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How Will Iraq Contain Iran's Proxies?

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani may be the only man who can—but he’ll need help.<p>In June 2014, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of the leading Shiite clergyman in the world, called on all able-bodied Iraqis to defend their country against the Islamic State. Iraq’s U.S.-trained armed forces had …

Middle East

Bigger, faster, stronger: China’s ever-evolving military tech

Just ahead of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, Chinese president Xi Jinping visited a satellite launch site in the southwest Sichuan province, where he cheered the modernization and technological advances of China’s military. The setting was appropriate: Beidou 3 satellites were about to be …

Military

These are the 20 aircraft carriers in service today

Former Defense Secretary William Cohen was fond of saying that without "flattops" the US has "less of a voice, less of an influence." Evidently, many of the worlds nations also believe this is true.<p>The last few years have seen a number of interesting developments for aircraft carriers. Some …

Military

Lessons From the Tet Offensive

Last month marked the fiftieth anniversary of the start of the Tet Offensive. Yesterday I had the good fortune to discuss the lessons of Tet with …

Vietnam

Freemasonry explained: a guide to the secretive society

When did it begin, is it a religion, and are its members’ identities kept secret?<p>When did Freemasonry begin?<p>The first grand lodge, established to govern Freemasonry in England and Wales, was formed in 1717, during a meeting at a pub in the City of London called the Goose and Gridiron. At that time …

Prince Philip

‘Sea Hunter,’ a drone ship with no crew, just joined the U.S. Navy fleet

A prototype autonomous ship known as the Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV) has officially been transferred to the U.S. Navy from …

Military

How Bill Gates aims to clean up the planet

It’s a simple idea: strip CO2 from the air and use it to produce carbon-neutral fuel. But can it work on an industrial scale?<p>It’s nothing much to look at, but the tangle of pipes, pumps, tanks, reactors, chimneys and ducts on a messy industrial estate outside the logging town of Squamish in western …

Bill Gates

The bureaucracy of evil: how Islamic State ran a city

Part one – the rise: It was in the Iraqi city of Mosul that Isis attempted to prove its legitimacy – by transforming from an insurgency into a state. Alongside the murders and mass terror ran a functioning bureaucracy, with streamlined rubbish collections and electricity smart meters<p>Every day, …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies – what digital money really means for our future

Digital currencies such as bitcoin have caused a financial frenzy. Alex Hern explains what they are – and whether this is the end of ‘real’ money<p><b>What is a cryptocurrency? Is it like bitcoin?</b><br>In a word, yes. Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency, and is still the biggest, but in the eight years since …

Bitcoin

Caroline Wozniacki wins Australian Open final

The Danish tennis star has defeated top seed Simona Heap in the Australian Open final. Wozniacki has also claimed the number one spot by way of her …

Tennis

China, Russia outpace terrorism as greatest threat to US, says Pentagon

The US has classified China and Russia as its main military competitors in a strategy document. Moscow has dismissed Washington's defense policy as …

Xbox One tips and tricks: Unlock the secrets of your Xbox One with these tips

Whether you’re an Xbox One beginner or an Xbox pro, these tips will make the most of your Xbox One<p>Microsoft’s Xbox One has had a tumultuous past. On …

Why Navy Aircraft Carriers Might Be Unsinkable

<i>Although U.S. aircraft carriers are protected by the most potent, multi-layered defensive shield ever conceived, they do not take chances when</i> …

Military

A major geopolitical crisis is set to erupt over who controls the world’s longest river

When Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn visits Egypt this week to discuss bilateral cooperation in sectors like health, education, and agriculture, one contentious issue will stand out: the completion of Africa’s largest dam.<p>It’s no secret what Egypt thinks about the Grand Ethiopian …

Africa

As China beats its war drum, who should hear its call? | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

Is China going to war any time soon?<p>That is the question on the minds of more and more people outside China over the past few months.<p>The People’s …

The more you endlessly scroll on Facebook, the bigger the risk to your mental health

Facebook FB, -4.27% chief executive Mark Zuckerberg wants to prioritize family and friends over brands. But, he says, that could result in lower user …

Social Media

German Engineering Yields New Warship That Isn't Fit for Sea

BERLIN—Germany’s naval brass in 2005 dreamed up a warship that could ferry marines into combat anywhere in the world, go up against enemy ships and stay away from home ports for two years with a crew half the size of its predecessor’s.<p>First delivered for sea trials in 2016 after a series of delays, …

Military

24 hidden iPhone settings you should know about

Dig deeper into iOS.<p>Part of the appeal of the iPhone is its simplicity—you can grab it right out of the box and starting setting it up without reading any instructions. However, behind that simple, intuitive interface, you'll find dozens of lesser-known settings and options. Here are 24 you can use …

The Tattooist of Auschwitz - and his secret love

<b>For more than 50 years, Lale Sokolov lived with a secret - one born in the horrors of wartime Europe, in a place that witnessed some of the worst of man's inhumanity to man.</b><p>It would not be shared until he was in his 80s, thousands of miles from that place.<p>Lale had been the Tattooist of …

World History

MANILA ON A BUDGET 2018: Travel Guide & Itinerary

For 15 years now, Manila has been my home.<p>For foreigners, it’s easy to dismiss Manila as a tourist destination. Most travelers see it only as a …

The inventor of Linux is furious at Intel

Linus Torvalds, the inventor and founder of the Linux operating system, is not known for holding back strong opinions he has about computers, and he is now one of the loudest voices critical of Intel's handling of "Meltdown," the flaw revealed Wednesday that could enable an attacker to steal …

Linux

The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World by Catherine Nixey

The clash between the classical order and Christianity is a tale of murder and vandalism wrought by religious zealotry, evoking modern-day parallels<p>“The theologian,” wrote Edward Gibbon in his classic <i>The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire</i><i>,</i> “may indulge the pleasing task of …

The 10 Best Action Movies On Netflix Right Now, Ranked

<b>Last Updated: February 1st</b><p>“Action movie” means something different to everyone. The term runs the spectrum of CGI explosion-filled spectacles and highly choreographed fight scenes to movies with heroes who deliver cheesy one-liners right before the last rocket-powered grenade is fired. It can mean …

The Hunger Games

Why Saad Hariri Had That Strange Sojourn in Saudi Arabia

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Lebanon’s prime minister, Saad Hariri, was summoned at 8:30 a.m. to the Saudi royal offices — unseemly early, by the kingdom’s standards — on the second day of a visit that was already far from what he had expected.<p>Mr. Hariri, long an ally of the Saudis, dressed that morning in …

South Asia

China launches world's largest amphibious aircraft with an eye on South China Sea

China has successfully tested the world's largest amphibious aircraft. The 37-meter long beast might help China in its controversial South China Sea …

Jakarta Is Sinking So Fast, It Could End Up Underwater

A tsunami of human-made troubles in the Indonesian capital poses an imminent threat to the city’s survival. And it has to deal with mounting threats from climate change.

Jakarta

Won't the real Slim Shady please grow up?

Eminem is not very good at his job anymore, and he’s spent an inordinate amount of time in the last decade trying to convince himself and everybody …

17 Things You Never Knew About Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy

Today, when motion-capture performances are commonplace, it's hard to remember what a sensation Andy Serkis's Gollum was when we first met him 15 years ago this week, in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers."<p>Released on December 18, 2002, the middle installment of Peter Jackson's first J.R.R. …

The Crown: The Scandal That Rocked Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s Marriage

When Eileen Parker sued for divorce from Prince Philip’s best friend and equerry Michael Parker, a royal scandal erupted. And Queen Elizabeth, according to frenzied news reports, was none too pleased.<p>It doesn’t take long in <i>The Crown</i>’s second season before <b>Prince Philip’s</b> 1956 tour aboard the …

World Cup 2018 groups: Your guide to the teams

The World Cup draw is done and dusted with England drawn against Belgium, Panama and Tunisia. Here is your guide to the eight groups for the 2018 World Cup:<p>Group A<p><b>RUSSIA</b><p>When the Russians launched their bid to host the World Cup for the first time, they were on a high after reaching the semi-finals …