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How the eBay of Illegal Drugs Came Undone

For the past two and a half years, the underground online marketplace Silk Road has been described as the eBay of illicit goods and services—an anonymous, electronic black market where one could find and easily purchase everything from black-tar heroin and cocaine to illegal firearms and contract …

Try It Now

Before the Muppets, Jim Henson Tried to Build a Futuristic Nightclub

A new biography sheds light on the many careers of the late artist, including his live-action experimental filmmaking.<p>Even with this success, the ambitious Henson was concerned about his ability to grow artistically in this new medium. Henson’s wife, Jane, noted that the commercials and variety …

Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova: Why I have gone on hunger strike

Beginning Monday, 23 September, I am going on hunger strike. This is an extreme method, but I am convinced that it is my only way out of my current situation.<p>The penal colony administration refuses to hear me. But I, in turn, refuse to back down from my demands. I will not remain silent, resigned …

Six bodies found in Oklahoma lake reopening 40-year-old cold cases

Six bodies have been discovered at the bottom of a lake by police in Oklahoma as they were testing new sonar tools, reopening missing persons cases more than 40 years old.<p>The remains of six people have been discovered in two cars that had sat rusting for more than 40 years at the bottom of an …

The US has been helping Mexico spy on its citizens for decades

Mexico is the latest country to be caught up in the NSA leaks story. It seems the agency had access to president Enrique Peña Nieto’s email account while he was running for office last year. The disclosure offers us a remarkable, if unsurprising, window into how the US government treats its close …

Surveillance

US-born 'jihadist rapper' Omar Hammami reportedly killed in Somalia

Militant also known as Abu Mansoor al-Amriki was on FBI's most wanted list with $5m reward for his capture<p>A rapping jihadist from Alabama who ascended the ranks of Somalia's al-Qaida-linked militant group and was on the FBI's most wanted list with a $5m (£3.2m) reward for his capture was reportedly …

Anthony Weiner's Run Ends With A Flourish Of His Finger

Voters in New York City are waiting to see whether Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio reached the 40 percent point that would avoid an Oct. 1 runoff with challenger William Thompson.<p>With about 98 percent of precincts having reported the results from Tuesday's voting, our colleagues at WNYC …

Mars One mission starts sifting through 200,000 applicants

Between 24 and 40 people will take a one-way flight to the red planet in 2023 with the private Mars One mission<p><b>Mars colony</b><p><i>Mars One</i><p>Only a few dozen will be chosen for the 2023 mission to colonize the red planet.<p>Five months after the Netherlands-based private spaceflight project Mars One announced it …

Uruguyan who survived four months in the Andes is child sex fugitive

A man rescued after reportedly spending four months lost in the Andes mountains of South America turns out to have been on the run from child sex charges.<p>Authorities said on Monday that Raul Gomez, a plumber from Uruguay, had survived through the winter after disappearing along Chile's …

Two million euro jewellery heist in central Paris

Thieves pulled off a two million-euro jewellery heist in central Paris on Monday morning after smashing their car through the store's front window.<p>Four men rammed their car into the Casty store near Paris's chic Place Vendôme in the latest in a spate of high-profile robberies in France – most on …

France

107-Year-Old Man Dies In Shootout with SWAT Team

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>In Pine Bluff, Arkansas on Sunday, a 107-year-old man was shot and killed after exchanging gunfire …

Found At Sea: 30 Tons Of Hashish, On Fire

A fire aboard a cargo ship in the Mediterranean Sea was set in order to get rid of 30 tons of hashish, according to officials in Italy and Malta. Authorities had approached the Gold Star, a Tanzania-registered ship, for an inspection Friday afternoon. But members of the crew reportedly set fire to …

Insane Traffic Jam in China Hits Day 9

A Lone Bandit and the Mystery of France's Greatest Diamond Heist

A gunman stole $136 million of jewelry from an exhibition at the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes hotel in July. Investigators and gem experts are still wondering how it happened.<p>The terrace doors of the opulent Intercontinental Carlton Cannes hotel on the French Riviera were supposed to be …

Associated Press News

Mexico's Vicente Fox pushes marijuana debate to forefront

Conservative former President Vicente Fox has become an unlikely leading advocate of marijuana legalization. He says his change of heart stems from Mexico's mounting drug violence.<p>September 02, 2013|By Richard Fausset<p>Former President Vicente Fox of Mexico, who has always considered himself… …

Mexico

Mexico bus drivers stay at home after blonde vigilante's 'revenge killings'

Only 10 of the 20 drivers assigned to Ciuadad Juárez bus route where two drivers were murdered last week turn up at work<p>The blonde vigilante allegedly out to avenge female victims of sexual assault in Mexico has struck fear into the hearts of Ciudad Juárez's bus drivers. Half of the drivers who …

Poker-faced John McCain caught playing on smartphone during Senate's Syria hearing

John McCain's poker face as he sat with colleagues listening to the case for the US to attack Syria was genuine: he was playing cards on his iPhone.<p>A photograph of the senior Republican senator, a longtime advocate for forceful military intervention in Syria, playing poker on his phone, held just …

Obama Administration

Mysterious mummy found in German attic by 10-year-old boy

A mummy that would seemingly be of Egyptian origin has been discovered a long way from its apparent home. A 10-year-old boy found the sarcophagus along with a mummified body in the attic of his house in Diepholz, Germany last month, reports the AFP. But while the sarcophagus is inscribed with …

Human remains believed uncovered in search at Florida boys school

The first of many to die at a Florida reform school infamous for inflicting beatings and abuse is identified in official records only as "Unknown colored boy."<p>Researchers say he died in 1911. But his name, final resting place, and the reason for his early death remain a mystery.<p>He's not alone.<p>The …

Archaeology

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Environment

Inside the dangerous world of Kim Jong-un's crooners

Once a leading singer and lover of Kim Jong-un, the downfall of Hyon Song-wol has shed light on the perils of life in the Supreme Leader's entertainment corps.<p>As the in-house bands to the world’s most brutal Communist regime, the Unhasu Orchestra, Wanghaesan Light Music Band, and Moranbong Ladies …

North Korea

Are you a cyberpunk? This early 1990s poster explains it all to you.

R.U. Sirius was a founder of <i>Mondo 2000</i>, the definitive futurist magazine of the early 1990s. And now he's posted a ton of snippets from it over at</i> …

Cyberpunk