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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 …

Ukraine separatists free hostages from seized building

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian authorities warned that they will use force by Friday to clear out several government buildings seized by pro-Russia separatists in the east of the country as the United States blamed Moscow for stirring up the unrest.<p>Armed pro-Russia separatists released 56 hostages taken …

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

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 an attempt to sow unrest among Soviet citizens.<p>The CIA documents reveal intriguing details about how Pasternak's …

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__=1534448109_bb78ae735c764473d8918b1233230c07<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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Crisis in Ukraine

Ukraine's envoy to the United Nations said Monday that Russia has sent 16,000 troops into Crimea since February 24.<p>by <i>Sarah Aarthun</i> 3/3/2014 11:33:35 PM<p>by <i>Victoria EastwoodCNN</i> via twitter 3/3/2014 11:38:41 PM<p>The members of the U.N. Security Council met Monday to discuss the rising tensions. Russia's …

The Seven Most Common Lies About Abortion

Chances are, you know someone who has had an abortion. Statistically, it’s a near-certainty: In the U.S., one in three women will have an abortion by …

State warns residents near coal ash spill to avoid fish, contact with river water

The fallout over one of the largest coal ash spills in U.S. history continued Tuesday as environmentalists staged a protest at the headquarters of the company responsible for the incident, the federal government launched a criminal investigation, and officials warned residents near the potentially …

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 …

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The end of innocence: Photojournalist documents child sexual abuse

It is hard to imagine – a three-year-old girl being raped. It is even harder to fathom the rapists being children themselves.<p>But in South Africa, not only is this crime shockingly common, it may be on the rise.<p>45% of rapes reported to the police in South Africa are child rapes, and 50% of South …

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

And you, Jordan Belfort, Wall Street's self-described Wolf: You remember my father, right? You were chosen to be the government's star witness in …

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 …