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Louis C.K.: The ESQ+A

A conversation with the stand-up and actor (and writer/director/producer) about Louie and failure and money and burgers and Bill Clinton<p><i>Originally published in the June/July 2011 issue</i><p><i>In Louis's Infiniti G35, on the way to get a bite to eat at the Comedy Cellar in New York.</i><p><b>LOUIS C.K.:</b> I love this …

Leviathan review – Andrey Zvyagintsev’s outstanding tale of the epic and the everyday

In the current climate, any film boasting official support from the Russian Ministry of Culture may be looked upon with suspicion. Yet with its tragicomic scenes of corrupt mayors working their foul deeds beneath iconic portraits of Vladimir Putin, and drunken policeman using pictures of former …

Body upgrades may be nearing reality, but only for the rich

Homo sapiens were not always so special. In the ancient past, other human forms lived beside us. The Neanderthals in Eurasia. Small, hobbit-like humans in Indonesia. The mysterious Denisovans in the Ural mountains.<p>But our time alone may be nearing its end. Through the power of technology, humans …

Comet Probe Finds Elements Of Life

The Rosetta spacecraft has discovered all the elements of life in the gases jetting from a comet as it approaches the Sun.<p>The ingredients that make up amino acids, life’s building blocks, are all contained in the tail of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G). Among them are methane, …

White House: We 'Didn't Threaten' Families Of Slain U.S. Journalists With Prosecution

WASHINGTON -- White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Sunday pushed back on claims that the Obama administration threatened prosecution against the families of two American journalists brutally murdered by Islamic State militants in recent weeks.<p>The parents of James Foley and Steven Sotloff …

Brits spend a whole year of their life being hungover

The average Briton spends over a year of their life nursing a hangover - and it takes women two hours longer than men to recover.<p>People will spend on …

South Sudan food crisis: Surviving on water lilies

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1106000/1106700_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534409510_91d47948f550c6aaf1cd4f8fdb16cd06<p><b>The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza visits a South Sudanese village where people have resorted to eating water lilies, amid fears that a famine is looming.</b><p>It is …

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Gambia Passes Bill to Imprison Gays for Life

Life for LGBT men and women in the West African county of Gambia just got significantly more difficult, as lawmakers passed a piece of legislation …

Thou shalt not kill, in theory

THE street protests in Ferguson, Missouri have been met with a range of so-called non-lethal weaponry, including sonic blasters, rubber balls, stun …

Why Ferguson might prompt change

The script usually goes like this: Shocking incident happens. Political leaders and advocates all promise changes so it doesn’t happen again. The public’s attention moves on. Nothing happens.<p>This time, though, there’s hope that Ferguson will be different.<p>Lawmakers and advocates who have been …

From NY to Texas, KKK recruits with candies and fliers

Carlos Enrique Londoño laughs at the Ku Klux Klan recruitment flier recently left on the driveway of his suburban New York home. It's unlikely the group would accept him.<p>"I'm Colombian and dark-skinned," said Londoño, a painter and construction worker who has lived in Hampton Bays on Long Island …

Dyson’s New Teaser Explains Why They’ve Been Spending So Much On Robots

Dyson is teasing a big announcement for September 4, and it released a new video teaser to get people thinking about what might be unveiled. The video shows a lab as seen from the perspective of a particularly wide-angle lens, along with quick bursts of schematic imagery that’s somewhat suggestive …

Tech Elites Aren’t Ruining Burning Man. They Get Their Hands Dirty, Too.

Don’t believe the hate. While it’s a juicy narrative that rich people spoil everything the common folk hold dear, there are plenty of tech bigwigs at Burning Man that work hard to contribute and embody the event’s ideals of inclusion. And the thing is, what they do has little impact on Burning Man …

Hardliners being paid thousands to advise young, at-risk Muslims

Home Office’s 'deradicalisation' scheme, Channel, has used at least three staff who are closely connected to hard-line Salafi groups<p>Radicals with links to an extremist mosque are being employed by the Government to advise young Muslims at risk of travelling to Syria and Iraq, The Telegraph can …

A London rapper is one of “the Beatles” suspected of killing James Foley

The British authorities suspect a rapper from London, known as L Jinny, of being one of the ISIL militants who beheaded the journalist James Foley in a video released earlier this week, reports the Independent. Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary is thought to be one of three British militants—dubbed the …

Osama Bin Laden

The Arab Region at Tipping Point

Exactly one year ago, a chemical weapons attack killed hundreds of unarmed civilians in rebel-held suburbs of Damascus. For a moment, the Syrian …

I am angered by depictions of women in pop music, Malala Yousafzai says

Human rights activist Malala Yousafzai has criticised the objectification of women in pop music.<p>The 17-year-old education campaigner questioned how …

Indian hunger striking activist re-arrested: police

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian human rights activist Irom Sharmila, on hunger strike for the last 14 years in protest against alleged army atrocities, was arrested again on Friday two days after being released from hospital detention.<p>Irom Sharmila Chanu, 34, reacts during an interview with Reuters in …

US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation

Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty Images<p>An aerial view of damage to the Fukushima nuclear power plant after an earthquake and tsunami knocked out the cooling systems in March 2011. Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty …

You might not have heard of the ‘Hannibal Protocol’, but it's behind one of Israel's worst atrocities yet

While Israel and Hamas are still looking for ways to end their Gaza war, the UN Human Rights Council has appointed a three-member panel to …

Lenny Henry to play Richard Pryor at National Theatre

Actor and comedian Lenny Henry is set to appear in a play about the late US comedian Richard Pryor at the National Theatre.<p>Henry revealed the project on air yesterday while appearing on Robert Elms’s BBC London radio show.<p>When asked about a possible return to his career in standup, Henry said: …

Hanoi: is it possible to grow a city without slums?

To an outsider, Hanoi can seem like a city trying to consume itself. Jackhammers chatter and circular saws whine like cicadas. Sparks from welding shoot into oncoming traffic and exhaust fumes lace the air with a metallic twinge. Careening through the streets on the city’s estimated 4m motorbikes, …