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Syrian war: Who next to intervene?

<b>With Syrian government forces, backed up by Russian air power, making headway around Aleppo, there are warnings that more countries may seek to weigh in on the rebel side.</b><p>So who might intervene? And what, if any, difference would it make to the already complicated dynamics of the fighting in …

Middle East

World Map: How Geology Shapes The Map Of The World

The <b>world map</b> we all know has been shaped and molded by the geology of Earth’s history. Geology has shaped political boundaries (mountains, rivers, oceans), continent shape and distribution (volcanism, plate tectonics), biodiversity (rain shadows, atmospheric circulation), and humans every day …

Earth Science

Stunning Drone Footage Shows What’s Left In Syria After 5 Years Of War

“Syrians should stay in Syria.” So said Chris Christie at a Republican debate in January, to applause from the crowd. He argued that the U.S. should refuse to take in any refugees and work to end the war there instead.<p>But even if the fighting permanently stops, there’s almost nothing left. New …

US election 2016: All you need to know

<b>The most powerful nation on earth is electing a new leader, with the impact felt across the globe. So how does the election work and how did we end up with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the main candidates?</b><p>When the US picks its president, it is not only choosing a head of state but a head of …

Government
North America

100,000 People Trapped In A Station Looks Absolutely Horrifying

Worst. Commute. Ever.

National Geographic Travel

13 Problems Only Extroverted Introverts Understand

Having to reply to every Facebook invite with "interested" because who knows how you'll feel at 8:59 p.m. on Friday?<p><b>1. Going to a party because you want to be around people, but then wanting to jump into a nearby garbage can when someone tries to make small talk with you.</b> "I didn't come to this …

Boko Haram burns kids alive in Nigeria, 86 dead: officials

DALORI, Nigeria (AP) — A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death, among 86 people officials say died in the latest attack by Nigeria's homegrown Islamic extremists.<p>Scores of charred corpses and bodies with …

Africa
Republicans

After Drownings, Greece-Bound Migrants Who Survived The Journey

January is supposed to be a slow month for sea crossings. With rough waters whipped up by high winds, rubber rafts capsize, wooden boats sink — and it's cold. You could freeze in the water.<p>But on Wednesday morning last week, Vassilis Hantzopoulos has already seen 15 boats filled with asylum seekers …

North Africa

University of Virginia student detained after hotel incident in Pyongyang

An American university student who was recently detained by North Korea is being held over an undisclosed incident at his hotel before he was scheduled to board a flight to Beijing, a China travel agency said Saturday.<p>North Korea said it had detained Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, …

A guide to the literature of Japan’s “comfort women”: Comfort station survivors tell their stories

As Japan & South Korea reach an agreement on the painful subject, some books to help the reader untangle the past<p>If you’ve followed any of the headlines emerging about the “comfort women” in the past weeks—or months, or years, or decades—you probably have some questions. Did the Japanese government …

South Korea

Museum trying to identify World War Two orphans

<b>A museum is appealing for help in identifying seven war orphans "adopted" by US airmen during World War Two but known by their first names only.</b><p>The servicemen were based at RAF Duxford in Cambridgeshire and sponsored the children's meals and education.<p>The images have been uncovered as part of the …

History

10 things you (probably) didn’t know about the Spanish Armada

The defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 – a fleet of Spanish ships led by Medina Sidonia with the purpose of overthrowing Queen Elizabeth I – is …

These Pictures Show How Refugee Children Haven't Changed Since World War II

More than a quarter of the biggest wave of refugees since World War II are children.<p>The sheer amount of people attempting to reach safety in 2015 is unlike anything seen since the end of World War II in 1945.<p>In this photo essay compiled by UNICEF, the almost uncanny resemblance between the refugees …

North Africa

See a Leaflet Dropped on Japanese Cities Right Before World War II Ended

Weeks would pass after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki before the official end arrived for World War II—and, during that time, even though the …

History

Book Review: The Daily Hazards of a Middle Eastern Wife by Soad Nasr

I was at a party recently, and talk turned to prejudices we carry and wish we didn't. Of course, Muslim women who wear burqas came up in conversation. I am ashamed to admit that while I consider myself very accepting of other cultures, seeing fully covered women in public makes me unsettled, and …

Books

The Generals Who Won World War II

Winston Groom may be best known as the author of Forrest Gump, but he’s also an astute and entertaining military historian. He talks about three key …

Tom Hanks

What happens when an Italian tries to go paleo for a month

Any time I hear mention of “cutting out carbs” as a way to lose weight or become healthier, I lose it. As an Italian, I grew up on foods people now consider evil: pasta, bread, risotto. The notion that these foods are somehow unhealthy, and inessential to our diets, feels like an attack on my …

Paleo Diet

The Story Behind “In Flanders Fields”

The Power of Remembrance: The Real Story Behind “In Flanders Fields”<p>Early on the morning of May 3, 1915, John McCrae sat wearily near his field …

Remembrance Day

How American and Japanese Veterans of Iwo Jima Forged a Friendship 70 Years Later

On the morning of March 21, 2015, a plane carrying Japanese and American World War II veterans landed on the island of Iwo Jima, 650 miles off the …

Clint Eastwood

100 Dalai Lama Quotes That Will Change Your Life

The Dalai Lama, his holiness is a world leader that is committed to promoting positive values such as , forgiveness,self-discipline, tolerance, …

My war hero father was killed on the day I was born

Janet Denny only knew her father as a photograph on her mantelpiece, but the discovery of his WWII diaries saw her uncover the story of his past<p>Like most first babies I made a late entrance into this world. Had I been on time, my father, Jim would have been granted compassionate leave from the RAF …

North Sea

All The Deaths Of WWII, Vizualized As Cascading Bullet Shells

A haunting installation attempts to humanize the statistics behind WWII.<p>In 1944, an underground army comprised of Polish citizens attempted to drive German occupation out of the Polish capital of Warsaw. Without support from nearby Russian troops, they failed, and hundreds of thousands of civilians …

World History
Scott Pruitt

Transcript: Read the Speech Pope Francis Gave to Congress

Pope Francis addressed a joint meeting of Congress in a historic speech Thursday morning.<p>Here’s a full transcript of his remarks.<p>I am most grateful …

Christianity

Winston Churchill: Brilliant at war, bad with money

Former Prime Minister Winston Churchill achieved fame and glory as the indomitable "British bulldog" who led his nation through the darkest days of World War II.<p>But while he helped win the war against the Nazis, Churchill was constantly losing the battle with his own personal finances, according to …

Winston Churchill