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Who’s Who in the Fight Against ISIS?

The global fight against ISIS has been halting and complex since it began in late 2014.<p>The United States has led an international coalition of more …

Middle East

24 Brilliant Books You Must Read This Autumn

Recommended reading in October and November. UK release dates.

Books

Venezuela on the brink: a journey through a country in crisis

The oil-rich South American nation should be prospering. Instead it stands on the edge of an economic and humanitarian abyss<p>The proud face of the revolutionary hero Simón Bolívar gazes from a stack of banknotes dumped in a grubby box on the floor of a supermarket that doubles as a foreign exchange …

Venezuela

What caused the 'flash crash' that devalued the pound?

The pound has taken yet another tumble, with a sudden dip in its valuation seeing it fall to its lowest point since 1985.<p>The value of the pound …

Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster

We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks. Driverless cars are next. But is our reliance on automation dangerously diminishing our skills?<p>When a sleepy Marc Dubois walked into the cockpit of his own aeroplane, he was confronted with a scene of confusion. The plane was …

Customer Service

What On Earth Is Going On With Tata And The British Steel Industry?

Thousands of jobs are at stake after Tata Steel announced it wants to sell off all its UK plants. This is how an entire British industry reached the brink of collapse.<p>Tata Steel, the UK's biggest producer of the metal, has announced it wants to sell its entire UK operation because bosses at the …

United Kingdom

The inside story of the Paris and Brussels attacks

<b>(CNN) —</b> The night that shook Paris started with three rental cars: three cars with three teams of terrorists maneuvering through the Friday evening traffic, armed with the weapons of war.<p>A little before 9 p.m., a Renault Clio driven by Salah Abdeslam, the Paris plotter captured on March 18 in …

Terrorism

'Islamic State': Raqqa's loss seals rapid rise and fall

<b>Abu Anis only realised something unusual was happening when he heard the sound of explosions coming from the old city on the western bank of the Tigris as it runs through Mosul.</b><p>"I phoned some friends over there, and they said armed groups had taken over, some of them foreign, some Iraqis," the …

Middle East

Bill Clinton and the missed opportunities to kill Osama bin Laden

<i>“The World Trade Center came down because Bill Clinton didn’t kill Osama bin Laden when he had the chance to kill him.”</i><p><b>—Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), remarks in the GOP debate, Feb. 13, 2016</b><p><i>“The responsibility of 9/11 falls on the fact that al Qaeda was allowed to grow and prosper and the decision was</i> …

National Security

Is Britain full? Home truths about the population panic

There are 65 million people in the UK and the number is rising fast. Doom-mongers warn that schools, hospitals, roads and housing are overstretched. But are they right – and should we worry?<p>The northern ticket hall of King’s Cross St Pancras tube station is supposed to be a wonder of the London …

Geography

Elon Musk personally cancels blogger's Tesla order after 'rude' post

Unimaginable wealth has brought Elon Musk a lot of benefits, from being able to build a private spaceflight company to planning a magnet-powered vacuum tube supersonic transport system between LA and San Francisco – and be taken seriously. But perhaps the best perk of being Elon Musk is the ability …

Tesla

You Should See The Photos Tim Peake Took From Space

These beat your mid-flight Instagrams hands down.

Space Science

Everything You Need to Know About the Winter Solstice

From astronomy to religion, the year's shortest day brings enduring mysteries.<p>The Northern Hemisphere's procession of dwindling days is about to reach its nadir. The winter solstice is the year's shortest day, but the start of winter also launches the sun's steady climb towards the long, warm days …

For boys, God and guns; for girls, God and cooking

Yahyah Hadidi, 26, fled to Jordan from Manbij, Syria. Across their vast territory, Islamic State militants have closed most schools, banned “worthless” secular education, burned college diplomas and established military training for boys as young as 7.<p>Yahyah Hadidi<p>Life in the ‘Islamic State’: …

Education

‘Till martyrdom do us part’

Nabiha, 42, and her daughter Rudeina, 17, walk through the Azraq camp for Syrian refugees in northern Jordan. Islamic State militants demand a steady supply of wives to provide sex and children, so local women and girls live in constant fear of forced marriages, abductions and even sex …

Human Rights

A climate of fear and violence

Hikmat al-Gaoud, the former mayor of Hit, Iraq, at a coffee shop in Amman, Jordan. Militants have imposed their fanatical version of sharia law, creating a justice system that uses beheadings, amputations and fear to maintain control in occupied cities and towns.<p>Hikmat al-Gaoud<p>Life in the ‘Islamic …

Islam

Islamic State appears to be fraying from within

BEIRUT — The Islamic State ­appears to be starting to fray from within, as dissent, defections and setbacks on the battlefield sap the group’s strength and erode its aura of invincibility among those living under its despotic rule.<p>Reports of rising tensions between foreign and local fighters, …

Middle East

How ISIL works: Price controls, vaccination programs, and $40 million a month in taxes

With a ruthless army of jihadists, ISIL is already operating a “proto-state,” despite what Western governments say. But the extent of how the so-called Islamic State works on a daily basis is starting to be revealed.<p>It even has a timetable for vaccinations for children to prevent the spread of …

Oil

Russians Are Joining ISIS in Droves

Jihadists from Russia and Central Asia are pouring into the caliphate, four times more than a year ago.<p>Across the globe, the number of foreign …

Russia

The first female space tourist looks back at her voyage to the Space Station

SINGAPORE — Not many civilians can say they've been to space, but Anousheh Ansari cherishes the memory of her flight as a space tourist to the …

Will, Kate, and Harry: The Fun Royal Power Trio

As they showed Monday, William, Kate, and Harry make for a formidable party of three when attending official events together—and they’re reshaping …

Red Carpet

Islamic State militants blow up ancient Arch of Triumph in Palmyra | Reuters

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have blown up the Arch of Triumph, a major monument in the 2,000-year-old Roman city of Palmyra, Syria’s antiquities chief said on Sunday, after they destroyed two ancient temples at the central Syrian site in recent months.<p>A general view shows the …

Palmyra

ISIS destroys Arch of Triumph in Syria's Palmyra ruins

<b>(CNN) —</b> ISIS militants have destroyed the iconic Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, the latest cultural treasure of the ancient site that they have reduced to rubble, Syrian authorities said.<p>The 1,800-year-old monumental arch, which framed the approach to the Roman city, was blown up Sunday, Syria's …

Archaeology

City trader posed as a multi-millionaire with links to the Vatican in £73m fraud, court hears

Gang of fraudsters posed as international financiers with links to Vatican in £73m fraud, jury hears<p>A City trader posed as a multi-millionaire with links to the Vatican and the Spanish nobility in an elaborate £73 million scam, a court heard.<p>Luis Nobre, 49, was one of a gang of fraudsters led by …

Group-think and delusion: why VW lost its bearings

Was Volkswagen too big and thus unmanageable, did it think it wouldn't be caught, or did it strive to be number one at any cost?<p>Volkswagen may now have a new boss, but we remain entirely in the dark as to why and how such a blue-chip giant could possibly have fallen so far, so fast. The greatest …

Yazidi woman: I was raped by 'American jihadi'

<b>(CNN) —</b> "There was nothing left to do to me. They did everything."<p>It was an ordeal that nightmares are made of.<p>A 20-year-old Yazidi woman, who says she was held as a sex slave by ISIS, told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview that her captor was a fighter who told her he was from …

Islam

Why Isis fights

Jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria reveal the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East<p>اقرأ التقرير باللغة العربية<p>For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast …

Middle East

Brad Pitt is indirectly scaring chickens in Northern Ireland

LONDON — Farmyard animals, beware: Brad Pitt's film company is apparently on the rampage in Northern Ireland, and they've come armed with fire and …

People’s secret confessions and existential crises are on display in a UK train station

If the success of anonymous messaging has shown us anything, it’s that people have a <i>lot</i> to get off their chests.<p>A new art project at a train station in Brighton, UK, is taking anonymous confession to a wider audience—prominently displaying user-submitted secrets on a digital screen in the station’s …

Existentialism