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European court says CIA ran secret jail in a Polish forest

WARSAW (Reuters) - The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington’s closest allies, to break its long silence about the global programme for detaining al Qaeda suspects.<p>A barbed wire fence surrounding a …

The Bag of Life

The Life Bag is an innovative concept that aims at providing an optimum treatment kit for disaster areas. The medical services included in the kit …

Macau high-speed ferry hits breakwater, injuring 58

A high-speed ferry heading to Macau crashed into a breakwater in the Asian gambling hub's harbor Friday, leaving 58 people with minor injuries.<p>The hydrofoil was carrying 220 passengers and 13 crew members when it hit the seawall at about 9:30 a.m. after departing from nearby Hong Kong about an hour …

Riot police fire tear gas at World Cup protesters, CNN crew injured

Protesters took to the streets of Sao Paulo Thursday, angry at the Brazilian government for spending $11 billion on the World Cup instead of using that money for hospitals and schools.<p>As one group tried to make its way to the Arena Corinthians stadium to protest, police fired tear gas.<p>CNN's Shasta …

Court rules collecting cellphone location without a warrant violates the Fourth Amendment

Quartavious Davis was sentenced to nearly 162 years in prison, without the possibility of parole, for a string of armed robberies in the Miami area several years ago. After having his day before the Court of Appeals for the 11th circuit, much of that severe punishment stands. Davis will likely …

Mexico protesters attack journalists, smash glass

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Four journalists have been injured when masked protesters attacked them after smashing windows during a march through Mexico …

These Abandoned Airports Totally Found New Life Purpose... Or Not So Much

There's something creepy about former airports.<p>Maybe it's the eerie realization that someplace so impressive and so hulking -- someplace with the longest runway in Europe or the world's first international terminal -- can be brought down by something as small as a bomb burst or bum banking …

Spanish draft law allows dual nationality for Sephardic Jews

MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government approved a draft law on Friday allowing descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from the country in 1492 to seek Spanish nationality without giving up their current citizenship.<p>Although the law must be approved by Spanish parliament before it can become the …

The formal cat fantasy portraiture of Eldar Zakirov

Man, I love this guy's work--particularly the cats. Eldar Zakirov is on DeviantArt, and you can support his high weirdness by purchasing prints. He …

Palestinians villagers fear encroaching settlement bloc

KUFR AL-DEEK West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinians in the village of Kufr al-Deek in the northern occupied West Bank awoke on Sunday to see Israeli earth-movers busily flattening the top of a nearby hill.<p>Locals say it is their privately-owned land and that the Israeli government is preparing to build …

Detroit Task Force Unveils Neighborhood Plan

Detroit

13 Rad Chicago Patios For Summer Sippin'

When it comes to maximizing outdoor-drinking season, Chicagoans don't mess around. In fact, give us 50 degrees, and we're perched on a corner, …

Golden Dawn ditches boots for suits in European election makeover

Greek neo-Nazi party drops strong-arm tactics and fields middle-class candidates to broaden its appeal to voters<p>The Greek Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn is softening its image and tempering its rhetoric before Sunday's European elections. Replacing boots with suits, the party has sought to shed its …

What 21st-century libraries can learn from this 19th-century institution

Like most library students, I learned about the Dewey Decimal System, the Library of Congress, and the father of the American public library, Andrew Carnegie. But I also learned about the necessary transformation of the library in the 21st century.<p>In order to survive, it was hammered into our …

Libraries

Venetian separatists ask Rome for their embassy back

The Venetian independence movement wants to use Rome's iconic Palazzo Venezia as their embassy, following an unofficial 'referendum' in which a majority of voters backed separating from Italy<p>For nearly 80 years, it has been seen as one of the most potent landmarks of <b>Italy’s</b> Fascist era. Set on one …

Thread Art by Comme Des Garçons.

Reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared Refugee Camp

The homes of 27,000 Palestinian refugees will be replaced as part of this reconstruction project underway at Nahr el-Bared, 16 kilometres outside of …

Architizer Journal: The Official Architizer Blog

We're building a comprehensive, firm-wide resource for project specifications.<p>This is what great architecture looks like today.<p>Find the best brands for every architectural product and material.<p>“I like to create environments that tantalize and excite as many of the senses as possible."<p>Natural light …

Architecture

'MonsterScape' Exhibit / Hannat Architects

'MonsterScape', an exhibition display design for Monster Exhibition 2013 organized by Recover & Rebuild Japanese art & design, was a concept created …

AD Classics: Casa Milà / Antoni Gaudí

With its undulating façade and surrealist sculptural roof, Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Milà appears more organic than artificial, as if it were carved …

Architecture

Post-Tsunami Housing by Shigeru Ban

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban developed these timber and earth houses for the rehabilitation of a Sri Lankan fishing village that was swept away …

'Borderless Competition: Designing Future ASEAN Borders' Winners Announced

Aiming to bring attention to the spaces along the borders of the 10 ASEAN nations, the 'Borderless Competition: Designing Future ASEAN Borders' …

The Indicator: Cooper Union, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down

Beginning in 2014 The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (known more commonly as Cooper Union), the famed New York City college, …

New York City

Umbrella Mechanism for Madrid Pavilion http://www.evolo.us/architecture/umbrella-mechanism-for-madrid-pavilion/

Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity

Designers are more than floor lamps and logos—first and foremost, they are problem solvers. When Alan Siegel began his career in corporate design, he saw a problem with complexity. He saw insurance forms that were incomprehensible to policy holders and financial contracts that befuddled retirees. …

Trader Joe's

D.I.Y. by Richard Woods

by Andrea DiCenzo<p>Seductively simple and impishly clever, Richard Woods' signature exaggerated wood grain takes new shape in a site-specific show at London's Alan Cristea Gallery this month. "D.I.Y." sees the artist simultaneously mock and pay tribute to "the cult of renovation" sweeping the modern …

Art

Space Suit of the Week: Patrick McPheron’s Retrofuture Universe - The Fox Is Black

Patrick McPheron‘s cosmic portraits are hyper glossy. I wouldn’t be surprised if the first issue of <i>VOGUE Mars</i> features some advertisements akin to …