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Ex-FARC rebels sworn into Colombia's Congress

Outgoing president calls for protection of peace as several former rebel fighters become legislators.<p>Colombia's former FARC rebels have taken their seats in Congress as part of a peace deal after more than five decades of war against the government.<p>At the swearing-in ceremony on Friday, outgoing …

FARC

In Duterte’s Philippines, Having a Beer Can Now Land You in Jail

MANILA — When six plainclothes policemen, hands gripping their holstered guns, charged down the winding alleys of the slum where Edwin Panis lives, he didn’t imagine they could be coming for him.<p>Mr. Panis, 45, was drinking beer with friends near his shack on an embankment overlooking Manila Bay. A …

Asia

This Epic New Star Wars Comic Spans the Entire Saga

Marvel's Star Wars comics have covered a wide swath of the Star Wars timeline, ranging from the Prequels to the Original Trilogy to the new sequels. …

Star Wars

Ethiopia and Eritrea have declared end of war

Former sworn enemies Ethiopia and Eritrea Monday signed an agreement to end the war between the countries, according to Eritrea's Information …

Work less, get more: New Zealand firm's four-day week an 'unmitigated success'

If you can have parents spending more time with their children, how is that a bad thing? Andrew Barnes<p>The New Zealand company behind a landmark trial of a four-day working week has concluded it an unmitigated success,with 78% of employees feeling they were able to successfully manage their …

Work-life Balance

Israel Passes Controversial Law Reserving National Self-Determination For Jews

Israel's parliament has passed a controversial bill defining the country as the homeland of the Jews — asserting Jerusalem as the capital, Hebrew as the official language and that the right of national self-determination is "unique to the Jewish people."<p>The government says the bill only enshrines …

Israel

Memory Contest Comes To MIT, Where Brain Scientists Explain Why Training Works

The USA Memory Championship features flashy feats of memory but it aims to show that everyone can remember things better -- if they know how to train.

The Brain

Israel in turmoil over bill allowing Jews and Arabs to be segregated

Israel is in the throes of political upheaval as the country’s ruling party seeks to pass legislation that could allow for Jewish-only communities, which critics have condemned as the end of a democratic state.<p>For the past half-decade, politicians have been wrangling over the details of the bill …

Israel

Why do some in the tech community support universal basic income? They’re ‘terrified’ about the future.

So says Annie Lowrey, the author of a new book called “Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World.”<p>Giving cash directly to poor people has been shown to alleviate poverty in countries like Brazil, Mexico and India. And now, techies …

Universal Basic Income

The Trump-Kim summit: Japan’s perspective

After his historic May meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore, United States President Donald Trump said that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear …

Geopolitics

Ethiopia, Eritrea restore diplomatic relations, phone calls

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian and Eritrean leaders formally restored relations Monday, ending 20 years of enmity, and citizens from both counties immediately began phoning each other to get back in touch.<p>Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, 42, and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, 72, …

Africa

Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials

A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.<p>Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is …

Breast Feeding

'I was shocked it was so easy': ​meet the professor who says facial recognition ​​can tell if you're gay

Progress makes people uncomfortable. When the first monkeys walked, other monkeys probably said, 'This is outrageous!'<p>Kosinski received emails from people confused about their sexuality who hoped he'd run their photo through his algorithm<p>If you basically accept we’re just computers, then computers …

Artificial Intelligence

US Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits

Full screen<p>1/3 SLIDES © The Associated Press<p>2/3 SLIDES © The Associated Press<p>3/3 SLIDES © The Associated Press<p>3/3 SLIDES<p>SAN ANTONIO — Some immigrant …

'My wife can never call my name in public'

<b>Imagine you're at a busy airport, somewhere in Europe or the US. You're meeting your wife (let's call her Layla) after work and flying off for a mini-break. She's running late, so you sit down in a coffee shop to wait. Soon you're lost in thought, so you don't see your beloved waving from across</b> …

Jay Leno

The 1-Ingredient Trick for the Easiest French Toast

I pretty much learned how to cook by trying to make the things I love to eat, which means I've been making pancakes, scrambled eggs, and French toast …

Breakfast

This self-driving grocery delivery car will sacrifice itself to save pedestrians

The vehicles will take part in a pilot program with Kroger in the fall. The sensors on this autonomous car include a LIDAR unit, at top.<p>Most …

Minimum wage? It's time to talk about a maximum wage | Sam Pizzigati

In 2017, the McDonald’s CEO, Stephen Easterbrook, earned $21.8m – 3,101 times more than the typical McDonald’s employee worldwide<p>We must stop rewarding corporations that use our tax dollars to increase extreme inequality<p>Most of our mainstream political discourse on “fighting inequality” has …

Income Inequality

How Long Can We Live? The Limit Hasn’t Been Reached, Study Finds

Since 1900, average life expectancy around the globe has more than doubled, thanks to better public health, sanitation and food supplies. But a new study of long-lived Italians indicates that we have yet to reach the upper bound of human longevity.<p>“If there’s a fixed biological limit, we are not …

Research

A Warming World Creates Desperate People

Last year I traveled to southern Guatemala, the source of one of the largest migrations of unauthorized immigrants to the United States in recent years. It’s clear why people are leaving: Guatemala is a country rife with political conflict, endemic racism against indigenous people, poverty and, …

El Salvador

Sudden Strike 4 Xbox One review: A genuine standout real-time strategy game

Sudden Strike 4 brings PC style real-time strategy to Xbox One.Due to the fact that controllers are less intuitive than mouse and keyboard when it …

Halo Wars

Star Wars: The Clone Wars gets a 10-year anniversary Comic-Con panel

Star Wars: The Clone Wars will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a San Diego Comic-Con panel that will give a look back at the show.<p>StarWars.com announced the panel Tuesday, revealing that supervising director Dave Filoni will appear alongside special guests on Thursday, July 19 at 11:45 a.m. PT. …

Star Wars

CRISPR could use gold nanoparticles to edit your brain

Researchers were able to turn down behavioral problems in mice.<p>Add this to the list of possible applications for the seemingly-magical gene editing technology CRISPR: helping people with neurological disorders edit their brains with pinpoint accuracy to alleviate the symptoms of their …

Genetic Engineering

Blame liberal democracy’s flaws for Erdoğan’s win, not the voters | Simon Jenkins

How many warnings do liberals need? The victory of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, hands power, virtually for ever, to a ruler of 80 million people on Europe’s southern border. His opponents are jailed, his press is censored, his promised reforms give him unlimited control. He is …

Political Science

Turkey election: Erdoğan strikes combative tone in victory speech

Win confirmed with 97.7% of vote counted, as opposition vow to continue struggle<p>Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has addressed thousands of supporters in Ankara after being declared the victor in Turkey’s presidential election, saying democracy was the winner and that Turkey was “an example for the rest of the …

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Florence Welch: ‘I wonder sometimes, did I dream too big?’

After wild years of all-night partying, Florence Welch has found a calmer way to live. She talks to Eva Wiseman about the ‘magic energy’ that drives her and how she’s finally learning to make sense of herself<p>There was a time when the voice of Florence Welch was as inescapable as an ambulance siren. …

Florence + the Machine

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Director Talks RPG Inspirations And Story Details

During a visit to Ubisoft Quebec, we had the opportunity to play the upcoming Assassin's Creed Odyssey for about five hours. It was a small slice of the huge open world of Ancient Greece, set in 431 BC during the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. We spent that time on the Delos Islands …

The Elder Scrolls

Finally, A Chart Explaining What Is In Each Assassin's Creed Game

I count myself as a fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, but even I get a little confused about which game has what kind of stuff in it. Now …

Assassin's Creed

Mini Blueberry Galettes

Special equipment: a 4 1/2-inch round cutter<p>Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.<p>In a bowl, stir together …

Baking

The Prince Who Would Remake the World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A few weeks ago, a woman — a prominent media consultant — and her two daughters were shopping at the upscale Kingdom Center mall here. Her daughters, both in their early 20s, had their heads covered on this shopping trip. Hers was not.<p>At the approach of members of the Saudi …

Saudi Arabia