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Take the Plunge: 11 Swimming Holes Around the World

Lounging poolside is one thing, but nothing beats the childlike allure of splashing around in a swimming hole. The lake near your parent's home may top your typical list, but there are plenty of other swimming holes around the world that will capture your heart.<p>So, pack your swimsuit (and a sense …

Brazil: Arrests and crackdowns but anti-World Cup activists get their message across

Despite police raids on activists' homes, protesters are gaining wide audiences with their calls for change in Brazil and beyond<p>To be in Brazil for the World Cup should be every football fan's dream, but as exhilarating as it is, it's impossible for any sane supporter not to feel the competition …

What happened in Rwanda is happening again in Central African Republic

Drive north from the capital, and you soon discover why relief workers call the Central African Republic a post-apocalyptic country. After a year of mass murder, the villages are abandoned and the roads eerily empty and desolate.<p>The checkpoints are controlled by cold-eyed men from largely Christian …

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Iran’s Mixed Messages Ahead Of P5+1 Talks

On the eve of resuming nuclear talks with the West, Iran’s actions are confusing analysts, who say the world is either witnessing a thaw in Tehran…or …

50 Amazing Finds on Google Earth

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite …

North, South Korea agree to rare high-level talks

Pyongyang's apparently conciliatory steps coinicide with intelligence reports that regime is ready to conduct a fourth nuclear test<p>North and South Korea have agreed to hold high-level talks at the border village of Panmunjom on Wednesday, the latest indication that Pyongyang is attempting to build …

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Central African Republic wants U.N. force as EU troops OKed | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council approved on Tuesday the planned deployment of European troops to Central African Republic in a bid to stop violence between Christians and Muslims as the country’s president called for a U.N. peacekeeping mission.<p>A French peacekeeping soldier …

Central African Republic's 'Mother Courage' fights to bring peace where the men have failed

Catherine Samba-Panza, the new interim president, has a year to end the nation's bloody sectarian strife<p>When Barack Obama was elected US president in the depths of economic gloom, satirical news outlet the <i>Onion</i> carried the headline: "Black man given nation's worst job." The swearing-in last week of …

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The world’s newest country is already on the brink of civil war. Here’s how it happened.

It was considered one of the world's great successes when, on July 9, 2011, South Sudan became an independent nation. After many unhappy years as a region of Sudan, the new country declared its independence with crucial support from the outside world, particularly the United States.<p>Now, less than …

7 Nelson Mandela Quotes You Probably Won't See In The U.S. Media

The former South African president, who died Thursday, was a revolutionary and a deep skeptic of American power.<p><b>"If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don't care for human beings."</b><p><b>"Israel should withdraw from all the</b> …

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Thailand Secretly Sells Myanmar Refugees To Human Trafficking Rings

Thai immigration officials said he was being deported to Myanmar. In fact, they sold Ismail, 23, and hundreds of other Rohingya Muslims to human traffickers, who then spirited them into brutal jungle camps.<p>As thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar to escape religious persecution, a Reuters …

The US And Afghanistan Inked A Deal To Keep The War Going Through 2024

The U.S. and Afghan governments have agreed to a final draft in a bilateral agreement that lays out the relationship between the two nations and the end to the war in Afghanistan, this according to Richard Engel with NBC News.<p>According to a draft copy of the resolution obtained by NBC News, the …

Increasingly Cut Off From The World, Gaza Battles Power Outages And Sewage Floods

Things have gone from bad to worse in the Gaza Strip, as nearly 1.7 million people are currently living without electricity for up to 16 hours each day, sewage floods one of the world's most densely populated cities.<p>Cairo – Rania Hiyati has found herself facing a daily dilemma of whether or not to …

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China to loosen one-child policy and abolish labour camps

Ruling Communist party announces that couples can have two children if one parent is an only child<p>China has pledged to loosen its one-child policy and end a controversial "re-education through labour" programme, state media reported on Friday, days after the conclusion of a meeting of top Communist …

10 of the most Jaw-Dropping Hotel Photos EVER

By Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com<p>Here at the HotelsCombined office, we've all gotten pretty used to staring at stunning hotel images -- with over 400,000 hotels in our database, sorting through scenic pics of luxury villas and infinity-edge pools has become standard daily fare.<p>However, there …

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The 10 Greatest Books Ever, According to 125 Top Authors (Download Them for Free)

Earlier this month, we highlighted The 10 Greatest Films of All Time According to 846 Film Critics. Featuring films by Hitchcock, Kubrick, Welles and …

Stop thanking the troops for me

Why is pro sports constantly jamming military fervor down our throats? Their claims are wrong in more ways than one<p>The millions of Americans who regularly watch nationally televised NBA games are, by now, familiar with the "NBA Cares" commercials that run quite frequently during the season. The …

Inconsistencies Haunt Official Record Of Kennedy's Death

The first thing T. Jeremy Gunn says when you ask him about President John F. Kennedy's assassination is, "I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I don't have a theory about what happened."<p>But he knows <i>a lot</i> about it from his work for the Assassination Records Review Board, established by Congress in 1992, …

Legal Showdown: 6 Experts Destroy Obama's Drone Policy

Today, a coalition of national organizations released a short film from Brave New Foundation that created a virtual debate with the Obama administration. You might be wondering why we had to go to the trouble to create a virtual debate -- it's because President Obama and his administration refuses …

South Sudanese still struggle to return | Sudan

When Martha Along first arrived on this dusty square of desert, dotted with the ghosts of half-built apartment blocks, she thought she'd be here for a week only. She had been told that from here a bus would take her to Rumbek in South Sudan where she was born. Her own children were all born in …