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The First World War: a complete timeline

THE OPENING SHOTS: AUG - SEP 1914<p><b>August 4-25, 1914: German invasion of Belgium</b><p>German troops captured most of Belgium, including the fortress of Liège, with the Belgians losing 30,000 men and the Germans just 2,000.<p><b>August 7-25, 1914: Battle of the Frontiers</b><p>The French Plan XVII called for an …

Saudi Arabia's 'game of thrones' could derail global oil markets

When the country you're looking at is Saudi Arabia, that's a different sort of challenge. There aren't any elections to keep track of, but there's constant turmoil in the country's monarchical system, which often looks more like medieval Europe than anything else.<p>Right now, there's a surge of …

Oil

14 ghostly photos of famous Egyptian landmarks with no tourists

Tourists have traveled to Egypt's ancient pyramids and historic monuments for centuries.<p>But tourism has dropped rapidly in recent years, as violent conflicts following the 2011 revolution have been particularly successful in scaring off travelers.<p>According to a recent Reuters article, 9.9 million …

Cairo

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

Middle East

The CIA's Torture Experiment

When one of us (Lifton) studied Nazi doctors during the late 1970s and early '80s, he found that their transgressions occurred in two general areas: their coercive, often fatal, experiments on human beings; and their participation in torture and killing. He is still haunted by their descriptions, …

Cybercrime

Overstock Holds 3 Months Of Food, $10 Million In Gold For Employees In Preparation For The Next Collapse

Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne's crusade against naked short sellers in particular, and Wall Street and the Federal Reserve in general, has long been …

Wall Street

US worries Russia would cut undersea data cables in a conflict

Many military commanders will tell you that it's wise to cut the enemy's lines of communication. However, the US is concerned that Russia may take this advice one step too far. The <i>New York Times</i> understands that Russia is positioning submarines and spy ships near hard-to-reach segments of undersea …

25 years, 106 planes and $5 billion

And now, Twitter users are watching sadly as its planes are flown to storage spaces — including one very special aircraft, one with an Amur Tiger …

Aviation

Air France Airbus A320 aborts landing 3 times at Manchester Airport

<i>This article contains affiliate links that I receive compensation for at no cost to you. Thank you for supporting my site!</i><p>Earlier this week, the UK …

Airplanes

Wall Street is cashing in on Silicon Valley's biggest problem

Lately, it seems to be a big source of agitation for top venture capitalists and CEOs. Venture capitalist Mark Suster, recently called "BS on 50 new billion-dollar US companies in just 18 months," but later admits he thinks "there is nobody to blame for this abandonment of common sense."<p>But there …

Venture Capital
Oil & Gas Industry

Red's latest 'Weapon' is an 8K full-frame camera

Red launched the first mainstream 4K camera when 1080p seemed like overkill, and now that this whole 4K thing might work out, it's got an 8K RAW model. The Weapon 'Vista Vision' features a mind-boggling 8,192 x 4,320, 35-megapixel sensor that can do up to 75 fps, widescreen 8K. The chip is also …

The NBA just dealt a major blow to Coca-Cola

Mountain Dew will be the leading soft drink in the partnership, which PepsiCo is expected to announce on Monday, the industry journal Beverage Digest reports.<p>Aquafina, Lipton Brisk, and some Frito-Lay snack products will also be featured in the campaign.<p>The new sponsorship means television viewers, …

Advertising

SpaceX To Attempt Revolutionary Falcon 9 Rocket Landing Today

Today could be the first day of a new era in spaceflight<p>The Falcon 9 rocket is at its launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida. Its companion, the autonomous floating barge ship "Just Read The Instructions," is in its more or less stable catching position in the Atlantic Ocean. Yes, …

You Can Barely Tell That These Are Photos Of Chinese Cities, Because They’re Just Photos Of Smog

The buildings disappear beneath a beautiful and deadly haze.<p>Two years after the Chinese government launched a $277 billion plan to fight smog, despite some small steps of progress, air pollution is still so bad that the mayor of Beijing recently called the city unlivable.<p>For a new photo series, …

Mars rover Curiosity spots strange, 2-tone veins on planet's surface

Climbing up Mt. Sharp in the middle of Gale Crater, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has discovered two-tone veins of minerals that reveal multiple episodes of water flowing through rock — even after the lake that once filled the bottom of the crater had ceased to be.<p>The rover's discovery points to a …

Congress Pressures Air Force To Finish Its Cyber Missile

We can’t wage war on computers fast enough<p>If the war of the future is a cyberwar, it will need weapons with a specific anti-computer focus. While bullets and bombs can certainly destroy computers, Congress is championing an old missile for the U.S. Air Force’s cyber mission. Named the …

Drought, Climate Change and California's Multibillion-Dollar Problem

Two weeks before California Governor Jerry Brown’s announcement on Wednesday that residents and businesses in the Golden State — which is withering amid one of its worst droughts in modern history — would be subjected to unprecedented restrictions on water usage, he issued a blistering attack on …

Climate Change

Greece preparing for Grexit, own currency - media

Greece’s government is getting ready to nationalize the country’s banks and return to the the drachma, the Telegraph reported citing sources.<p><i>“We are</i> …

How Farming on Mars May Help Us Farm Earth

In case this week’s report on NASA’s successful experiment growing lettuce on the International Space Station left you wondering what all the fuss was about—consider the implications. Mars One is scheduled to launch four humans to the red planet in 2025–people who will live their remaining days as …

An Iraqi Sunni town celebrates rout of Islamic State

The man fiddled with a padlock securing a gate outside a convenience store. Once it was open, he gingerly stepped toward the entrance, holding his breath as he walked in.<p>He surveyed the room, taking in the shards of glass and upturned boxes littering the floor. The counter was pushed haphazardly to …

North Africa

Isis 'attack Saudi border post and infiltrate town' via Iraq

Islamic State (Isis) supporters on social media are hailing dozens of IS militants who have allegedly infiltrated a Saudi Arabian border town via …

Islamic State Executing 'Educated Women' in New Wave of Horror: UN

<b>Geneva:</b> The United Nations on Tuesday decried numerous executions of civilians in Iraq by the Islamic State group, warning that educated women …

Isil could seize more hostages at Syria border, warns Japan, as prisoner swap remains stalled

Japan issues warning after no further progress in deal to swap prisoners with Islamic State jihadists as Jordan continues to insist on 'proof of life' of hostage<p>Japan has issued a warning to journalists, urging them not to gather at the border town in Turkey that was thought to be a potential …

ISIS launches attack on oil-rich northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk

<b>Amman, Jordan (CNN) —</b> ISIS militants have attacked Kirkuk in northern Iraq, an effort that might be an earnest attempt to capture the key oil-rich city or perhaps to divert Kurdish troops fighting to capture the Islamist extremist group's stronghold of Mosul.<p>For months, ISIS has been facing off …

Islamic State (ISIS)
Middle East