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25 stunning photos of Europe's best beaches, according to TripAdvisor users

TripAdvisor's latest beach rankings in its 2016 Travellers' Choice Awards, which ranked the best beaches in the world and in Europe based on millions of user reviews, provide ample inspiration.<p>From a blue lagoon on a Greek island to a serene Baltic beach with golden sand, the winning beaches on …

Apple says law enforcement missed chance to back up shooter's phone

Did law enforcement make a big error in its handling of the iPhone after the San Bernardino shooting?<p>That's what Apple is claiming. According to senior Apple executives, there was a lost opportunity to get into the shooter's iCloud account, which had been backed up six weeks prior to the …

6 Unforgettable Adventure Vacations to Take In 2016

Travel to these American hot spots for the thrill of a lifetime<p>The value of your vacation isn’t found on your phone’s camera roll. It’s in your brain—the memories lodged so deeply that they’re still vivid years later.<p>There’s a trick to forming them: Rev up your heart rate in a new …

Hiking

Body Language Expert's Hillary Analysis Bothers Today Hosts

The <i>Today</i> Show had body language expert Janine Driver on as a guest to analyze the body language of presidentical candidates Hillary Clinton, Donald …

China arrests after hundreds attack police in Hunan province

<b>Police in central China have arrested 13 people after hundreds of villagers attacked a police station on Friday.</b><p>Residents of the village, in Hunan province, were reportedly angry about the handling of a young woman's death last month.<p>Officials say the death was caused by pesticide poisoning, but …

UN sounds warning on Yemen situation

The UN is appealing for humanitarian aid from the international community after UN-brokered efforts to end the ongoing conflict in Yemen drew a blank.<p>The UN relief arm called for $1.6bn in funding on Friday in order to rescue Yemen from a crisis that has led to acute food insecurity.<p>Stephen …

US Army Special Forces testing tiny drones, report says

Tiny battlefield drones could become a useful tool for U.S. Army Special Forces, which are reportedly testing the technology.<p>Arne Skjaerpe, CEO of unmanned aircraft system manufacturer Prox Dynamics told Defense One that U.S. Army Special Forces have a handful of the company’s PD-100 Black Hornet …

Israel’s Alliance with al-Qaeda | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>Since January, I have been ploughing a lonely furrow in this column by covering what is certainly one of the most under-reported stories in the world</i> …

US prepares for war on China Russia

The United States is preparing for a possible war against China and Russia aimed at preventing the collapse of the Western banking system, an …

Cyprus arrest of Hezbollah man 'uncovered large-scale Iranian terror plot across Europe'

Israeli security sources believe Hezbollah kept a storeroom hiding massive quantity of explosives in Cyprus for an Iranian-orchestrated terror …

Saudi Arabia has been stabbing the US in the back for decades

If my arithmetic is correct, that would date the beginning of Turki's cherished Saudi-U.S. relationship to 1965. But "best friend"?<p>As Oscar Wilde is credited with saying, "True friends stab you in the front."<p>America's back was turned in 1973 when Saudi Arabian-led oil producers imposed an embargo …

Looks Like Russia Wants Its Sanctions Extended Into 2016

Russia has jeopardized its chances of having sectoral sanctions wound down in Europe and Washington next year following its recent travel ban on 89 E.U. politicians. Extending sanctions will have a direct impact on Russia investors.<p>Russia banned Uwe Corsepius, secretary general of the European …

Russia

Pivot Insanity: Why is Obama Goading China? | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is willing to risk a war with China in order to defend “freedom of navigation” in the South China Sea. Speaking</i> …

Britain Sent Loads Of Convicts To America, Not Just Australia

The joke about Australia is that it was founded by a bunch of criminals. And from 1788 until 1868, Britain did send roughly 164,000 convicts to the …

The 8 Best Hotels In Central and South America

<i>by Caitlin Morton and the Editors of Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Featuring private plunge pools, mountain views, and culture to spare, these are the 30 best hotels in Central and South America, as chosen by <i>Condé Nast Traveler</i> readers.<p><b>8. Palacio del Inka (Luxury Collection) -- Cusco, Peru</b><p><i>Readers' Rating:</i> …

The 15 Benghazi emails you need to read

POLITICO’s summary of the most interesting exchanges from Hillary Clinton’s private server.<p>The State Department released close to 900 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary on Friday, providing a detailed looked at how an embattled agency responded to terrorist attacks in …

Emails shed light on how Clinton and her team managed Benghazi situation

Days after the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, a top advisor to then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton offered regular assessments of how U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was performing during a series of network interviews.<p>"She did make clear our view that …

Government

Norwegian gas just knocked Russia down a peg in Europe

During the first quarter of 2015, Norway exported 29.2 billion cubic meters (bcm) to Western Europe, according to figures from Norwegian state operator Gassco. Meanwhile, Russia sold 20.29 billion bcm, according to Gazprom figures.<p>The trend towards Norwegian gas began in the fourth quarter of 2014 …

Apple and Google Just Attended a Confidential Spy Summit in a Remote English Mansion

At an 18th-century mansion in England’s countryside last week, current and former spy chiefs from seven countries faced off with representatives from …

George Soros: World War 3 Between U.S. And Russia, China ‘No Exaggeration’

According to famed hedge fund investor George Soros, World War 3 could occur between the United States and both Russia and China based upon certain …

Senate Brinksmanship To End Surveillance Powers Under Patriot Act

After the Senate rejected the USA Freedom Act, a bill to reform NSA surveillance authority, the deadline to reauthorize parts of the Patriot Act will likely pass, ending the government's authority to collect in bulk Americans' phone data without a warrant. The fallout remains unclear.<p>As Edward …

Special operators lament Islamic State strategy: ‘We are doing everything through cellphones’

Special operations forces are aggravated over being largely held back from the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.<p>Top U.S. …

Report Details Widespread Prisoner Abuse, Torture in Ukraine Conflict

KYIV, Ukraine—Prisoner abuse, including torture and summary execution, is a daily occurrence on the battlefields of eastern Ukraine, reflecting a …

Iraqi army and militias launch counter-offensive on IS near Ramadi

Shi'ite Muslim militiamen and Iraqi army forces launched a counter-offensive against Islamic State insurgents near Ramadi on Saturday, a militia …

The Unbelievably Shocking and Corrupt Tactics the CIA Used to Hide Their Torture Practices

<i>The following is an excerpt from Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Warfare by Scott Horton. Reprinted with</i> …

• Administration has not applied to secret court for 90-day extension<br>• USA Freedom Act fails in early hours after long Senate session<p>The National Security Agency will be legally unable to collect US phone records in bulk by the time Congress returns from its Memorial Day vacation, even as the Senate …

Surveillance

CIA shuts down program using spy satellites to track climate change

For most of the past two decades, a handful of climate change scientists have had the CIA's MEDEA (Measurement of Earth Data for Environmental Analysis) program as an ace in the hole: they could draw on classified info from spy satellites and subs to study global warming in extreme detail. However, …

Climate Change

Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad

The revelations contradict the official line of Western government on their policies in Syria, and raise disturbing questions about secret Western …

Apple and Google met with spy chiefs at an 18th-century mansion in England to secretly discuss government surveillance

The secretive meeting took place over the course of three days at a conference hosted by The Ditchley Foundation at its countryside mansion in England, where everything discussed was under a strict confidentiality agreement called the Chatham House Rule.<p>Under the Chatham House Rule, "participants …