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Ten years on, who contracted Politovskaya's killers?

The Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya was shot dead on October 7, 2006. The murder shocked the nation and the world - …

Is Religious Freedom in the National Interest? - The American Interest

America's Irrational Saudi Arabia Relations

For the first time in the seven and a half years of the Obama presidency, the legislative branch was able to override a presidential veto yesterday …

Syria war: How Moscow’s bombing campaign has paid off for Putin

<b>Russian forces have been operating in support of the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria for a year.</b><p>Their impact has been significant.<p>When they arrived, there were fears that government forces were close to collapse.<p>This position has largely been reversed.<p>It is the Syrian government - …

Middle East

A dismal week for Sarkozy's candidacy

The series of scandals involving Nicolas Sarkozy continues. He wants to make a new bid for the French presidency in 2017 but a revealing book and …

Enlarged Spleen in Ferrets

Splenomegaly in Ferrets<p>Splenomegaly is a medical condition in which a ferret's spleen is enlarged. The spleen is an organ that produces the immune …

Immune System

Brazil’s Big Media Ignores Temer’s Confession — Except Estadão Columnist Who Falsely Claimed Video Was Altered

The Intercept Brasil’s Inacio Vieira yesterday reported one of the most significant pieces of evidence yet about the real reason for the impeachment …

For the first time, Saudi Arabia is being attacked by both Sunni and Shia leaders

The Saudis step deeper into trouble almost by the week. Swamped in their ridiculous war in Yemen, they are now reeling from an extraordinary …

The devastation of Syria will be Obama’s legacy | Natalie Nougayrède

The US president badly misread Putin. Only a tough approach with Russia can secure any kind of peace<p>The ceasefire in Syria may not have been formally pronounced dead, but hopes to resurrect it are fast dwindling. After an aid convoy was destroyed near Aleppo, fighting again intensified and the US …

Could turmeric really boost your health?

<b>Bold health claims have been made for the power of turmeric. Is there anything in them, asks Michael Mosley.</b><p>Turmeric is a spice which in its raw form looks a bit like ginger root, but when it's ground down you get a distinctive yellowy orange powder that's very popular in South Asian cuisine. Until …

Turmeric

Isabella Bird braved malaria, floods and wars to trek across China in 1894

Life of a Victorian adventuress: Incredible story of clergyman's daughter who braved malaria, floods and wars to trek across China<p><b>From 1894 to 1897</b> …

Floods

The British amateur who debunked the mathematics of happiness

Nick Brown does not look like your average student. He's 53 for a start and at 6ft 4in with a bushy moustache and an expression that jackknifes between sceptical and alarmed, he is reminiscent of a mid-period John Cleese. He can even sound a bit like the great comedian when he embarks on an …

HIIT: Is there a shortcut to exercise?

<b>We all know that exercise is good for us, but often struggle to do the 150 minutes of moderate level activity a week that's recommended. So what's the alternative, asks Michael Mosley.</b><p>A few years ago, while making a Horizon documentary called The Truth about Exercise I was introduced to something …

Exercise

Sarkozy and the French fear factor

<i>Dominique Moisi is a professor at L'Institut d'études politiques de Paris; a senior adviser at the French Institute for International Affairs; and a visiting professor at King's College London.</i><p>Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy's announcement that he will seek the presidency again in 2017 …

France is right to ban the burkini

May I interrupt, for a moment, the howls of anguish from those liberals in uproar at the news that authorities in France are banning burkinis on their beaches? I’d like to relate an incident that occurred earlier this month in France.<p>It involved my girlfriend, who was on her way from Paris to visit …

How to keep your EU citizenship after Brexit

With the European Union referendum looming, polls show Britain on the verge of leaving.<p>EU citizenship comes with significant advantages – notably the …

Hijab

Introduction<p>Hijab is an Arabic word meaning barrier or partition.<p>In Islam, however, it has a broader meaning. It is the principle of modesty and includes behaviour as well as dress for both males and females.<p>The most visible form of hijab is the head covering that many Muslim women wear. Hijab …

Islam

I am a Muslim - but I will not go to Mecca and support a despotic Saudi state

Saudi Arabia is ruled by a cruel, corrupt, tyrannical, filthy-rich and ungodly clan.<p>Practising Muslims have only five fundamental religious …

Is Islam ‘Exceptional’?

How events from 14 centuries ago still shape the religion’s relationship to politics, and what that means for the future of the Middle East<p>To understand the Middle East’s seemingly intractable conflicts, we need to go back to at least 1924, the year the last caliphate was formally abolished. …

Religion

"5 Lies Atheists Tell" - A Rebuttal

Preface<p>I was recently sent a link to an article on a Christian website named "5 Lies Atheist Tell". So I felt obligated to write a rebuttal to refute …

Faith

How John Hersey's Hiroshima revealed the horror of the bomb

<b>At the end of this month 70 years will have passed since the publication of a magazine story hailed as one of the greatest pieces of journalism ever written. Headlined simply Hiroshima, the 30,000-word article by John Hersey had a massive impact, revealing the full horror of nuclear weapons to the</b> …

Hiroshima

What Do Ferrets Eat? A Guide to Feeding Your Ferret

Ferret Nutrition 101<p>If you have just gotten a ferret, or are thinking of getting a ferret, it’s a really good idea to do a little research into the …