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Syria’s collapsed health-care system urgently needs world’s help, MSF warns

One of the world's most dogged medical charities says the health-care system in Syria has collapsed, unable to keep pace with not only military and civilian casualties of the civil war but also everyday conditions like pregnancies and chronic illnesses.<p>In an open letter last week to the global …

Syria's other crisis

By <b>Jerusha Murugen</b>, Special to CNN<p><i>Editor’s note: Jerusha Murugen is the research associate for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations. You can follow her</i> <i>@Jerusha_Murugen. The views expressed are her own.</i><p>In the midst of a bloody civil war, the biggest killer in …

Exclusive: Foreign doctors raise alarm over Syrian birth defects

Doctors working inside Syria are witnessing a “shocking” number of babies being born with severe deformities - a result of the collapse of the …

How to grow a beard

So you've decided to quit your life as a baby-faced All-American type (or New York Yankee) and grow a beard. Congrats. (No, really: Beards make guys …

Men's Fashion

19 things every man should own

1. A tailored suit<p>As a matter of both utility and principle, every man needs at least one suit in his closet. But do it right. Make sure the suit is …

Men's Fashion

5 Ways the World Got Worse in 2013

1. One of Belize’s largest Mayan pyramids was demolished to extract crushed rock for a road-building project. That’s like if the Lincoln Memorial …

Our 2014 Fantasy Resolutions

The Government Resolves to Not Shut Down (Again)<p>In October, thousands of federal employees were furloughed and multiple government agencies were put …

How to burn fat and keep it off

The start of a new year is always a great time for a resolution. Everyone's got the itch to make a change for the better, and positivity is in the …

Fitness

The Sexiest Female Athletes of 2014

Caroline Wozniacki - Tennis<p>Danish and dazzling, Caroline was ranked No. 1 on the Women's Tennis Association tour for some time. The 23-year-old loves …

The 13 Most Unforgettable Moments in Sports and Fitness from 2013

The 13 Most Memorable Fitness Moments of 2013<p>From new marathon records to long-distance swimming in shark-infested waters to perhaps the best ending …

Marathons

The 5-move anywhere abs workout

We don’t doubt your will to get six-pack abs. Now, it’s time to be consistent and have them look the way you want them to—ripped. We caught up with …

Workouts

14 Weird New Year's Traditions

We’re not mind readers over here at <i>Men’s Fitness</i>, but we’re willing to bet that your plans for New Year's Eve are fairly normal. Maybe you’re heading …

Fitness

The surprisingly tough 4-minute workout that'll torch fat

<b>Is there a superfast workout I can get in before leaving the house in the morning? Something I can do in 10 minutes or less, before I head out to</b> …

Exercise

A Zero-Effort Way to Cut 90 Calories at Each Meal

So you want to drop a few pounds in the New Year, but aren’t too keen on the idea of dieting? A new study published in the <i>Journal of the Academy of</i> …

Nutrition

The Greatest Muscle-Building Tuna Burger

With plenty of protein and little fat, tuna is one of the best foods for muscle growth and recovery. By combining the canned fish with a few simple …

Is Fox Meat Dangerous to Eat?

For carnivores, 2013 was a year to forget. In Eastern Europe, for instance, they discovered a secret ingredient for "Bolognese surprise" and solved …

Exclusive Workout: Arms Like Mark Wahlberg

<b></b>Exclusive Workout: Arms Like Mark WahlbergSome celebrities are known as much for their bodies as for their bodies of work—sometimes even more so. For …

Mark Wahlberg

Could Stanford's Conditioning Program Be the New Face of Fitness for 2014?

Think of a high-powered collegiate football team hitting the gym and what comes to mind is probably a frenzy of massive weights, grunts, and sweaty …

Exercise

What's Really in Our Food?

Imagine if waiters told you the truth about your dinner order. They’d probably start like this:<p>“Hi, folks! Thanks for dining with us tonight! We’ve …

Nutrition

Saudi King backs Israeli-Palestinian push, Kerry says

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi King Abdullah offered his “enthusiastic support” to U.S. efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday.<p>The U.S. diplomat made the comment after some two hours and 40 minutes of talks with the Arab monarch, who in 2002 …

North America set for record low temperatures as cold snap stretches

First heavy snowstorms, now record low temperatures. The deadly Artic blast bashing northern America is set to continue.<p>Flight delays and cancellations plagued thousands of would-be travellers already grounded by up to 60 centimetres of snowfall and icy runways.<p>Forecasters say temperatures in the …

Syria rebels push al Qaeda back; U.S. open to Iran role

AMMAN/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Syrian rebel fighters loyal to al Qaeda ceded ground near the Turkish border to rival Islamists on Sunday, activists said, in what seemed to be a tactical withdrawal to end clashes between Syrian- and foreign-led opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.<p>As Syria’s civil …

'Life-threatening' cold bites U.S. Midwest

MILWAUKEE/COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - Residents of the Midwestern United States on Sunday braced for the region’s coldest weather in two decades, with temperatures that forecasters warned would be life-threatening seen heading eastward during the week.<p>Icy conditions snarled travel across the Midwest …

Death threats disrupt Tunisia constitution debate

Tunis (Reuters) - Death threats against Tunisian secular lawmakers on Sunday disrupted voting on a new constitution, underscoring tensions over the role of Islam and the transition to democracy three years after the nation’s revolution.<p>Tunisia’s parliament started voting last week on the new …

Rhythm is the key to good sex: why leading poet is launching anthology of steamy verse

From Catullus to Daniel Craig and Marvell to Wendy Cope, a new volume will gather the most lyrical celebrations of human passion<p>Is it easier to write about coupling in rhyming couplets than lines of torrid prose? The poet Sophie Hannah is about to test the theory with a Penguin anthology of poetry …

Senegal seizes Russian trawler for illegal fishing

DAKAR (Reuters) - Senegal has seized a Russian trawler fishing illegally in its waters, the fisheries minister said on Sunday, as it seeks to curb heavy losses from fish poaching.<p>The trawler, the Oleg Naydenov, was captured on Saturday near the maritime border with Guinea-Bissau with 50 crew …

Czech police find 12 weapons at Palestinian mission - report

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech police found 12 weapons, including pistols and sub-machine guns, at the Palestinian mission in Prague after an explosion killed the ambassador at his residence last week, the police chief was quoted as saying on Sunday.<p>Police said the explosion that killed ambassador Jamal …

Jerry Seinfeld on how to be funny without sex and swearing

The sitcom star shares the secret of his comedy – and what he can tell about you from your driving<p>Once or twice a week, towards the end of the day, Jerry Seinfeld leaves the Manhattan office where he spends his afternoons writing, but he doesn't head home to his family. Instead, he shows up …

Today's news headlines from around the world: - BBC correspondent witnesses ambush in South Sudan (pictured below) http://bbc.in/1gAaWfu - Residents flee Fallujah amid blitz http://bbc.in/1gAaWfw - UK storms: Warnings bring fresh coastal flood fears http://bbc.in/1gAaU7f - Plane lands on NYC highway http://bbc.in/1gAaU79 - Cameron vows to keep pensions rise http://bbc.in/1gAaWfs - US state of New York 'to relax marijuana laws' http://bbc.in/1gAaU7b - Nicaragua canal construction 'will not begin until 2015' http://bbc.in/1gAaTQT - Portugal football legend Eusebio dies aged 71 http://bbc.in/1gAaWvK - Dozens hurt in Saudi jet landing http://bbc.in/1gAaU77 - Clashes & boycott mar Bangladesh election http://bbc.in/1gAaU7d

Gunfire erupts in South Sudan capital, talks delayed

JUBA/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Gunshots rang out in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, for about an hour on Sunday as peace talks between rebels and the government to hammer out a ceasefire deal faced further delay in neighbouring Ethiopia.<p>The gunfire came from the direction of the military headquarters of …