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Scientists find massive Mayan society under Guatemala jungle

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defense works and pyramids in the dense jungle of Guatemala's Peten region, suggesting that millions more people lived there than previously …

Archaeology

Russia slams new US nuclear weapons proposal

In a new report, the Pentagon proposes increasing the military's "tactical nukes" to counter Russian threats. The Kremlin slammed the proposal, …

Military

This Mass Grave May Belong to 'Great Viking Army'

Bones are yielding new clues about the massive, mysterious Viking forces that invaded England.<p>For years, archaeologists were stumped. What happened to the Great Viking Army, a massive force that seized great swaths of England in the 9th century but left barely a trace?<p>Archaeologists now report that …

Archaeology

Saudi Arabia and UAE suffer Yemen setback as allies fall out

NEHM, Yemen/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pumped billions of dollars into fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen, but the Gulf states' three-year campaign risks being derailed after their local allies turned on each other this week.<p>It was a serious setback for the …

Middle East

An ambitious project to measure the wealth of nations shows how GDP is a deceptive gauge of progress

Is gross domestic product a sufficient measure of an economy’s health? Many argue that GDP, which counts the sum of the goods and services produced by a nation, fails to reflect a population’s wellbeing, because it accounts for neither distribution of income nor extractive effects such as pollution.<p>…

Economics

The hypocrisy of the Davos set is finally being exposed

The emperors of neoliberalism claim to be addressing inequality, but stay silent on fair wages. Now capitalism is having to face its contraditions<p>Financial elites, huh? Can’t live with them, can’t stop obsessing about their snowsuits. Still rocking from the revelations elicited from Donald Trump by …

John McDonnell

‘Halal’ Internet means more control in Iran after unrest

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Guns drawn, Iranian intelligence agents rushed into the apartment of a Washington Post reporter and his journalist wife …

South Asia

Drone strike kills 7 Al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen

| <b>Published —</b> Saturday 27 January 2018<p>A long-running drone war against AQAP has intensified since January 2017. (File photo: Reuters)<p>ADEN: A drone …

Middle East

Afghanistan: Bomb blast leaves dozens dead in Kabul

At least 40 people have been killed in an attack in an area that hosts the EU's headquarters in Afghanistan. Afghan authorities said the death toll …

Afghanistan

This incredible map shows the undersea cables that keep the internet alive — and security services are worried Russia could cut them

This map shows how the huge, complicated network of undersea cables which keep the internet running is spread around the world.<p>The map, by telecom analytics company Telegeography, uses coloured lines to show how there are many hundreds of fibre optic cables running under the world's oceans.<p>It shows …

Maps

Turkey Closes in on U.S. Allies in Syria—This Could Get Really Messy

As Turkish tanks roll in, the Trump administration’s not-so-well-laid plans to keep U.S. troops in Syria building a Kurdish border force have gone …

Syria

What is Russia's end game in Afrin?

Growing US-Kurdish ties and a possible change in Turkey's position on Assad may be behind Moscow's tacit support.<p>Turkey launched its air and ground operation against Kurdish fighters in the Syrian enclave of Afrin on Saturday, with analysts pointing to Moscow's apparent tacit approval of the …

Syria

Finsbury Park mosque attack: Driver who ran over worshippers 'brainwashed' by TV sex gang drama, court hears

A “total loner” who tried to kill as many Muslims “as possible” by driving into worshippers near a mosque became “brainwashed” after watching a …

Crime

It’s convenient to say Aboriginal people support Australia Day. But it’s not true

26 January is steeped in the blood of violent dispossession and enduring trauma. Those who say Aboriginal people support it are deceiving you<p>Opponents to Australia Day are invariably criticised in two ways. The first is a favoured manoeuvre for establishment media pundits: claim the focus on 26 …

As technology develops, so must journalists’ codes of ethics

AI is sure to bring many benefits but concerns over its ability to make decisions mean human journalists’ input remains vital<p>Journalism is largely collaboration: reporters with sources, writers and editors, lawyers advising publishers, producers with distributors, and audiences feeding back their …

Hacking Tools List for Hackers & Security Professionals

Penetration testing & Hacking Tools Tools are more often used by security industries to test the vulnerabilities in network and applications. Here …

Mustafa Suleyman: The liberal activist who cofounded Google's £400 million artificial intelligence lab

Mustafa Suleyman is one of the three cofounders of DeepMind, an artificial intelligence (AI) lab in London that was acquired by Google in 2014 for a reported £400 million — the search giant's largest acquisition in Europe to date.<p>Listen to a few of Suleyman's talks on YouTube and you'll quickly …

Artificial Intelligence

Trapped in Yemen: Dave Eggers on one man’s astonishing fight to get home to America

On a business trip to Yemen in 2015, Californian Mokhtar Alkhanshali was trapped when civil war broke out. Abandoned by his government and the airport bombed, he was forced to find his own way home …<p>In the spring of 2015, I met Mokhtar Alkhanshali outside the Blue Bottle Coffee headquarters in …

How the U.S. and Israel Can Reshape the Middle East

Iran's rise has created new opportunities for an old alliance.<p>At a dinner the other evening in Tel Aviv, the former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon said, “There are more changes happening in the Middle East today than at any time since the 7th century.” He was referring, of course, …

Geopolitics

Turkey faces diplomatic minefield over new Syria operation

Author: AFPFri, 2018-01-19 03:00ID: 1516308336958515100ISTANBUL: Turkey has ramped up its rhetoric to threaten an imminent cross-border incursion …

Middle East

Brexit Britain will have to get used to life as a ‘third country’

The government can avoid being ripped off by the EU, but the best deal the UK can hope for is to be first among outsiders<p>Once upon a time there was a creature called Brussels that ate national sovereignty. This monster had a special hunger for Britishness, feasting on the independence of that …

6 Non-Coding Digital Skills To Boost Your Resume

Do you fear the thought of writing a line of code, but are dying to get a foot into the ever-growing tech industry? Fear not.<p>There are many technical …

China ready to show the way as US backs off on global stage

China is scaling up its ambitions as Europe focuses on European problems and trade becomes a dirty word in US politics<p>In contrast, China’s leaders …

Want to be the Most Interesting Person in Any Conversation? Experts Say These 5 Techniques Will Work

Whether you're a social butterfly or a total introvert, it doesn't matter. These techniques will help you shine in any conversation.<p>You walk into a room at a social event where people are mingling and networking near the bar. In one corner of the room, something catches your eye. You notice a small …

Jordan says arrests 17 in foiled Islamic State attack plot- state media

(Picture for representation purpose)<p>Jordan said on Monday it had foiled an Islamic State plot that included plans for a series of attacks last …

Terrorism

China's new 'Silk Road' cannot be one-way, France's Macron says

XIAN, China (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday China and Europe should work together on Beijing's "Belt and Road" initiative, a project aiming to build a modern-day "Silk Road" he said could not be "one-way".<p>"The ancient Silk Roads were never only Chinese," Macron told an …

Does This Black Mirror Fan Theory Mean We're Finally Ready For the Singularity?

When Black Mirror first hit the air in 2011, it drew invariable comparisons to <i>The Twilight Zone</i>. Understandably so: Both shows dealt with elements of …

Can Mohammed bin Salman break the Saudi-Wahhabi pact?

The Saudi crown prince has launched an ambitious modernisation plan. But what does this mean for its religious elite?<p>The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is presently undergoing dramatic changes in the sociopolitical domain. The drive to modernise the kingdom and open it to the world is spearheaded by the …

The Frustrating Hunt for Mr. ISIS: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The ‘Caliph’ Must Be Captured, or Die

We must do all we can to track the $25 Million Man, so that, one way or another, those who supported him and those he victimized can see that he has …

The world's oceans are in even worse shape than we thought

Our world is an ocean planet.<p>The seas support hundreds of millions of people by providing food and jobs around the globe. Ocean plants produce up to 85% of the oxygen in the air we breathe.<p>But a pair of new studies published in the journal Science indicate that the oceans have been even more …

Global Warming