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The places in France you'd never thought to visit (but really should)

<b>1. Barcelonnette, Provence</b><p>"It’s as delightful as it is surprising," says Anthony Peregrine. "At first sight, Barcelonnette is such an archetypal spot in the southern French Alps that you’d expect it to yodel. Come festival time (August), it is not yodelling you hear, but mariachi music. It’s as …

A visual history of the most interesting State of the Union guests

By Amber Phillips<p>Amber Phillips<p>Reporter for The Fix covering Congress, statehouses<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Ever since Ronald Reagan invited federal bureaucrat-turned-hero Lenny Skutnik to watch his State of the Union, seats in the first lady's guest box above the House of Representatives have been used to …

Bill Clinton

"Sie öffnen die Grenzen und lassen uns im Stich"

Von Notstand oder Krise darf nicht gesprochen werden. Doch die Länderinnenminister sind sich parteiübergreifend einig: Die Lage ist dramatisch, das …

Außenamt startet Kampagne gegen Desinformation

Deutsche Pässe für alle Syrer, Charterflüge Richtung Berlin: Im Internet kursieren Gerüchte, die immer mehr Flüchtlinge nach Deutschland locken. Das …

How to light up a tumour | Alex O’Brien

For decades, brain surgeons have struggled to identify cancerous tissue precisely. Could one of the world’s most deadly scorpions come to their aid?<p>In 2004, Dr Richard Ellenbogen prepared to operate on a 17-year-old girl. The operation, to remove a brain tumour, was particularly challenging because …

Tumors

Venomous, Tree-Dwelling Spiders Surprise Scientists

Weird Science<p>Most people likely wouldn't react well to being surprised by a venomous spider, but recently, scientists at Booderee National Park in Australia were excited when a highly venomous funnel-web spider appeared without warning.<p>Many species of funnel-web spiders, named for their …

Zoology

Archaelogists Make Discovery Underneath Ground Near Stonehenge

A group of archaeologists discovered an underground giant stone monument located two miles away from Stonehenge.

Stonehenge

Turkey PM vows to 'wipe out' PKK fighters after attack

Prime Minister Davutoglu says "every effort will be undertaken" against Kurdish PKK after 16 soldiers die in an attack.<p>Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has vowed to "wipe out" Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters from their mountain strongholds after 16 soldiers were killed in a rebel …

Microsoft is trying to stop users from downloading Chrome or Firefox

Microsoft is trying to persuade users to keep Edge, the company's new browser that replaces Internet Explorer, when they search for "Chrome" or "Firefox" on Bing.<p>The discovery, made by VentureBeat, shows that users who use Edge in Windows 10 to search for other browsers get a small message that …

Please, God, No More Zombie Resumes

In theory, a resume is a marketing document. You write your resume so that someone who might have a need for a person like you can understand how you could help him or her.<p>In reality, this is how the average resume reads:<p><i>I was instrumental on a task force that devised and implemented written</i> …

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10 of the best commute-friendly flat shoes – in pictures

The most common sight on your daily commute? The office worker in tights, skirt and terrible trainers. With summer coming up and our tights packed away, here are some nice comfortable flats in case your summer sandals give you blisters after three minutes

Foraging for wild mushrooms in Australia

Picking mushrooms in a pine forest is the perfect autumn outdoor activity – but first you need to be sure you get the right ones<p>It’s 7am on a Sunday morning and I’m standing bleary-eyed by the side of the road in inner-Sydney Redfern, waiting for a bus armed only with a bottle of water, a pen knife …

Sony unveils new Xperia phone even as it retrenches in mobile

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp (6758.T) on Monday unveiled a new high-end Xperia handset featuring an aluminium frame and a 5.2-inch screen, showing it is still in the smartphone race even as it scales down its struggling mobile operations.<p>An employee poses with Sony's new Xperia Z4 smartphone after a …

Deadly attack targets UN staff in Somalia's Puntland

Al-Shabab claims responsibility for attack on UN vehicle in Garowe, capital of Puntland, killing at least seven people.<p>At least seven people have been killed in an attack on a UN vehicle in Garowe, the capital of Puntland in northeastern Somalia, local security sources told Al Jazeera.<p>Four UNICEF …

African Union

EU might reform telecom rules to address competition from Whatsapp and Skype

The European Union's new telecom reforms are expected to address the increased competition telecom firms face from cable operators and free voice and …

Japan's magnetically levitated vehicle train sets new speed record

Magnetically levitated vehicle surpasses 366mph on test track and sets sights on going even faster<p><b>Japan</b>’s <b>magnetically levitated (maglev) train</b> has set a new speed record, hitting 366.61mph on a test track.<p>Central Japan Railway Co., which is developing a vehicle that it sees as the long-distance, …

Cameron lines up pensions expert as minister

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Saturday that he would appoint a well-known pensions expert, Ros Altmann, as a financial services minister if he returns to power after next month’s election.<p>Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) and Ros Altmann (C) at a garden centre …

Russia warns over arrival of US paratroopers in Ukraine

Arrival of 300 US Army soldiers to train Ukraine's national guard sparks warnings by Russia of escalation in conflict.<p>About 300 US Army paratroopers have arrived in Ukraine for training exercises with national guard units - a move that Moscow and eastern Ukraine's pro-Russian separatist rebels have …

National Guard

Australian police arrest five teens over Anzac Day plot

Alleged "terror" plot targeted police officers on April 25 national holiday that commemorates fallen WWI soldiers.<p>Australian police have arrested five teenagers in the country's second-largest city over an alleged terrorist plot to target police officers on Anzac Day, according to authorities.<p>The …

ANZAC

The last thing the ECB wants to do is pull the plug on its bond-buying spree too soon

Analysts say ECB chief Mario Draghi is expected to give short shrift to any suggestion of a premature end to the quantitative easing (QE) programme, the long-awaited and controversial gambit launched by the central bank last month.<p>Amid ongoing uncertainty about cash-strapped Greece, the first …

China-led AIIB will be lean, clean and green - official

BEIJING (Reuters) - The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will be lean, clean and green, its interim chief said, playing down concerns over transparency and standards governing the institution.<p>The $50 billion bank, expected to start operations by the end of the year, is …

Ahead of election, Cameron pledges to cut inheritance tax from 2017

LONDON (Reuters) - David Cameron has promised to cut inheritance tax so that parents will be able to pass on a family home worth up to 1 million pounds to their children without paying the tax, The Sunday Times reported.<p>Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a question and answer …

End of the 'special relationship'? Secret US memo reportedly says UK losing influence with Washington

A secret memo prepared by a Congressional think tank and seen by the Daily Mail says that the US may need a "reassessment of the special relationship" with its key economic partner, Britain, "because its geopolitical setting has been changing."<p>Winston Churchill's 1946 speech to Westminster College, …

​Hillary would make ‘excellent president’ - Obama

US President Barack Obama said that Hillary Clinton would make an “excellent president,” making the comment just a day before Clinton is expected to …

Pope sparks row with Turkey by calling Armenian massacre genocide

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis sparked a diplomatic row on Sunday by calling the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians 100 years ago “the first genocide of the 20th century,” prompting Turkey to accuse him of inciting hatred.<p>Muslim Turkey accepts that many Christian Armenians died in …

Goku Levels Up Again In Upcoming Dragon Ball Movie, Gets Blue Hair

In a move not all that unsurprising, Goku has leveled up to a new form in the upcoming Dragon Ball movie Resurrection of “F”.<p>In this instance, this new form is called “Super Saiyan God SS”. Apparently in the last movie, where he attained the red haired God transformation, that wasn’t actually the …

Mark Zuckerberg Meets With Brazil's President At the 7th Summit of the Americas, In Panama

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff met Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Friday during the 7th Summit of the Americas, which is being held in Panama City. A picture of the meeting was released by Brazil’s Presidency press office. The image shows the politician side by side with Zuckerberg, wearing …

Mark Zuckerberg

BitTorrent's secure web browser one step closer to release

Last we heard of BitTorrent's Project Maelstrom it was going into alpha. Well, the peer-to-peer outfit's browser has made its way to the next logical step: beta. New additions include stability improvements, support for auto-updates and, for the first time, tools for its some 10,000 web developers …

BitTorrent