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Hong Kong: Independence v Pro-China | Espresso

Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong’s chief executive, today gives his annual policy address to the legislative council, a partially democratic body …

The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy

Astronomers have spotted a strange mess of objects whirling around a distant star. Scientists who search for extraterrestrial civilizations are scrambling to get a closer look.<p>In the Northern hemisphere’s sky, hovering above the Milky Way, there are two constellations—Cygnus the swan, her wings …

Universe

Do humans stand a chance in Earth’s sixth mass extinction?

Scientists recently suggested that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun. As terrifying as that sounds, surely humans are too smart and too important to get wiped out? Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival …

Extinction

Welcome to the naked city: sun, swingers and very little shoplifting

Modernism and naturism meld at the world’s biggest nude town, Cap d’Agde in France, which swells to 40,000 people in summer. Could there ever be a naked metropolis? Phil Hoad exposes himself to nude urbanism<p>We were born naked, but no one shows you the way back. I’ve just paid my €8 and walked …

Shoplifting

How to stay one step ahead of the robots

Economists predict that 35 per cent of existing jobs will soon be at risk of automation. Is there any hope left for normal humans?<p>Look around you. Whether you’re commuting or reading this at work, it’s likely that in just a few years’ time, the person to your right or left will have had their job …

A Strange, True Story of the FBI and Organized Crime

Whitey Bulger is the name you know, but things were far bigger and more complex than you might imagine.<p><i>Excerpted with permission from the forthcoming book, WHERE THE BODIES WERE BURIED: Whitey Bulger and the World That Made Him by T.J. English. Copyright © 2015 by T.J. English. To be published on</i> …

Germany temporarily restricts flow of asylum seekers

A beleaguered Germany announced Sunday that it would temporarily halt free entrance for asylum seekers, a dramatic step likely to exacerbate bottlenecks at other European frontiers to the south and east, where tens of thousands of migrants and refugees are already enduring desperate …

Asylum Seekers

Angelina Jolie Speaks Out About the Shocking Extent of Sexual War Crimes

"It's a violent, brutal, terrorizing weapon."<p>Speaking at the UK House of Lords as part of a committee on sexual violence in war,Angelina Jolie described the shocking ways that ISIS is using sexual violence as a "dehumanizing weapon," specifically detailing the horrific atrocities against girls as …

Angelina Jolie

25 Books Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and Other Top CEOs Recommend

Here are 25 books recommended by some of the top CEOs in the world to kick off your reading list.<p>Successful CEOs never stop learning. Personal growth is almost as important as hard work in building a winning business. Many entrepreneurs accomplish this through workshops, conferences, and even a few …

After 'military parade blue' skies, pollution returns to Beijing

It was as if somebody had flipped a switch.<p>In the two-week run-up to a military parade in Beijing on Thursday — a massive spectacle to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II — the Chinese capital's notoriously polluted sky was an azure blue. Then on Friday morning, less than 24 …

North Korean defector: Kim Jong Un's days are numbered

<b>(CNN) —</b> He's a fairly young man, wearing an ill-fitting suit. His thin neck is pronounced, giving way to an equally thin face and frame. We're meeting over a meal of sushi, something he specifically requested because it's rare for those trapped in North Korea.<p>For his safety, I'll limit descriptions …

North Korea

New probe: Mexican government was wrong about what happened to 43 missing students

The Mexican government's claim that 43 missing students were killed and burned in a local trash dump in the state of Guerrero nearly a year ago has been discredited by a six-month investigation from an international working group.<p>The inquiry, published Sunday, also found that the police who …

Mexico

Donald Trump: I will know the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah 'when it's appropriate'

Donald Trump has proved that a presidential candidate does not need many of the attributes conventionally thought necessary to lead the pack in the Republican race for the White House, blithely offending Latinos, women and his fellow candidates, all the while rising in the polls. Now he has proved …

Donald Trump

After Syrian Boy Drowns, Donations Pour In To Help Refugees And Migrants

A group that rescues migrants at sea collected more than $275,000 in 24 hours.<p>The devastating image of a 3-year-old boy who drowned while trying to escape Syria has spurred donors to give thousands of dollars to a small nonprofit that helps migrants and refugees who are at risk at sea.<p>The lifeless …

If You Want to Work Hard, Live Well

Amazon isn’t the only company burning out their employees with unsustainable expectations. Let’s break the cycle.<p><b>Update</b>: Want to support healthy …

The Science of Laughing Through the Tears

A new study shows that illogical reactions may help people regulate their emotions.<p>Oriana Aragón was watching Conan O’Brien’s late night show on TBS when she noticed something strange: The fashion model and actress Leslie Bibb—O’Brien’s guest for the evening—began describing “a thing where if …

Oscar Pistorius Sentenced To 5 Years In Jail For Manslaughter Of Reeva Steenkamp

<b>UPDATE</b>:Reeva Steenkamp As A Fresh-Faced Law Student Before She Met Pistorius#nojustice Ignites On Social Media As World Vents At Oscar Pistorius …

HIV pandemic originated in Kinshasa in the 1920s, say scientists

A “perfect storm” of urban change that began in 1920s Kinshasa led to the catastrophic spread of HIV across Africa and into the wider world, according to scientists who used genetic sequencing and historical records to trace the origins of the pandemic.<p>Though the virus probably crossed from …

How Gorilla Poop Could Help Stop Ebola

A new way of tracking the deadly virus that's spreading through West Africa<p>Police drove through Kroo Bay this morning, past the open sewers and snuffling pigs, yelling at people to go inside—largely to no avail. All the 14,000 residents of the shanty town in Freeport, Sierra Leone, had been ordered …

Disease

In The Gaza Strip, The School Year Gets Off To A Rocky Start

Last week in Gaza, half a million children went back to school after a summer of war. The academic year started late; among other things, authorities had to check buildings for unexploded ordnance and scrub schools that had been used to shelter hundreds of thousands of displaced families.<p>Among the …

Liu Wen, the First Asian Spokesmodel for Estée Lauder, Writes About Changing Beauty Ideals

<i>Beautiful.</i> It’s one of those rare words that describes itself. In Mandarin Chinese, there are two common expressions that capture its meaning: “美丽” (<i>Mei li</i>) or its more informal counterpart,“漂亮” (<i>Piao liang</i>). Both inspire happiness but also invite controversy, for their meanings can be …

The Beginner's Guide to Getting Better Sleep

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>On February 13, 1972, Michel Siffre climbed into a cave in southwest Texas. It would be six months before he saw daylight again.<p>Siffre was a French scientist and a pioneer in chronobiology, which is the study of biological rhythms. The …

Immune System

India's 'balancing act' on Gaza crisis | Asia

India's opposition parties walked out of the upper house of parliament last week after the government refused to pass a resolution condemning Israel for its invasion of the Gaza Strip.<p>The government, led by nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), came in for criticism for acting as a "spectator" …

'It Just Takes Your Breath Away': What It's Like To Step Into Space For The First Time

The next day he'd be making his first space walk, stepping out of the airlock to replace a refrigerator-sized piece of equipment on the outside of the International Space Station.<p>"The night before, all your training is done," Hopkins says. "You're prepared, you've got your tools ready, your suit's …

Space

Sandy Hook killer's father: 'I wish Adam had never been born'

Peter Lanza is still struggling to fathom why his son Adam went on an armed rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012<p>In Peter Lanza’s new house, on a secluded private road in Fairfield County, Connecticut, is an attic room overflowing with shipping crates of what he calls ‘the …

Court orders U.S. to release memo on drones, al-Awlaki killing

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to turn over key portions of a memorandum justifying the government’s targeted killing of people linked to terrorism, including Americans.<p>Tribesmen stand on the rubble of a building destroyed by a U.S. drone air …