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'Super Women' Replace Supermodels In Fashion Ads And The Results Are Epic

It's safe to say that non-models are having a moment in the fashion industry.<p>Once our beloved Joan Didion for Céline campaign hit the interwebs in January, it seems there's been a series of fabulous, unconventional ads to take our news feeds (and hearts) captive.<p>But what if, instead of these ads …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Pictures of the Week 2.5.15

French Comic Dieudonné On Trial For ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Messages

The caustic comedian Dieudonné appeared in a Paris court today to answer for rude Facebook messages in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo …

Gaza conflict: UN appoints new inquiry chair

<b>The UN has appointed Mary McGowan Davis as the new chair of the commission of inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict.</b><p>Ms McGowan Davis, an American who is already a member of the commission, will replace William Schabas.<p>The Canadian had resigned on Tuesday amid accusations of anti-Israel bias.<p>The …

Israel

HIV prevention trial in Africa is a dud

Most women didn't take their doses of preventive medicine<p>A trial among 5,000 women in Zimbabwe, Uganda, and South Africa showed that daily HIV prevention regimens don't work to stop the disease. That may be because many of the women involved in the trial didn't take the medications they were …

Medicine

UK anti-Semitic incidents hit record in 2014, says charity

LONDON (AP) — The number of anti-Semitic incidents in Britain hit a record high last year, with reactions to the conflict in Israel and Gaza last summer the biggest factor accounting for the jump, a charity said Thursday.<p>The Community Security Trust said it recorded 1,168 incidents across the …

Israel

'It is crystal clear' Russian military is on the ground, Ukraine PM says

<b>Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) —</b> Russian leaders must be blind if they keep denying that forces from their country have crossed the border, Ukraine's prime minister said Thursday.<p>"If they need, I can give them my glasses," Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said, removing black frames from his face and holding …

Russia

Zimbabwean government denies Mugabe fell down steps

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's government said President Robert Mugabe, 90, did not fall down the steps from a podium, saying that he "managed to break the fall."<p>Information Minister Jonathan Moyo on Thursday cited examples of leaders who have stumbled, from Jesus to George W. Bush, in an …

South Africa

Vladimir Putin suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, Pentagon report claims

US Pentagon report from 2008 concluded that 'the Russian President carries a neurological abnormality', described as 'a form of autism'<p>A top secret Pentagon report has concluded that <b>Vladimir Putin</b> suffers from Asperger’s syndrome.<p>The study from 2008, which was based only on videos of Putin, claimed …

Boko Haram kills 90 civilians and wounds 500 in Cameroon attacks

Insurgents cross Nigerian border as African Union seeks UN backing for multinational force to tackle Islamist extremist uprising<p>Boko Haram fighters have shot or burned to death about 90 civilians and wounded 500 in ongoing fighting in a border town near Nigeria, officials in Cameroon have said.<p>Some …

Africa

Greece and Germany 'agree to disagree' on bailout deal

The Greek and German finance ministers got together in Berlin for a meeting on renegotiating Greece’s debt on Thursday, but it seems there was not much of a meeting of minds.<p>At a news conference in Berlin afterwards Wolfgang Schäuble told reporters that he and Yanis Varoufakis had “agreed to …

Cambodia Is China's Newest Market For Foreign Brides

Little more than two years ago, there wasn’t a single recorded case of women trafficked from Cambodia to China to marry. Now, there are more than 150 — and experts expect that number to soar. BuzzFeed News' Jina Moore reports from Cambodia.<p>PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Khai Sochoeun went willingly, above …

Alabama Same-Sex Couples Await Supreme Court Word On Marriage

Alabama officials have asked Justice Clarence Thomas to stop same-sex marriage rulings from going into effect on Feb. 9. The Human Rights Campaign pushes for removal of Alabama chief justice for actions criticizing the federal court marriage rulings.<p>As two same-sex couples from Alabama asked the …

Spy accused of being behind death of Argentina prosecutor called to testify

The recently deposed intelligence operative who Argentine President Fernández has suggested was involved in the mysterious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman is being called to testify in the case.<p>Antonio "Jaime" Stiuso has been called to speak with the lead investigator Viviana Fein Thursday …

Obama Calls For Balancing Free Speech With Respect For Religion

President Barack Obama emphasized Thursday the importance of balancing the right to free speech with respect for religion, chastising groups who have committed acts of terror in the name of faith.<p>Obama called on those in attendance to "push back against those who would distort our religion for …

Religion

Former Mandela lawyer to join defense of Venezuela's jailed activist | Reuters

CARACAS (Reuters) - A Canadian Member of Parliament and human rights lawyer who helped defend Nelson Mandela will join jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez’s legal team, the South American politician’s party said on Thursday.<p>Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez is escorted by …

Venezuela

Traces Of Bubonic Plague And Dysentery Found In New York’s Subway System

But don’t throw away your MetroCard just yet<p>Today, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> released an interactive map of the bacteria in New York’s subway system. And as expected, it's gross enough to make your skin crawl.<p>The map shows the culmination of a work by researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College, …

Environmental Health

How Nigeria's presidential election works

<b>Nigeria's presidential election, postponed until 28 March, promises to be a closely fought rematch between incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.</b><p>The rise of Islamist group Boko Haram in the north-east has put security at the centre of their election campaigns, but …

Africa

Police: USC shooting possible murder-suicide

<b>(CNN) —</b> A fatal shooting at the University of South Carolina appears to be a murder-suicide involving two people who were in a relationship, a police spokesman said Thursday.<p>"From every indication that we have seen so far it appears to be a very isolated incident. It does have the appearance of …

South Carolina

Secret Burials in Africa Thwarting Efforts to Stamp Out Ebola: U.N.

GENEVA — Efforts to stamp out West Africa's Ebola epidemic are being thwarted by villagers touching and washing the infectious bodies of dead victims at secret burials, and the difficulties in tracing those exposed to the virus, U.N. officials said Thursday.<p>The number of new cases rose for the …

Disease

China detains Canadian man over state secrets

<b>China says it is holding a Canadian man on suspicion of stealing state secrets but has released his wife on bail.</b><p>Kevin and Julia Garratt, a Christian couple, run a coffee shop in Dandong on the North Korean border.<p>They were seized by investigators six months ago. State media said then that they …

China

Barack Obama attacked by Chinese media for 'chumming with' Dalai Lama

US president had called the Tibetan spiritual leader ‘a good friend’ at a prayer meeting in Washington<p>Chinese state media has admonished US president Barack Obama for hosting the Dalai Lama and calling him ‘a good friend’ at a prayer meeting in Washington on Thursday, claiming that receiving the …

China

Pope Francis To Address Congress During U.S. Trip, Boehner Says

Pope Francis will be the first pontiff to address a joint meeting of Congress, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday.<p>Francis will address lawmakers on Sept. 24, Boehner said, as part of his first papal visit to the United States.<p>"We're humbled that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation and …

Christianity
Benghazi

'Through a Lens Darkly' tackles a photographic divide in America

The photographs of young black men are startling in their contrasts: a slave in chains, a professor in a suit; a body dangling from a lynch mob's rope, a musician with a violin. The images illuminate a nation's racial divide and how African Americans viewed themselves against the distorting gaze of …

Why Banksy Is (Probably) a Woman

The world's foremost street artist is a social justice warrior and a viral media master. She could be anyone.<p><i>Banksy Does New York</i>, a new documentary airing on HBO on Nov. 17, opens on a bunch of scofflaws trying to jack an inflatable word balloon reading "Banksy!" from the side of a low-rise …