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UN to ask Canada to significantly increase foreign aid spending

Ottawa will be called upon to boost its foreign aid spending significantly during a major development financing meeting in July, the head of a United Nations program says.<p>Helen Clark, administrator of the UN's development program, said in an interview that Canada and other wealthy countries will be …

The war on terror 2015 is at a new phase with a new geography

WASHINGTON — On Sunday, at the great Paris rally, the whole world was Charlie. By Tuesday, the veneer of solidarity was exposed as tissue thin. It …

Charlie Hebdo

Down By the River

On Thursday evening in Austin, Texas, a trail of art installations illuminated the banks and bridges of the city’s historic Waller Creek. The first effort by the creek’s conservancy to draw attention to its forthcoming renovation, the Creek Show Light Night leveraged the work of local architects …

Delayed Exposure

On February 5, 1977, a floppy-haired boyfrom Queens named Robert Mapplethorpe truly arrived. Following the opening of the 30-year-old photographer’s New York exhibitions at Holly Solomon’s venerable SoHo gallery, where he showed refined studies of flowers, and at the Chelsea alternative art space …

Music: new talent for 2015

On the eve of the BBC Music Sound of 2015 poll, the Observer’s music critics pick out the young contenders set to grab next year by the horns<p>While the rest of the world is looking forward to Christmas and perhaps thinking back over the highlights of 2014, in the relentlessly forward-looking world …

Secret history: a (virtual) tour of the CIA’s museum

You can’t visit in person unless you happen to have a buddy who’s a spy – but for the rest of us, there’s the online version of the intelligence agency’s in-house treasure trove<p>The CIA has a museum. But you can’t go into it. That would be telling. However, there are signs that the museum, housed …

'I am the curator of an exhibition no one visits'

Coins, knives, music and magazines: Mackenzie Crook, Allegra McEvedy, Michel Faber and Pete Paphides on their collections<p>Why dolls? I grew out of stamps, says Sophie Ellis-Bextor Love, desire or anxiety: the psychology of collecting Hunter Davies on how to be a collector<p>Mackenzie Crook, coin …

Please Touch! Cooper Hewitt Creates A Museum For The Internet Age

The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City collects the beautiful and practical — vintage Eames chairs, Jimi Hendrix posters, Victorian bird cages.<p>The museum, which is housed in the Andrew Carnegie mansion, is reopening after an extensive $81 million, three-year renovation — and …

New National Chief Perry Bellegarde vows to ‘push’ PM Stephen Harper

Perry Bellegarde, the new National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, was raised on the Little Black Bear First Nation in southern Saskatchewan, where he spent his childhood hunting for food, chopping wood for heat, and melting snow on the stove for water during the winter.<p>He was the first …

You Probably Learned A Glossed-Over Version Of Native American History In School, Research Says

Even as families around the country prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving -- a holiday based around supposed good relations between New England settlers and a Native American tribe -- new research reveals the extent to which Native American history is largely left out of American classrooms.<p>While she …

A night of Dino Snores at the Natural History Museum for adult sleepover

By 11 p.m., we're into insect pornography. Tick sex, in particular.<p>"And this is his penis," says Erica McAlister dismissively, jerking a thumb at a photograph projected behind her. She adopts the pose of a disappointed girlfriend – disbelief on face; hands on hips. "Not very impressive," she …

5 Fruit Infused Detox Waters for Energy & Cleansing

These days, many of our images of a ‘detox’ include diets by way of starvation: Ten-day master cleanses, strict juice-only regimens, and restrictive …

Wellness

Jack White denies Libertines link-up

Former White Stripes man insists he will not be producing the comeback album from Pete Doherty and friends<p>Jack White has reportedly denied any plans to produce the next Libertines album. Despite Pete Doherty’s recent claim that White “says he’d like to” helm the sessions, representatives for the …

Bob Marley's 'Legend' Primed for First Top 10 Chart Finish

Google Play sale helps the greatest hits collection become the reggae great's first top 10 album since 1976<p>Bob Marley and the Wailers' greatest hits …

Bob Marley

National Geographic Travel

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September Events in Paris: Les Sept Soirées Ensembles, Sneakerness, Sinkane & More

<i>Park(ing) Day; Sinkane</i><p>It is officially <i>la rentrée</i> and Paris is abuzz. September brings Parisians back from their month-long holidays, revived and …

The Week in Review: Celebrity Images Hacked

Over 100 stars were exposed in the latest round of photo leaks to hit the Internet, this time revealing nude or nearly nude images of household …