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In Africa, Chinese Developers Are Building A Mini-China

A photo investigation of the Chinese-sponsored apartments, highways, factories—and even entire cities—that are sprouting up in Africa at an astounding pace.

On the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, a small sign points to "Beijing Road," where a new housing development called the Great Wall Apartments …

Africa

US Christian charities bankroll Israeli settlements

Christian groups have poured millions of dollars into Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Ramallah, occupied West Bank - In a meeting this week with settlement leaders, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin declared that Israeli settlers had the "right" to build illegal settlements in the …

Middle East

Conservationists appalled at illegal killing of 25m birds a year in the Mediterranean

The Egyptians line their beaches with fine two-metre high nets that can stretch for miles across the Nile delta and will catch any bird coming close; the Maltese will cover whole trees in nylon; the Cypriots smear branches in glue to stop birds flying; the Italians will kill nearly anything that …

Animals

Reporter and cameraman shot dead in Virginia during live broadcast

Two local TV reporters were shot dead in the midst of a live broadcast in Virginia on Wednesday, the victims of an attack perpetrated by a disgruntled former colleague.

The shooting occurred around 6.45am local time, in Moneta, near Roanoke, and appeared to have been carefully orchestrated to …

Virginia

Woman from famous 9/11 'Dust Lady' photograph dies of cancer

The woman featured in the iconic "Dust Lady" photo, taken as she fled the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, died from cancer at age 42.

Marcy Borders, who was from New Jersey, had been working for a month at Bank of America in the north tower. On Sept. 11 at 8:46 a.m., the 28-year-old was …

Cancer

Ottawa's arms deal with Saudi Arabia contingent on secrecy

Ottawa is contractually obliged to keep secret the details of a controversial $15-billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia – a transaction that Stephen Harper personally assured the country’s monarch will be guaranteed by the Canadian government, documents say.

Foreign Affairs e-mails obtained by The Globe …

Canada

An Ashley Madison executive allegedly hacked a competing dating website

Adultery website Ashley Madison is still dealing with the fallout after its network was breached in July, releasing huge quantities of sensitive customer data and internal documents. Now, alleged emails released in the hack indicate that the company's founding chief technology officer once hacked …

Ashley Madison

Tensions eased as Koreas reach deal on apology, loudspeakers

Seoul, South Korea (CNN) — North and South Korea have steered military tensions away from the threat of imminent confrontation, announcing an agreement over a series of recent flashpoints.

Landmine blasts, loudspeakers blaring propaganda, an exchange of artillery fire and threats of more hostilities …

Asia

Emails Reveal Israeli And Italian Companies’ Role In Government Spying

Emails exchanged between the Israeli and Italian companies, which were leaked by Wikileaks, shows how they have built partnerships to develop and distribute surveillance software to nation states.

SAN FRANCISCO — On the afternoon of April 22, Dotan Peltz, the head of sales at an Israeli surveillance …

Surveillance

Shoreham Air Show crash: display should not have been held so close to main road, says mother of victim

Exclusive: Football team-mates Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt are among at least 11 people who died in the Shoreham airshow disaster, but questions are now being asked to whether the event should have taken place

The mother of a footballer killed in the Shoreham airshow disaster has criticised the …

Aviation

'Get him': How four men foiled a bloody French train attack

UPDATED August 22, 2015 4 p.m. PT

First they heard gunshots, then the passengers, who a few moments later would become heroes, saw a man wielding a machine gun as their high-speed train chugged through France.

Spencer Stone, a member of the U.S. Air Force, and his friend Alek Skarlatos, of the U.S. …

Thalys

Kim Jong-un orders North Korean troops to prepare for war

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered troops on the country’s heavily armed border with South Korea to be ready for war, one day after the two countries exchanged artillery fire in a spat over propaganda-spewing loudspeakers.

Speaking at an emergency meeting of his Central Military Commission, …

Foreign Policy

Israeli army attacks Syrian town after rocket attacks

Bombardments against Quneitera come after Syrian military allegedly launched rocket attack that struck northern Israel.

Syria's state news agency has quoted a Syrian military source as saying that an Israeli army helicopter launched a number of rockets towards Syrian territory, targeting the …

Middle East

Kim Jong-un puts troops on 'war footing' after two Koreas exchange artillery fire

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has put his troops on a war footing and threatened “indiscriminate strikes” on the South, prompting “deep concern” in Washington over the latest rise in tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Kim said on Thursday evening his troops were in a “quasi-state of war” and …

Foreign Policy

What turned one city in Canada into the 'serial killer capital' of the world?

Two hours west of Toronto, along Highway 401, lies the small city of London, Ontario.

Known as the Forest City, the town is the birthplace of Justin Bieber, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. And between 1959 and 1984, it was home to the largest known concentration of serial killers in the world.

Over …

Canada

Anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats now the biggest party, according to poll

The party described the poll figure as a "tremendous breakthrough" after a poll put them ahead of two of the country's parties

An anti-immigration party with roots in the neo-Nazi movement has become Sweden's most popular political party, according to a YouGov poll published on Thursday.

The Sweden …

Sweden

Why Sticking a Pair of Eyeballs on a Sign Actually Changes Behavior

(Photo: Straight 8 Photography/shutterstock.com) It's so damn easy. The stash is right there, next to the entrance. The clerk has his back turned, …

Scientific Research

What’s in the Ashley Madison database that hackers released online

The hackers who claimed to have stolen every bit of data from Ashley Madison, a dating website intended for adulterers, have made good on their promise to release the full database if the site didn’t shut down.

Identifying themselves as Impact Team, the hackers have made available a frighteningly …

Databases

The #1 reason people die early, in each country

Ex-Subway pitchman to plead guilty to sex acts with minors, child porn charges

By: Rick Callahan, The Associated Press

Longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle has agreed to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex acts with …

Hackers say they've leaked massive database of Ashley Madison users to the Internet

By: Raphael Satter, The Associated Press

Hackers claim to have leaked a massive list of users from Ashley Madison, a matchmaking website for cheating …

Vaping Is Better Than Smoking, But It Could Still Kill You

A new breakdown lights up the on-going conversation.

The modern vaporizer was like the iPod for smokers. It was the answer to a masochistic problem—a revolution. People knew that each costumed cigarette filled their bodies with addictive nicotine, tar-dripped smoke, and a handful of harmful …

Smoking

Israel's torture method: Force-feeding

Netanyahu's justification for pushing forward a bill to legalise force-feeding reveals a contradiction in his logic.

Miri Regev, Israel's Minister of Culture and Sports, supports torture.

She is not alone. Joining her is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and nearly all ministers and members of …

Middle East

You may swear off straws after seeing this poor sea turtle

A video of a sea turtle in serious distress might make you swear off drinking with plastic straws forever.

The 8-minute cringe-inducing clip shows a group of researchers on a boat in Costa Rica removing a plastic straw from a sea turtle's nostril using a Swiss Army knife.

Originally, the scientists …

Costa Rica

Officials: ISIL leader sexually assaulted American hostage

Kayla Mueller, an American aid worker who died in February while being held by the Islamic State, was repeatedly raped during captivity by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the terror group's leader, according to counterterrorism officials and Mueller's family.

The accounts of Mueller's ordeal were first …

Abu Sayyaf

China blasts death toll rises to 44, with more than 500 injured

Chinese state media says the death toll in huge explosions that hit the port city of Tianjin has more than doubled to 44, with over 500 other people injured.

Smoke was still rising and fires burning, hours after Wednesday night’s blasts, which were so large that they could be seen by satellites in …

Asia

Facebook revokes internship after student points out privacy flaw

A Harvard student who built an app mapping Facebook users' whereabouts to less than a metre, has had his Facebook internship offer revoked.

Aran Khanna built the Chrome extension, Marauder's Map, after noticing just how many of the interactions in his Messenger app contained location data - IE, …

Facebook

Dropbox rolls out USB keys to keep your files safer

Worried about the security of your Dropbox files, even if you use two-step verification? Dropbox has your back now with a new USB key-based system to ensure that you are the only one able to access your files in the Dropbox cloud.

“Today,” Dropbox writes on its website, “we’re adding Universal 2nd …

Dropbox

Security researchers hack a car and apply the brakes via text

Researchers have hacked a car, remotely activated its windscreen wipers, applied its brakes and even disabled them, all via simple text messages.

A group of researchers from University of California, San Diego discovered a serious weak point in vehicle security that allows hackers to take remote …

Security