Lauren McLain

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Putin Clamps Down: A Chilling Report From Moscow

“Nadya, pay the bill,” Masha Alyokhina says impatiently, taking a drag of her cigarette.<p>“OK, OK,” says Nadya Tolokonnikova. She stubs out her own …

Oklahoma execution: Clayton Lockett writhes on gurney in botched procedure

The state of Oklahoma botched one execution and was forced to call off another on Tuesday when a disputed cocktail of drugs failed to kill a condemned prisoner who was left writhing on the gurney.<p>After the failure of a 20-minute attempt to execute him, Clayton Lockett was left to die of a heart …

Oklahoma Is About to Perform the First ‘Double Execution’ In 14 Years

Dustin Volz @dnvolz<p>April 29, 2014, 4:38 a.m.<p>Ok­lahoma will carry out two ex­e­cu­tions just hours apart Tues­day even­ing, mark­ing the first time …

The White House

Chibok abductions: Nigeria girls' taken abroad'

<b>Some of the schoolgirls abducted by suspected militant Islamists in northern Nigeria are believed to have been taken to neighbouring states, a local leader has told the BBC.</b><p>Pogo Bitrus said there had been "sightings" of gunmen crossing with the girls into Cameroon and Chad.<p>Some of the girls had …

Africa

President Uhuru Kenyatta signs Kenya polygamy law

<b>Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law a controversial marriage bill legalising polygamy.</b><p>It brings civil law, where a man was only allowed one wife, into line with customary law, where some cultures allow multiple partners.<p>Controversy surrounded an amendment to the bill, supported by …

LGBTQI

At least 50 mummies unearthed at Egypt's Valley of the Kings

Archaeologists have discovered the final resting place of at least 50 royal Egyptians including princes, princesses and infants while excavating a trashed tomb at the Valley of the Kings.<p>Hieratic inscriptions (a cursive form of hieroglyphs) revealed that most of the mummies in the tomb were related …

Egyptian judge sentences 720 men to death

Fears for Egypt's democracy deepened on Monday when a judge sentenced 683 men to death in the country's latest mass trial, while another banned a youth movement that helped inspire Egypt's 2011 revolution.<p>The 683 men – including the Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohamed Badie – were condemned to death …

North Korea conducts live-fire exercises amid escalating tensions

North Korea conducted a live-fire drill Tuesday near its disputed western sea border with the South, immediately inviting a stern rebuke from its neighbor.<p>"The South Korean Army, Air Force and Navy is fully prepared for possible North Korean provocation," said Kim Min-seok, a South Korean defense …

SKorean president apologizes for ferry response

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's president apologized Tuesday for the government's inept initial response to a deadly ferry sinking as divers …

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The Alphabet Library: J is for Jurgen, 'an amiably dirty book'

In association with AbeBooks.co.uk, Tim Martin continues his series on the A to Z of forgotten books. This week, he recalls Jurgen by James Branch Cabell<p>“It is a tale which they narrate in Poictesme, saying: In the old days lived a pawnbroker named Jurgen; but what his wife called him was very …

Netanyahu warns world on Holocaust memorial day

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened the country's annual memorial day for the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust by …

Astrotourism skyrockets in Chile

<b>As dusk falls in the Elqui Valley, a packed minivan rumbles up a winding trail into the hills, high above the gleaming orange lights of Vicuna - a small town at the heart of Chile's recent boom in astrotourism.</b><p>After 40 minutes on the dusty road, lined with scrawny bushes, cacti and rocks, the van …

South America

Salman Rushdie on Gabriel García Márquez: 'His world was mine'

Salman Rushdie recalls how he fell in love with the novels of the late Gabriel García Márquez<p>Gabo lives. The extraordinary worldwide attention paid to the death of Gabriel García Márquez, and the genuine sorrow felt by readers everywhere at his passing, tells us that the books are still very much …

Tibetan Monks Painstakingly Create Incredible Mandalas Using Millions of Grains of Sand

Imagine the amount of patience that's required to create such highly detailed art such as this! To promote healing and world peace, a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks, from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India, travel the world creating incredible mandalas using millions of grains of sand. For …

Spirituality

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Basilica Cistern #1

Ring Brooch. German Middle Rhine area XIV Century. Gold and uncut Jewels.-This brooch, a superb and well-preserved example of fourteenth-century jewelry, comes from a hoard found in the Rhenish village of Lingenfeld in 1969. Because the hoard contained coins issued in Speyer between 1347 and 1349, it is thought to have been buried by a member of the local Jewish community fleeing persecution in 1349 for the safety of a neighboring town. The Cloisters Collection, 2006 (2006.257)

Shakespeare's 450th birthday: Now all the world is his stage

The 450th anniversary of the Bard’s birthday on Wednesday will see an explosion of tributes and performances – how different to 50 years ago. Jonathan Bate explains how the playwright became a global icon<p>The 400th anniversary of <b>William Shakespeare</b>’s birth was marked by a set of Royal Mail stamps, a …

George R.R. Martin: The Rolling Stone Interview

On a cold night in January, George R.R. Martin sits inside the Jean Cocteau Cinema, a revival theater that he owns in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he …