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The mammoth military task of leaving Afghanistan

<b>As the UK and the US prepare to withdraw the last remaining troops from Afghanistan, hundreds of bases, thousands of vehicles and tonnes of equipment are being packed up and shipped home, sold off or scrapped. Just how is this done? Dominic Bailey finds out.</b><p>Withdrawing international forces from …

Texas killer Suzanne Basso becomes 14th woman executed in US since 1976

Suzanne Basso became the fourteenth woman to be executed in the US in the modern era after a last-minute appeal to the Supreme Court failed on Wednesday.<p>The 59-year-old former seamstress was put to death by lethal injection at the Texas state penitentiary in Huntsville, near Houston.<p>She is the …

Heinrich Himmler's Private Letters Published In German Newspaper

"The Handwriting of a Mass Murderer" is how Germany's <i>Die Welt</i> newspaper bills its eight-part series featuring excerpts of Heinrich Himmler's personal letters accompanied by family photos, which are reportedly being published for the first time.<p>(An English-language version is here.)<p>The excerpts, …

Zooey Deschanel Wants to Graduate from Girl on Girl Hate

With a hefty dose of her own personality-turned-brand, Zooey Deschanel brings to life New Girl's Jess—giving us the socially uncomfortable, sexually adventurous, optimistic, emotionally spun-out poster girl of an era<p>With her expressive Kewpie-doll eyes and now iconic bangs, Zooey Deschanel would …

Wealthy Chinese flee China, taking their fortunes with them

Do the wealthy Chinese know something we don't?<p>A new report shows that 64 percent of Chinese millionaires have either emigrated or plan to emigrate—taking their spending and fortunes with them. The United States is their favorite destination.<p>The report from Hurun, a wealth research firm that …

President's affair tests French tolerance for paramours

Hollande's handling of how the affair went public seems to be at the heart of the public's disappointment.<p>PARIS — When a magazine revealed French President Francois Hollande was having an affair last week, not many expected it would cause a stir in a country long-known to be tolerant of its …

Digging for their lives: Russia's volunteer body hunters

<b>Of the estimated 70 million people killed in World War Two, 26 million died on the Eastern front - and up to four million of them are still officially considered missing in action. But volunteers are now searching the former battlefields for the soldiers' remains, determined to give them a proper</b> …

BBC 'turned blind eye' to Savile sex offences on up to 1,000 boys and girls

Corporation will be subject of damning review by Dame Janet Smith in which she will say BBC chiefs knew about crimes, but took no action<p>Jimmy Savile abused up to 1,000 children on BBC premises, a new report will claim.<p>An inquiry led by Dame Janet Smith, a former court of appeal judge, is expected …

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Michelle Obama's 50th: 'Such a fun, fun party'

WASHINGTON — Beyonce and Stevie Wonder rocked the White House at a star-studded, late-night dance party celebrating first lady Michelle Obama's 50th birthday, two guests told the Tribune on Sunday.<p>President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha joined family friends, elected officials, …

François Hollande should stay 'a bachelor president', advisers say

With Miss Trierweiler "recovering" at the presidential retreat, Mr Hollande travels to Netherlands alone as his advisers tell the French press he should remain a "bachelor president" and not rush into moving Julie Gayet into the Elysée.<p>François Hollande should remain a “bachelor president” for the …

François Hollande: 'no more first ladies in Elysée in future'

French president's advisers say it is best he remain a bachelor, as he gives clearest indication yet of his plans<p>François Hollande wants “no more first ladies in the Elysée in future”, it emerged following the furore over his alleged affair with an actress.<p>The French president’s comments are the …

Final arguments given in Amanda Knox trial

Defense lawyers argued Monday that her first acquittal should stand as both sides gave final statements in the third trial of a sensational murder case plagued by irregularities from the prosecution.<p>ROME -- Defense lawyers argued Monday that the first acquittal of Amanda Knox should stand as both …

2 arrested in connection with Target hack

Authorities investigating the massive holiday-season hack into<p>Target Corp.'s systems arrested two Mexicans trying to enter the U.S. in McAllen, Texas, with scores of fraudulent credit cards.<p>The arrests of Daniel Dominguez Guardiola and Mary Carmen Vaquera Garcia may indicate that stolen information …

Iran reportedly sends two warships to Atlantic

Two Iranian warships set sail Tuesday for the Atlantic Ocean on their navy's first-ever mission there, state TV reported.<p>The voyage comes amid an ongoing push by Iran to demonstrate the ability to project power across the Middle East and beyond.<p>The report said that the destroyer Sabalan and the …

Litvinenko murder: Coroner 'said Russia could be involved'

<b>The coroner investigating Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko's death said there was a prima facie case that the Russian state was involved, it has emerged during a High Court hearing.</b><p>Lawyers for Mr Litvinenko's widow are applying for judicial review of the home secretary's "legally irrational" …

2014's Most Anticipated Movie Adaptations

With so many book-inspired films headed our way in 2014, we lit lovers can’t help but resolve to go to the movies. Sure, the next chapters in “The …

21 Films to Look Forward to in 2014

World War II dramas, dystopian teen trilogies, time travel, Bible stories, and more<p>The coming year in cinema is shaping up to be strikingly symmetrical: As one major dystopian YA franchise arrives, another winds down. As one World War II drama kicks off the year, another caps it off. The first …

71 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014: ‘The Hunger Games,’ ‘Gone Girl,’ And More

Upcoming<p>We waded through more than 600 films to bring you the best of 2014. From Wes Anderson and Paul Thomas Anderson movies to blockbuster sequels, …

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50 Highly Anticipated Films At The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

From a drama starring two recent SNL favorites to a documentary about Mitt Romney to plenty of zombies, there are all kinds of movies for all kinds of people at this year's premier Park City-set independent film fest. In no particular order!<p><b>Correction:</b> <i>It turns out, director Sophie Hyde did shoot</i> …

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The Hidden Ecosystem Of The Walmart Parking Lot

Stick around outside a Walmart long enough and you’ll notice that a lot of people actually live there. In a new series, photographer Nolan Conway documents these parking lot nomads.<p>Pull into a Walmart parking lot late at night and you’ll probably run into a few RVs that didn’t quite make it to …

Ten great ghost towns in the West

Austria's Beautiful Mountainside Thermal Retreat

Located in Oberlngenfeld, Austria, the <i>Aqua Dome</i> is an impressive contemporary spa and retreat found at the foothills of the area's scenic mountains. Using the rocky backdrop for inspiration, many of the structures featured at the lodge reflect the shapes and forms found within the surrounding …

Jack Ryan Gets A Makeover, And A Quick Trip To Moscow

<b>Listen · 6:56</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p><b>Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit</b><p>Director: Kenneth Branagh<br>• Genre: Spy thriller, Drama<br>• Running Time: 105 minutes<p><i>Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and intense action, and brief strong language</i><p><i>With:</i> Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, Kenneth …