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Pope Francis bemoans 2017 as a year of war, lies and injustice

Amid tension over North Korea, Pope Francis has warned of the threat of nuclear war during his last service of the year. He complained that 2017 had …

Landscape Photography Award winners

Landscape Photography

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.

Literature

The best lines from Scalia's marriage dissent and Kennedy's decision

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In a historic 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down same-sex marriage bans across the country.<p>Justice Anthony Kennedy voted to affirm that same-sex marriage is a right along with the other four liberal justices and read the Court's opinion.<p>Chief Justice …

LGBTQI

Becoming Jihadi John

How did Mohammad Emwazi go from a mild youth to Islamic State executioner?<p>When Mohammad Emwazi was unmasked as “Jihadi John,” the London-accented Islamic State executioner, the news media wasted no time in dispatching journalists to his neighborhood. British newspapers depicted a comfortably middle …

Charlie Hebdo puts Mohammed on its new cover

In a show of defiance, the surviving staff of Charlie Hebdo has placed a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on the cover of its first issue since the terrorist attack at its offices last week.<p>Chosen by Charlie Hebdo's editors on Monday night, the cover was quickly revealed by Liberation, the French …

“Has America gone crazy?”

<b>Joni Ernst (AP/Charlie Neibergall)</b><p>It’s a question that dogs me wherever I travel abroad — and one for which I increasingly have no easy answer<p>Ann Jones<p>January 13, 2015 9:45pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>Americans who live abroad -- more than six million of us worldwide (not …

Political Science

'Hacktivist' group Anonymous says it will avenge Charlie Hebdo attacks by shutting down jihadist websites

Hacker group Anonymous have released a video condemning the Paris attacks, saying "freedom of expression has suffered an inhuman assault"<p>Hacker group Anonymous have released a video and a statement via Twitter condemning the <b>attacks on Charlie Hebdo</b>, in which 12 people, including eight journalists, …

This is Windows 10’s new browser and dark theme

Things are about to get dark<p>Microsoft is preparing to unveil a new browser in Windows 10, codenamed Spartan, and leaked images are providing an early glimpse at the Internet Explorer successor. Chinese site <i>Cnbeta</i> has published screenshots showing the simple interface of Spartan and the Cortana …

Anonymous declares war over Charlie Hebdo attack

Anonymous declared war on Islamic extremists Friday and promised to take revenge for the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.<p>In a video posted on YouTube, the group of hackers said they would track down websites and social media networks linked to terrorists, and take them down.<p>"We, …

Terrorism

Federal Judge to Texas: No, You Can't Force People to Do Useless Things

The state of Texas told Isis Brantley that she needed to spend thousands of hours taking useless classes and thousands of dollars on useless equipment before she would be permitted to teach hairbraiding at her own school. On Wednesday Judge Sam Sparks told Texas that that was unconstitutional, in a …

Supreme Court Ruling Against Obamacare Would Take Insurance From Millions: Reports

A Supreme Court ruling that strikes down federal subsidies for health insurance would pull coverage away from millions of people who have it now and send premiums soaring, according to two reports issued Thursday.<p>The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging the 2010 Affordable Care Act’s …

These Are The Charlie Hebdo Cartoons That Terrorists Thought Were Worth Killing Over

Gunfire broke out Wednesday in an attack at the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, leaving 12 dead, including four prominent cartoonists.<p>Known for its caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, as well as critical depictions of Catholics, Jews and French politicians, the magazine regularly …

Guide for healthy eating may consider environment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government issues dietary guidelines every five years to encourage Americans to eat healthier. This year's version may look at …

Boulder-Shaped Cabin Perfectly Camouflages in Swiss Alps

Nestled within a rock fall field on the Swiss Alps sits <i>Antoine</i>, a cabin that resembles a large boulder. It was designed by the studio Bureau A, and the cozy interior space features some of the basics: a bed, fold-out table, stool, fireplace, and windows. But, just looking at the outside, you'd …

Vintage Ladies Display Charm and Style in Retro Paintings

Slava Fokk's retro paintings depict feminine characters in a stylized world of bygone eras. The artist defines his female figures by painting exaggerated cheekbones, dramatic eyes, angular chins and arching eyebrows. Drawing from a vintage palette, the Moscow-based artist forms an environment for …

California High-Speed Rail: It's Happening

Three weeks from now, a groundbreaking ceremony on the most important infrastructure project now underway in the United States<p>This doesn't count as the long-awaited No. 15 Finale in the California High-Speed Rail series. (For previous episodes see No. 1, No. 2, No. 3,No. 4,No. 5, No. 6, No. 7, No. …

2015 New Year’s resolution: Remove public broadband handcuffs

Encouraged by Google and inspired by Kansas City and Chattanooga, there’s an almost daily parade of communities announcing plans to explore or move …

Mrs. Ella J. Rice, talks to one of her pupils in a third grade classroom of the Draper Elementary School in southeast Washington, D.C., Sept. 13, 1954. AP

'Mockingjay' wins Thanksgiving leftovers race at the Friday box office

Audiences are still eating up "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part I," in a typically slow post-Thanksgiving weekend at the box office.<p>Heading toward its third consecutive week at No. 1, the Jennifer Lawrence-led Lionsgate franchise film topped the U.S. box office Friday with $6.6 million. That …

Box Office

Prince William and Kate Can’t Bridge the U.S.-U.K. Divide

Yui Mok—PA Images/Getty Images<p>Mark Cuthbert—UK Press/Getty Images<p>Samir Hussein—WireImage/Getty Images<p>Samir Hussein—WireImage/Getty Images<p>Samir …

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

How Black Students Tend to Learn Science

Transforming a lecture into a more active experience is one possible way of fixing STEM's diversity dilemma.<p>Ryan Hynd wouldn't call it an <i>epiphany</i> but he doesn’t deny that the research program he joined the summer of his junior year at Georgia Tech shaped his career. “It wasn't exactly a turning …

The Cutthroat World of Elite Public Schools

Can selective-admissions policies ever be fair?<p>In September 2012, the NAACP’s legal arm joined forces with two other advocacy groups to file a federal civil rights complaint against New York City’s public school system. The issue at hand was—and still is—the city’s nine elite public high schools. …