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The anatomy of ISIS: How the 'Islamic State' is run, from oil to beheadings

<b>(CNN) —</b> Put yourself in the shoes (and seventh-century black robes) of ISIS' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the mysterious boss of the terror group that is striking fear into the hearts of leaders around the world.<p>In the past couple of years you've managed to avoid drone attacks and survive civil wars, …

Ukraine unrest will be resolved by force or talks in 48 hours, minister says

Ukrainian acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Wednesday that the separatist protests in Ukraine's eastern region would be resolved within 48 hours -- either through negotiations or the use of force.<p>At the same time, Russia insisted that the presence of its troops just over the border was no …

CIA used Doctor Zhivago as a literary weapon during the cold war

Newly declassified documents reveal the CIA published Boris Pasternak's Nobel-winning novel to sow unrest among Soviets<p>More than 100 newly declassified documents in the US have revealed how the CIA printed Russian-language copies of Boris Pasternak's classic novel Doctor Zhivago during the cold war …

In Ukraine's Rust Belt, A Mix Of Nostalgia And Nationalism

To say that the town of Perewalsk in eastern Ukraine has fallen on hard times would be an enormous understatement. The small industrial town near the Russian border is a collection of concrete buildings with no windows, falling-down houses and empty, abandoned factories; there's a chemical smell in …

Millions of dollars wasted on flu drug Tamiflu, review finds

Researchers who have fought for years to get full data on Roche's flu medicine Tamiflu said on Thursday that governments who stockpile it are wasting billions of dollars on a drug whose effectiveness is in doubt.<p>In a review of trial data on Tamiflu, and on GlaxoSmithKline's flu drug Relenza, …

Al-Jazeera trial: Defendants denounce 'joke' hearing

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1068000/1068229_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518106497_2106a9bfa8f81559d6d0361ac2930b98<p><b>Three al-Jazeera journalists have denounced as a "joke" the latest hearing in their trial on terrorism charges in Egypt.</b><p>On Thursday, prosecutors …

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The Seven Most Common Lies About Abortion

Debunking anti-choice misinformation about women's health<p>Chances are, you know someone who has had an abortion. Statistically, it's a near-certainty: …

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UN urges warring Syrians to let aid workers deliver food to thousands of starving people trapped in besieged cities

World powers have passed a landmark Security Council resolution demanding an end to restrictions on humanitarian operations in Syria, but aid workers …

FLIGHT: The Genius of Birds - Hummingbird tongue

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Japan’s Lawmakers Launch Campaign Against ‘Comfort Women’ Memorials

Japanese conservatives are taking the offensive in the battle over World War II sex slaves — and it seems likely to do them more harm than good.<p>Some …

On Everybody Street: Meet New York's Famous Street Photographers

Lower East Side, New York City, c. 1940's.<br>Rebecca Lepkoff—Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery<p>1 of 41<p><i>Why is it that some photographers take to the</i> …

Goodbye, Cameras

This past October, just before the leaves changed, I went on a six-day hike through the mountains of Wakayama, in central Japan, tracing the path of an ancient imperial pilgrimage called the Kumano Kodo. I took along a powerful camera, believing, as I always have, that it would be an indispensable …

An Open Letter to the Makers of The Wolf of Wall Street, and the Wolf Himself

Let me introduce myself. My name is Christina McDowell, formerly Christina Prousalis. I am the daughter of Tom Prousalis, a man the <i>Washington Post</i> …

Ritchie King on Twitter: "Inspiring, sad, droll, eerie, and nostalgic photos of Mandela with celebrities and leaders http://t.co/2G8itapic0 http://t.co/pYW16CeStA"

Add this Tweet to your website by copying the code below. Learn more<p>Add this video to your website by copying the code below. Learn more<p>Hmm, there …

A Kind of You: Disturbing Portraits of Street Performing Monkeys in Jakarta

There are only a few words that adequately describe photographer Perttu Saksa‘s series <i>A Kind of You</i>. Many news outlets chose “haunting” and we …

David Yarrow face to face with nature – in pictures

Photographer David Yarrow travelled all over the globe to capture intimate portraits of wild animals in their natural habitats. Here he explains how he managed to get close up with lions, tigers and grizzly bears, and why his pictures had to be in black and white

Fracking Goes To Sea: California Regulators Startled To Learn Of Offshore Hydraulic Fracturing

It still surprises many Americans when they learn that California, a state with perhaps the greenest of environmental reputations, remains home to …