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Rich Hill and the American dream's shadow of poverty, drugs and shame

Andrew Jewell’s home is filled with buckets used to heat water on the stove. The furniture is sparse. The walls are bare. Yet if you ask Andrew if his family is poor, he would say no.<p>“The definition of poor is no roof, no lights, no water, no food. We have lights. We have water. We have a roof. We …

Will the green goop in Toledo's water be the end of GOP anti-environmentalism?

It’s easy to doubt the effects of climate change – especially if you’re a Republican or a dedicated Fox News watcher. It’s an abstract concept easily “disproven” by the first cold day, and Republican-driven policies (or the lack thereof) to address it reflect just that. But it’s more difficult to …

Lady Warsi resigns over UK’s ‘morally indefensible’ stance on Gaza

Sayeeda Warsi, the senior Foreign Office minister, has resigned from the government in protest at its policy on Gaza, describing it as “morally indefensible”.<p>Lady Warsi announced her departure on Twitter on Tuesday, saying: “With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister & …

Japanese officials order removal of war memorial for Korean labourers

Local authorities in Japan have demanded the removal of a monument in memory of the tens of thousands of labourers forcibly recruited from the Korean peninsula during the second world war.<p>The monument, dedicated to Koreans who died after being brought to Japan to work in coalmines and factories …

Slow public alert on Williston fire raises concern

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — When Aaron Volesky heard what he thought was thunder and walked outside his Williston home early Tuesday morning he thought it …

Christian Meriam Ibrahim Meets Pope Francis After Escaping Sudan

ROME - A mother put on death row for refusing to reject Christianity met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, just hours after she fled Sudan.<p>Meriam Ibrahim was flown out of the country with her American husband and two young children. She was blessed by the pontiff during a private audience …

U.S. Navy nurse won't force-feed Guantanamo detainees

Attorneys for a Guantanamo Bay detainee on a hunger strike say a U.S. military nurse has refused to conduct forced feedings of inmates.<p>Abu Wa'el Dhiab has been at the U.S. Navy base on Cuba since August 2002, attorney Cori Crider told CNN.<p>Crider says Dhiab told her in a telephone call last week …

Revealed: the hunger strikes of America's most secret foreign prisoners

Sometimes they stopped eating to protest unclean drinking water. Other times they stopped eating because their comrades were placed in segregated housing. Still other times they stopped eating out of dissatisfaction with their access to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), their …

Solitary confinement: inside America's dreaded isolation cells

Depicted in 'Orange is the New Black' and fiercely debated in Congress, America's widespread and controversial use of solitary confinement is under fire. The Telegraph visits an isolation cell in Maine State Prison to find out more<p>The heavy steel door clangs shut. The bolt makes a startling bang as …

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NBC Reportedly Pulls Reporter Who Witnessed Child Deaths From Gaza

According to the report, by Glenn Greenwald, NBC executives said the decision was due to "security concerns" as Israel prepares its ground invasion. The attack that left the children dead occurred near the hotel where Mohyeldin and other journalists were staying. However, Greenwald insinuated the …

Iraq's 'Exorcist' temple falls into Isis jihadist hands

Ancient pre-Christian temple in northern Iraq featured in film The Exorcist at risk of destruction by Isis jihadists<p>An ancient temple made famous in the film The Exorcist has fallen into the hands of the Islamic militants who have taken over northern Iraq, the Telegraph has learnt.<p>The pre-Christian …

Israel's Former Ambassador: Militant Shias Are More Dangerous Than Sunnis

Michael Oren made the provocative claim that "the lesser evil is the Sunnis over the Shias," while insisting that the U.S. should never ally with Iran, even against Sunni terrorists.<p>ASPEN, Colo.—Michael Oren, an American-born diplomat who served as Israel's ambassador to the United States, joked at …

Church Bells Fall Silent in Mosul as Iraq’s Christians Flee

The advance of ISIS has ended over a thousand years of Christian worship in Mosul—the latest chapter in the long decline of Christianity in the …

Iraq’s Christians See Putin As Savior

Reeling from regional developments and disillusioned with the West, some Iraqi Christians are looking to Russia for support.<p>After a decade of church …

Brazil's 'Quilombo' Movement May Be The World's Largest Slavery Reparations Program

<i>This article is the first in a two-part series about Brazil's quilombo movement. Read the second part here.</i><p><i>Luiz Pinto, who has been fighting eviction for decades, at home with his dog. (Carolina Ramirez/The Huffington Post)</i><p>When Luiz Pinto was growing up, his parents wouldn't let the family talk …

Iraq's Yazidis: Caught in the crossfire

<b>Erbil, Iraq -</b> When Mosul fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) over two weeks ago, the Yazidis of Nineveh Province found themselves living next door to the organisation accused of ruthlessly killing six of them in May, and sparking the exodus of hundreds more.<p>The rapidly …

Ten Days at the Mad-House: How Nellie Bly Posed as Insane in 1887 in Her Brave Exposé of Asylum Abuse

In 1887, two years after she launched her career with a response to a patronizing chauvinist and two years before she raced around the world in a quest to outpace Jules Verne’s fictional eighty-day itinerary, pioneering Victorian journalist <b>Nellie Bly</b> (May 5, 1864–January 27, 1922) pulled off one of …

First They Attacked A Mall, Then They Repelled SEAL Team Six: The Rise of Al Qaeda 2.0

Few Americans had ever heard of al Shabaab before the fall of 2013. That changed on Sept. 21, when gunmen armed with AK-47s entered the Westgate Mall, a suburban-style shopping center in an upscale neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya, and began calmly, methodically hunting down and murdering shoppers, …

Science proves elephants are even smarter than we thought

We now have evidence they’re some of the most empathic animals on the planet. Can we still justify their captivity?<p>One day in 2010, while taking a stroll in his backyard, Kandula the elephant smelled something scrumptious. The scent pulled his attention skyward. There, seemingly suspended in the …

The ancient art of honey hunting in Nepal - in pictures

The Gurung tribespeople of Nepal have been collecting honey from Himalayan cliffs for centuries, but now their lifestyle is under threat from commercialisation and tours offering visitors a chance to 'join a honey hunt'. Photographer Andrew Newey spent two weeks living with the Gurung in central …

A Futuristic Space Shuttle-Like Mountain Shelter for 8

Back in 1938, Charlotte Perriand worked with Pierre Jeanneret to develop a futuristic mountain shelter called the Refuge Tonneau. Her love of the …

101 Cycling Tips to Completely Transform Your Bike Life

Ride better, get stronger, be happier, go faster, look nicer, stay safer, get fitter, smile wider, and lots more<p>Want to be a better cyclist? Just ride. Every time you turn the pedals, you naturally improve a little. Of course, one well-placed tip, trick, or nugget of wisdom can help you achieve …