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How would the Hyperloop actually work?

ELON MUSK has made a career out of confounding the experts. When he promised to slash the cost of spaceflight he was told it could not be done; …

Opinion

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US lifts key high-tech sanctions against Iran

The US has lifted a ban on sales of communications equipment to Iranians, and opened access to internet services and social media, in what it said was a bid to help Iranians avoid government controls as June 14 presidential elections near.<p>Thursday's decision immediately allowed US companies to …

'Killer robots' pose threat to peace and should be banned, UN warned: http://bit.ly/18yHT7G Robots that could attack targets autonomously without a human pulling the trigger pose a threat to international stability and should be banned before they come into existence, the United Nations will be told by its human rights investigator this week. Photograph: Warner Bros

Coming in

ACROSS Croatia many parties are planned. After 12 years’ slog the country will join the European Union on July 1st. Foreign dignitaries will come to …

Sectarian violence erupts in Myanmar

Myanmar's government has called for calm after mobs burned down a Muslim orphanage, a mosque and shops during a new eruption of religious violence in the northeastern Shan state.<p>At least one person has died and four others were injured, state television said.<p>Authorities imposed a curfew late on …

Assad vows response to Israeli attack

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said his country will respond to any Israeli attack on its soil.<p>In an interview to be aired on Thursday by Al-Manar TV station, owned by the Shia Hezbollah group in neighbouring Lebanon, Assad also said he had already received the first shipment of an advanced …

If We Want Smarter Aid, Start With Nutrition

Earlier this year Britain became the first G8 nation to meet the pledge to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on overseas aid. If you need a …

Homeless man comes up with ingenious way to determine which religion produces the most generous followers. See the result so far here: http://www.metro.co.uk/homelesssurvey

Google Glass review

• <b>Update:</b> Our Google Glass review has been updated to note that it ceased production in 2015. But Google's the novel head-worn computer experiment may …

Chechnya and the bombs in Boston

THE Tsarnaev family, like many families from Chechnya, were part of a diaspora that had scattered all over the globe: Turkey, Syria, Poland, and …

Thatcher funeral to match theatre of Churchill's – but differences are stark

It was, Patrick O'Donovan noted in the Observer, as if "the City was stopped and was turned into a theatre, and it was all performed as a drama that …

Afghanistan: high expectations of record opium crop UN report reveals rapid growth of poppy farming as western troops get ready to withdraw, which reflects badly on Britain http://gu.com/p/3f5z6/tw?CMP=SOCNETTXT6966 Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP

Sudan and South Sudan boost relations

Sudan and South Sudan will normalise ties and start cross-border cooperation, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has said.<p>Bashir made the comments on Friday during his first visit to South Sudan since July 2011 when the south seceded and became an independent state.<p>"This visit shows the start of …

The past is not a foreign country

<b>Confronting the Classics.</b> By Mary Beard. <i>Profile; 310 pages; £25. To be published in America in September by Liveright; $28.95</i><p><b>Get our daily …

The eco-sex activists who want to save the world Fuck for Forest use porn to spread their green message. In a new documentary, they are taken to the Amazon to meet a threatened Peruvian tribe. But how can they rescue the planet when they can barely look after each other? http://gu.com/p/3f4cb?CMP=NECNETTXT766

Fruit of a troubled mind

THE term “outsider art” is an imperfect translation of the phrase <i>art brut</i>—meaning raw or uncontaminated art—coined by Jean Dubuffet, a French artist, …

Afghanistan, the drug addiction capital

<b>Afghanistan produces 90% of all opiate drugs in the world, but until recently was not a major consumer. Now, out of a population of 35 million, more than a million are addicted to drugs - proportionately the highest figure in the world.</b><p>Right in the heart of Kabul, on the stony banks of the Kabul …

Are people more rude on the internet than in person? A recent survey asked where our manners are going: http://reut.rs/17rjIIJ Photo: REUTERS/Larry Downing

Central African ex-prisoners speak of abuses | Central African Republic News

Al Jazeera has gained access to Bossembele, known by some as "Guantanamo" of the Central African Republic.<p>It is one of Africa's most secretive prisons, where ousted president Francois Bozize allegedly had his opponents jailed and tortured for years.<p>A alliance of rebel groups known as Seleka …

20 "Big Lebowski" Facts That Will Make You Love This Movie Even More

All of these are Dude approved, and best served with a White Russian.

License Plates

27 Types Of Graffiti You Only See In Britain

From the polite to the profane, the UK's "finest" street art.

Graffiti

Windows 8.1 review

Windows 8.1 has been long superseded by Windows 10, and it is now the freely downloadable default for the second-most-recent Microsoft operating …

North Korea is to cut the last channel of communications with South Korea because war could break out at "any moment", it said: http://reut.rs/WVsB90 Photo: REUTERS/KCNA

U.N. General Assembly to vote on draft arms trade treaty? | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly is tentatively planning to vote on Tuesday on a draft treaty to regulate the $70 billion global trade in conventional arms.<p>Confiscated weapons are seen at the office of Sonora's State Police in Hermosillo September 7, 2012. …

Reuters photographers focused on understanding different gun cultures around the world. Next in the series on gun culture, meet the judge who also carries a gun: http://reut.rs/14GJ4T6 Jaime Santiago, a judge in Manila, is a former police officer. There have been recent cases of deadly courtroom shootings in the Philippines. Photo: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Defiant Iran unveils new uranium sites

Iran has unveiled a new uranium production facility and two extraction mines, only days after talks with world powers on its disputed nuclear programme again ended in deadlock.<p>President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday hailed the advances and boasted of mastery over "the entire chain of nuclear …

U.S. to send missile defenses to Guam over North Korea threat

World Wrap<p>« Previous Post<p>New exodus flows from Syria<p>Next Post »<p>Koreas on edge amid missile deployment report<p>No comments so far<p>We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can …