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Sykes-Picot: 'A kind of tapestry of plans and promises'

One hundred years ago, the Middle East was divvied up between the French and the British. The historian Maurus Reinkowski talks with DW about the …

Middle East

2. Mao Zedong

Chairman Mao, as he is known to most of the world, was the leader of the Chinese Communist Party and the People€™s Republic of China, which he ruled …


This tiny transformable home puts all others to shame

Engineering meets interior design<p>If you’ve ever lived in a big city like New York, Paris, or Tokyo then you understand the compromise you make regarding space. After looking at rents you quickly give up dreams of having a guest bedroom, a full-sized kitchen with large American fridge, a bathtub, a …

Interior Design

NASA: Global warming is now changing how Earth wobbles

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is shifting the way the Earth wobbles on its polar axis, a new NASA study finds.<p>Melting ice sheets — especially in Greenland — are changing the distribution of weight on Earth. And that has caused both the North Pole and the wobble, which is called polar motion, to …

Global Warming

El Salvador authorities raid office of 'Panama Papers' law firm

Police in El Salvador have seized computers from the local offices of the law firm Mossack Fonseca. Officials have said they were looking for …

The best of the rest at the 2016 New York International Auto Show | Ars Technica

We can't review every car at NYIAS, but there are a ton of interesting ideas to see.<p>This year's New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) is currently …

General Motors

How to turn your old PC into a speedy Chromebook for free

A step-by-step guide to making your old machine into a Chrome capable computer<p>One of the great ironies of the cloud computing age is that the five to ten year old laptop gathering dust in your desk drawer probably has more horsepower than a top of the line Chromebook which just hit the market. That …

New York City

South Sudan: The deadly consequences of child marriage | War & Conflict

<b>Nyal, Unity State, South Sudan -</b> Elizabeth Nyanyot Diu was forced into marriage and motherhood when she was still a child.<p>At 12, she was told she had to marry a 30-year-old man who beat her regularly. "At any time, whenever he wanted, he would cane me," she remembers.<p>Two years into their union, she …

Communist Party

The dark side

A US clinic may have been illegally prescribing HGH as more proof emerges in probe into performance-enhancing drugs.<p>More evidence has emerged in Al Jazeera's investigation into performance-enhancing drugs, suggesting that a clinic in the United States might have been illegally prescribing human …

Asia Pacific

This Amazing, Giant Hulkbuster Toy Has an Iron Man Figure Inside

<b>Update:</b> <i>Guys, I got this totally wrong. Not about the figure being giant and awesome, but it was made by Comicave, not Hot Toys, and it is totally not</i> …


Puerto Rico's soaring cost of living, from giant electric bills to $5 cornflakes

In recession since 2006, the island is grappling with supermarket items 21% higher than the US average – even as 41% live in poverty<p>Puerto Rico is in a severe fiscal crisis due to its $72bn in debt, which its governor recently declared was “not payable”. It has been in recession since 2006, with a …


As Greece falls in arrears, one man wants to crowdfund €1.6 billion payment | Ars Technica

British campaign organizer: “Right come on guys, let's just get this shit sorted.”<p>Greece needs a hand, man. Remember that time it brought you the …


Amazing high-speed cake packing at Chinese bakery

Watch this woman bag five cakes in one second<p>This woman packaging cakes takes fast food to a whole new level.<p>Using her tongs, she flicks <b>sponge cakes</b> into the customer's bag at an astonishing speed.<p>At one point, she manages to bag five cakes in a second. Here it is slowed down:<p>The footage was shot …


India and Bangladesh seal land-swap deal

Bangladesh and India have sealed a historic land pact to swap territories, which will finally allow tens of thousands of people living in border enclaves to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo.<p>The foreign secretaries of the two nations on Saturday signed a protocol and …


Inside Apple’s secretive iMac plant in Ireland

When people talk about Apple’s Irish operations, it’s normally negatively, regarding questionable tax practices. But the company operates a 4,000-person factory in Cork, Ireland, that builds iMacs — and it’s the only Apple-owned manufacturing facility in the world.<p>The <i>Irish Examiner</i> recently got a …

Hong Kong

EU parliament calls for Turkey to recognise 'genocide'

<b>Istanbul, Turkey</b> -The European Parliament has called on Turkey to recognise the "Armenian genocide", sparking condemnation from Ankara, which says the move is "inconsistent with international law".<p>"Armenia and Turkey should use the centenary of the Armenian genocide to renew diplomatic relations, …

North Africa
South Africa

LG Display Claims Apple Will Release the 'iMac 8K' Later This Year

While it could be a factual error, Reddit points us towards an interesting comment on the LG Display blog last week that claims Apple announced it will release a new iMac with 8K display later this year. Apple, of course, has not made any announcements about a new iMac since last year, and 8K …