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What To Eat After You Work Out

<i>By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD</i><p>As a sports nutritionist, I consult for pro teams and privately counsel professional and competitive athletes in numerous sports, as well as fitness enthusiasts. Pros and weekend warriors definitely have different nutrition needs, but they do have one thing in common: In …

Nutrition

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

Let's leave Wall Street's risky practices in the past

We enter 2015 in the United States with a strong and growing economic recovery. Over the course of that recovery, the private sector has created 11.2 million jobs. The federal deficit has gone from 9.8 percent of gross domestic product in 2009 to 2.8 percent in 2014. Our stock market closed 2014 at …

Foreigners fighting Islamic State in Syria: who and why?

DERIK, Syria (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - While illegally crossing the Iraqi-Syrian border, Canadian Peter Douglas was adamant that his incursion was for humanitarian reasons - to help the people of Syria.<p>Foreign fighters (R) join members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in the …

Kurdistan: More Like Israel, Less Like Iraq | Missing Peace | missingpeace.eu | EN

An aerial view of Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, featuring the ancient Erbil Citadel in the center. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons/Jan Kurdistani)<p>This …

The Best American Winter Road Trips

On the spectrometer of thrills, winter driving lies somewhere between utilitarian necessity and white-knuckle extreme sport. But now that gas is affordable and holiday lights are twinkling from the East Coast to L.A., it’s time to hit the open road and give the ultimate test to your car’s …

Bill Maher's Dangerous Critique of Islam

There's a constructive way for liberals to oppose illiberalism, and then there's the approach the comedian took.<p>Bill Maher, meet Arthur Schlesinger Jr.<p>Last Friday, the cranky comedian, aided by atheist author Sam Harris, enraged actor Ben Affleck by calling Islam, in Harris’s words, “the mother …

Life expectancy in the USA hits a record high

Good news, America: We're living longer!<p>Life expectancy in the USA rose in 2012 to 78.8 years – a record high.<p>That was an increase of 0.1 year from 2011 when it was 78.7 years, according to a new report on mortality in the USA from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center …

Catholic church must listen to beat of this age, Pope Francis tells bishops

Pope Francis urged Catholic bishops gathered in Rome to listen hard to the “beat of this age” as he opened a landmark assembly that liberals hope will spark reform of some of the church’s entrenched stances on marriage, sex and divorce.<p>Almost 200 bishops from five continents have descended on the …

How the Obama Administration Ignored Iraq

One ambassador's story of an exit strategy gone wrong.<p>It was late April of 2009, and Hillary Clinton was coming to Iraq for her first official trip as secretary of state. Normally, visits by a secretary of state are a logistical nightmare for an embassy. As François Truffaut once said of making …

What I Learned About Afghan Politics by Selling Rugs

A carpet dealer from Kabul reflects on the inauguration of his country's new president.<p>The inauguration on Monday of Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, has left Afghans profoundly conflicted—simultaneously hopeful for a better future and anxious over the many unresolved issues that …

New Zealand votes for new parliament

Voters in New Zealand have begun casting their ballots in a general election that has Prime Minister John Key seeking a third term in office.<p>Polls indicate Key's centre-right National Party is the most popular party, and Key is the front-runner to remain the country's leader. But that could be in …

The Hateful Pastor All Too Happy to Be Left Behind When It Comes to Gays

Don’t be too shocked by megachurch minister Robby Gallaty’s hateful sermon. There’s a hard core of evangelicals that aren’t evolving on …

Melanoma risk is higher for flight crews that work at 40,000 feet

Attention pilots and flight attendants: For your safety, please fasten your seat belts, note the location of the aircraft's emergency exits -- and be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen to reduce your risk of melanoma.<p>When it comes to the risks of flying, skin cancer may not be the first health …

What Are Obama's Options for Stomping Out ISIS in Iraq and Syria?

The videotaped killing of kidnapped journalist James Foley prompted President Barack Obama this week to condemn his ruthless executioners — the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS — as “a cancer.”<p>Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes went a step further Friday, vowing that the U.S. …

Afghanistan has cost more to rebuild than Europe after Second World War

A US government report reveals corruption and waste have pushed the cost of reconstruction beyond the total spent under the Marshall Plan<p>The cost of rebuilding Afghanistan has exceeded the amount of money spent putting Europe back on its feet after the Second World War, it has been disclosed.<p>A US …

Afghanistan

U.S. Senate passes $16.3 billion veterans health bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate late on Thursday overwhelmingly gave final congressional approval to a $16.3 billion plan to ease long healthcare delays at the scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department, adding the bulk of the cost to the federal deficit.<p>The 91-3 vote sends the measure to …

Collider Reveals First Glimpse of Higgs Boson at Work

An extremely rare collision of massive subatomic particles could reveal the nuts and bolts of how the subatomic particles called Higgs bosons impart mass to other particles.<p>The Higgs boson particle, which was detected for the first time in 2012, is essentially tossed around like a ball between two …

Lawmakers announce VA deal

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Jeff Miller have reached a $17 billion agreement to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs.<p>The legislation, which was announced Monday afternoon, will give the VA secretary broad new authority to fire or demote senior officials accused of mismanagement and will …

Study links Oklahoma earthquake swarm with fracking operations

Oklahoma has seen a boom in two things in recent years: oil and gas production and earthquakes.<p>To many residents, the timing says it all. Before the oil and gas industry started drilling so many underground injection wells, they say, it was rare to feel an earthquake. Today, Oklahoma is the …

Geology

Where have all Pakistan's militants gone?

<b>After years of reluctance, Pakistan's infantry and special services troops have finally moved into "militant central" - Miranshah in North Waziristan.</b><p>The town has served as the joint command-and-control centre of powerful local groups and their foreign allies in the tribal region, believed to be …

Pakistan

U.S. birth control ruling fuels battle over corporate rights

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court has opened up a new front in the battle over corporate rights by ruling that family-owned and other closely held corporations can mount religious objections to government action.<p>Anti-abortion demonstrators wait for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the …

Iraqi witnesses recall horrors in Tal Afar, Mosul

Crammed into a prison cell with 36 other people, the man debated his fate as he listened to the shelling.<p>Outside, fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria fired mortars at the anti-terrorism detention facility in Tal Afar, where fierce battles raged between the al Qaeda splinter group and …

Church Bells Fall Silent in Mosul as Iraq’s Christians Flee

The advance of ISIS has ended over a thousand years of Christian worship in Mosul—the latest chapter in the long decline of Christianity in the …

China fetes India, Myanmar, says Beijing poses no threat | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping feted neighbours India and Myanmar on Saturday, dusting off the 60th anniversary of a now rather obscure agreement signed in the early days of the Cold War to pledge a rising China’s commitment to peace.<p>China's President Xi Jinping attends a …