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32 photos that will make you want to travel to Iceland

Most of the island is an uninhabited landscape of jagged lava rock, fields of bright green moss, hot springs, towering waterfalls, glaciers, and volcanoes.<p>Many visitors say that the country is reminiscent of another world.<p>Plus, it is a perfect place for any adventurous traveler — visitors to the …

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The West Coast port strikes have done ‘permanent, irrevocable damage’

Cargo had been delayed for weeks. Perishable goods with sell-by dates were stuck in refrigerated containers somewhere. Companies around the country spent endless working hours to keep the supply chain from collapsing. Cargo was shipped by air at a big additional cost. Demurrage charges and other …

Euro sinks close to 12-year low versus dollar

In morning London deals, the European single currency sank to $1.0735 -- the lowest level since mid-April 2003. The region's stock markets were lower.<p>"The US dollar scored multi-year highs ... amid starkly diverging outlooks for interest rates globally," said analyst Daniel Sugarman at trading firm …

10 things you need to know before European markets open

<b>Credit Suisse CEO Brady Dougan is reportedly out.</b> Credit Suisse is replacing CEO Brady Dougan, according to a Wall Street Journal report. He'll be replaced by Prudential UK CEO Tidjane Thiam. Dougan took over Credit Suisse in 2007, just in time to catch the worst global financial crisis in</b> …

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The Winklevoss twins tell us why they believe Bitcoin will come to dominate global finance

In person, the 6-foot-5, 33-year-old, Olympic-rowers-turned-technology-entrepreneurs are just about distinguishable. But when speaking over a crackling, transatlantic Skype line, they are nearly impossible to tell apart.<p>The twins are gearing up for the launch of their latest project, a super-secure …

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Astonishing Numbers: America's Poor Still Live Better Than Most Of The Rest Of Humanity

There’s a lot of debate (from certain quarters it’s less debate than whining actually) about the increasing inequality in the United States. Sure, maybe it’s true that the country continues to grow but what about the poor and their incomes?<p>And there might even be something worth worrying about in …

'Enormous' repercussions as court weighs DNA sampling during arrests

The Supreme Court is about to decide what one justice says may be its most important criminal procedure case in decades — whether the police have the right to take a DNA sample after they make an arrest.<p>The question before the justices is whether taking DNA, often with the quick swab of a cheek, is …

Judge: Google must give FBI info

SAN FRANCISCO — Google must comply with the FBI's demand for data on certain customers as part of a national security investigation, according to a ruling by a federal judge who earlier this year determined such government requests are unconstitutional.<p>The decision involves "National Security …

Bike-Sharing Programs Roll Into Cities Across The U.S.

It's a good time to be a cyclist in America.<p>New York kicked off a new bike-sharing program this week, with Chicago and San Francisco both close behind. Those cities are expected to launch similar systems this summer.<p>The sharing programs are all check-in, check-out systems, with automated stations …

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Turkish protest takes root in Istanbul square after security forces withdraw

Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was facing the biggest challenge to his 10-year rule this weekend as parts of Istanbul turned into a …

Aleppo's Population Has Grown Despite Being Directly In Syria's Crossfire

Here his young sons and neighbours said prayers for Khaled Qarabili, who lived in nearby Mutassem Alley. Rebels from a Free Syrian Army checkpoint fired a volley of shots over his body, but he was not a fighter, he was an electrician who died because he climbed on to his roof to fix the wires.<p>It …

Spain just spent $680 million on a submarine that can’t swim

One of Spain’s largest defense splurges may also be one of its most embarrassing. After spending nearly one-third of a $3 billion budget to build four of the world’s most advanced submarines, the project’s engineers have run into a problem: the submarines are so heavy that they would sink to the …

European News

Man Connected to Boston Marathon Bombers Is Shot and Killed by the FBI

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>An FBI special agent shot and killed a man in Orlando, Florida, early on Wednesday morning, just …

Lawyer for Jodi Arias: She will speak to jury Tuesday

PHOENIX — The sentencing hearing for convicted killer Jodi Arias ground to a halt Monday when her lawyers refused to call any witnesses and a judge refused their requests for a mistrial and to withdraw from the case.<p>Judge Sherry Stephens stopped the proceedings and released the jury for the day, …

White House aides learned of IRS details in April, but didn't tell Obama

The White House first learned of a draft report detailing abuses by IRS officials in targeting conservative groups in late April, though the top administration spokesman maintained on Monday that President Barack Obama was not notified of the emerging controversy at that time.<p>White House press …

India’s domestic woes dwarf Pakistani overtures for peace

Pakistan's prime minister-elect Nawaz Sharif has been at pains to reach out to India since his election nine days ago, inviting its leaders to visit and assuring the citizens of his country's historic enemy that peace is a top priority.<p>But India, while politely appreciative, has too much going on …

Dolphins persuade Navy trainers to dredge up 130-year-old torpedo

The U.S. Navy doesn't yet exactly know how a 130-year-old brass torpedo got to the bottom of the Pacific off the coast of San Diego, but they have a couple of dolphins to thank for rediscovering the rare weapon.<p>The find was so unexpected that the humans didn't believe the dolphins at first.<p>The …

Extreme Plane Spotting at Maho Beach, Saint Martin

Located on the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin (i.e., Sint Maarten) is the famous Maho Beach. While it has the characteristic …

5 Easy Fixes to Complex Problems You Won't Believe Worked

Occasionally, people come across a potentially disastrous problem that just doesn't seem to have a solution. In those desperate situations where …

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Video suggests higher Bangladesh protest toll

Al Jazeera has obtained video footage suggesting that the Bangladesh government has been providing inaccurate death tolls from recent violence.<p>According to official figures, 11 people had died during fighting between police and protesters from Hifazat-e-Islam, an Islamic group, on May 6, a day …

Abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell convicted of first-degree murder

Philadelphia abortion provider Kermit Gosnell was convicted Monday of three counts of first-degree murder for the death of three babies that prosecutors said were delivered alive and subsequently killed.<p>Gosnell, 72, could face the death penalty when the jury reconvenes for the sentencing phase next …

New Orleans police offer $10,000 reward in hunt for Mother's Day gunman

New Orleans police hope a $10,000 reward and blurry surveillance camera images will lead to arrests in a Mother's Day shooting that wounded 19 people …

Japan WWII 'comfort women' were 'necessary' - Hashimoto

<b>A prominent Japanese politician has described as "necessary" the system by which women were forced to become prostitutes for World War II troops.</b><p>Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto said on Monday that the "comfort women" gave Japanese soldiers a chance "to rest".<p>On Tuesday, Japanese ministers tried to …

Mars One astronaut applications near six-digit mark

About a month ago, a rather ambitious plan was unveiled – to colonize Mars with astronauts who will never return to Earth. With such a harsh reality …