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Iranian oil is about to flood the market

After several Democratic lawmakers in the US Senate came out in support of the Iran deal in recent days, the survival of the accord is all but assured. Democratic Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), and Gary Peters (D-Michigan) all announced their support for the …

US man tried to organise terror attack in Melbourne, say authorities

A 20-year-old Florida man who lived with his parents while masquerading online as a Perth jihadist called “Australi Witness” attempted to organise a terror attack in Melbourne, according to US authorities.<p>Florida man charged over alleged 9/11 memorial bomb plot<p>Read more<p>Joshua Ryne Goldberg has been …

Personal Organizing

Dispute among House GOP jeopardizes vote on Iran nuclear deal

Conservative House Republicans forced an abrupt about-face from party leaders Wednesday as a rule to debate a resolution disapproving the Iran nuclear deal was scrapped in favor of an approach involving votes on three related measures.<p>The first measure specifies that the Obama administration had …

Obama Administration

Islamic State group's attacks in Saudi test security of hajj

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Islamic State group is extending its reach in Saudi Arabia, expanding the scope of its attacks and drawing in …

Islam

Zack Snyder: Sorry Marvel, ‘Batman v. Superman’ Transcends Superhero Movies

Zack Snyder, the architect of DC’s movie universe, talks about the ‘Crash the Super Bowl’ contest and how Batman and Superman transcend the superhero …

Justice League

Should I go on holiday to Greece?

So, for the time being, it looks as though the Greeks have probably avoided Grexit. The banks are open again, card payment systems continue to work and a measure of stability has been re-established for holidaymakers and locals. And there are plenty of last-minute deals for anyone looking for some …

Yet another threat: Israel becomes Iran

I am not a cop or a nuclear physicist. I’m a nurse, a Jew, a mother, and an Israeli. I don’t know how to avoid being knifed at a bus stop, much less …

Israel

How 5 Voices Inside You Can Make Your Day

“Self-talk” is the psychological term for the inner conversation that streams constantly through one’s mind. Self-talk is something we all do. In …

A Stanford professor asked 24 volunteers to spend 2 weeks in prison and the results were catastrophic

During the summer of 1971, 24 volunteers living near Stanford University were interviewed, selected, and arrested.<p>They'd all responded to a simple newspaper ad calling for male college students whom, it said, would get $15 a day to participate in a "psychological study of prison life" that …

Rome is on the verge of collapse and needs urgent repair, leaders warn

No Roman Holiday – the Eternal City is in chronic decline as a result of a toxic mix of corruption, debt, poor administration and shabby infrastructure<p>It may boast the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the glories that were ancient Rome, but the city is now in chronic decline, its business …

Uniqlo sex video: film shot in Beijing store goes viral and angers government

A viral sex video that set the Chinese internet alight this week struck a severe blow to the country’s “core socialist values”, Beijing’s online watchdog has said.<p>The one-minute film, which leaked on to social media on Tuesday night and has since been viewed by millions of people, shows a …

China

'You should know better': Watch Obama scold a reporter at his Iran press conference

Garrett bluntly asked Obama why the US government wasn't more focused on the Americans being held against their will in Iran.<p>"Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content, with all the fanfare around this deal, to leave the conscience of this nation, the strength of this nation, unaccounted …

Netanyahu Breaks Down Exactly What He Told Obama Over the Phone Following Iran Deal: ‘I Said…’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed to NBC News Wednesday what he told President Barack Obama after a nuclear deal with Iran was announced.<p>Speaking to Lest Holt, Netanyahu stressed that while he respects Obama, the two have a significant disagreement on the deal.<p>“Well, you know, I …

Al-Qaeda

As media go nuclear over Iran deal, Obama unleashes a torrent of words

Hillary Clinton seemed guarded in endorsing President Obama’s nuclear deal as an “important step,” even as she talked about remaining vigilant about Iran’s “bad behavior.”<p>No such ambivalence on the Republican side, where virtually every presidential candidate has denounced the agreement in fiery …

GCHQ will circumvent encryption no matter what. Here's how

On both sides of the Atlantic the battle over encryption is hotting up, with the FBI continuing to press its case for access and the British …

Former agent: I was abandoned by MI5 after breakdown

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1180000/1180552_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524666193_1512b1e66eee054e009bd51fd03e2a2a<p><b>A former MI5 spy has broken cover to give the BBC an unprecedented account of his life in service - and describe his anger at the way he was treated.</b><p>The …

Royal Navy

The Latest: Biden to meet with Democratic senators on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — Here are the latest developments involving the agreement between the United States, Iran and world powers to limit the Islamic …

South Asia

Desperate Greeks scour UK for jobs to escape debt crisis

Recent developments in the debt crisis have exacerbated raging unemployment in the stricken country and prompted a rush in online searches for jobs in the UK<p>The number of Greeks looking for jobs in the UK has soared in the last two weeks as the debt crisis comes to a head, placing further pressure …

Janet Yellen has had a hard time making friends in Congress — and now she's trying to fix it

While Democrats and Republicans in Congress have become increasingly polarized, they have converged on one issue: the lack of transparency from the Fed.<p>Yellen is set to deliver her semiannual monetary policy update to the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday, and The Wall Street Journal …

How The US Government Blew $1 Billion In Taxpayer Funds On "Ghost Schools" In Afghanistan

<i>BuzzFeed News obtained internal Ministry of Education data for 2011 that has never before been made public. For Afghanistan overall, the data showed</i> …

The UK government insists it's not going to try and ban encryption

The denial comes after Prime Minister David Cameron suggested in Parliament at the end of June that he intended to crack down on encryption technology, saying he wanted to "ensure that terrorists do not have a safe space in which to communicate."<p>Cameron's comments echoed his earlier remarks on the …

State has not turned over 2 Benghazi-related emails to Congress

At issue: A pair of emails from Sept. 29, 2012.<p>The State Department has not turned over to congressional Benghazi investigators an email exchange between Hillary Clinton and top aides who were prepping the former secretary of state to discuss the 2012 terrorist attack with a U.S. senator.<p>The House …

Surveillance

Democrats Blackmailing America’s Defenses to Get Uncontrolled Spending

In 2011, a divided Congress passed the Budget Control Act that mandated a reduction in the federal budget. The act was passed to avert the imminent …

Military

Cruz: Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage Will Be 'Front And Center' In 2016 Campaign

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz intends to make his opposition to the Supreme Court's decision last week to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide "front and center" in his presidential campaign.<p>In an interview with <i>Morning Edition</i> host Steve Inskeep on Sunday in New York City, the GOP presidential hopeful …

Same-sex Marriage

What Happens To A Country When An Outbreak Of Ebola Ends?

Liberia is nearing a milestone. On May 9, its Ebola outbreak will be officially declared over, assuming no new cases between now and then.<p>But what happens when an outbreak of Ebola ends?<p>Dr. Peter Piot, the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the co-discoverer of …

Disease

Who Are the Houthis?

In a new documentary, Safa al-Ahmad charts the rise of the mysterious rebel group now ruling much of Yemen.<p>In Safa al-Ahmad’s new documentary on the pitched battle for Yemen, which aired this week on <i>Frontline</i>, the Saudi Arabian filmmaker passes by countless posters declaring—and a number of …

This Photographer Traveled To 37 Countries To Prove That Female Beauty Is Everywhere

The photo project "Atlas of Beauty" took photographer Mihaela Noroc to 37 countries, where she saw endless versions of beauty over 15 months.

Beauty

Captivating Portraits of Enigmatic Figures Lost in a Magical World

Inspired by the lush natural surroundings of her native Vilnius, Lithuanian photographer Viktorija Raggana captures incredibly emotive portraits filled with enchantment and mystery. Raggana, who calls herself a “photographer-witch,” weaves her spell over enigmatic scenes that seem to belong to the …

Photography