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It is going to be even worse than we thought on Wall Street

Those predictions are already out of date.<p>There's been a dramatic fall in the market for high-yield bonds in the past few days. The sell-off accelerated late last week, when the closure of the Third Avenue Focused Credit fund spooked the market.<p>It continued into Monday, with one fund that tracks …

The FBI's head of technology admitted that they imitate cell towers to catch suspects

Amy Hess, who heads up the agency's Operational Technology Division and the use of technology in investigations, made the admission in a profile published today by the Washington Post.<p>A zero-day is vulnerability in software that has yet to be exploited and the software's maker may not even be aware …

US-led coalition accused of more civilian deaths in Syria

Pentagon "assessing credibility" of claims 26 civilians including seven children and four women died when contested village in Kurdish area of northern Syria was hit by missiles<p>The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State jihadists in northern Syria may have killed 26 civilians, according to a …

The scariest part about mass shootings isn't the guns anymore

<i>The couple that killed at least 14 at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California, on Wednesday were well-armed. After the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater massacre in 2012, Slate's William Saletan pointed out that the gun control stance of the NRA and its supporters—that you could stop bad guys</i> …

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Kerry: We can defeat IS within 'months' of Syrian transition

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Islamic State can be defeated within "months" of a ceasefire between Syria's government and moderate rebels, U.S. …

Series | Decoding Indian Belief Systems: Does Hinduism believe in one God or 33 crore Gods?

Share Email<p>Osho has been one of the most controversial spiritual gurus from India. Among many others, one of the controversies surrounding him was …

Britain launches airstrikes on IS in Syria

British warplanes carried out airstrikes in Syria early Thursday, hours after Parliament voted to authorize air attacks against Islamic State group …

God: Not so Black-and-White

Those who have felt the presence of God understand that we, as humans, do not have the capacity to understand Him fully. God is a great--arguably, the greatest--mystery to us. He is able to understand more, knows more, loves more, and is the only truly just being in all of creation. His mind and …

Beyond ISIS: The Folly of World War IV

<i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>Assume that the hawks get their way -- that the United States does whatever it takes militarily to confront and destroy ISIS. Then what?<p>Answering that question requires taking seriously the outcomes of other recent U.S. interventions in the Greater Middle East. In …

These are the Funniest #PopeBars Rap Lyrics for Pope Francis

The latest rapper to go viral on Twitter is…Pope Francis.<p>Twitter users started composing rap lyrics for the pontiff through the hashtag #PopeBars, …

Robert Dear, “gentle loner”: The New York Times reveals a load of biases in early round of Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood coverage

In separate stories, the Times managed to legitimize smear videos and put Dear’s white male victim front and center<p>According to a profile that ran this weekend in the New York Times, Robert Lewis Dear was "gentle loner who occasionally unleashed violent acts towards neighbors and women he knew." …

Russia to impose food ban in new sanctions against Turkey

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will restrict imports of Turkish fruit and vegetables as part of a package of new sanctions following the downing of a Russian …

Putin's latest message to Turkey could 'spin any future incident beyond control'

The move comes one week after a Russian Su-24 fighter bomber was shot down by Turkish F-16 jets — an incident that has heightened tensions between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan.<p>The missiles, reportedly capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to …

Why Did Turkey Dare Shoot Down a Russian Plane? The Proxy War in Syria

The Turkish government decision to down a Russian jet operating in the north of the Syrian province of Latakia is breathtaking in its …

Russia seeks economic revenge against Turkey over jet | Reuters

ISTANBUL/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia threatened economic retaliation against Turkey on Thursday and said it was still awaiting a reasonable explanation for the shooting down of its warplane, but Turkey dismissed the threats as “emotional” and “unfitting.”<p>In an escalating war of words, President …

Russia is already exacting its revenge on Turkey for downing a Russian warplane

"The government has been ordered to work out a system of response measures to this act of aggression in the economic and humanitarian spheres," which may include "limits or bans" on "foodstuffs, labor, and services from Turkish companies," Medvedev said.<p>The sanctions "could bite into more than $30 …

Baby Kissed by Pope Sees Brain Tumor Shrink, Family Says

Call it the kiss of life.<p>Joey Masciantonio vividly remembers the moment his baby daughter Gianna met Pope Francis in Philadelphia — because it almost never happened.<p>Just hours before the pope’s motorcade passed along Market Street to hundreds of thousands in downtown Philadelphia, Masciantonio was …

Photograph: Peter Beaumont for the Guardian<p>An Israeli soldier guards a bus stop on the occupied West Bank while a yeshiva student prays behind him at the spot where a young Israeli woman was stabbed to death by a Palestinian assailant on …

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Turkey won't apologize for downing Russian warplane, Erdogan says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Turkey will not apologize for downing a Russian fighter jet it says violated Turkish airspace near the Syrian border, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an exclusive CNN interview Thursday in Ankara.<p>"I think if there is a party that needs to apologize, it is not us," he said …

US intelligence officials have 'underestimated' Isil's plan to attack the West

In echoes of the criticisms after the 9/11 attacks, a top former intelligence official and Iraq expert has said the CIA and other key spy agencies are drawing flawed conclusions about the nature and intent of the jihadist group<p>The US intelligence community is failing in its duty to protect America …

Pope in Africa hopes to bridge Christian-Muslim faultlines | Reuters

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on Wednesday for ethnic and religious reconciliation at the start of his first tour of Africa, where he will address a fast-growing Catholic population and seek to heal Christian-Muslim divisions.<p>The trip will see the head of the Catholic Church travel to …

Everyone on Wall Street is talking about this dark new China report

And it has got all the China watchers on Wall Street talking.<p>"Many analysts once forecast a soft landing for the economy after more than 35 years of breakneck growth, but that landing point is still not in sight," the report said.<p>It continued: "While we believe the government will pull enough …

China's Economy Facing "Considerable Downward Pressure"

Chinese President Xi Jinping says the world’s second-largest economy is working to overcome the challenges of slowing global growth, and will remain …

There's Nothing Christian About Blocking Non-Christian Refugees to the U.S.

In light of the terrorist attacks on Paris Friday, some, including Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush, have called on President …

Obama is importing Muslims, deporting Christians

The nation was forced to endure yet more pious prattling from President Obama this week who spent time berating Americans who are worried about Islamic jihadists hell-bent on blowing us all to kingdom come.<p>“When individuals say that we should have a religious test and that only Christians – proven …

European diplomat says French president will try to impress on Obama that world cannot afford to wait for two-year war of attrition in wake of Paris attacks<p>François Hollande will plead with Barack Obama to show greater urgency in the fight against Islamic State when the presidents meet in …

Middle East

The Paris attacks changed the most crucial relationship in the Russian economy

It hasn’t been a week since the terror attacks in Paris, but markets already indicate that the geopolitical game has changed.<p>Since the price of oil began its precipitous plunge last year, all countries that depend on oil production for revenue have been feeling the squeeze, perhaps none more so …

U.S. Stocks Rally as Investors Brace for Possible Rate Increase

Financials, health-care shares lead market higher<p>U.S. stocks rallied Wednesday after minutes from last month’s Federal Reserve meeting showed most officials anticipated economic conditions could be strong enough for a December interest-rate increase.<p>Major indexes posted their biggest one-day gains …

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Arrests of eight people following St-Denis raid suggest existence of a circle of sympathetic ‘enablers’ drawn from disaffected young Europeans<p>New evidence emerging from the investigation into the Paris attacks points to a conspiracy significantly wider than the nine jihadi thought to have carried …

Terrorism