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Christian leader jailed for 12 years amid Chinese church crackdown

Critics claim Zhang Shaojie, an influential preacher from central China, has been ‘set-up’ by local authorities seeking to clamp down on a rapidly growing Christian church<p>A prominent church leader from central <b>China</b> has been jailed for 12 years amid claims that his imprisonment is an attempt to …

Colorado resorts brace for marijuana tourism

Colorado's ski resorts and mountain towns are bracing for an influx of tourists seeking a now-legal Rocky Mountain high.<p>Last year, the state legalized the possession and use of small amounts of recreational marijuana, and on Jan. 1 special stores will be allowed to sell pot to anyone 21 and over. …

Facebook defends allowing beheadings footage to continue

<b>Facebook will continue to allow users to show footage of beheadings as long as it is posted in "the right context", MPs have heard.</b><p>The social network site has been criticised for allowing such images to be shown, amid warnings they could cause psychological damage.<p>But Facebook's UK and Ireland …

One Direction Is a Boy Band That Proves You Can Be Both Famous and Unknown

Kevin Fallon on how One Direction managed to be both the most and least famous band in the world.<p>It’s been a banner week for having to explain the …

Wait, What’s That? The Science Behind Why Your Mind Keeps Wandering

If you’re experiencing an attention deficit, you’re far from alone.<p>Try this: Count your exhalations–1, 2, 3–all the way to 10. See if you can get to 10 without thinking about lunch or laundry or deadlines or dates.<p>Unless you’ve trained your attention, it’ll probably start to wander–which, new …

NSA analysts 'wilfully violated' surveillance systems, agency admits

The National Security Agency has admitted that some of its analysts deliberately abused its surveillance systems, with one analyst disciplined for using NSA resources to track a former spouse.<p>The agency said Friday it had found "very rare instances of wilful violations of NSA's authorities" as …

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NSA Officers Spy on Love Interests

WASHINGTON—National Security Agency officers on several occasions have channeled their agency’s enormous eavesdropping power to spy on love interests, U.S. officials said.<p>The practice isn’t frequent — one official estimated a handful of cases in the last decade — but it’s common enough to garner …

Yahoo is number one web property for the first time since 2011, says ComScore

Yahoo has topped ComScore's list of the top 50 web properties in July 2013, outpacing Google for the first time since May 2011. The ranking is based on unique visitors from the US, and does not include traffic from the company's most recent acquisition, the 133 million-blog strong Tumblr network, …

Senator: Obama Administration Secretly Suspended Military Aid to Egypt

The White House has quietly suspended military aid to Egypt, Josh Rogin reports exclusively.<p>The U.S. government has decided privately to act as if …

Peru: alarm over appearance of isolated Mashco-Piro tribe

Members of an indigenous tribe that has long lived in voluntary isolation in Peru's south-eastern Amazon have attempted to make contact with outsiders for a second time since 2011, leading to a tense standoff at a river hamlet.<p>Authorities are unsure what provoked the three-day encounter but say the …

'N.Y. Post' Axes 'Headless Body In Topless Bar' Headline Writer

V.A. "Vinnie" Musetto, a legend in the newspaper business because he's credited with the 1983 <i>New York Post</i> banner headline "Headless Body In Topless Bar," has been cut by the tabloid.<p>Musetto has "been dropped from his freelance gig at the newspaper he worked for in various capacities for four …

US trolls knock al-Qaeda off Twitter

An American author is claiming success in a call to arms against al-Qaeda fundamentalists using Twitter after his followers and thousands of others "trolled" an account that asked for suggestions on spreading the extremist message.<p>JM Berger, who tweets as @intelwire, is a keen follower of the …

Rare footage of isolated Amazon tribe released

A newly released video captures images of the Kawahiva tribe, indigenous people living in Brazil's Amazon jungle thought to have had very little contact with the outside world.<p>The video shows several members of the Kawahiva tribe walking through dense foliage. Naked men can be seen holding bows and …

Ethnology

Chinese Zoo Fails at Trying to Have a Dog Pass for a Lion

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Chinese zoos are depressing places—an ostrich was bitten and killed by a patron at one; some people …

Man Wrongly Convicted Of Murder Released From Jail After 20 Years

A judge last week vacated Larry Lamb's 1993 murder conviction, and prosecutors dismissed the charges Tuesday, said one of Lamb's attorneys, Christine Mumma of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence.<p>"He plans to go back home to Mount Olive," she said as she stood outside the Wake Correctional …

A century-long debate: are 'intelligent' people less likely to hold religious beliefs?

Over most of the past century, researchers have been trying to determine whether there's any link between religion and intelligence. The studies haven't all come to the same conclusion, but a group of researchers led from the University of Rochester decided to look at a large number of them …

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Amazon Commenters Have Strong Opinions About Warhol and Monet

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Amazon rolled out its new fine art section on Wednesday, allowing you to purchase a Dalí masterpiece …

American tourist breaks finger off statue in Florence museum

A 600-year-old statue residing in a museum in Florence, Italy, has one fewer finger on its right hand thanks to an American tourist who came in contact with the artwork and broke off a digit.<p>The tourist, whose name has not been reported, allegedly broke off the right pinky finger of the statue …

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Obama MIA on military sex assault?

President Barack Obama has no problem forcing changes at the Pentagon.<p>In five years, he’s drawn down the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell” and given a green light to allow women to fight alongside men in combat.<p>But when it comes to the next big battle at the Defense …

Tens of thousands take to streets in Tunisia to demand resignation of government

Tens of thousands of Tunisians crowded the streets of downtown Tunis on Tuesday to demand the transitional government's ouster, in the largest opposition protest since the country's political crisis began two weeks ago.<p>The secular opposition, angered by two assassinations in its ranks and …

Tongan princesses cause outrage by both marrying 'commoners'

Two Tongan princesses have left the royal family in "disarray" after snubbing tradition and opting to marry commoners.<p>Princesses Salote Lupepau'u Tuita, sixth in line to the throne, is marrying a former rugby player, while her younger sister, Princess Frederica Tuita, who is tenth in line, is …

Udemy targets international students with support for 10 foreign languages

Online learning platform Udemy announced today that its site will support ten foreign languages and hit the milestone of one million students.<p>Udemy is a well-known provider of massive open online courses, otherwise known as MOOCs. It offers videos and live lectures from hundreds of expert …

With Tynker’s New Service, Kids Can Learn To Code At Home

Mountain View-based Tynker, a startup focused on teaching children of all ages the basics of learning how to code, is now expanding its service beyond schools with today’s debut of Tynker for Home. This new system is similar to the platform targeting teacher and classrooms which launched earlier …

Chipotle is killing social, and we’re letting them get away with it

<i>This is a guest post by social business strategist Andy White</i><p>Nobody really took much notice when Chipotle got ‘hacked,’ because as hacks go it was as anodyne as they come. It was middle of the road, safe, completely inoffensive to anybody and everyone. It was the CBS prime time of hacks.<p>Turned out …

Bhutan's New Prime Minister Says Happiness Isn't Everything

Sad but true, Bhutan's Gross National Happiness index is not immune to politics.<p>Much has been made in recent years of the measure preferred by the tiny Buddhist kingdom over such cold and utilitarian Western-style metrics as gross domestic product.<p>The term "gross national happiness" was coined in …