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Books

The Blue Ridge Project: A Dark Suspense Novel (The Project Book 1) Kindle Edition

Murder. Secret organizations. Experimental technology. Horrific crimes...<p>Detective Andrea Nox is investigating a bizarre and violent murder-suicide …

Oregon Shooting: US Gun Deaths Compared To UK And Those Killed By Terrorism

Thursday saw yet another mass shooting bring death, carnage and frustrated misery to the US as nine people were killed by a gunman on a college …

Now Jeremy Corbyn economic adviser wants to raise £100billion by taxing the spending from your bank account

Exclusive Richard Murphy, who is credited as the creator of 'Corbynomics', said the Chancellor George Osborne should start to tax people’s money as they spend it from their bank accounts<p>Britons should be levied with a new £100billion "tax on consumption" paid directly from their bank accounts, …

Economics

Mary Beard: why ancient Rome matters to the modern world

Failure in Iraq, debates about freedom, expenses scandals, sex advice … the Romans seem versions of ourselves. But then there’s the slavery and the babies on rubbish heaps. We need to understand ancient Rome, but should we take lessons from it?<p>By the late fourth century CE the river Danube had …

Ancient Rome

The Ugly Nationalist Politics of Human Origins

The world was abuzz this week over a new human ancestor species found in South Africa. It is just the latest in a race by countries to claim the …

Scientific Research

Bridget Christie: I’m having my Jeremy Corbyn moment. Have you had yours?

‘Suddenly I understood Corbyn-mania. I understood how this principled, unassuming 66-year-old man had captured the hearts of so many young people and disheartened Labour voters’<p>On 13 May 1997, Jeremy Paxman interviewed former home secretary and vampire Michael “Dracula” Howard about the dismissal …

Propaganda

Indian sisters to be raped as 'punishment' for brother eloping

Two Indian sisters 'sentenced' to be raped and then paraded naked around the streets with their faces blackened in another example of India's scandalous 'village justice'<p>Two sisters in India - one aged only 15-years - are to be raped as "punishment" for their brother running away with a married …

India

Cartoonist fired by LA Times after LAPD arrest says evidence 'spliced and edited'

As Ted Rall’s book on Edward Snowden hits shelves this week, parallels are visible between his own story – involving a police encounter over jaywalking – and that of his subject, the NSA whistleblower<p>Ted Rall’s book Snowden, out this week, could not be debuting at a stranger time for its embattled …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Shifting Sands: The Unravelling of the Old Order in the Middle East review – why the Arab spring failed

Academics and writers provide valuable insight in this fine collection of essays edited by Raja Shehadeh and Penny Johnson<p>Khaled Fahmy trudged down to Tahrir Square in Cairo four years ago to join what he expected to be another small demonstration crushed by overwhelming police forces. Instead he …

Geopolitics

UN peacekeepers face new sex abuse allegations in CAR

Three young females, including a minor, have accused United Nations peacekeepers of raping them in the Central African Republic, the global body has announced, taking the number of allegations to 13 since the UN stationed troops in the country in September.<p>The announcement on Wednesday comes a week …

Africa

Zero-hours contracts offered to 'a quarter of all unemployed'

Older job-seekers more likely to turn down zero-hour contracts, according to survey<p>Nearly one in four unemployed adults in the UK have been offered zero-hours contracts, according to research which also shows that more than half who could have taken up a job on this basis turned it down.<p>The …

Human Geography

Chelsea Manning found guilty but spared solitary confinement for contraband

Soldier jailed for leaking state secrets is suspended from recreational activities in army prison after magazines, books and expired toothpaste were confiscated<p>Chelsea Manning has been found guilty of possessing unapproved reading material by a panel at Fort Leavenworth prison but will be spared …

Prison

Isis beheads elderly chief of antiquities in ancient Syrian city, official says

Khaled al-Asaad, 82, was interrogated by militants for a month before he was murdered in the ancient city<p>Islamic State militants beheaded a renowned antiquities scholar in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and hung his mutilated body on a column in a main square of the historic site because he …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Britain’s ‘Twitter troops’ have ways of making you think…

From Isis to Ukraine, life is busy for a section of Britain’s intelligence network specialising in stings, mind games and psychological ‘stage magic’<p>Amid disclosures of mass surveillance and government hacking, the Snowden revelations have exposed a hitherto unknown branch of the British …

Psychology

Anne Rice hits out at 'internet lynch mobs' attacking controversial books

Interview With the Vampire author says attempts to ‘take down’ Kate Breslin’s concentration camp romance with bad Amazon reviews amount to censorship<p>The bestselling novelist Anne Rice, author of Interview With the Vampire, has said that she believes “we are facing a new era of censorship, in the …

Censorship

China stuns financial markets by devaluing yuan for second day running

Stocks, currencies and commodities fall sharply across region as investors fear a stalling China economy and possible currency war despite Beijing’s assurances<p>Markets slide as China moves to weaken yuan again<p>China stunned the world’s financial markets on Wednesday by devaluing its currency for a …

Economy

Greek bailout terms to give eurozone vast powers over policymaking

A 29-page document setting out conditions of €85bn deal shows Greece faces more austerity and health, welfare, pensions and tax overhaul<p>The Greek government is to surrender powers over vast areas of economic and social policymaking to its eurozone creditors under draconian terms agreed for a new …

Greece

MoD released potentially lethal bacteria on London Tube, chemically experimented on soldiers

Potentially lethal biological agents were unleashed on an unsuspecting British public and chemical warfare was trialed on military personnel as part of Ministry of Defense (MOD) experiments carried out over decades, a shocking new book reveals.<p>In his latest work, entitled ‘<i>Secret Science: A Century</i> …

When a Jew loves a Nazi: Holocaust romance's award listings cause outrage

Kate Breslin’s romance For Such a Time – an ‘offensive and upsetting’ novel about an SS Kommandant and a concentration camp prisoner – is shortlisted for book prizes<p>A romantic novel in which a “blonde and blue-eyed Jewess” falls in love with an SS-Kommandant in Theresienstadt concentration camp has …

Books

The mistake we all make... and the simple experiment that reveals it

A simple experiment questioning people’s response to a picture reveals a common error that hampers our decision making. In an extract from his new book, psychologist Richard Nisbett reveals the ‘mindware’ to help us think smarter<p>Bill Gates is the richest person in the world. At the age of 19, he …

Behavior

Muzik nightclub shooting puzzles Toronto police

It was long past last call when shots rang out at Toronto's Muzik nightclub on Tuesday morning. Just after 3 a.m., the bar was still packed with partygoers – in the eyes of police called to the scene, potential witnesses – not exactly the ideal setting for getting away with a murder. But police say …

Guy Ritchie: from geezer to crowd-pleaser

Guy Ritchie’s films are now unfashionable enough to be fun again. I’m aware that doesn’t sound like much of a compliment, so here’s a slightly nicer way of putting it. Ritchie’s early, career-making movies are so inseparable from the Cool Britannia culture that came to define British pop culture in …

Guy Ritchie

Camila Batmanghelidjh and the rise of the egotistical altruist

Like Bono and Bob Geldof we are all guilty of self-serving acts of charity. The Kids Company saga is just the tip of the iceberg, says Bryony Gordon<p>It surprised me how shocked I felt about the closure of Kids Company this week. With each increasingly erratic interview given by Camila …

Gwyneth Paltrow

Don't investigate thefts, assaults or hit-and-runs, police told

New policies emerge after Leicestershire police ridiculed for not investigating burglaries at odd-numbered houses<p>British police forces are refusing to investigate assaults, thefts and hit-and-run car crashes, prompting growing concern about the priorities set by some chief constables, it can be …

Crime

Outrage after Russia steamrolls tonnes of Western food

Russian officials have steamrolled tonnes of cheese, fruit and vegetables, defying public outrage to begin a controversial drive to destroy Western food smuggled into the country.<p>A spokeswoman for the food safety agency Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement released by the agriculture ministry on …

Russia

The Edward Heath witch hunt is the stuff of Hitler's dreams

If it wasn’t so horrific, all this would be entertaining<p>Wiltshire police are on the trail of a sex abuser. He is a tall, well-built man, white, approximately 45 years old, and answers to the name of “Edward” or “Teddy” or “The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom”. Anyone with any information on …

Margaret Thatcher