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China’s army is using guns and hip-hop to recruit more young people

The Chinese People's Liberation Army has a simple message for potential recruits: We're cool.<p>A promotional video released on the PLA newspaper's website last week hammers home this point by showing explosions, shootouts, jet planes, hostage situations and unidentified men being wounded, all set to …

China

Jeremy Corbyn's 'pacifist' views put Labour in danger of heading back to the 1980s, shadow minister warns

Kevan Jones said the Labour leader's views on Trident and military intervention mean the party might not be taken seriously on defence<p>Labour risks returning to the 1980s and no longer being taken seriously because of Jeremy's Corbyn's opposition to Trident and his "pacifist views", the party's …

Jeremy Corbyn

Peru military fails to act as narco planes fly freely

MAZAMARI, Peru (AP) — It happens about four times a day, right under the nose of Peru's military: A small single-engine plane drops onto a dirt airstrip in the world's No. 1 coca-growing valley, delivers a bundle of cash, picks up more than 300 kilos of cocaine and flies to Bolivia.<p>Roughly half of …

South America

North Korean defector: Kim Jong Un's days are numbered

<b>(CNN) —</b> He's a fairly young man, wearing an ill-fitting suit. His thin neck is pronounced, giving way to an equally thin face and frame. We're meeting over a meal of sushi, something he specifically requested because it's rare for those trapped in North Korea.<p>For his safety, I'll limit descriptions …

North Korea

What’s behind Beijing’s drive to control the South China Sea?

China’s startling attempt to assert control over vast waters has alarmed nearby countries and escalated tensions with the US. Howard W French reports from Hainan, the island at the heart of Xi Jinping’s expansionist ambitions<p>On 26 May, CNN broadcast an unusual clip of a US navy intelligence flight …

China

These Are The Coolest Photography Links Of The Week

With another terrific week in the world of photography behind us, Toad Hollow Photography has been looking in all corners of the internet for links …

Landscape Photography

The U.S. Has Won the International Math Olympiad for First Time in 21 Years

A team of top American math students defeated rivals from more than 100 countries at the International Mathematical Olympiad, held in Chiang Mai, …

Mathematics

13 Exercises for Photographers That Can Help Jump-Start Creativity

Like the world’s tidal waters, photographic creativity ebbs and flows for many of us. Sometimes creativity can use a jump-start, an artificial method …

New York City

1. Snapseed

How do you find the best photo editing apps for your iPhone photography? With so many apps available, it’s difficult to know which photo editor app …

CIA torture appears to have broken spy agency rule on human experimentation

Exclusive: Watchdogs shocked at ‘disconnect’ between doctors who oversaw interrogation and guidelines that gave CIA director power over medical ethics<p>Read the document: ‘Human experimentation’ and the CIA<p>The Central Intelligence Agency had explicit guidelines for “human experimentation” – before, …

Surveillance

How the Public Protector remains motivated

Jenna Etheridge, News24<p>Cape Town - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says she remains motivated with prayer, meditation and exercise, despite a number …

12 Steps to Successly Promote your Photography on Instagram

If you’re reading this and are interested in digital photography, chances are you’re a user of Instagram, the current goliath of social media in …

China begins charm offensive in South America amid controversy over Amazonian railway

Beijing denies that Li Keqiang's eight-day visit to South America, which begins in Brazil, means China is muscling in on the United States "backyard"<p>Plans for a controversial 3,300-mile railroad linking the continent's Atlantic and Pacific coasts are expected to be announced by Li Keqiang, the …

Chechen wedding scandal, leader's defiance put Putin in bind

MOSCOW (AP) — The groom is approaching 50, a silver-haired boss in the Chechen strongman's feared police force. The bride is 17, a shy beauty reportedly devastated at the idea of wedding a man nearly three times her age.<p>Many Russians expressed outrage over the nuptials, causing a firestorm in the …

Russia

The growing danger of a US war against China

This March 17, 2015 satellite photo shows vessels purportedly dredging sand at Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea. (Getty Images)<p>As China continues to develop reefs in disputed waters, the U.S. is talking tough, reports Paul Koring. Obama’s ‘pivot’ to the Pacific …

China

Born-frees a threat to ANC | The Star

<b>Born frees pose a danger to the liberation government, but not in the manner perceived 15 years ago, says Dumisani Hlophe.</b><p>Johannesburg - Please …

India's Modi meets Xi on China visit amid warming ties

XI'AN, China (AP) — President Xi Jinping praised China's warming ties with India during a meeting Thursday between the leaders of Asia's rising powers and rivals, which included a rare touch of personal diplomacy for a Chinese leader.<p>Xi met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a sprawling …

China

This is What Photographers Need to Know About Basic Filter Types And Their Uses

Filters have been around since the beginning of photography. Most of them were used in film and analogue photography because different materials have …

Russia's newest tank stops during parade rehearsal

MOSCOW (AP) — A state-of-the-art Russian tank, which was shown to the public for the first time earlier this month, on Thursday ground to a halt during the final Victory Day rehearsal.<p>The tank, T-14 Armata, is said to surpass all Western versions because of its remotely controlled cannon and the …

Russia

The biggest companies in South Africa

Forbes has released its annual list of the world’s 2,000 biggest publicly-traded companies, with 13 South African companies making the cut in 2015.<p>In …

Israeli soldiers cast doubt on legality of Gaza military tactics

Testimonies of Israeli combatants about last year’s war show apparent disregard for safety of civilians<p>Testimonies provided by more than 60 Israeli soldiers who fought in last summer’s war in Gaza have raised serious questions over whether Israel’s tactics breached its obligations under …

Israel
Africa

Ex-U.S., Russian brass: 'De-alert' nukes or risk disaster

Amid all the talk about a new Cold War, here’s one hard, cold fact: Nearly 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Washington and Moscow still have nearly 2,000 atomic bombs ready to fly at a moment’s notice to destroy each other.<p>And that so-called hair-trigger alert is now sparking new …

Geopolitics

Gatvol Zuma turns on African leaders

Following a week of fierce diplomatic exchanges, the hardened attitude of a “gatvol” President Jacob Zuma and his Cabinet towards illegal immigrants …

South Africa

Parents fed up with 'lazy' boomerang children, study finds

Middle class parents are 'frustrated' with their children who move back home after graduating and are 'too comfortable' to move out<p>Middle class parents are growing increasingly frustrated with their children who move back home after university and become “too comfortable” to move out, a study …

British Auschwitz survivor preparing to testify at trial of Oskar Gröning

Susan Pollack survived Auschwitz, the death marches and Belsen. Now, for the first time, she is to testify in the trial of someone who held her there - a Nazi dubbed 'The Bookkeeper of Auschwitz'<p>When Susan Pollack thinks back to the person standing before her, scanning the lines of girls, stick in …

April 24 to 29 2015