Eric Tistounet

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Mapping the human soul

This Is What Daily Life in North Korea Looks Like

MagazinePicture Stories<p>In a country where behavior is tightly controlled, a photographer captures individuality on the streets and in the businesses of Pyongyang.<p><b>There are 25 million people</b> in North Korea, but the only visible portraits are of its leaders. Regular people are rarely photographed …

North Korea

EU firms will make their own call on Iran business: Macron

SOFIA (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday Europe would try to protect its companies doing business with Iran from U.S. sanctions, reimposed over Tehran’s nuclear program, but said giants like Total would make their own choices.<p>Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, …

South Asia

Japanese Rail Operator Says Sorry For 'Inexcusable' Departure 25 Seconds Early

In the U.S., you might expect a passenger rail operator to apologize for being late. However, in Japan — where sleek, high-speed trains are famous for arrivals and departures that you could set your watch by — leaving a station just 25 seconds early is nothing short of a disgrace.<p>That is what …

Japan

Japan plans retaliatory tariffs against United States - NHK

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is considering tariffs on U.S. exports worth $409 million in retaliation against steel and aluminium import tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump, media reported on Thursday.<p>Such a move would signal Tokyo is ready to go beyond backdoor talks and pleas for exemptions from …

Tusk: With friends like Trump, who needs enemies

The European Union’s top official launched a stinging attack Wednesday (16 May) on President Donald Trump, slamming his “capricious assertiveness” …

North Korea's Dangerous Game of Telephone With the United States

Kim Jong Un “has been playing a high-risk, high-return game. And he has never lost a bet thus far.”<p>SEOUL, South Korea—The incredible spectacle in recent days of Kim Jong Un becoming the first North Korean leader to step into South Korea, and Donald Trump welcoming home American hostages from North …

North Korea

Une étoile et des ciels …

Bleu printanier…

Bleu

Light shadows

Halting Auction, France Designates Marquis de Sade Manuscript a ‘National Treasure’

LONDON — The writings, etched in dark ink on a small scroll, tell the sordid story of four debauched aristocrats who lock themselves away in a castle to play out their wildest sexual fantasies, which run the gamut from orgies and animals to torture — including placing a firework up a bottom.<p>Even …

Unearthed in Rome’s New Subway: Extinct Elephants and Persian Peach Pits

ROME — The ancient Romans were celebrated for their engineering feats: roads that helped expand an empire; aqueducts that quenched throngs and supplied lavish fountains; monumental bridges, some of which are still in use today.<p>So it seems apt that a modern engineering achievement — the construction …

Surprise Ice Discovery Just Made That Interstellar Object Even More Confusing

Comet? Asteroid? (Aliens?)<p>When 'Oumuamua first came to the notice of astronomers, zooming into the Solar System from very, very far away, it was …

US outnumbered 14 to 1 as it vetoes UN vote on status of Jerusalem

Nikki Haley furious over resolution, describing it as an insult and saying US won’t be told where it can put its embassy<p>A UN security council resolution calling for the withdrawal of Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has been backed by every council member except the US, …

Israel

Remembering the ghosts…

U.S. Accuses Iran of U.N. Violation, but Evidence Falls Short

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration tried to mount a case on Thursday that Iran violated an international agreement to limit its arms dealing, but American officials failed to show how an array of weaponry presented as evidence proved the charges.<p>Nikki R. Haley, the American ambassador to the …

Sen. Graham: There's a 30% chance Trump will attack North Korea

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Sen. Lindsey Graham offered a stunning prediction on Wednesday, estimating that there is a 30% chance President Donald Trump orders a first strike on North Korea to prevent the rogue nation from acquiring a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States.<p>"I would say there's …

Mapping of the human heart…

Revising Story Of Dispersal Of Modern Humans Across Eurasia

Most people are now familiar with the traditional “Out of Africa” model: modern humans evolved in Africa and then dispersed across Asia and reached …

Anthropology

Trump's North Korea policy could trigger famine, experts warn

The Trump administration's primary North Korea strategy would do little to curb the country's nuclear program and could trigger a famine, according to experts.<p>After spearheading several rounds of sanctions, the White House is now urging China to turn off oil supplies to Kim Jong Un's regime and the …

North Korea

Trump’s Jerusalem Move May Help Iran Win the Middle East

Some sections of the crazy quilt that makes up the Trump administration want to push Iran back out of the Arab world and weaken it, in support of …

While stars light in the sky, fish swim in the lake…

What do Europeans consider sexual harassment? | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 12.11.2017

Does a sex joke constitute sexual assault? Or only if they grab your bottom? A survey shows that tolerance levels vary across Europe. EU countries …

Accounts of rape, burning children and murder: How a Rohingya massacre unfolded at Tula Toli

<b>(CNN) —</b> Discarded and left for dead, Mumtaz says she found herself on top of a mound of charred, entangled bodies.<p>"They killed and killed and piled the bodies up high. It was like cut bamboo," says Mumtaz, a Rohingya woman from the village of Tula Toli in western Myanmar.<p>"In the pile there was …

Rohingya

Saudi crown prince blazes reckless regional trail

Muhammad bin Salman is taking an activist approach that is in sharp contrast to the behind the scenes, nonconfrontational style that had hitherto …

Prime Minister Hariri says he will return to Lebanon 'very soon'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who unexpectedly resigned last week during a trip to Saudi Arabia, saying his life was in danger, insisted Sunday he will return to the country soon to "unite the Lebanese people."<p>"I will go back to Lebanon very soon and will take all the necessary …