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What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

French city installs anti-homeless cages around benches

French mayor accused of a shameful lack of Christmas spirit after placing metal cages over public benches to banish homeless from city centre<p>A mayor in south-western <b>France</b> has been accused of a shameful lack of Christmas spirit after banishing homeless people from the city centre by placing metal …

Christmas Eve

US 'helped kill Colombia rebel leaders'

A secret CIA programme helped Colombia kill at least two dozen FARC leaders, <i>The Washington Pos</i>t has reported.<p>Washington's covert help in targeting Latin America's oldest insurgency, funded through a multibillion-dollar black budget, also includes "substantial eavesdropping help" from the National …

Colorado resorts brace for marijuana tourism

Colorado's ski resorts and mountain towns are bracing for an influx of tourists seeking a now-legal Rocky Mountain high.<p>Last year, the state legalized the possession and use of small amounts of recreational marijuana, and on Jan. 1 special stores will be allowed to sell pot to anyone 21 and over. …

Mission accomplished in Afghanistan, declares David Cameron

David Cameron has declared the mission in Afghanistan will have been accomplished by the time all British troops have been withdrawn at the end of next year despite fears of a surge of violence from the Taliban around next year's elections.<p>The prime minister made the bold claim – with echoes of …

NSA task force leader backs talks on amnesty for Snowden

The head of the National Security Agency task force assessing the effect of leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden opened the door to the possibility of offering Snowden amnesty in exchange for documents -- though his boss is not on board with the idea.<p>In an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," …

Chromesthesia: Feeling Music in Colours

Pharrell Williams, Aphex Twin and Dev Hynes all have it, but what the hell is Chromesthesia?<p>Imagine if every time you smelled a rose, your brain conjured up the taste of porridge. Or when feeling the discount leather of a DFS sofa, you saw blotches of purple light? Those may seem like abilities …

New York University

The Crazy Story Of How A Fan Snuck Into The Ring Following A Recent Manny Pacquiao Fight

Following the recent fight between Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios, a man in a bright green suit was seen wondering around the ring during the post-fight interviews. It turns out that man was just a fan and he wasn't supposed to be there.<p>Now, in a video posted to YouTube, a man claims to be that …

Chowing Down On Meat, Dairy Alters Gut Bacteria A Lot, And Quickly

Looks like Harvard University scientists have given us another reason to walk past the cheese platter at holiday parties and reach for the carrot sticks instead: Your gut bacteria will thank you.<p>Switching to a diet packed with meat and cheese — and very few carbohydrates — alters the trillions of …

This man was just evicted from Beijing’s underground heating system—and there are many more like him

In a luxury residential neighborhood in northeastern Beijing, a 52-year-old man named Wang Xiuqing has been living in the underground pipelines (link in Chinese) of the city’s heating system for 10 years.<p>On Dec. 6, after seeing news reports (Chinese) of Wang and others’ underground abodes, …

A Death at Tough Mudder

THE WIND WAS BLOWING hard at noon on Saturday, April 20, when Avishek Sengupta and his five teammates gathered near the starting corral of the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Tough Mudder. Part of a throng of more than 13,000 obstacle racers who would hit the course in staggered waves that weekend, they sang the …

Jameis Winston, No. 2 Florida State rip Gators to stay unbeaten

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Kelvin Benjamin shook off one tackler and then three more, bullying his way into the end zone to finish off Florida State's most …

NFL to review possible Mike Tomlin interference

Did Mike Tomlin interfere with Jacoby Jones on Thursday? The NFL will try to figure it out.<p>Whether you believe Steelers coach Mike Tomlin purposely …