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The 21 most popular novels of the year so far

The beauty of fiction writing is its ability to take the reader into captivating imagined worlds, from fantasy-like environments to tales set back in time.<p>Every year, Amazon pulls together its most popular print books of the year​. Based on sales numbers and updated daily, the list is a good …

Books

10 Cozy Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

It's just not autumn without pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and apple scents.<p>It's just not autumn without pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and apple scents.

The 11 Most Zen Places On The Planet

More than just vacation destinations, some places have long been revered for their natural beauty and spiritual power. Whether sparkling lake, clear-blue ocean or majestic mountain, these spots will help you find your inner om.<p><b>Mount Kailash, Tibet. View Panoramic.</b><p>This mountain in western Tibet is a …

Panoramic Photography

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Mornings are an underutilized tool to aid productivity.<p>Let me explain.<p>We’re often at our peak in the mornings. This is why Mark McGuinness suggests …

Turkey prepares Syria invasion to break ISIL … and the Kurds

Turkey has sent shock waves through the Middle East by preparing plans to send troops into Syria for the first time, turning the civil war into an …

In a Southern Libya Oasis, a Proxy War Engulfs Two Tribes | VICE News

Tuareg fighters with heavy weapons patrol the jagged precipice of windswept Tendi Mountain, with its panoramic view over the remote Saharan oasis of Ubari. This mountaintop is the strategic focal point of an ongoing bitter tribal fight between the Tuareg and the Tebu for who controls the town.<p>A …

Afghan Taliban Contends With ISIS Encroachment

The Afghan Taliban is struggling to maintain a unified facade amid reports of splits within the group and some of the militants fighting each other in the east of the country.<p>According to two commanders within the Taliban — which has been fighting an insurgency against the Afghan government and …

29 Movie Snacks You'll Want to Sneak In

We're all about strategizing snacks when we go to the movies, because sometimes candy and popcorn just don't cut it.<p><b>We're all about strategizing snacks when we go to the movies</b>, because sometimes candy and popcorn just don't cut it. Ideal movie snacks are bottomless and keep you snacking happy long …

Healthy Eating

20 Basic Cooking Techniques That Every Home Chef Should Master

<b>There are an endless amount of cooking techniques one should know</b>, but let's just start with the basics. Master these 20, and we'll definitely be coming over for dinner.

Pie

Tycoon, Contractor, Soldier, Spy

Erik Prince, recently outed as a participant in a C.I.A. assassination program, has gained notoriety as head of the military-contracting juggernaut Blackwater, a company dogged by a grand-jury investigation, bribery accusations, and the voluntary-manslaughter trial of five ex-employees, set for …

More than 6,000 have left Europe for Isis jihad: EU

<i>An image taken from an Isis video in January. Photo: DPA.</i><p>Published: 13 Apr 2015<p><b>EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová told French newspaper Le Figaro</b> …

How To Make A Secret Phone Call

To show how hard phone privacy can be, one artist examined the CIA, consulted hackers, and went far off the map (with a stop at Rite Aid).<p>There’s a lot you can find in the depths of the dark web, but in 2013, photographer and artist Curtis Wallen managed to buy the ingredients of a new identity. …

How to Deliver Bad News to Your Employees

Kenneth Andersson for HBR<p>Delivering bad news is tough. It’s even harder when you don’t agree with the message or decision you’re communicating. Maybe you have to tell your star performer that HR turned down her request for a raise or to inform your team that the company doesn’t want them working …

3 Things the Greatest Generals of History Can Teach You About Strategy

1) <b>Don’t do what your enemy is prepared for.</b><p>Frontal assaults against prepared defenses are stupid.<p>Via How Great Generals Win:<p>From the beginning of …

Yemen, Tunisia, Boko Haram, Libya, Syria, Iraq: ISIS’ explosive expansion

FBI asks for public's help in identifying ISIS militant<p>×<p>Yemen, Tunisia, Boko Haram, Libya, Syria, Iraq: ISIS’ explosive expansion<p>FBI asks for …

Islamic State: ISIS Releases Kill List, Addresses Of 100 U.S. Military Members To Be Beheaded In Their Homes

On Friday night, the Islamic State Hacking Division released a kill list that allegedly contained the addresses of 100 U.S. military members. The …

51 of the Best Breakfast Recipes Ever

Waking up is never easy, but breakfast food makes the prospect a whole lot sunnier.<p>Put some coffee on and get cookin'.<p><b>Monkey-Bread Danish</b><p>Danish meets monkey bread. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Red Velvet Pancakes</b><p>Sexiest breakfast ever. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Onion & Arugula Frittata</b><p>Served straight out of the pan. <b>Get the</b> …

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'ISIS Hackers' Almost Certainly Not ISIS Hackers

The hacking of dozens of websites worldwide by someone purporting to be connected to the ISIS terror group — including a Montana credit union, an Irish rape crisis center and a local Italian political party — almost certainly has nothing to do with the Islamist militants, law enforcement and …

Cyberespionage Is a Top Priority for CIA's New Directorate

In the CIA's mission of global influence and espionage, its hackers have just been elevated to a powerful new role.<p>On Friday afternoon, CIA director …

Quds force leader, commanding Iraqi forces against ISIS, alarms Washington

Twice designated a terrorist by the United States government, considered responsible for up to 20 percent of American casualties in the Iraq war, Major General Qasem Suleimani, the legendary Iranian spymaster and leader of the Quds Force – the elite special operations wing of the hardline …

Inside ISIS: A TIME Special Report | TIME

Dispatches from around the world on the rising global threat<p>More formidable than its al-Qaeda precursors in the view of many experts, the Islamic …

SIM Maker Gemalto Says Intelligence Agency Hack Probably Happened, But Did Not Compromise Security

A recent report based on information from Edward Snowden made a startling accusation regarding the security of the SIM cards lurking in most of our …

55 Inspiring Small Kitchens You'll Absolutely Fall In Love With

Even tiny kitchens can have serious style.<p>These charming and stylish designer kitchens have the fabulous inspiration you need to spice up your tiny cooking space.

The Shady Past of the Iranian General Leading the Fight Against the Islamic State | VICE News

Rare remarks delivered this week by the secretive, high-ranking Iranian commander coordinating the fight within Iraq against the Islamic State have highlighted Iran's role in the military campaign against the terror group — and heightened unease about the authority being exercised by a person US …

Britain's MI5 Chief Warns Al Qaeda In Syria Planning Mass Attacks On West

(Reuters) - Al Qaeda militants in Syria are plotting attacks to inflict mass casualties in the West, possibly against transport systems or "iconic …

Mastermind of Peshawar school attack killed

Pakistan says it has killed the alleged mastermind of a school attack in Peshawar that claimed the lives of 132 children<p>Pakistani troops have killed the Taliban leader who planned the massacre of 132 children at a Peshawar school earlier this month, a senior government official claimed.<p>Saddam Jan, …

Report: Mossad spy that infiltrated Hezbollah was in charge of Nasrallah's security

Kuwaiti newspaper says arrest of spy known as M.Sh. is seen by Hezbollah as an important achievement.<p>><br>• ><br>• ><p>Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah.. (photo …

Qassem Suleimani: can this man bring about the downfall of Isis?

Qassem Suleimani is not used to defeat. So, when the Iraqi army fled in the face of the Sunni insurgent group, Islamic State (Isis) in June, the Iranian general was on unfamiliar ground.<p>In 48 fateful hours from 10 June, six divisions of Iraqi forces had capitulated, surrendering Mosul, the second …