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British Museum to hand over looted antiquities to Iraqi embassy

The origin of the up to 5,000-year-old collection was identified after a unique archaeological detective work.<p>The British Museum is returning to Iraq a collection of looted antiquities up to 5,000 years old, after identifying the exact temple they came from in a unique piece of archaeological …

Archaeology

First Lady's Parents Become U.S. Citizens Thanks To 'Chain Migration'

First lady Melania Trump's Slovenian-born parents were sworn in as U.S. citizens Thursday, benefiting from a path to citizenship known as family-based immigration that the president and others have derisively dubbed "chain migration."<p>Viktor and Amalija Knavs, both in their 70s, attended a private …

Donald Trump

Gold Rout Takes Prices Near $1,200 as Investors Favor Dollar

Investors are turning their backs on gold.<p>The metal is near the lowest in more than a year, edging closer to a key $1,200-an-ounce level, and is …

Stock Markets

'Russian spy' found working at US embassy in Moscow for more than a decade

A Russian woman worked as a spy inside the United States embassy in Moscow for over a decade before she was discovered, it has been reported.<p>The woman, who had her security clearance revoked in the summer of 2017, had access to the secret service’s intranet and email systems, according to The …

Secret Service

US releases $200 million in defensive aid to Ukraine as Moscow seeks better ties

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In a move likely to irk Moscow, the Pentagon has released $200 million in security assistance to Ukraine just days after the Russian Ministry of Defense said it was ready to work with the US Department of Defense on a range of security issues following a meeting between President …

Russia

Musk disputes rumors that Model 3 cancellations are outpacing orders

Tesla's Model 3 production rate has been a topic of interest for some time, but lately, so has the company's order rates. Following an analyst's suggestion that Tesla was now receiving more cancellations than orders, CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to dispel that notion, giving a glimpse into Tesla's …

Tesla

Scarlett Johansson Ditches 'Rub And Tug' To Save 'Black Widow'

We’ve had a few weeks of online indignation following the announcement that Scarlett Johansson would be producing and starring in a movie about Dante Tex Gill, a 1970s/1980s Pittsburgh massage parlor operator and organized crime figure who was born female but assumed the identity of a man. But as …

Harvey Weinstein Speaks: 'Everyone' Trades Sex for Film Roles

The disgraced Hollywood mega-producer admitted he offered roles for sex, but said the ‘casting couch’ method was not exclusive to him.<p>Months after …

Al Qaeda-Backed Terrorist Group Has a New Target: Plastic Bags

Over the years, the Shabab, a terrorist group in East Africa that has pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda, have banned music, cinemas, satellite dishes and humanitarian organizations.<p>This week, they added a new item to the prohibited list: plastic bags.<p>Residents of areas controlled by the terrorist …

Extremism

Pope warns climate change turning Earth into desert, garbage

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged governments on Friday to make good on their commitments to curb global warming, warning that climate change, continued unsustainable development and rampant consumption threatens to turn the Earth into a vast pile of "rubble, deserts and refuse."<p>Francis made …

Trump Meets Kim in Singapore: Pictures

Benedict Cumberbatch leads tributes to Stephen Hawking at Westminster Abbey service

On a day honouring one of the world’s most brilliant theoretical physicists, it was only fitting that Professor Stephen Hawking’s farewell be a unique blend of the terrestrial and extra-terrestrial.<p>On Friday afternoon, thousands gathered to see the ashes of Prof Hawking, who died in March at the …

Melania Trump's absence continues, skipping Camp David weekend

<b>(CNN) —</b> First lady Melania Trump isn't accompanying the President to Camp David this weekend, marking the 22nd day since she was last seen publicly.<p>President Donald Trump is expected to depart the White House Friday afternoon for a weekend at the presidential retreat in Maryland. The first lady, …

President Trump has made 3,251 false or misleading claims in 497 days

By Glenn Kessler<p>, The Fact Checker<p>Salvador Rizzo<p>, Reporter<p>Meg Kelly<p>, Video editor<p>In the 497 days since he took the oath of office, President Trump has made 3,251 false or misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement …

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US-North Korea: Where do we go from here?

On May 24, US President Donald Trump canceled what would have been a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. CNN's Christiane Amanpour looks at where the relationship between the two countries goes from here.

North Korea

‘Savagely funny and bitingly honest’ – 14 writers on their favourite Philip Roth novels

<b>Emma Brockes on Goodbye, Columbus (1959)</b><p>I fell in love with Neil Klugman, forerunner to Portnoy and hero of Goodbye, Columbus, Philip Roth’s first novel, in my early 20s – 40 years after the novel was written. Descriptions of Roth’s writing often err towards violence; he is savagely funny, bitingly …

Selling cannabis is illegal in Estonia, but the leaf is on one municipality’s new flag

By Siobhán O'Grady<p>, Reporter<p>When Estonia's Kanepi municipality was formed by three existing districts last year, some details had yet to be hammered out — among them, a design for its flag, logo and coat of arms.<p>So Kanepi opened itself up to suggestions, asking artists to submit some possibilities. …

Cannabis

22 fast-paced thrillers you’ll want to bring to the beach this summer

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>If you're anything like me, summer weekends are marked by a lot of lounging — on the warm sand, cool grass, or a park bench under a shady …

Stephen King

40,000 gather in Armenia to demand leader's resignation

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — About 40,000 demonstrators have gathered in Armenia's capital as a week of protests against the country's new prime minister …

Human Rights

A French Honor Not Always for the Honorable; Assad Returns His

LONDON — Lance Armstrong was stripped of his, and Harvey Weinstein will lose his, but Vladimir V. Putin still has one. On Thursday, Bashar al-Assad sent his back, though he was on his way to having it taken away from him.<p>The Legion of Honor, France’s highest award, has been pinned on many of the …

Middle East

A notebook reportedly written by an ISIS fighter appears to detail the group's innermost workings

A notebook written in English that may have belonged to an ISIS fighter was found reportedly found in a jail in Raqqa, according to the National, which exclusively obtained the notebook from an unnamed source.<p>The notebook reportedly details the inner workings of the militant group, including their …

Tech billionaire says his plan to break up California ready for voters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A California technology billionaire said on Thursday that his longtime and perhaps quixotic effort to partition the Golden State into multiple new states could soon be put before voters.<p>Venture capitalist Tim Draper said he had gathered about 600,000 signatures on a …

The 10 best horror movies of the year so far — and where you can watch them

We're officially one-quarter of the way into 2018, and while the real world remains more horrifying than anything we've seen onscreen there have already been more than a few stellar horror movies capable of raising our arm-hairs and chilling our blood.<p>Our best-of lists are typically saved for the …

Horror

'Concerned' Evangelicals Plan To Meet With Trump As Sex Scandals Swirl

<b>Updated at 10:18 a.m. ET</b><p>As allegations continue to swirl about the president and a payout to a porn star to cover up a sexual encounter, evangelical leaders are organizing a sit-down with President Trump in June, four sources with knowledge of the planned meeting tell NPR.<p>"We're very concerned" …

Donald Trump

Pope To World: Hell Does Exist

Things got a little heated at the Vatican this week when an Italian journalist reported that Pope Francis denied the existence of hell.<p>Apparently, the fiery 93-year-old avowed atheist reporter, Eugenio Scalfari of <i>La Repubblica</i>, set the social media world aflame after writing in Italian that when …

Pope Francis

Can foreign 'Islamic State' fighters' kids return to Europe?

Should the children of foreign IS fighters in Iraq and Syria be allowed to return home? Security agencies are alarmed, but aid workers say they're no …

Cambridge Analytica harnessed Facebook data in work for super PAC led by John Bolton, according to former employees

By Michelle Ye Hee Lee<p>, Reporter<p>Craig Timberg<p>, Reporter<p>Josh Dawsey<p>, White House reporter<p>A super PAC created by President Trump’s new national security adviser John Bolton was one of the earliest U.S. clients of the now-embattled data company Cambridge Analytica, which targeted voters to help boost …

Cambridge Analytica

Over 300,000 rats were killed in an Indian government office. Now, a scam brews

Rats scooting around drains, lanes, and households is a common sight in India. Even government offices for that matter are not immune to the pestilence. But over 300,000 rats in the headquarters of one of the country’s richest states? That’s something.<p>So what’s worse than rodents chewing up state …

Government (India)

Elton John Gives Biopic Star Taron Egerton Advice on How to Sing Like Elton

The singer's husband and producer David Furnish says John told the 'Rocketman' star not to attempt a strict impersonation: "Don't copy me."<p>Cameras …

Mueller tight-lipped as media leaks shape Russia narrative

Leaked glimpses of special counsel Robert Mueller's activities tell an incomplete story, angering some Trump associates — but likely serving the purposes of others.<p>Special counsel Robert Mueller and his prosecutors aren’t talking to the media, but still the leaks keep coming.<p>In the past two weeks, …

Donald Trump