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Iran says warplanes warned off 2 Western vessels during drill

There have been periodic confrontations between Iran's and the US's militaries in the Gulf - a major trade route for oil - in recent years.<p>An Iranian …

Settlement tours: a new frontline in Israel's ideological conflict | Reuters

HEBRON, West Bank (Reuters) - The heart of the old city of Hebron is divided, with Israeli military checkpoints, mechanical turnstiles and closed-circuit cameras controlling the movement of Palestinians in and out of an area inhabited by some 800 Jewish settlers.<p>Israeli settlers ( 2ndL and 4thL) …

Israel

Syria: We Fired at Israeli Warplanes

Middle East

How One Family Is Beating the NCAA at Its Own Game

As the NCAA basketball tournament kicks off this week, LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of UCLA freshman star Lonzo Ball, is primed to take his place …

Big Baller Brand

Trump Hires ‘Bridgegate’ Chris Christie Aide

Government

Iran announces delivery of Russian S-300 missile defense system

MOSCOW — Iran’s defense minister on Tuesday announced the delivery of a powerful S-300 air-defense missile system from Russia as part of an arms deal that was revived after the Islamic republic reached a framework nuclear agreement with world powers last year.<p>Iranian Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehghan said …

South Asia

The most popular baby names in America are...

Emma and Noah are the official No. 1 baby names in the US for the second year in a row.<p>The Social Security Administration released its tally of the 2015 most popular baby names this morning on TODAY. The names on the Top 10 shifted less this year than in any of the past decade, with the Top 3 …

Top 10

Raul Castro presents grim portrait of Cuban reforms

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro delivered a grim report on the state of the country on Saturday, acknowledging that the communist bureaucracy he oversees has failed to implement most of the hundreds of changes launched five years ago to stimulate the stagnant centrally controlled …

Cuba

Drake impersonates LeBron James, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Oprah in wild new video

In addition to releasing the song, Drake also went on Zane Lowe's "Beats 1" show to announce his own new radio show, "OVO Sound," which will stream on Apple Music starting July 11 at 6 p.m.<p>Drake also put out a music video for the song "Energy" from his previously unannounced February mixtape, "If …

Apple Music

Student Develops An Ingenious Building Material That Shapeshifts In Response To Rain

Chao Chen, a product design student at RCA, created a water-reacting laminate that can open when it’s sunny and close when it rains.<p>When Chao Chen had to conduct a materials study during his second term at the Royal College of Art, he found inspiration while walking through London’s Hyde Park on a …

Product Design
Justice

Afghan deportees from Iran return to a home they barely know

ISLAM QALA, Afghanistan (AP) — Tajigul Haidary had overstayed her residents' visa in Iran and was expecting just a hefty fine when she went to renew it, she said. Instead, she was arrested as an illegal immigrant, imprisoned, held in a transit center with hundreds of other Afghans and, early this …

Hassan Rouhani

Women Get the Short End of the Stick in Iran and Can't Even Protest

<b>As if it weren’t bad enough. Iranian women face persistent systemic discrimination in terms of family law. New legislation being considered by Iran’s</b> …

Rights & Freedoms

Putin critic Boris Nemtsov killed: Mother of witness speaks out

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> The Ukrainian girlfriend of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov faces constant psychological pressure from Moscow authorities and fears she will be implicated in his death, her mother told CNN.<p>Model Anna Duritskaya, 23, was walking with Nemtsov on Friday night when a gunman …

Russia

The Real History of the Crusades

With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during …

Osama Bin Laden

US, Cuba end historic talks with more questions than answers

HAVANA (AP) — After a euphoric month that left Americans dreaming of holidays in Havana and Cubans imagining U.S. products at their corner stores, the first real effort at forging a new era was sobering: Much bitter disagreement still stands in the way of normal relations.<p>Negotiations between …

Cuba

FCC plans to vote on Net neutrality in February

The head of the Federal Communications Commission will submit a proposal for new Internet regulations in the coming weeks.<p>The federal regulators who intend to place restrictions on how Internet providers manage their Web traffic plan to vote on new guidelines in February, the Federal Communications …

Net Neutrality

Merry Christmas! The NSA's gift is a list of all the times it wrongly spied on you

A little present from Big Brother<p>If you want to release something no one will pay attention to, what time's better than Christmas Eve? At least, that appeared to be the National Security Agency's thinking. Last night, the NSA released reports detailing all the times they've illegally spied on …

Shia LaBeouf's Art Project Collaborators Speak Out About His Alleged Rape

Days after Shia LaBeouf revealed in an interview with <i>Dazed</i> that he’d been raped during his February art exhibit #IAMSORRY in Los Angeles, his …

Shia LaBeouf