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Kerry opposes Iran role in anti-Islamic State coalition

ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday it was “not appropriate” for Iran to join talks on confronting Islamic State militants, as he appeared to play down how fast countries can commit to force or other steps in an emerging coalition.<p>Kerry met Turkish leaders to try to …

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Split verdict in Florida loud-music slaying case

A jury in Florida returned a split verdict in the case of Michael Dunn, accused of killing an unarmed teenager in a dispute over loud music — a decision that will put the software engineer in prison for the rest of his life but leaves unanswered lingering questions about race, guns and self-defense …

Op-Ed | Are We Producing Too Many Fashion Designers?

Though fashion schools produce thousands of design graduates each year, many of whom fail to launch their own labels or find jobs as designers at …

Al-Qaeda Denounces Syrian Jihadis

The terror group’s leader has disavowed the actions of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham, which has been waging a vicious war on more moderate …

2 Dead in Russia School Shooting

Angry Birds and 'leaky' phone apps targeted by NSA and GCHQ for user data

The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.<p>The data pouring onto …

DOJ accuses firm that vetted Snowden of faking 665,000 background checks

As Edward Snowden prepares to defend himself in a worldwide webinar Thursday, the Justice Department is accusing the private contractor that vetted him and thousands of other intelligence workers of bilking U.S. taxpayers out of tens of millions of dollars by conducting phony background …

White House rejects review board finding that NSA data sweep is illegal

The White House on Thursday disputed the findings of an independent review board that said the National Security Agency's mass data collection program is illegal and should be ended, indicating the administration would not be taking that advice.<p>"We simply disagree with the board's analysis on the …

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Japan’s Shinzo Abe fears unpredictable triggers for conflict with China

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe isn’t overly reassuring about the prospects for avoiding a military confrontation between his country and China. Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Abe acknowledged increasing tensions over issues including military spending …

China

Egypt remains deeply divided as anniversary of Mubarak's fall nears

CAIRO -- As Egypt prepares to mark the third anniversary of the uprising that toppled longtime autocratic President Hosni Mubarak, planned remembrances of what seemed a euphoric moment of national unity are instead putting the country’s angry divisions on display.<p>Tensions are running high in …

Muslim Brotherhood

Australia should probably get used to these devastating heat waves

In the late 1990s, a particularly strong El Niño oscillation scourged the world with droughts, floods, and disruptions to the food supply. Carrying the energy equivalent of a million Hiroshima bombs, the titanic climate event was ultimately responsible for 23,000 deaths and at least $35 billion in …

Climate Change

How to Use Slow Shutter Speed to Create Cool Effects in Your Photos

If there is one setting inside your camera that allows for photographing a wide range of amazing effects in your images, it has to be the shutter …

Try your hand at street photography

Street photography is right on your doorstep. The best way to increase your confidence is by stepping outside and giving it a try. If you love people, colour and chaos, you're going to have a great time.<p><b>Preparation</b><br>You'll be doing a lot of walking outside, so dress appropriately. I wear hiking boots …

16 of the 'Must-have' Items in a Woman's Wardrobe

<i>This answer originally appeared on Quora.</i><p><i>Answer by Carolyn Cho, works in fashion</i><p>Every woman is different, but I do believe there's a standard set of 16 pieces that make it easy for an active, practical woman to look effortlessly chic and modern.<p>The key regarding each of the pieces on this list is …

Foreign fighters answer calls to join Syrian conflict

It was the summer of 2012 and the young Jordanian was working long hours as a teacher at a vocational high school. He had just bought an apartment and a car. He was interested in getting married.<p>But just a few months later, he was making a long and dangerous five-day trek with other foreign …

Middle East

Syria's chemical weapons removal delayed

Chemicals still at bases days after 500-tonne stockpile was due at port to be loaded on to Scandinavian ships, say sources<p>The dangerous and difficult task of moving Syria's chemical weapons stockpile from government military bases to the Mediterranean port of Latakia has not yet begun, suggesting a …

UN urges immediate ceasefire in South Sudan

The UN has called for an immediate ceasefire in South Sudan, after more than three weeks of violence that killed at least 1,000, and displaced close to 200,000 people.<p>Parts of the country are in a state of emergency as the warring factions were expected to begin talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis …

Turkey 'coup plot': Military demands retrial

<b>The high command of the Turkish armed forces has demanded a retrial for dozens of military officers convicted of plotting to topple the government.</b><p>A statement from the general staff, quoted by Turkish media, accused the judiciary and police of manipulation and fabricating evidence.<p>The legal …

South Asia

Winter Hair Tune Up

Did you know that winter can cause more damage to your strands than your skin? Just like you switch to a thicker body moisturizer, you need to update …

Hair Care

U.S., British intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program

The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets, according to a top-secret document …

NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily

The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.<p>The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an …

Beginner's Guide to Waterfall Photography - Digital Photography School

Beginner's Guide to Waterfall Photography - Learn the tips, tricks, and techniques that will help you improve your waterfall photography.