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Looking Into the Eyes of Cuba’s Elderly, on the Verge of Change

Sometimes all it takes to get something started is a knock on a door—and necessity. Oded Wagenstein was walking in the rain down a side street in the Cuban town of Cienfuegos when he was seized with the urge to use the restroom. Seeing no other options, he knocked on the nearest door, using body …

Iran and the Afghan Taliban Teaming Up Against ISIS

The Iranians and Taliban used to be deadly enemies. But they’re finding common cause against the threat of Islamic State followers in …

Why I’m staying in Afghanistan

As western troops withdraw from Afghanistan, a small number of foreigners remain. They talk about the war-torn country they have come to love<p>Few people now move to Afghanistan to start a new life. Visitors once came for tourism or trade, but these days most arrive for work postings of a few months …

Sears' Long Sad Fall

Sears Canada found itself in a situation similar to a foreclosed home in Ft Myers, Florida. Even at an auction, no one bid on it. The company was facing a dire situation on the eve of the 2014 holiday season, when out of the blue, it found a buyer.<p>That’s the good news. The bad news is the buyer is …

The Hajj Airlift You've Probably Never Heard Of

The annual Islamic Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca kicks off this week, with some 2 million people expected to join. The religious occasion is considered to …

Saudi Arabia

The 13 Greatest Iced Coffee Recipes for Summer

Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home!<p>Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home! Via Redbook.com

Coffee

Working to put Syria back on the tourist map

The Syrian Ministry of Tourism has launched an initiative to reactivate the industry. Called “Syria shines once again” it aims to show potential visitors it’s safe to travel to tourist sites in the country after more than three years of civil war.<p>Actress Hana Nassour joined a group invited to visit …

How Frozen translates into Arabic

The week’s best arts and culture reads – including Beethoven’s gastrointestinal distress, book festival economics and why Angelina Jolie is a perfect celebrity.<p>A history of gendered pronouns<br>Gretchen McCullough | The Toast | 2 June 2014<br>Smart, funny and full of gems. "If you’ve ever seen people …

Angelina Jolie

The must-have Pebble Time apps, watch faces, and games for your wrist

The Pebble was one of the first major smartwatches to hit the market, long before the Apple Watch and Android Wear secured a spot on our wrists. The …

Apps

Vince Gilligan Says 'Better Call Saul' Might Be a 'Mistake'

Fans of a beloved television series may find it hard to let go when their favorite shows end, and often clamor for more. But are extra episodes or spinoffs ever really a good idea?<p>That's a question that "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan is currently struggling with as he preps "Better Call …

The 14 Tech Companies With The Best Pay

Job-hunting site Glassdoor today released a list of the top 25 companies for compensation and benefits, as ranked by employees, and more than half of the list was tech companies.<p>This list was based on feedback from employees over the last year who rated their satisfaction with the salary and …

Employment

Exploring Incredible Istanbul

My most recent exploits took me all the way to Istanbul and it was quite the adventure. Founded in 660 BC as Byzantium, in 330 AD it became Constantinople when it was overtaken by the Roman emperor Constantine. Under that name it was the capital of four empires, most notably the Ottoman Empire from …

Black Sea

The NYPD's Mistreatment of Muslims, Part II

America's biggest city is still engaged in religious profiling.<p>There's getting arrested for a minor crime in New York City. And then there's getting arrested for a minor crime in New York City as a person of Muslim faith or descent. In the latter case, you're prone to being flagged by detectives …

Etihad Airways New Residence First Class Suite Is Like A Home In The Sky (video)

If you’ve ever flown First Class, then you probably already know what a luxurious experience it is. Heck, even flying Business Class is pretty darn …

Meet The iPhone Lighter Case. Really

If you’re a smoker, or spend time with a smoker, you have known the pain of a lost lighter. Fortunately, this being the twenty-first century, there’s …

Arabic Calligraphy – Taking A Closer Look

Can different scripts tell us more information, such as the geographical area where each was developed? How much is the local culture affected by …

2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 First Drive

Putting the G in Unglaublich: Ridiculous toys don't get more fun than this<p>The most flabbergasting aspect of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 isn’t that it exists, but that it’s a production vehicle. As in, you can buy one. AMG has already built nearly 60 units so far this year. I just spent a …

Time I

FINALLY: Electronic Cigarette Is Also a Bluetooth Headset for Your Phone

Who wants to be puffing on an electronic cigarette <i>and</i> holding a cell phone to their head at the same time? What are we? A bunch of …

Luxury Submarine Hotel Offers Romantic Undersea Getaway

Lovers Deep is a luxury submarine offered by Oliver's Travels for couples to go on a romantic getaway, deep in the ocean, and perhaps join what they're coining as the “Mile Low Club” (an undersea alternative to the Mile High Club that so many have participated in on airplanes). Each watercraft in …

Travel

The XYZBot Rubber Band Machine Gun Will Defend Your Cubicle

Sometimes, in the course of human events, it is necessary to go to war with your co-workers. And that requires rubber band guns. But some of us don’t …

All Uighur Detainees Have Been Released From Guantanamo

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The last three of 22 Uighurs detained in Guantanamo Bay since 2001 have been freed and sent to …

No filter: One man's Instagram pics lead to 142 felony charges

A sheriff's deputy is doing what sheriff's deputies do: scouring Instagram. He comes upon the account of a man who has pictures of guns and money. These are clues.<p>I am blue in the face.<p>But it doesn't matter how many times you tell people -- especially criminals -- to be very careful about what they …

Guns

Hundred thousand genomes to be mapped in Saudi Arabia

<b>Up to 100,000 people in Saudi Arabia are to have their genetic codes mapped in a new human genome project.</b><p>The research will look at genes linked with diseases, and pave the way for prenatal and premarital screening.<p>The project, funded by the Saudi Arabian national science agency, will create a DNA …

Genetics

China establishes 'air-defence zone' over East China Sea

<b>China has outlined an "air-defence identification zone" over an area of the East China Sea, covering islands that are also claimed by Japan.</b><p>China's defence ministry said aircraft entering the zone must obey its rules or face "emergency defensive measures".<p>The islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and …

China

Saudi nuclear weapons 'on order' from Pakistan

<b>Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and believes it could obtain atomic bombs at will, a variety of sources have told BBC Newsnight.</b><p>While the kingdom's quest has often been set in the context of countering Iran's atomic programme, it is now possible that the Saudis …

South Asia

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. …

Mathematics

In New York, late nights are fueled by party drug Molly

NEW YORK — After a long and raucous dinner party on a recent weeknight, guests decamped to a loft in Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood, perhaps the most desirable chunk of real estate in the city that never sleeps.<p>There was no music or dancing at this after-party, though. Instead, a host distributed …

Are Israeli Spies Coercing Iranian Dissidents into Becoming Hitmen?

We asked a former Mossad combatant to tell us who's killing Iran's nuclear scientists.<p><i>Outgoing Director of the Mossad Intelligence Agency, Major General Meir Dagan, in 2011.</i><p>It’s espionage season in the Middle East. Earlier this month, in the woods outside Tehran, Iranian police found the body of …

Middle East

Swimming with Warlords

I returned to Afghanistan in June for my fifth visit, on the eve of America’s 2014 planned withdrawal, to attempt to understand what had happened to the country in the 12 years since I first set foot there and what might happen this time, after I left.<p><i>Warlord Nabi Gechi takes the author and his</i> …

Afghanistan