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Russia to build Iran atomic reactors at Bushehr

<b>Russia has agreed to build up to eight nuclear reactors in Iran, 12 days before a deadline for a deal to curb Iran's nuclear activity.</b><p>The deal agreed by Russia and Iran envisages the construction of two reactors, with scope for a further six.<p>World powers including Russia have been pressing Iran to …

Starbucks offers college tuition but graduates might still be baristas

Just as rising college debt is becoming a national issue, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced an initiative to encourage employees to get a degree – but there's no guarantee it will work.<p>As part of its new "college achievement plan", Starbucks will offer full tuition reimbursement for its …

Kenya’s version of “The Office” hilariously skewers NGOs

The new comedy series “The Samaritans” highlights the often absurd world of international development<p>There are over 4,000 registered NGOs in Kenya and things can get pretty dysfunctional.<p>That’s the premise of The Samaritans, Kenya’s witty new comedy series highlighting the often absurd world of …

How to End Your Affair With Perfectionism Without Sliding Off the Edge of the Universe

Perfectionism seduces you into a life of ho-hum mediocrity, stunting your creative spirit. Perfectionism lulls you into a coma of the gray sameness of everyone else. Perfectionism lures you into the myth of <i>If everything is perfect... then things won't go South... he won't leave... the children</i> …

What Jews and the Chinese have in common

<b>Like most people on their first trip to China, I felt like an ocean swimmer trying to get back to shore pulling against a particularly vicious riptide, overwhelmed and slightly panicked.</b><p>It was not just the gigantism - the number of people, the epic infrastructure projects, the impenetrable air …

Sorry Putin, the Sochi Opening Ceremony Was Totally Gay

Putin had to put on a show but quash the gay factor. Thankfully, he didn’t succeed. The anemones were way gay, and way awesome.<p>It wasn’t a …

Accordions: So Hot Right Now

Once considered glamorous and sexy, then forgotten, the instrument is making a comeback.<p>When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fetes Krist Novoselic later this year, it'll be well-timed recognition. Not for his band—Nirvana certainly doesn't need the publicity—but for his instrument. He may be the …

Go Home Gwyneth Paltrow, You're Drunk (on Lentil Soup)

I have spent the past few weeks eating for Australia.<p>I have spared no expense while dedicating myself full time to my chosen pursuit. Throughout the holiday season I left no corner of my stomach unfilled by the deliciousness of ham, blue cheese, red wine, pavolva and dark chocolate Lindt balls.<p>But …

2013 Top Ten Films of the Year -- World Cinema Edition

If you find that you are not familiar with all of the top ten films I cite each year, don't panic. Don't curse. Don't accuse me of being elitist and I won't accuse you of being ignorant. A top ten film list should reflect exciting and unexpected developments in world cinema. Yes, <i>world</i> cinema, not …

RoboCop targets drunk US drivers in festive campaign

Reading on mobile? Click to view<p>Drunk or sober, they're coming with him. RoboCop has been hired to target Americans who drive when over the limit in a festive campaign.<p>The cyborg policeman – in this case the version portrayed by Joel Kinnaman in José Padilha's forthcoming remake – stars in two new …

Taking on Hip-Hop

In the not too distant past, when we were still labeled black -- and the notion of a U.S. President, Barack Obama, was as likely as a unicorn sighting -- African Americans dare not question the role or relevancy of the black church. The very institution was above reproach. And its biblical …

The Top Pinterest Pins Of 2013

From the scrumptious to the adorable, the fashionable to the clever, Pinterest's Top Pins of 2013 are as awesome as you'd expect them to be.<p>On Thursday, the content-sharing site revealed its list of the 600 or so pins that were most popular this past year.<p>Organized into 29 categories, including …

Pocket-sized flats provide a start for the young first-time buyer

Eight years ago, Marc Vlessing, a former investment banker, identified a growing number of people falling into the widening gap between social housing (ineligible) and home ownership (unaffordable). Some years later, politicians and others would catch up and nickname it the squeezed middle or …

Serotonin deficiency may not cause depression after all

<b>(hikrcn/Shutterstock)</b><p>New research may lead to a more direct and effective treatment than common SSRIs<p>Jeanene Swanson<p>December 13, 2013 1:30pm (UTC)<p>Depression strikes some 35 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, contributing to lowered quality of life as well as an …

Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela ('Ram-Leela'), a Film By Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Feuding families, star-crossed lovers, and a tragic conclusion. Sound familiar? How about a young man and woman (with an unconsummated marriage) as reluctant CEOs of their respective crime families and a dead peacock (not a horse's head) delivered as a warning? Does that sound familiar as well? …

Best Buy’s All-Too-Real Home Theater Experience

Above Average Productions pokes fun at Best Buy’s “real home theater experience” in this funny video, complete with the world’s most annoying …

Cyber Monday 2013 Sales On Clothing And Beauty Products Are Fairly Epic

Plan on skipping Black Friday for the much saner option of Cyber Monday? We (and millions more) are with you. So we've rounded up the best deals for online shopping on this new, wonderful holiday -- start bookmarking these websites for the feeding frenzy next week.<p><b>AllSaints:</b> Take 20 percent off …

The Hospital Is No Place for the Elderly

Medical treatment for aging, chronically ill patients is costly and often ineffective. Can they get better care at home?<p>It is 1976. Brad Stuart is in his third year of medical school at Stanford, doing his first clinical rotation. He is told to look at an elderly man with advanced lymphoma. The …

Forever 21 Black Friday 2013 Sales Are Even More Affordable Than Usual

<b>The store:</b> Forever 21<p><b>The time:</b> Forever 21 is having a Pre-Black Friday Sale beginning Wednesday, November 20, featuring up to 50 percent off select items ($10 off boots!). On Black Friday, Forever 21 will launch its "yellow tag deals" with items starting out as low as $3.00.<p><b>The standout deals:</b> …

The Procrastinator's Guide to Winter Bicycle Commuting

The real reason law schools are raking in cash

The profession’s in crisis, but the schools don’t care. They’re steeped in a toxic, hyper-capitalist worldview<p>Since at least 1985, the American Bar Association’s Section on Legal Education has published annual statistics about the rates of enrollment at American law schools, the costs of …

The Four Elements of Physical Energy and How To Master Them

"Manage your energy, not your time." This is the quote that made Tony Schwartz famous. And it's one that I believe best represents a truly efficient …