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'We know where your kids live': Trump's new national security adviser reportedly made an implicit threat against the family of a retired Brazilian diplomat in 2002

Former United Nations ambassador John Bolton, whom President Donald Trump just named his national security adviser, reportedly made a bewildering threat against a former Brazilian diplomat who was butting heads with the US on Iraq back in 2002, according to The Intercept.<p>The retired Brazilian …

Jesus Christ: History, not a story

Survey academic historians on the most important events in history and, regardless of their personal beliefs, they inevitably tend to list the …

Can Spanish avoid America’s language graveyard?

IN A sunny classroom scattered with Spanish translations of “Green Eggs and Ham” and Spanish-English dictionaries, Anabel Barrón reads aloud to her …

This World Map Of Literally Translated Country Names Will Amaze You

Have you ever stopped and thought about the name of your home country or one you’re traveling to? What it means, where it came from, how it came to be?<p>Etymology – the origin of words – is a fascinating subject on its own (especially for a word geek like me), but apply it geographically and it …

Language

Tracing Your Roots: My Ancestor Was in Her Half Sister’s Dowry

Families intertwine and seemingly pass back and forth over the color line, complicating efforts to trace their origins.<p><b>Dear Professor Gates:</b><p><i>I would</i> …

Paris: Brutal murder of Jewish Holocaust survivor investigated as anti-Semitic

Mireille Knoll survived anti-Jewish purges in Paris during World War II, but was stabbed and burnt to death on the anniversary of a similar case. …

Jews, Arabs nearing population parity in Holy Land: Israeli officials | Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The number of Jews and Arabs between the Mediterranean Sea and Jordan River is at or near parity, figures cited by Israeli officials show, raising questions whether Israel can remain a democracy if it keeps territory where Palestinians seek a state.<p>FILE PHOTO: A nurse holds a …

Can You Lose A Language You Never Knew?

I grew up a monolingual Mexican-American by accident.<p>My father was often away for weeks at a time, driving 18-wheeler trucks importing and exporting goods throughout the Southwest. My mother worked an office job, and had to juggle her career, finishing her degree and raising two young children. …

Mexico's surging narco violence is intensifying at the edges of one of its biggest tourist hotspots

The calm in Playa del Carmen was shattered on February 21, when a blast erupted from the side of a ferry, injuring more than 20 people.<p>That was followed by the March 2 discovery of explosives on a ferry off the island of Cozumel, another tourist hub in the state of Quintana Roo.<p>The March incident …

A wealthy Nigerian couple gave brand new cars worth £14,000 to guests at their lavish wedding

Nigerian interior designer Ehi Ogbebor married her oil and gas tycoon partner Kenneth Oboku in an extremely lavish affair in Benin City, Nigeria on Saturday.<p>While the wedding appears to have come complete with a huge, multi-layer cake and a ritual that saw guests spray the newlyweds with money, the …

Africans lived in Tudor Bristol 150 years before the slave trade, a new book has revealed

The Mayor of Bristol wrote to the London authorities asking for extra money – to meet the cost of looking after 135 Africans who had been sleeping in …

Black History

The season’s sweet and nutty new potatoes are like buried treasure, and all the better for a coating of soil<p>I spotted a sack of tiny Jersey potatoes this week, their flaky skins still coated with a layer of the island’s soil. It is rare to find them unwashed in my neck of the woods. I don’t want my …

Recipes

Garlic-Crusted T-Bone with Gorgonzola Butter

Happy Father’s Day! What better way to celebrate Dad than with a great grilled steak, which is all about the juxtaposition of a browned, caramelized crust with the moist, relatively untouched meat beneath. For this recipe, which takes steak to an even higher level, adding a whiff of smoke and …

Easy Homemade Biscuits Recipe

This recipe for homemade biscuits is really simple. The main thing to note is that in this recipe, we form the biscuits by hand by rolling them into …

Sugar Cookies

Whisk the egg and vanilla in a small bowl and set aside.<p>With a hand held mixer in a large bowl, cream the butter until fluffy. Scrape down the sides …

Baking

14 Recipes for a Picture-Perfect Picnic Dinner

If you think of picnics simply as a cute weekend lunch, <i>think again</i>. The meal-in-a-stylish basket is made for a group dinner or the ultimate date night. To up your picnic spread game, we’ve selected 14 recipes, with shareable desserts included! Thank us later.<p><b>1. Spinach and Feta Spirals:</b> There’s …

Cooking

The former Barrafina chef shares recipes from her new cookbook, Sabor including Galician octopus and a Riojan chorizo and potato stew<p>Eighteen years ago, a young woman called Nieves Barragán Mohacho left Santurtzi, the small Basque town where she had grown up and lived all her life, and travelled to …

Sous

Venezuela's AG who broke with Maduro says family is receiving death threats

Venezuela’s Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz said her family is receiving death threats and that the government of Nicolás Maduro would be to blame for "any damage" her loved ones were inflicted.<p>"I want to hold Venezuelan government officials responsible, especially from the Executive [branch] of …

Panama cuts off ties with Taiwan, switches to China

Panama has established diplomatic ties with China while breaking off with Taiwan, dealing a victory to Beijing which claims the self-governing island as its own territory.<p>Panama President Juan Carlos Varela announced the change in a televised address on Tuesday, saying it represents "the correct …

Venezuela's Crisis -- Right On Our Doorstep

For the last few weeks the most violent city in the world has reached new terrible lows. No, not Baghdad. No, not Kabul. The most violent city in the world, in terms of homicides, violent crime, and police brutality, is actually Caracas; right on our doorstep.<p>Venezuela, a country awash with natural …

Venezuela

Trump’s homeland security chief to lead meeting on region’s economic and security issues, as experts say aid cuts and deportations could fuel instability<p>Central America is bracing itself for a return to military-led US foreign policy amid rising fears that sweeping aid cuts and mass deportations …

Immigration

What the Qatar crisis means for Hamas

<b>(CNN) —</b> When Palestinian militant group Hamas announced its new policy document to the world, it wasn't from Ramallah or Gaza City, but from the Sheraton hotel's gilded Salwa Ballroom in Doha.<p>It was no surprise that Hamas chose Qatar. It's the home of outgoing Hamas leader, Khaled Meshaal, and much …

Middle East

Got Writer’s Block? This Best-selling Author Tells You How To Beat It

There’s no magic formula to becoming a successful writer, but novelist Richard Kadrey offers some go-to tips for starting—or finishing—your first novel.<p>There’s no one way to write a novel. There are, however, a million ways to screw up a book—or worse, start one and never finish it. If you’re …

A growing number of diarists are using expressive writing or ‘bullet journalling’ to improve their health and productivity. But does keeping a daily log actually work?<p>”This groundbreaking tool will change your life,” claims <i>MindJournal</i>, a £9.99 collection of quizzes and writing exercises that it …

Psychology

Why exercising on an empty stomach is the secret to weight loss

You may think you need food to fuel your workouts, but you are wrong.<p>Recently, the advice that suggests loading up on carbohydrates before exercise has been called into question. Yes, consuming carbs before exercise can increase performance in certain fields like sprinting and sports that use power …

Venezuela protesters set fire to Supreme Court building as crisis deepens

Anti-government protesters set fire to the supreme court in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday.<p>This is the twelfth week of upset in the country, as protesters demand the resignation of president Nicolas Maduro and call for elections.<p>The supreme court Monday voted to reject a motion that would prevent Mr …

Constituent Assembly

13 Jam-Packed Cake Recipes With Fruity Flavor

While vanilla and chocolate are always winners, sometimes you want to spice up your cake layers with fruity flavor. Jams provide a beautiful contrast to the consistency and provide a burst of sweetness. Imagine slicing into a chocolate cake with a layer of raspberry jam or a coffee cake with a …

Dessert

Summer reading lists at private high schools

We all remember summer reading.The Other Wes Moore<p>The summer months symbolize pleasure reading at its best.<p>It's a time to indulge in the texts that are most appealing, without scrutiny: an easy beach read, a guilty pleasure, or that book you've always meant to start.<p>But students at some of …

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This Bestselling Author of 17 Books Just Gave Some Brilliant Writing Advice. Here It Is in 1 Sentence | Inc.com

Anne Lamott is a novelist and non-fiction author with 17 books and numerous essays to her credit. She writes about deeply personal topics, like her struggle with alcoholism three decades ago, single motherhood, and depression. She also writes frequently about her Christian faith.<p>Many readers know …

Creative Writing