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Two of her daughters joined ISIS. Now she’s trying to save her two younger girls.

MORNAG, Tunisia — In a small box in her bedroom, Oulfa Hamrounni keeps the photo she treasures most. It shows one of her daughters, brown hair flowing, a smile on her round face. The photo was taken before the girl and her sister left home to join the Islamic State’s affiliate in Libya.<p>Today, …

Islam
China

Why Delhi’s bus service is more expensive than that of Chennai

A feature by HowIndiaLives in the Friday edition of this newspaper shed light on the cost and revenue structures of different public bus undertakings …

Malaysian Airport Seeks Owner of Three Abandoned Planes

A Malaysian airport is on the hunt for the owner of three abandoned cargo jets and has taken out ads in local newspapers to find the aircrafts’ …

Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Hillary the Hawk does it again: Asked about her Wall Street ties, Clinton again invoked 9/11

When CBS asked her about the millions she received from Wall Street, Hillary Clinton yet again invoked September 11<p>Hillary Clinton is by far the most hawkish of the Democratic presidential candidates. She supported the internationally illegal Iraq War; helped lead the NATO bombing of Libya, …

Government

Amazon unveils hybrid drone prototype to make deliveries within 30 minutes

Retail company’s UAV can fly vertically, like a helicopter, and horizontally like a plane but may still face regulatory obstacles in US, despite safety features<p>Amazon has unveiled a new hybrid delivery drone that can fly both vertically, as a helicopter capable of landing in customers’ backyards, …

Drones
North Africa

Vladimir Putin: Supporting Syrian regime only way to end war

"There is no other solution to the Syrian crisis than strengthening the effective government structures," the Russian president says<p>The only way to end the war in Syria is to support its existing government in the fight against terrorism, said Russian president Vladimir Putin in remarks released on …

Guide to Get More Traffic to Your Blog from Flipboard

Increasingly, we hear that Flipboard is an important referral of traffic for bloggers. With 34,000 topics scanning 21 million magazines curated from articles on Flipboard as well as all over the Web, there are many opportunities for bloggers to get surfaced in front of an audience that’s interested …

Afghan Taliban Contends With ISIS Encroachment

The Afghan Taliban is struggling to maintain a unified facade amid reports of splits within the group and some of the militants fighting each other in the east of the country.<p>According to two commanders within the Taliban — which has been fighting an insurgency against the Afghan government and …

Afghanistan

The Week in Review: Amtrak Crash Increases Attention on Infrastructure

An Amtrak train traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia on Tuesday, killing at least eight people and injuring more than 200.<p>At the time of the collision the train was traveling at 106 miles per hour, which is twice the limit, according to the National …

What does Assad really think about Syria's civil war?

<b>A cynical liar or a president fighting for the best interests of his country? As Syria enters its fifth year of conflict, how much responsibility does President Bashar al-Assad believe he bears for his nation's crisis?</b><p>I have been wondering why Bashar al-Assad said something to me that was patently …

Middle East

Tim Cook warns of dire consequences if we sacrifice privacy for security

Silicon Valley’s top CEOs snubbed President Barack Obama’s appearance at Stanford University today for the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, but Apple CEO Tim Cook used his invite to make the case for improving security.<p>Cook addressed attendees before Obama took the stage …

ISIS Attacks Air Base While Wearing Iraqi Military Uniforms

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Middle East

Lyft’s Ambitious, Near Impossible Attempt to Beat Uber

Lyft is putting an increased emphasis on the friendly experience of rides and going after the more casual drivers. But catching Uber will require serious gas.<p>Chances are, if you've ever had a conversation about the ride-hailing service Lyft, you've heard it described in the context of Uber. It's …

British hostage John Cantlie appears in new Isis video

Cantlie reports on topics including education, drone strikes and sharia law in documentary-style film From Inside Halab<p>A new propaganda video by Islamic State featuring the British photojournalist John Cantlie, in which he says it is the “last film in this series”, has appeared online.<p>The …

Free Syrian Army

Isis has reached new depths of depravity. But there is a brutal logic behind it

The video showing the burning alive of the captive Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh prompted revulsion around the world. Here, the author of an acclaimed new book on the rise of Isis examines the ideology that is driving the jihadi movement to ever more brutal killings<p>■ Murder in public is the new …

Islam

Meet The New King Of Saudi Arabia

King Salman has a history of maintaining order in the royal family. A look at the man who will now rule a country that holds one-sixth of the world’s oil reserves.<p>Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died Friday and was quickly succeeded by his half brother, former Crown Prince Salman. Both men come from …

Sir Malcolm Rifkind: MI5 and MI6 are losing ground to terrorists

Interview: Sir Malcolm Rifkind, chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee, on featuring in the James Bond film Skyfall, his memories of Baroness Thatcher, and why internet firms must help spies catch terrorists from Islamic State<p>When Britain’s intelligence agencies launch a top-secret …

Obama to call for new tax increases in State of the Union address

President Obama plans to call for billions in tax increases on top earners – including a hike in investment tax rates -- in order to fund new tax credits and other measures the White House claims will help the middle class.<p>The president's proposals, which also include eliminating a tax break on …

Obama Administration

The most stunning space pictures of 2014

Space

The 50 Most Unforgettable Photos Of 2014

And, as the old adage goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words."<p>We compiled the most unforgettable images from the past 12 months, captured by photographers from around the world.

Middle East

How to hack your taste buds

Why does toothpaste give orange juice a weird aftertaste? It’s one of many surprisingly easy ways to trick your tongue – and your brain – into experiencing strange flavours, says Veronique Greenwood. What's going on?<p>Your tongue is not a blank slate. What you've just eaten can change the flavour of …

West Africa

Latest World News, Videos & Photos

No sign of foul play in death of college student: Bermuda authorities<p>Coffee with a kangaroo?<p>Trump fights back against backlash over Putin …