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Friday essay: the legend of Ishtar, first goddess of love and war

As singer Pat Benatar once noted, love is a battlefield. Such use of military words to express intimate, affectionate emotions is likely related to …

How a KGB Assassin Used the Death of His Child to Defect

Bogdan Stashinsky was forced to work for the KGB against his will and became one of the most wanted assassins in the world. This is the story of how he put it all on the line to escape.<p>Shortly before 5 a.m. on August 10, 1961, Bogdan Stashinsky was waiting near his apartment building in Moscow to …

Istanbul attack: ISIS claims nightclub shooting; killer still at large

<b>Istanbul (CNN) —</b> ISIS claimed responsibility for the New Year's attack at Istanbul's Reina nightclub that left 39 people dead, but authorities are still scrambling to find the killer.<p>ISIS' claim, made in a statement posted to Twitter, cannot be independently verified by CNN. But it boasted about …

Finding North America’s lost medieval city

Cahokia was bigger than Paris—then it was completely abandoned. I went there to find out why.<p>A thousand years ago, huge pyramids and earthen mounds …

Mummy X-Rays Reconstruct Ancient Egyptian Lives | Conservation Lab

Medical imaging slices through mummies while leaving them unperturbed.<p>Meet Nestawedjat, a married woman who lived in the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes. She was about five feet tall and died in her late 30s or 40s, around 2,700 years ago. After her death, the bones of her nose were broken so as to …

Here Are Some Joyously Random Facts About Every Country in the World [Updated]

If you’re a map nerd or a history buff or someone who likes to travel or just a person who enjoys learning new things, the latest video from Wendover …

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Ancient Tombs Discovered Under Two Maya Pyramids Shed Light on Mysterious 'Snake Kings'

"We’re going to have to rewrite all the books of Maya history."<p>Ongoing excavations of Maya pyramids in several locations across Guatemala have …

No, Donald, ISIS won’t "take over" America if Hillary wins

This may come as a surprise to some of you, but Donald Trump sometimes says things that aren’t entirely factual. On Wednesday, it happened again.<p>Speaking at a rally in Ocala, Florida, the Republican presidential nominee told the audience that ISIS was “hoping and praying” for Hillary Clinton to win …

Hillary Clinton

Madeleine Thien: ‘In China, you learn a lot from what people don’t tell you’

The Man Booker-shortlisted writer on a solitary childhood in Canada and daring to question the Chinese regime<p>At breakfast in Vancouver just before her adopted sister disappears forever from her life, 11-year-old Marie, AKA Ma-li, forlornly submits to being consoled with a wordgame. She discovers …

Roman Britain

Following the aborted attempts to invade Britain by Julius Caesar in 55 and 54 BC, the British Isles remained largelyundisturbed by the Roman Empire …

Ancient History

How Did Hitler Rise to Power? : New TED-ED Animation Provides a Case Study in How Fascists Get Democratically Elected

How does one rise to public office? In part, by flattering the sensibilities of those one seeks to serve.<p>Do you appeal to their higher nature, their …

Ancient Viking warrior blade unearthed by Icelandic goose hunters

The group of hunters fortuitously stumbled upon the weapon in Skaftárhreppur, south Iceland, a region badly hit by floods last year.<p>Pictures of the …

Man Gets ‘Stuck’ With 47-Year Flight Connection, Travel Company Has Brilliant Response - Airline Trending

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315 Years of the American Slave Trade in 2 Minutes

The slave trade in the Americas was a more than three-century-long institution that fundamentally shaped how countries like the United States formed. …

11 Misconceptions About Ancient Rome, Debunked

Released in 1959, Charlton Heston's <i>Ben-Hur</i> is considered one of the greatest motion pictures of all time. Unfortunately, the film helped perpetuate a …

Bulgarian werewolves and Byzantine eunuchs: 12 historical lives that should be novelised

<i>Minoo Dinshaw on 12 unfamiliar lives – from a Byzantine eunuch to a Turkish arms dealer – that deserve to be novelised</i><p>British historical fiction is thriving, but its readers might be forgiven for seeking fresher banquets. The wild boar at the Henrician court grows overcooked. Hilary Mantel herself …

Experts baffled by 4,500-year-old Iraq royal tomb food offerings discovered in Bristol box

A set of tomb artefacts was split between London, the US and Iraq – so how did a box of objects end up in Bristol?<p>Food offerings from a …

Theseus

Theseus is a legendary hero from Greek mythology who was considered an early king of Athens. Famously killing villains, Amazons, and centaurs, his …

Ancient History

What I Learned from Living with the Controversial Catholic Sect Opus Dei as a Queer Person

I spent a year living in an all-male religious commune run by an obscure Roman Catholic sect. Here's what that was like.<p>There are always a few anecdotes you can tell at a party that will be guaranteed to break up the usual repetition of young drunken chat. My mic-drop anecdote, as a 27-year-old …

5 facts about Sunnis and Shiites that help make sense of the Saudi-Iran crisis

By Adam Taylor<p>Adam Taylor<p>Foreign reporter who writes about a variety of subjects<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The execution of Shiite cleric Nimr Baqr al-Nimr by Saudi Arabia has sparked a furor in the Middle East along sectarian lines. In Iran, the regional Shiite superpower, the Saudi Embassy was ransacked and …

Middle East

All eyes on King Tut's tomb in search for ancient Egypt's lost Queen Nefertiti

Speculation is mounting that Tutankhamun’s tomb could lead the way to the last resting place of the lost Queen Nefertiti, in what would be the most remarkable Egyptian archaeological find this century.<p>Experts say scans of the site make it 90 percent likely that there is something behind the …

Bernie Sanders Is About as Radical as Harry Truman

The mainstream media continues to be shocked that Bernie Sanders keeps gaining traction against frontrunner Hillary Clinton. However, if you look at what Sanders actually stands for, it is well within the mainstream of what used to be the Democratic Party.<p>Ever since Jimmy Carter, it has been …

The White-Supremacist Lineage of a Yale College

The elite university still honors the South Carolina senator best known for praising the morality of slavery.<p>Yale’s Calhoun College, one of 12 residential colleges where undergraduates live, is named for John C. Calhoun, the South Carolina politician and an 1804 graduate. It’s not the only memorial …

Here Is All You Need To Prove Bigots Wrong About 'Traditional Marriage'

Here are just a few of the ways that marriage has been radically redefined throughout history.<p>In a recent blog post, Michael Brown, the host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show "The Line of Fire" and the president of FIRE School of Ministry, challenged HuffPost Gay Voices Editor-at-Large …

Bernie Sanders’ Secret Sauce: The Vermont Socialist's Improbable Rise To Prominence

Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is surging. In July, nearly 10,000 supporters gathered in Madison, Wis., to hear the 73-year-old socialist …

The Real Lives of the Gladiators of Rome – The Unfathomable Sport of Life and Death

Roman gladiators are some of the most iconic characters in history and have defined how we think of entertainment in ancient Rome. Their portrayal in …

10 books to entertain, inspire and encourage young feminists

No longer are female characters in literature limited to sidekicks, love interests or nagging harpies, or the limiting roles of virgin, mother or …

Books

When Obama met Kenyatta

The two leaders find an uneasy footing around their shared heritage and stature.<p>NAIROBI, Kenya – A Kikuyu and a Luo sat across from one another. An heir to wealth and power met a man who started from nothing and made himself into the leader of the free world.<p>They tried to find a rhythm as a kind of …