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How trumped-up charges led Thai police to raid expat bridge club

Members of the Pattaya bridge club believe an unfounded accusation was behind the heavy-handed police raid that saw 32 players hauled into custody<p>Cold beers in hand and cards on the table, many of the mostly British retirees at the Pattaya bridge club continued playing after a special unit from the …

Islamicide: How the Mullah Mafia Is Destroying Pakistan

A boy cuts off his own right hand because it offended God. Pedophilia is holy. To question is to risk execution. Welcome to a nation in thrall to …

Race for Zika vaccine gathers momentum as virus spreads

(Reuters) - Companies and scientists are racing to create a Zika vaccine as concern grows over the mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to severe birth defects and is spreading quickly through the Americas.<p>Zika is now present in 23 countries and territories in the Americas. Brazil, the …

For weight loss, HOW you exercise is more important than how much

As much as we love to track our steps with our Fitbits, a new study reinforces the evidence that <i>more</i> exercise is not the key to weight loss. The good news is, there is a way to fake out your body to help it burn more calories.<p>Most people think longer workouts will make them thinner, said study …

The Bottom Line: 'The Vegetarian' By Han Kang

In Han Kang's 'The Vegetarian,' a clean eating obsession is a subversive act of self-reclamation.<p>Vegetarianism or, as the diet of the central character in Han Kang’s <i>The Vegetarian</i> could more specifically be described, veganism, has lost the power to shock ― at least among American coastal …

Books

Ancient Roman's Egyptian mummy mask joins display of museum treasures

Two Temple Place in London hosts exhibition of artefacts from seven regional museums<p>The golden mummy mask of Titus Flavius Demetrius, who chose to be buried not as a Roman citizen but as an Egyptian god, is still in gleamingly immaculate condition 1,900 years after it was made.<p>It shines in an …

Disability Advocates Aren't Happy That A Man Standing Up From His Wheelchair At The Australian Open Was Called A "Miracle"

Advocates have pointed out that people use wheelchairs for a range of reasons and that not all wheelchair users are paralysed.

Mysterious booms and shaking, social media rumors scare New Jersey

By Michael E. Miller<p>, Reporter<p>Have you felt the tremors?We are hearing reports of tremors here in Jersey. For the record, we have not reported any…Posted by New Jersey State Police on Thursday, January 28, 2016<p>It was just after 1:30 p.m. when New Jersey began to shake.<p>In the small township of …

New Jersey

10 Habits To Make You Happy And Productive Every Day

Who needs Tony Robbins when you can motivate yourself? Overcoming the emotional hurdle to get stuff done when you’d rather sit on the couch isn’t …

The Religious Sources of Christian Terrorism

News reports live a short life in the media. Many seem to have already forgotten the militant organization that continues to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. But then many also do not know that these militants are also Christians.<p>Their motivation is ostensibly a religious one, …

Religion

19 heartbreaking images in the wake of the untreatable Zika virus, which is causing one of the biggest public health crises in Brazil's history

The Zika virus has recently been linked to a neurological disorder that causes babies to be born with small craniums and limited brain development, a condition called microcephaly.<p>In 2014, there were 146 cases of microcephaly in Brazil. In 2015, the rate of babies born with microcephaly grew to be …

Public Health

Life in Europe not as expected: hundreds of Iraqis return home

A growing number of Iraqis are returning home from Germany, citing a lengthy asylum process, bland food and poor shelters as reasons for leaving.<p>“My husband liked the idea of going there. He saw others and he wanted to imitate them,” said one Kurdish returnee. “The situation there was much worse …

Eight words that reveal the sexism at the heart of the English language | David Shariatmadari

As Oxford Dictionaries comes under fire for sexist definitions, the history of terms that refer to women shows how deep negative attitudes go<p>Linguists call it collocation: the likelihood of two words occurring together. If I say “pop”, your mental rolodex will begin whirring away, coming up with …

Linguistics

Myths About Metabolism You Really Shouldn't Believe

<i>By: Nicholas Knock</i><p><i>Credit: Lauri Patterson</i><p>Everyone loves a good scapegoat. If work sucks, you can blame the boss. If the room stinks, you can blame the dog. And if you can't lose weight? Blame metabolism, of course.<p>When it comes to ruining your health goals, metabolism is an easy culprit because it …

Metabolism

These Fruits and Vegetables Are Linked to Weight Loss

It may not feel like news when scientists uncover more evidence that fruits and vegetables are healthy. But Americans seem to need every shred of …

Can You Eat Your Back Pain Away?

A new book offers dietary solutions to the pain we all seem to have.<p>Anyone who works at a desk job knows back pain is inevitable. Sitting for long periods of time strains our shoulders, backs, and necks, and while standing and treadmill desks or yoga ball chairs have become popular solutions, it …

France hit by day of protest as security forces fire teargas at taxi strike

Twenty people arrested, with teachers, farmers and air traffic controllers also taking industrial action across country<p>Police have arrested 20 people as striking taxi drivers staged protests across France over competition from non-traditional car services such as Uber, with security forces firing …

Andre Agassi Reveals He Stopped Wearing Underwear After 1999 French Open Match

Andre Agassi has made a startling revelation that has made us all thankful that slow-motion and high-definition technology didn't advance too far before his retirement in 2006.<p>In an interview for Unscriptd, the eight-time Grand Slam winner revealed that a wardrobe mix-up that saw him go without …

Roger Federer shows class in Australian Open last eight win over Tomas Berdych

• Federer beats Berdych 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-4 to make last four in Melbourne<br>• Swiss will meet holder Novak Djokovic for place in final<p>Roger Federer advanced to his 12th Australian Open semi-final on Tuesday with an efficient 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-4 victory over the sixth seed Tomas Berdych.<p>Related: Roger …

Is Eating Healthy Really More Expensive?

Weight-A-Minute:<p>"Care for, nourish, and love your body. It's yours for life. ~Margaret Marshall<p>It's expensive to eat, but it is more cost effective to choose your food wisely.<p>Your eating affects everything from your health to your level of success. What you choose to eat can dictate moods, …

Nutrition

ISIL horror video threatens France but Hollande extends State of Emergency

This weekend ISIL released a slickly-edited and stuffed with special effects video; 17 minutes long, it also contains doyens of beheadings, executions, and other scenes of unspeakable horror.<p>The video is in French, and specifically targets France and to a lesser extent Britain, promising more …

What it's like to be a Christian in Iran

Christians suffer severe persecution in Iran, particularly those who've converted from Islam. While the West is cheering about the recent nuclear …

Secrets to a Flat Belly without Spending Endless Hours on the Gym.

Add to Flipboard Magazine. Looking for ways to flatten your belly without spending endless hours on the mat or at the gym. Try these five exercises …

Dark Night is a powerful testimony to the horror of gun violence

Walking into my first screening at Sundance this year, I was asked to stop and unbutton my coat, then open my bag for inspection. The doorway into the Library Center Theater, like all the venues at the festival, was plastered with a bold "NO FIREARMS" sign. No matter what your political perspective …

Guns

Zika virus outbreak will likely spread across Americas, WHO says

By Lindsey Bever<p>, Reporter<p>Global health authorities are warning that the Zika virus is predicted to spread through South, Central and North America and will likely reach all countries and territories where the Aedes mosquitoes are found.<p>Since Brazil reported the first case of local transmission …

Public Health

How to Build Shoulders Like Arnold -- The Right Way

The Arnold press isn't for everyone -- but if you risk it, the potential gains are huge.<p>If you're working out to get big, there's probably no better example to follow than Arnold Schwarzenegger.<p>The bodybuilding icon revolutionized the sport before his movie career took off, as he racked up seven …

Poverty and Racism Aren't the Same, But Black People Are Getting Screwed by Both

Racial inequality and economic inequality are not synonyms, but they are as closely linked as it is possible for two things to be. They are the bread …

Secrets of weight-loss nutritionists

By Nancy Szokan<p>We all know, basically, how to lose weight: Eat less. Exercise more. But to get ourselves to actually do it, it helps to get some brisk, quotable advice from people who spend their careers talking about nutrition. “Their best advice, on the house,” is how Women’s Health puts it in an …