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How Syria Came to This

A story of ethnic and sectarian conflict, international connivance, and above all civilian suffering<p>Seven years of horrific twists and turns in the Syrian Civil War make it hard to remember that it all started with a little graffiti.<p>In March 2011, four children in the southern city of Der’a …

Middle East

The best books about science from the last 15 years that everyone should read

From discussions of human-machine hybrids to lost civilizations in the Amazon and octopus brains, scientists and writers have produced some amazing works of nonfiction in the past 15 years.<p>If you're in the mood to learn something new, as well as be entertained by riveting storylines, look no …

Books

These teachers work up to 6 jobs. Now they're fed up and ready to walk out

<b>(CNN) —</b> Craig Troxell steps precariously across a customer's roof, marking hail damage from yet another Oklahoma storm. He still smells of the freshly cut grass from the swanky side of town, where he had just mowed lawns to make a few extra dollars.<p>But Troxell, 50, isn't a landscaper nor roof …

Education

Violence in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Los Cabos threaten Mexico's tourism industry

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Tourists taking the ferry from this tourist town to the island of Cozumel now walk down a wharf lined with police, heavily armed soldiers and bomb-sniffing dogs.<p>Those safeguards came after a Feb. 21 explosion ripped through one of the ferries, injuring 24 people, …

Mexico

The books you never read in high school, but should now

Here are 10 suggestions for those looking for never-too-late reads. Maybe you’ll be convinced to finally read “Moby-Dick,” all 200,000 words of it.

Literature

11 Collectible Books Worth A Ton Of Money That Might Be On Your Bookshelves Right Now

You've probably read articles about all those insanely expensive and incredibly rare, collectible books — like the highly covetable first edition of …

Books

How to keep Facebook apps from accessing your data

Don't want developers to have your data? Here's how to get it removed (and make sure it's gone) today.<p>As Mark Zuckerberg testifies at the joint committee hearing questions about your own personal privacy on Facebook have probably come to mind After it was recently revealed that Cambridge Analytica …

Apps

The Real History of Daylight Saving Time

It’s almost time to “spring forward” for Daylight Saving Time, but who came up with this bizarre practice? And why? If you just answered “Benjamin …

135 Amazing Facts for People Who Like Amazing Facts

Store these away for future trivia nights.<p>1. Mister Rogers always mentioned out loud that he was feeding his fish because a young blind viewer once …

Mary Magdalene

What Ever Happened To Brendan Fraser?

GQ’s Zach Baron reports on the stupendous rise and surprising disappearance of the once ubiquitous movie star.<p><b>Brendan Fraser</b> wants me to meet his horse. “I got this horse because it's a big horse,” he says, standing in a barn in Bedford, New York. He removes a green bandanna from his pocket and …

Timothée Chalamet

23 Science Books That Are So Exciting They Read Like Genre Fiction

Some of the greatest nonfiction books about science read like novels. They borrow tropes and narrative tricks from science fiction, fantasy, horror, …

Books

The 5 most popular workout videos on YouTube right now

January has got people inspired<p>Judging by YouTube's new data, people are still kicking January's butt and staying thoroughly on the health bandwagon, after the video sharing platform revealed the top 5 most popular workouts right now.<p>Because while a lot of people start out the new year hoping to …

From 'Bae' To 'Submarining,' The Lingo Of Online Dating

When it comes to meeting that special someone, we've gone from IRL to swiping right. Online dating has changed the way people meet and communicate — and as that old saying goes, when you're trying to find bae, communication is key.<p>With new ways to flirt, date and find love come new lingo to …

Relationships

Netflix and the ‘stolen’ indies

Do you like movie theaters? Too bad<p>Netflix plans to release 80 original films in 2018, and those films will not be given a theatrical release. If you want to watch what might be some of the most interesting movies of the year — if Netflix’s 2017 slate is anything to go by — by some of the biggest …

Living Rooms

Russia Reveals That Antarctica Is Not What We Thought It Is!

This big reveal was apparently top secret because Russia and USA both were aware of what Antarctica really is and they never told the truth until now.<p>…

The 10 Most Popular 'Fresh Air' Interviews Of 2017

In 2017, <i>Fresh Air</i> marked 30 years as anationally syndicated, daily radio program by doing what it does best: more in-depth interviews.<p>This year's guests included journalists, late night hosts, notable authors, political movers and shakers and an FBI profiler — not to mention the multitalented …

The White House

The 27 Movies We Loved In 2013

This was such an unusually fantastic year for film that we couldn't pare down our list to just 10. Here are the movies that made BuzzFeed Entertainment laugh, cry, gasp, swoon, and fall in love.<p>It was a very, very, very good year to be a moviegoer. So rather than argue endlessly, trying to winnow …

In 'Fire And Forget,' Vets Turned Writers Tell Their War Stories

This Veterans Day, considers these lines from the preface to <i>Fire And Forget,</i> a collection of short stories by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:<p>On the one hand, we want to remind you ... of what happened ... and insist you recollect those men and women who fought, bled, and died in …