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Tracing the path of four terrorists sent to Europe by the Islamic State

SALZBURG, Austria — On a crisp morning last October, 198 migrants arrived on the Greek island of Leros, all of them seemingly desperate people seeking sanctuary in Europe. But hiding among them were four men with a very different agenda.<p>The four were posing as war-weary Syrians — all carrying …

North Africa

You think this is a sonic boom – but it’s not

Awe-inspiring photographs of fast jets surrounded by a split-second shockwave aren’t evidence of a plane breaking the sound barrier. BBC Future looks at what causes them.<p>It’s an eye-catching sight that has been captured by photographers and camera crews time and again; a military jet sweeps in low …

Aerospace

The Powerful Predictor Behind Successful Relationships

When does a broken relationship start to go wrong?<p>Whatever you’re thinking — an awkward conversation with your boss, the white lie you told about …

Ebola crisis 'claimed needless lives' because World Health Organisation failed to act quickly

Internal memos showed the WHO was reluctant to declare a public health emergency after it had its fingers burned with the Swine Flu pandmeic<p>The Ebola crisis claimed needless lives because the World Health Organisation was scared to sound the alarm after being criticised for causing panic during the …

How The Secret Service Protects The President's Hawaii Vacation

It's not news to anyone that when the president comes to town, he comes with a ton of security. But when the president comes to a small island in the middle of the Pacific -- a small island that is already home to the nation's second worst traffic -- his security apparatus is a bit more …

19 Things You'll Only Understand If You Studied Abroad

Because as someone famous once said, "the best things you learn aren't learned in a classroom."<p><b>1. Contrary to every mother's belief, you won’t even feel sick if you eat gelato for every meal.</b> Or pizza. Or crepes. Or empanadas. Or anything in the top, bad-for-you section of the food pyramid. We’re …

Mandela in Verse: Myself I Stood in the Storm

On each day of Nelson Mandela’s eighteen years of confinement in Robben Island prison, he looked out onto the same barren world: low gray-brown walls; the prison yard where he and his fellow-detainees broke rocks, gray dust rising in gray puffs from his hammer. Beyond the prison walls, men labored …

Nelson Mandela

Pictures of the week: 40 Weeks And A mirror, by Sophie Starzenski

Each week, the Guardian Weekend magazine's editorial team choose a picture, or set of pictures, that particularly tickle their fancy. This week, their choice is Sophie Starzenski's 40 weeks and a mirror.

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