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Iraq says 'no evidence' of chemical weapons attacks in Mosul | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iraqi U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said on Friday there was “no evidence” that Islamic State had used chemical weapons in Mosul, where the militants are fighting off an offensive by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces.<p>A girl stands in front of a hole used by Islamic state's …

Middle East

U.S. to punish Chinese telecom giant over alleged Iran violations

BEIJING — The United States will place export restrictions on Chinese telecom giant ZTE for allegedly selling U.S. technology to Iranprompting an angry response from the Chinese government and causing trading in the company’s shares to be suspended in Hong Kong on Monday.<p>The move, due to take …

China

Dubai blaze raises questions over Gulf skyscraper design | News Home | Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - A blaze that engulfed a Dubai skyscraper on New Year’s Eve - the emirate’s third high-rise fire in three years - has raised fresh questions about the safety of materials used on the exteriors of tall buildings across the wealthy region.<p>A fire engulfs The Address Hotel in downtown …

Skyscrapers

Fatal police shooting in LA suburb was different from others

LYNWOOD, Calif. (AP) — When deputies confronted a man carrying a handgun in a Los Angeles suburb, the fatal shooting that unfolded was notably …

Law Enforcement

China's New Trio Of Urban Combat Robots

HIT Robot Group selling a hit<p>Just in time for the holiday wishlists, China is now selling a team of robots for urban combat. Unveiled at the Beijing 2015 World Robot Conference, HIT Robot Group's it consists of three robots. There is an armed variant with an assault rifle, grenade, or an option for …

Australian mercenary reportedly killed in Yemen clashes

An Australian mercenary has reportedly been killed in clashes in Yemen, alongside six Colombian troops.<p>Guardian Australia understands the Australian commander was named Philip Stitman.<p>The world needs to know about Yemen’s war. But journalists are being silenced | Charlene Rodrigues<p>Read more<p>It’s …

Middle East

Android co-founder Andy Rubin may want to start a new smartphone company

Guess who's back<p>Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android before it became a central part of Google, is eyeing a return to the smartphone market. Instead of making smartphone software, however, Rubin is reportedly interested in developing an Android handset, according to a report today from <i>The</i> …

Andy Rubin

Nissan IDS Concept Showcases The Future Of Autonomous Driving

The Nissan IDS Concept unveiled today at the Tokyo Motor Show is the company’s vision of what cars will become in the near future.<p>Central to that vision is autonomous driving, which Nissan says is close to becoming a reality.<p>Its plan is to roll out autonomous technology one piece at a time across …

Autos

Meet the entrepreneur who is helping the world learn a new language

When Bill Gates confesses to regretting never having learned a foreign language, you can’t help but wonder what exactly makes mastering a foreign …

Malcolm X’s Long-Lost Handwritten Letter Proclaims: White Americans’ Racism Could Be Solved If They Converted to Islam

A handwritten letter penned in 1964 by the late Malcolm X proclaimed that the conversion of white Americans to Islam would help stop racism.<p>And after almost being accidentally tossed in the trash, the long-lost note is currently on sale by a historic letter dealer for $1.25 million.<p>Discovered in a …

Religion

Revisiting a Classic—The Calcutta Quran Petition: Book Review

<b>Background</b><p>The average educated person today, anywhere in the world, is likely to be both confused and frightened by Islam. On the one hand, it is …

Atheism deserves better than Richard Dawkins: “Secular fundamentalism” is actively hurting the movement

The public intellectual confuses religion for the religious, and nonbelievers would be unwise to follow his example<p>Richard Dawkins, the British biologist and prominent atheist, has found himself in a firestorm of controversy over recent comments about Muslims. Back in July, Dawkins took to Twitter …

How to Live With Chronic Illness and Turn Straw Into Gold

A deeply personal interview with author Toni Bernhard, author of the award-winning How to Be Sick, How to Wake Up, and, most recently, How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide.<p><b>Michaela Haas: You quote Marie Curie, "Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be</b> …

Argentinian President Claims Former Obama Official Asked The Country To Provide Iran With Nuclear Fuel

It felt like hours, but was only a mere 45 seconds.<p>In perhaps the most moving moment of this weeks United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stared down the audience in a moment of silence that made all those there – and the rest of us watching on …

South Asia

Glenn Beck’s terrifying new book: 300 pages of Islamophobia dressed up as scholarship

The right-wing media giant released his latest book last month. It’s worth taking a look at what makes it so scary<p>Glenn Beck would like to tell you about Islam. Sure, he’s a walking conspiracy generator who’s been wrong nearly every time he parts his lips: wrong about Obama’s SS-like “civilian …

Neuroscience's New Consciousness Theory Is Spiritual

"Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality" -Carl Sagan<p>It appears that we are approaching a unique time in the history of man and science where empirical measures and deductive reasoning can actually inform us spiritually. Integrated Information …