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Design trends - minimalism is now grayscale too

Minimal will remain in style for another year<p>For business websites, going wafer thin and minimal with light weight drops for additional info seem to …

Inside the Islamic State ‘capital’: no end in sight to its grim rule

When Isis took over Raqqa, a wave of black swept over the city. The group’s dark flags were raised where its members lived or worked, women were required to shroud themselves in black, and black paint was daubed on buildings and in public spaces.<p>When US air strikes started, though, activists warned …

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Ukraine: US accuses Russia of breaching ceasefire after fighting at key town

The US has accused Russia of violating the ceasefire in Ukraine, amid reports that some Ukrainian troops are pulling out of the key strategic rail hub of Debaltseve.<p>The US joined other UN security council members in lining up to pour scorn on a resolution drafted by Moscow approving the …

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iPhone 6 Review: It’s a Winner

In my view, the iPhone 6 is the best smartphone on the market, when you combine its hardware, all-new operating system, and the Apple ecosystem whose doors it opens.<p>After stubbornly resisting for years, Apple has finally joined the big-screen smartphone movement with its two latest models, the …

The Scottish referendum in nine key numbers

307 years - how long the union has been in existence<p>The Act of Union was signed in 1707 by the parliaments of both England and Scotland to make the two kingdoms into one. The two countries had shared a monarch for 104 years before the act was passed after James VI (of Scotland, he was James I of …

50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year – in pictures

Natural History Museum’s new book released on Wednesday marks five decades of the WPY competition, celebrating the art of wildlife photography. Started in the 1960s, the 160 prize-winning and commended images represent 50 years of different times, styles and specialisms – showcasing some of the …

How Crayola Crayons Are Made

There are 120 different colors of Crayola Crayons.<p>23 shades of red, 20 greens, 19 blues, 16 purples, 14 oranges, 11 browns, 8 yellows, 2 grays, 2 coppers, 2 blacks, 1 white, 1 gold and 1 silver. The Crayola factory in Easton, Pennsylvania makes 12 million crayons a day in a variety of the shades we …

THE SELECTS: More from the History of Silicon Valley

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …

5 stunning tips that will make you an iTunes master

The native iTunes application offers many features and controls for handling your songs and movies, but sometimes it can seem too overwhelming to understand. In today’s video, we give you five quick tips that will help you master iTunes. You’ll learn how to customize your store settings, access a …

Ukraine retakes border crossing from rebels as Poroshenko goes on attack

Kiev forces claimed their first victories in Petro Poroshenko's renewed offensive against pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, taking back a key border crossing and three villages.<p>Ukrainian troops hit rebel positions with artillery and air strikes after the president declared an end to …

What's A Caliphate?

The Islamic caliphates had a long and glorious run, but in the 21st century, they seemed consigned to history. Simply put, a caliphate is an Islamic state led by a supreme religious and political leader, and it has existed in one form or another for most of the 1,400-year history of Islam.<p>The …

EXTREMISTS IN IRAQ DECLARE NEW LEADER

Militant Islamist fighters in a military parade to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic "caliphate" after the group captured territory in neighbouring Iraq, Monday. REUTERS/Stringer

Gertrude of Arabia, the Woman Who Invented Iraq

Gertrude of Arabia rigged an election, installed a king loyal to the British, drew new borders—and gave us today’s ungovernable country.<p>She came into …

Militants, Iraq security forces clash at country's largest oil refinery

An official at Iraq’s largest domestic oil refinery says Sunni militants have taken over 75 percent of the facility following clashes with Iraqi security forces.<p>"The militants have managed to break in to the refinery. Now they are in control of the production units, administration building and four …

Flying High: A Conversation with Bill Yates About His Aerial Photography

Bill Yates is based in North Florida and travels extensively shooting personal projects. Primarily known for his stunning aerial photography, Bill …

Argentina: price freezes herald start of political battle

The bibs are back: printed with the slogan “we monitor the prices” and worn by young pro-government activists, the foot soldiers of Argentina’s …

Iraqi army in tense stand-off at Fallujah

Government has called on residents of Fallujah, one of two cities seized by al-Qaeda, to drive out militants themselves<p>Iraqi forces were engaged in a tense stand-off on Monday night outside two cities said to have been taken over by al-Qaeda as the government attempted to end its latest crisis …

Unprecedented Photographs of Real Life in North Korea

North Korea is a nation of which little is known or understood in the rest of the world. Their government’s notorious mistrust of outsiders keeps the …