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9 most interesting moments of the Democratic debate

Clinton and Sanders go head-to-head on crime, fracking and the Middle East.<p>Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders unleashed some of their harshest criticism and sharpest attacks yet in their final debate before New York's Democratic primary. The stakes were high for both candidates walking into this …

Middle-class

Heartbreaking Tribute To Drowned Syrian Boy: 'May God Forgive Us For Failing You'

“Rest in peace Aylan Kurdi. May God forgive us for failing you.”<p>“Rest in peace Aylan Kurdi. May God forgive us for failing you.”<p>Those were the words that concluded a heartbreaking tribute published in an Australian newspaper on Friday, memorializing the 3-year-old Syrian child whose death sent …

North Africa

Quiet rise of Ben Carson is shaking up Republican presidential race

He is the only African American – and the only brain surgeon – in the GOP field and his outsider status and inspiring life story are generating momentum<p>For six undisturbed weeks, Donald Trump held a broadly uncontested lead in the race for the Republican nomination for the US presidency.<p>That was …

Government

Lee Kuan Yew obituary

The founding prime minister of an independent Singapore, he sought to encourage prosperity through ensuring a dominant role for the state<p>As first prime minister of Singapore, serving for three decades until 1990, and a continuing cabinet presence for the two that followed, Lee Kuan Yew, who has …

Asia

Lee Kuan Yew – the best quotes from Singapore's founding father

From the Japanese occupation in 1942 to opinion polls, law and order and death, the late Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew had strong opinions. Here are some of his best quotes<p><b>On Japan defeating colonial power Britain to occupy Singapore in 1942:</b><p>“The dark ages had descended on us. It was brutal, …

Lee Kuan Yew

Why Moscow's anti-Maidan protesters are putting on elaborate pretence

Analysis: if enough B-list celebrities gather in one place and shout ‘fire!’ ordinary Russians will start to believe they are at risk, says Allison Quinn<p>As tens of thousands of people gathered in central Moscow for an “anti-Maidan” rally recently, the Russian public was being asked to swallow an …

Russia

Hong Kong 'wolf' tells people to be 'like sheep' after year of protests | Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader C.Y. Leung, nicknamed the “wolf” by critics, said residents of the Chinese-controlled city should be more like sheep after a year “rife with differences”, including months of sometimes violent pro-democracy street protests.<p>Vendors sell toy sheep inside a Lunar …

Hong Kong

Heroic marathon runner Hyvon Ngetich crawls across the line after her legs give out - video

An elite Kenyan marathon runner crawls to the finish line after her legs give out 50 meters short of the end of the course in Austin, Texas. Hyvon Ngetich was in first place until she fell. After her heroic effort, race organisers revised her third place prize money to equal that of the second …

Marathons

Tens of thousands join Podemos anti-austerity rally in Madrid

Rally in Spanish capital is biggest show of support yet for party that is leading opinion polls<p>Tens of thousands of people marched in Madrid on Saturday in the biggest show of support yet for anti-austerity party Podemos, whose surging popularity and policies have drawn comparisons with Greece’s …

Europe

Greek leftist Tsipras sworn in as PM to fight bailout terms | Reuters

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras was sworn in on Monday as the prime minister of a new hardline, anti-bailout government determined to face down international lenders and end nearly five years of tough economic measures.<p>The decisive victory by Tsipras’ Syriza in Sunday’s …

Europe

The Holocaust film that was too shocking to show

“In the spring of 1945,” says the narrator, over bucolic springtime shots of the German countryside, “the allies advancing into the heart of Germany came to Bergen-Belsen. Neat and tidy orchards, well-stocked farms lined the wayside, and the British soldier did not fail to admire the place and its …

World History

One Of These 21 Movies Will Probably Win Best Picture At The 2015 Oscars

<i>Welcome to For Your Consideration, HuffPost Entertainment's breakdown of all things Oscar. Between now and Feb. 22, 2015, entertainment managing editor Christopher Rosen and entertainment editor Matthew Jacobs will pore over awards season and discuss which films will make the most noise at the 87th</i> …

An alternative view of 2014 - the year in GuardianWitness

Using GuardianWitness, readers have shared experiences, photos and videos in response to some of the biggest news of the year and helped us cover hidden stories from around the world<p>We look back at 2014 through the photos, videos and stories of our audience. You can see all readers’ contributions …

Your year in pictures

<b>A round-up of the best pictures, taken by you, throughout the year.</b><p>The year started with widespread flooding in the south of England. Stuart McGregor took this photo in January, looking down from the A350 at Spetisbury in Dorset, England.<p>New York in the US also experienced adverse weather …

D Day

HUFFPOLLSTER: With Economy Improving, President Obama Gets A Holiday Ratings Boost

<i>Americans give President Obama a ratings boost for the holidays -- and we're giving all the Christmas polling you could want. This is HuffPollster for Wednesday, December 24, 2014.</i><p><b>END OF YEAR BUMP IN VIEWS OF ECONOMY, OBAMA</b> - Kevin Liptak: "Improving views of the economy have helped hike President …

North Korea – a year in threats

As Pyongyang vows retaliation against America over the Sony film The Interview, we look at who else has been in the line of fire in 2014<p>In the ongoing debacle about The Interview – a film in which Seth Rogen is sent to assassinate Kim Jong-un – North Korea has taken aim at the United States. …

Obama and Putin: From frosty to frozen

The tanking Russian economy seems to be doing little to encourage President Vladimir Putin to repair relations with the West.<p>In fact, Putin is slipping deeper into a revisionist Cold War mindset, sending the worst East-West standoff in decades into a potentially more dangerous phase.<p>With Russia's …

Novels Everyone Should Read — Information is Beautiful

License this image → Follow us on Facebook →<p>Most people have their own favourite, but which fiction books do the experts recommend? We compiled this …

Non-Fiction Books Everyone Should Read

Just when you thought your to-read pile couldn't stack any higher without toppling, designer David McCandless has created an infographic visualizing which nonfiction books most media outlets and awards panels recommend.<p>Previously, McCandless depicted which classics are most recommended, pulling …

Flip Down Memory Lane: The Year in Review

In 2014, we saw countries unite to fight mass disease and terror. Ebola ravaged African countries and spread to the United States. ISIS attacked …

Modi to Putin: Russia to stay India's top defense partner | Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told President Vladimir Putin on Thursday that Russia will remain India’s top defense supplier, even though New Delhi’s options had improved since the end of the Cold War.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) gestures as India's Prime …

Vladimir Putin's Novorossiya may mark just the start of his empire-building ambitions

Vladimir Putin has deftly tapped into Russians' sense of patriotism, evoking Moscow's defeat of the Nazis, while pursuing what critics say are alarming similar policies of expansionism - but sanctions are biting<p>For a man who has made a career out of Soviet-era nostalgia, it was a timely reminder …

Russia

Farewell Kandahar: coalition troops leave Afghanistan - in pictures

With British combat operations in Afghanistan ended, and the last base handed over to Afghan security forces, any remaining troops are now leaving the country via Kandahar airfield. Getty Images news photographer Matt Cardy was there to record the final stages of withdrawal by US-led coalition …

Pictures of the Week 11.20.14

David Cameron Warns World Is 'Teetering On The Brink' Of Second Global Financial Crash

David Cameron warned a fresh global economic disaster could be looming as Ebola, conflict in the Middle East and Russia's interventions in Ukraine …

Tony Abbott tells G20 leaders he backs coal, despite pleas on climate change

Tony Abbott has told a G20 leaders’ discussion on energy he was “standing up for coal” as the Queensland government prepares to unveil new infrastructure spending to help the development of Australia’s largest coal mine.<p>Abbott opened the closed-door discussion on energy on Sunday morning by telling …

G20 climate change statement's evolution reveals backroom battle

Initially Australia didn’t want climate change in the G20 communique at all. Then it spent weeks fighting to keep the language vague.<p>Now, Guardian Australia can reveal the original text of the end of summit statement, the revised text and the inside story of the G20 countries’ fight over its …

West isolates Putin over Ukraine at G20

Russian President Vladimir Putin has come under intense pressure from the West over Moscow's alleged support for separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine at the G20 summit in Australia.<p>In unusually frank language between two leaders, Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime minister, was reported to have …

G20: Japan pledges $1.5bn to climate change fund after trilateral meeting

Shinzo Abe follows Barack Obama’s lead and adds his country’s pledge to build momentum for global action on climate change<p>• G20 Brisbane – follow all the developments live<p>Japan has pledged $1.5bn to help developing countries adapt to climate change, one day after the US earmarked $3bn for the same …

Vladimir Putin claims he is leaving G20 early because he needs more sleep

Vladimir Putin rejects claims that he is leaving the G20 early because of tense meetings with David Cameron and other western leaders<p><b>Vladimir Putin</b>, the Russian President, claims he has left the G20 early because he is tired and needs more sleep before returning to work on Monday.<p>Mr Putin flew out …