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Why the World Banned Chemical Weapons

Yes, it’s because they’re morally hideous. But it’s also because they don’t work.<p>On the late afternoon of April 22, 1915—in the midst of World War I—Algerian and French soldiers in trenches along the Western Front, near the Belgian town of Ypres, noticed a yellowish-green fog drifting toward them. …

War

Inside Bannon’s struggle: From ‘shadow president’ to Trump’s marked man

When Stephen K. Bannon reported for work Wednesday, he did not act like a man who had just been publicly humiliated by his boss.<p>The White House chief strategist cycled in and out of the Oval Office for meetings with President Trump and took a seat in the front row of the East Room for the afternoon …

Donald Trump

25 animals that scientists want to bring back from extinction

Advances in science, specifically biotechnology, could enable scientists to bring some of these animals "back" from extinction, and there are a few already on the list.<p>Generally, it helps if there is a species still alive today that is genetically similar to the extinct animal, like elephants for …

Habitats

27 Brilliant New Books You Need To Read This Winter

Recommended reading from January to March. UK release dates.

Books

20 Books to Read Before They Become Movies

Be prepared. And smug.<p>If you're anything like us, you probably like to read the book before seeing the movie. This year, as usual, Hollywood is adapting a slew of books — fiction and nonfiction — into films, some of which you may already be familiar with. If you want to prepare yourself for the …

Books

Michelle Obama: The Historic Legacy of the Nation's First Black First Lady

For the past two years, Michelle Obama has attended a ceremony in the East Room of White House honoring the country's school counselor of the year as part of her program encouraging students to pursue higher learning. On Friday, she will use the occasion to give her final remarks as first lady of …

Michelle Obama

The 10 Most Inspiring Quotes from Michelle Obama's Final Speech as First Lady

"Being your First Lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope I've made you proud."<p>This morning, Michelle Obama delivered her final public speech as First Lady of the United States.<p>Obama spoke at the 2017 School Counselor of the Year Event—which she organized in 2015 as a part of her …

Michelle Obama

5 mental tricks to help you manage stress and be more 'mindful' in 2017

If there's one thing that 2016 has taught many of us, it's that it helps to have a way to calm our minds and quiet our hearts. Just how do you do that? Try "mindfulness."<p>That, essentially, means being more attuned to what's going on around you and inside of you. "Mindfulness is an open-hearted way …

Mindfulness

Turkey nightclub attack claims victims from 14 countries

<b>Istanbul (CNN) —</b> Lubna Ghasnawi was among the glamorous crowd of young partygoers gathered inside Istanbul's Reina nightclub to ring in 2017 when a gunman opened fire, killing her and at least 38 others.<p>The 34-year-old entrepreneur was one of seven victims from Saudi Arabia who had traveled to …

Extremism

Frank Sinatra's Fettuccine Recipe Is the Perfect Dinner Dish

We'd expect nothing less from the Italian-American crooner.<p>Before you commit to the latest diet trend and swear off carbs entirely in 2017, you'll want to give Frank Sinatra's famous fettuccine recipe a try. Originally published in <i>The Sinatra Celebrity Cookbook: Barbara, Frank, and Friends</i> …

Frank Sinatra

Russia's Putin, others pleased as Trump win shocks world

<b>(CNN) —</b> Republican candidate Donald Trump's ascension to the White House has sent shock waves around the world. But it appears to have pleased one leader in particular: Russian President Vladimir Putin.<p>Within hours of Trump's victory speech early Wednesday, Putin congratulated the US …

Donald Trump

The 17 Most Underrated Movies On Netflix Right Now

Given how many addictive TV shows Netflix releases each month, I know watching a movie on the service almost sounds like a novel idea at this point. …

Entertainment

Ben-Hur Was Hollywood’s Epic $100M Mistake

The film flopped hard at the box office after studios tried to copy the success of 2004's The Passion of the Christ.<p>In 2004, Mel Gibson’s biblical film <i>The Passion of the Christ</i> hit theaters after a months-long, small-scale ad campaign that focused on church groups and evangelical leaders, despite …

The Philippines' new president is waging a drug war that has killed nearly 1,800 people

In the seven weeks since, nearly 1,800 suspected drug dealers have been killed.<p>Under Duterte, 712 drug suspects had been killed in police operations since July 1, while 1,067 killings were carried out by vigilante groups during the same time frame, National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa, told a …

Nice terror attack: 'soldier of Islam' Bouhlel 'took drugs and used dating sites to pick up men and women'

• <b>Terrorist drove through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice</b><b>, killing 84 people</b>• <b><br>Police vans blocking off promenade withdrawn just before attack</b>• <b><br>Driver, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, was a career criminal</b>• <b><br>Bouhlel was radicalised within months and sent £84,000 to his family days before attack</b>• <b><br>Everything</b> …

10 things men should do every day (according to science)

We all know the basics – exercise, eat vegetables, never look at booze or bacon, etc – but what else should we be doing every day for a better, healthier, happier life?<p>To paraphrase the slogan of a popular sugary treat, only science has the answer ...<p>1. Play computer games<p>Ever wanted a bigger …

University of Illinois

10 Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happy AF

Trust me, no. 10 is something you could do right now.<p>A lot of the time, "do this and you'll be happy" lists read like directions on how to make ice cubes. Like, duh, you should exercise and eat vegetables. But what else? A recent AskReddit thread prompted users to reveal the little things they do …

10 Things You Need to Stop Doing for a Happier Life

Don't we all seem to be endlessly searching for happiness? Sometimes we blame circumstances or people for the things that make us feel otherwise, when in fact it all starts within ourselves. It all begins within our own minds.<p>If you feel like your search for happiness never ends, and all you wish …

EgyptAir Flight Data Shows Smoke Detected in Bathroom Before Crash

Data transmitted from a doomed EgyptAir flight minutes before it fell off radar screens suggests a fire had broken out on board the plane, according to an aviation industry website.<p>AvHerald.com is reporting that data transmissions from EgyptAir Flight 804 to ground stations show smoke was detected …

Airplanes

What we know about passengers and crew on EgyptAir Flight 804

<b>(CNN) —</b> There were 66 on board. Middle Easterners, Europeans and Canadians. Adults and children.<p>Until it has informed all family members, EgyptAir says it won't release the names of those who were on the plane.<p>Here's what we know so far of those aboard the Airbus when it crashed Thursday into the …

Airplanes

Four scenarios on EgyptAir Flight 804

<b>(CNN) —</b> There are broadly four areas investigators will consider as they probe the disappearance of EgyptAir Flight 804 over the Mediterranean shortly before it began its descent to Cairo: Did it crash or explode due to pilot error, a technical malfunction, a smuggled bomb or an inside act of …

Airplanes

Jennifer Lawrence Suffered The Consequences Of Lying At The Airport

Here's how <i>not</i> to act at an airport, courtesy of Jennifer Lawrence. She told this cautionary tale during a recent appearance on <i>The Graham Norton Show</i> …

15 Essential Books That Will Help You Be More Successful

Do want you to be more successful in both your personal and professional lives?<p>Most of us would obviously answer yes to that question. But merely …

Self-improvement

China Plans A Single, Chilling Response To The Panama Papers

The Panama Papers, a collection of leaked documents covering the tax-sensitive offshore business of world political leaders, has prompted the prime minister of Iceland to resign and put his British peer David Cameron on a Q&A defensive. The papers point also to China, suggesting that family members …

China

Will Smith, former Saints player, shot dead at scene of crash

<b>(CNN) —</b> Will Smith and his wife, Racquel, were "having a blast" at a city festival mere hours before they were both shot, leaving the former New Orleans Saints defensive end dead and his wife hospitalized.<p>New Orleans Police Department spokesman Tyler Gamble was reluctant to use the term "road …

New Orleans

37 Photographs that you could be Killed for

London based photographer Michal Huniewicz risked not only imprisonment but even his life by capturing these images of the most secretive country in …

Trace Your Ancient Human Ancestry with New Map

A new map allows us to trace our ancient human ancestry, revealing how extensively past interbreeding has affected people alive today.<p>The genetic …

Humanity

How a distant planet might have caused mass extinctions on Earth

The theory might seem like science fiction, but a study by astrophysicist Daniel Whitmire offers scientific data to back up the claim.<p>Dr. Whitmire, who now teaches math at the University of Arkansas, says the mysterious planet has been causing extinction events at regular intervals - every 27 …