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Mariia Butina, Who Sought ‘Back Channel’ Meeting for Trump and Putin, Is Charged as Russian Agent

WASHINGTON — A Russian woman who tried to broker a secret meeting between Donald J. Trump and the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, during the 2016 presidential campaign was charged Monday and accused of working with Americans to carry out a secret Russian effort to influence American …

Donald Trump

How Trump's Nato summit meltdown unfolded

The first indication that things were not going to plan on the final day of Nato’s summit came from a group of Romanian journalists. They had left the main newsroom to observe a meeting between Donald Trump and the Romanian president, Klaus Iohannis.<p>They returned to report that the meeting had been …

Donald Trump

40 Things to Stop Believing About Yourself After 40

You aren’t still wearing the same clothes or driving the same car as you were two decades ago, so why are you still punishing yourself with the same …

Self-help

Ignore calories and BMI. Here are the health numbers that really matter.

Health often seems like a numbers game. What's your blood-sugar level? How many calories are you eating? And are you getting the right percentage of macros (or macronutrients)? The problem is that sometimes we track, count and obsess over numbers that don't matter very much for our overall health. …

Nutrition

How to Be a Better Person

We all want to be our best, but many people wonder if it's actually possible to become a better person once you're an adult. The answer is a …

Mindfulness

The ignorance of Kanye West

West says he’s a free thinker. His slavery comments show that he doesn’t understand history.<p>With his recent comments about slavery, Kanye West may have just waded into his biggest controversy yet.<p>During a Tuesday appearance on TMZ Live, the rapper talked about his relationship with President Donald …

Learning Is a Learned Behavior. Here’s How to Get Better at It.

Many people mistakenly believe that the ability to learn is a matter of intelligence. For them, learning is an immutable trait like eye color, simply luck of the genetic draw. People are born learners, or they’re not, the thinking goes. So why bother getting better at it?<p>And that’s why many people …

Stephen Hawking's final research paper has been published, and it's mind-bending

<b>(CNN) —</b> Stephen Hawking may be among the stars now, but he has managed to gift the world one more research paper, published this week in the Journal of High Energy Physics.<p>True to Hawking's oeuvre, the paper tackles the same questions as any other bubbly beach read: Do we live in a multiverse? Did …

Physics

Lynching memorial leaves some quietly seething: 'Let sleeping dogs lie'

Black men were lynched for “standing around”, for “annoying white girls”, for failing to call a policeman “mister”. Those are just a few of the horrific stories on display at a new national memorial to lynching victims in Montgomery, Alabama.<p>One mile away, another historical monument tells a very …

Black History

Bill English: former New Zealand prime minister to quit politics

Dismissed by many as ‘boring’, English sent shockwaves around the globe when he debuted the tinned spaghetti pizza<p>The former New Zealand prime minister Bill English has resigned as leader of the opposition less than six months after being defeated by Labour’s “stardust” Jacinda Ardern.<p>Speculation …

Safe, happy and free: does Finland have all the answers?

In the first of our new series, The Upside, we look at how the country went from famine to topping nearly every global social ranking<p>Western Europe’s last naturally caused famine ended 150 years ago this winter. In a poor and backward part of the Russian empire called Finland, more than a quarter …

Europe

Inequality gap widens as 42 people hold same wealth as 3.7bn poorest

Oxfam calls for action on gap as wealthiest people gather at World Economic Forum in Davos<p>The development charity Oxfam has called for action to tackle the growing gap between rich and poor as it launched a new report showing that 42 people hold as much wealth as the 3.7 billion who make up the …

World Economic Forum

Business coach Kimberly Sumner shares tips on how women should ask for a pay rise

Female employees are likely to be putting in the hard yards - but not getting the glory in return, an Auckland business expert said.<p>Women's corporate …

My travels in white America – a land of anxiety, division and pockets of pain

This summer, Gary Younge took a trip from Maine to Mississippi to find out what has brought the US to this point. From the forgotten poor to desperate addicts, their whiteness is all some of them have left – and that makes fertile ground for the far right<p>Jeff Baxter’s enduring memory, from …

Shocking photo shows Caribbean Sea being 'choked to death by human waste'

A photographer has captured the damage being done to the planet's oceans with a shocking "sea of plastic and styrofoam" image taken near a tranquil …

The scientists persuading terrorists to spill their secrets

Expert interrogators know torture doesn’t work – but until now, nobody could prove it. By analysing hundreds of top-secret interviews with terror suspects, two British scientists have revolutionised the art of extracting the truth. By Ian Leslie<p>In 2013, a British man was arrested for planning to …

Trump threatens to rip up Iran nuclear deal unless US and allies fix 'serious flaws'

• Trump says he will not recertify deal but stops short of pulling out entirely<br>• President says US participation ‘can be cancelled by me at any time’<p>Donald Trump has threatened to terminate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal if Congress and US allies fail to amend the agreement in significant ways.<p>In a …

Catalan government suspends declaration of independence

President Carles Puigdemont says he will pursue negotiations with Spanish government in hope of resolving conflict<p>The Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, has pulled the region back from the brink of an unprecedented showdown with the Spanish government by proposing the suspension of a declaration …

Here's Why So Many Women Knew The Rumors About Harvey Weinstein

For women, knowledge of abusive men — obtained via gossip or whisper networks — isn’t frivolous or titillating. It is a means of survival.<p><b>Women will tell</b> you they don’t know precisely when, or how, they become aware that a man is a sexual predator. Someone — almost always another woman — usually …

Duncan Garner went to buy undies at K-Mart and came back in agony for NZ’s soul

<b>Yesterday</b> <b>AM Show</b> <b>host Duncan Garner wrote a column for Stuff which started in the queue at K-Mart and ended asking about your grandchildren. Joe</b> …

“I’m not racist, but”: an open letter to Duncan Garner

Dear Mr Garner,<p>In your op ed piece for <i>Stuff,</i> published on the 7th October 2017, you claimed to be making the case for a reasoned, nationwide …

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. <b>Paul Lewis</b> reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention<p>Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned …

Social Media

Donald Trump’s War Doctrine Débuts, at the U.N.

On Tuesday, Donald Trump made his début on the world stage—on the same elegant green-marble dais, donated by Italy after the Second World War, that he had mocked in a 2012 tweet as ugly. “The 12 inch sq. marble tiles behind speaker at UN always bothered me,” Trump wrote. “I will replace with …

NZ Election 2017 – Have Your Say

Five ways the Labour Government will change Auckland<p>Let's just say the Mayor is happy.<p>Election 'youthquake' a myth, figures show<p>Turnout barely budged …

Anal sex is not the only option for women suffering painful vaginal intercourse | Nina Booysen

Endometriosis, vulvodynia and pelvic mesh implants can all make vaginal sex painful. But it doesn’t have to be the end of a fulfilling and pleasurable sexual life<p>Women around the world reacted with disgust to doctors who suggested women experiencing painful sex as a side-effect of vaginal mesh …

Why are we praising Conor McGregor for losing to Floyd Mayweather?

<i>"You don't know a damn thing about boxing."</i><p>Listen to people argue about the sport (and all fight fans ever do is argue) and you'll inevitably hear …

Must we really be a nation of fat-shamers? | Sonia Sodha

Denying access to stomach-shrinking surgery shows how little we know about obesity<p>Obesity now comes second only to smoking as a cause of premature death in Europe and North America. It’s estimated to cost the NHS around £4bn a year. Yet last week, surgeons lambasted the NHS for severely limiting …

The glaring problem McGregor must fix

Well, it seems that isn’t the case. In fact, his fight with Mayweather once again highlighted an issue that has plagued the Irishman’s combat sports …

Nate Diaz

Why is Floyd Mayweather fighting Conor McGregor?

Who is fighting?<p>Floyd Mayweather Jr is the finest boxer of his generation, unbeaten in 49 paying fights and 26 world championship contests with titles in five weight classes, who has never even been down or seriously hurt as a professional.<p>For years he was billed as Pretty Boy Floyd, an …

Mayweather retires after picking apart Conor McGregor in 10 rounds

It had all the trappings of a big-ticket prizefight: the glitzy Las Vegas backdrop, the arena-rock production values, the small fleet of celebrities and high rollers at ringside in well-cut suits and couture dresses.<p>But it was an illusion, one that evaporated before the eyes of the countless …