neil Duffield. Guardian photographer Christopher Thomond was on hand to capture the …

Photo Essays

Crystalline: art from the Arctic, space and beyond - in pictures

From an Arctic expedition to working in a studio in the school of biology and environmental science at University College Dublin, artist Siobhan McDonald collaborates with researchers to broach subjects at the edges of current scientific knowledge<p>Crystalline, curated by Helen Carey, will open at …

Franklin Expedition

Britain Wakes Up Shivering in Sub Zero Temperatures: Pictures

England

National park tips: This rugged Death Valley road is a white-knuckle challenge for four-wheelers

There are plenty of rugged roads in Death Valley National Park, but Titus Canyon is a standout. The route squiggles and the mountains squeeze together around you until you begin to doubt your car can fit.<p>As you navigate, ask yourself who could ever have lived in Leadfield, the ghost town that turns …

China lifts 13-year ban on beef imports from U.S.

American steak could soon be back on the menu in China after officials announced the lifting of a 13-year ban on imports of beef from the U.S.<p>Restoring exports to China is a top priority for U.S. farmers because they want to take advantage of the country's growing demand for meat.<p>But there are some …

China

LinkedIn is making some big changes, but will it suck less?

On Thursday, LinkedIn announced a bunch of big changes to their website to try and lure people back to their website.<p>The Microsoft-owned social network for professionals is betting on a redesign and a revamped messaging system to make its users log in more and spend a bigger part of their day on …

'Mowgli': Russian Toddler Rescued After Days in Siberian Wilderness

MOSCOW — A 3-year-old boy has been hailed as a real-life "Mowgli" after surviving three days lost in the Siberian wilderness with just a piece of chocolate and canine companions.<p>Tserin Dopchut disappeared Sunday from the tiny village of Khut, some 2,900 miles east of Moscow, in the Russian republic …

Pets

Photographer Travels the World to Capture These Astonishing Macro Cityscapes in Drops of Water

Dusan Stojancevic is a Serbian photographer specializing in time lapse, travel, landscape, food, and wedding photography. He’s recently made some …

Personal Tales of Love, Divorce and Guardianship in Saudi Arabia

The photographer's daughters, Sura and Yara, swim in a pool at a friend's home in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, April 2016. "Th<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Tasneem …

Saudi Arabia

Photos of 100-year India coal fire win Getty Instagram award

<b>An Indian photographer has been awarded the second annual Getty Images Instagram grant, which recognises photographers who document stories from underrepresented communities around the world.</b><p>Ronny Sen joined Christian Rodriguez of Uruguay and Girma Berta of Ethiopia - the other two winners - to …

Mining

Pakistani police submit charges in UK woman's murder case

JHELUM, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police submitted initial charges to a court Friday against the father and ex-husband of a British-Pakistani woman accused of murdering her in a so-called "honor killing", court officials and a defense lawyer said.<p>Defense lawyer Mohammad Arif says the trial of …

Crime

Political violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – in pictures

Police and demonstrators have clashed in the DRC in the latest round of violence sparked by an ongoing political crisis in the troubled central African state. President Joseph Kabila, who has ruled since 2001, is banned under the constitution from running again but has given no inclination he will …

Africa

Where did Australia's aboriginals come from? Genomic data reveals clues.

Today's aboriginals are descended from the first humans to enter Australia, and they did it far earlier than scientists previously thought, a new DNA …

An indigenous community's battle to save their home in the Amazon – in pictures

There are currently over 60 major hydroelectric dam projects in the Amazon. The third largest project is the Belo Monte on the Xingu River, Brazil, which has already displaced 20,000 indigenous and riverine people. Aaron Vincent Elkaim documents the story of the Munduruku tribe, who are fighting …

Brazil

Lynsey Addario has spent years risking her life for the truth - CNN Style

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Cookies

Why Do We Still Depict All Pot Smokers as Bong-Toting Losers?

These stock images are meant to help the media rethink the way they portray stoners.<p>According to a Health Canada report, about 39 percent of Canadians have tried smoking pot. There's no way they all look like Cheech & Chong, so why does the media keep portraying them that way?<p>As Canada's Liberal …

Cannabis

Are we witnessing the death of young-adult dystopia at the movies?

In movie theaters this past weekend, a reluctant teen hero led a rebellion comprising an implausible clan of oppressed but likable young iconoclasts. Together they rose up around their chosen one to fight their government's evil social engineering.<p>Sound familiar? No, it wasn't a new installment of …

Movies

Photographing Wild Bears in the Forests of Finland

My name is Will McGugan, and I’m a photography enthusiast living in London. This year I spent my birthday in a forest in Finland with no company …

Forests
Australia

Underwater-Home Recovery Reaches Struggling Neighborhoods

Underwater homeowners–one of the hallmarks of the housing crisis–are starting to get out from under their loans, and now the trend is increasingly reaching the lowest-priced properties.

Housing

Completely paralyzed man steps out in robotic exoskeleton

Leveraging on research where the UCLA team recently used the same non-invasive technique to enable five completely paralyzed men to move their legs, …

North Korean leader dismisses top officials after standoff with South Korea eases

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has dismissed top officials in the wake of a recent standoff with South Korea, state media reported Friday, a move that suggests the young leader holds them responsible for allowing the confrontation to nearly spin out of control.<p>The rival Koreas earlier this week …

Today in Pictures: July 15

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New York City

Greek parliament to vote on bailout deal Thursday

Greece has agreed on the broad terms of a new three-year bailout package with international creditors, with a few last details expected to be ironed out Tuesday.<p>Finalizing quickly the deal for about $93 billion in new loans would prevent the country from defaulting on its debts next week and secure …

Raw Dames to Swish Bottom: X-rated illustrations banned in the 1950s – in pictures

In the 1950s a motley crew of underground publishers and artists based in Times Square produced a wave of erotic and pornographic literature, but soon fell foul of the law. Now, these works are brought together – legally – for the first time<p>Cult of the Spankers: the X-rated artists who turned Times …

Times Square

How Indonesia carries out the death penalty: rules of execution

As Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran await execution along with nationals from Brazil, France, Ghana, the Philippines and Nigeria, Indonesia sets out the rules governing their deaths<p>The convicted prisoner must be notified 72 hours before execution.<p>While waiting, they must be held in a …

Asia

The Stay List: Ireland’s Green Scene

Ireland’s notoriously “soft” weather makes the fields gloriously golden, but it also makes the ground soggy for would-be campers seeking to experience nature in dramatic landscapes off the beaten path. Leave it to Irish ingenuity and hospitality to adapt the camping experience with refined yurts, …