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Tokyo’s old storefronts come alive in these gorgeous illustrations

What happens when an illustrator moves to Tokyo and becomes obsessed with its old shops<p>Feast your eyes on this, Tokyo lovers: The mesmerizing illustrations of Mateusz Urbanowicz capture something of the unique spirit of the city’s old shops, from slightly seedy storefronts shielded by awnings and …

Germany's ever-growing right-wing extremist scene becomes more violent

Nearly half of right-wing extremists are willing to resort to violence, German media have reported. The country's far-right extremists scene is …

Boko Haram Suicide Squads Include Little Boys, Girls, and Now Babies

It’s not enough to slaughter the innocents with explosives. The Nigerian terror group targets the vaccination campaigns that try to save them from …

Africa

'War On Women' Protest Signs Don’t Sugarcoat Gender Inequality

“Is the wage gap not big enough for your ego?”<p>In an effort to organize counter-programming during President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural festivities, a bevy of bands big and small will perform protest concerts benefiting organizations such as Planned Parenthood this weekend.<p>One such group, a …

Feminism

9 Buddha Bowls to Stay Healthyish This Year

We’ve said it before: Bowl food rocks. Seriously, mounds of veg, protein, and greens, usually drizzled with some delightfully creamy sauce... how …

North Korea claims successful test of nuclear warhead

<b>(CNN) —</b> North Korea said it hit the button on its fifth and potentially most powerful nuclear test Friday morning, claiming to have successfully detonated a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on ballistic rockets.<p>State media said the test would enable North Korea to produce "a variety of …

North Korea

Inside the Head of an ISIS True Believer

The group vows to endure and expand. But under relentless pressure, it’s shrinking. How do its partisans think they can endure? Here’s what one …

Islam

Aleppo ceasefire broken as doctors accuse US of inaction

Fighting persisted in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday – more than an hour into an announced three-hour ceasefire – two rebel groups and a witness said, just one day after doctors there issued a plea for US action.<p>Russia, which backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, said on …

Middle East

Zimbabwe police use batons to break up anti-government protest | Reuters

HARARE (Reuters) - Anti-riot police used batons to break up a peaceful march in Zimbabwe’s capital on Wednesday, the latest public protest against how President Robert Mugabe’s government has handled the economy.<p>Anti-riot police chase after protesters during a march against President Robert …

South Africa

How a 1928 Silent Film Influenced the Creation of the Joker

The shock of green hair. The sickly pale skin. The frozen, Cheshire grin. Everyone knows the trademarks of Batman's greatest foe, the Joker. The king …

Comic Books

Millions of GM mosquitoes could be released in Florida to combat Zika virus

Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released into the state of Florida to combat Zika virus after 15 people caught the disease from local insects.<p>Congress could decide within weeks to grant an emergency licence to British biotech company Oxitec, which has engineered a line of …

Public Health

When will our politicians accept the reality of Islamic terrorism?

We are enduring a summer of terror, but our leaders are in denial<p>How is your Merkelsommer going? For now, Britain seems to be missing the worst. True, a couple of men of Middle Eastern appearance tried to abduct a soldier near his base in Norfolk for what was unlikely to have been an interfaith …

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is fueled by an anger the media didn’t see coming

In every national election cycle in recent decades there has been a segment of voters who say they are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. But who would have predicted this year that there was enough anger out there to make real estate mogul turned reality TV star Donald Trump the …

Donald Trump

Emotional Intelligence 101: These 3 Words Can Turn Anxiety Into Advantage, According to Science

It's not about staying calm. In fact, it's the complete opposite.<p>When was the last time you were anxious?<p>Maybe you got worked up over a big presentation. Or preparing for that meeting to ask for a pay raise. Or getting ready to text that guy or girl you especially clicked with recently.<p>When …

An attack on all of us: The France horror has shaken the world — but terrorists will not destroy our humanity

Lunacy and horror has ripped apart our sense of security, the only answer is to stand in solidarity — and we are<p>It's happened again -- more death and carnage and horror in the streets of a major city. This time it happened in Nice, France a beautiful city on the French riviera where people from all …

Eye witnesses recall horror as they celebrated France's Bastille Day: 'there was carnage on the road'

• Nice terror attack: live updates<p>Men, women and children were out on the streets of Nice in their thousands celebrating Bastille Day as a fireworks display lit up the sky.<p>Moments later they were running for their lives as a lorry suddenly sped into view, targeting the crowds that had lined the …

Japan's dying tradition of women who freedive in the sea for a living

It may not be long before we cease to see Japan's traditional female free divers, known as <i>Ama</i>, in the flesh.<p>In Toba city, Ama forage for seafood like …

9 Veggie Burgers That Even Meat Lovers Will Want to Eat

Our search for the perfect veggie burger recipe has been going on for years now—we don't always want meat, but we also don't want bland frozen …

Vegan

What does it mean that terrorists will bomb even Muhammad's burial place?

A suicide bombing outside the mosque where the prophet Muhammad is buried in Medina, Saudi Arabia, rattled the global Muslim community Monday, proving that nothing — not even one of Islam's holiest sites — is safe from terrorism.<p>Four Saudi guards were killed and five others were wounded after the …

Saudi Arabia

These Animations Tell The Story Of The Noise Pollution That’s Killing Marine Life

Every time a modern container ship churns through the ocean, it puts 190 decibels of sound energy in the water. That’s about as loud as standing in the middle of an exploding bomb–and it’s a major problem for marine animals, which rely on sound, not sight, to survive. At any given time, there are …

Marine Mammals

Pakistan: 'Honor' killings grow more brutal, draw backlash

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Parveen Rafiq screamed from her rooftop, "I have killed my daughter. I have saved my honor. She will never shame me again."<p>In the room below lay the charred body of 18-year-old Zeenat. Neighbors in the narrow alley who saw the smoke and heard screams rushed to Rafiq's home, …

Pro-Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage quits as UKIP leader

The head of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, resigned Monday as party leader, the latest British political chief to go amid the political turmoil enveloping the country since its vote to leave the European Union.<p>"During the referendum campaign, I said I want my country back. What I'm saying …

UK Politics

Bomb attacks kill scores in central Baghdad

At least 120 people were killed in two separate bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital Sunday morning, Iraqi officials said.<p>In the deadliest attack a car bomb hit Karada, a busy shopping district in the centre of Baghdad, killing at least 115 people and wounding near 200, according to police and …

Islam

Steep rise in racist incidents after EU referendum cataloged by Worrying Signs Facebook group

A Facebook group recording incidents of racism taking place in the wake of the EU referendum has attracted 16,000 followers in the week since it was set up a week ago.<p>The page, titled Worrying Signs, makes for depressing reading; it features several images of racist graffiti and stickers that have …

The New ‘Spider-Man/Deadpool’ Makes Fun of ‘Batman v Superman’

The rivalry between Marvel and DC is as old as the companies themselves. Sometimes it’s playful; sometimes it gets downright heated. In the latest …

Two years of Islamic State: where are we now?

Today marks two years to the day since Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s so-called caliphate.<p>Taking advantage of the war in Syria and the instability and sectarian divisions in neighbouring Iraq, the extremist group swept through huge swathes of both countries …

How to Draw Trees

Trees seem like one of the few things that are easy to draw. However, if you know nothing about drawing, you may either go too simple...<p>... or too …

From the East, From the West, 1942

From the East, From the West, 1942By Kate WilesA Japanese map produced during the Second World War encouraged children to follow the Empire's …

History

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