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How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.<p>Last week, Saudi King Salman was greeted in Moscow with a lot of pomp and media attention. The 81-year-old monarch arrived with a 1,500-strong delegation amid high expectations for …

Abdul Aziz

Conservatives begin to whisper: President Pence

With Trump swamped by self-inflicted scandals, Republicans find solace in the man waiting in the wings.<p>Not since the release of the Access Hollywood tape, in which Donald Trump bragged about groping women by the genitals, have some conservatives thought so seriously, if a bit wistfully, about two …

Hollywood waves goodbye to Camelot as King Arthur flops

At the end of the new Guy Ritchie joint <i>King Arthur: Legend of the Sword</i>, our cocksure hero and his jolly mates, having dispatched the villainous Vortigern, construct a good ol' round table. You know, the one of Arthurian legend.<p>It's no mere sight gag, but rather a blunt bit of, ahem, table setting …

Saudi Arabia’s silent desert city

Madain Saleh isn’t as well-known as Petra, but the Nabateans’ second-largest city played a crucial role in their mysterious empire.<p>As always, our Saudia Airline flight from Riyadh to Medina started with prayer.<p>“Ladies and gentlemen,” the flight attendant said over the intercom. “The text that you …

Archaeology

32 Underrated Crime Movies You Need To See ASAP

Your next list of must-watch films, solved.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

15 Humor Books That Are Capable Of Literally Making You Laugh Out Loud

From short stories and poetry, to comics and memoirs!

Sleeve notes: Recordbag, the essential music shop stop in Vienna

If you love music Recordbag is the perfect spot: a small, independent shop that supports up and coming bands, hosts in-store gigs and has its own label<p>Down an alley in the centre of Vienna, Recordbag is a brilliant independent (and really tiny) record shop. We got to know it through a friend who …

Commentary: Why I Decided To Become A German Citizen After Brexit

Having lived outside my native Britain for nearly 16 years, I recently lost my right to vote there. But I was still entitled to do so last June in the U.K.'s referendum on European Union membership.<p>When I awoke on June 24 to hear that my country had voted in favor of a Brexit, I felt bereft. So, …

The Most Insane Revelations From My Scientology Movie

Louis Theroux's documentary asks new, tough questions about the church—and its critics.<p>In <i>My Scientology Movie</i>, BBC journalist Louis Theroux talks to former members—and reenacts scenes with actors—in an untraditional twist on the Scientology exposé. Initially, Theroux says in the film, he wanted to …

Why Lorde's 'Green Light' Marks Poptimism's Downfall

It’s time to ask more of our pop stars – and hope they do the same of us.<p>Sitting down with Noisey in 2016, Neil Tennant of legendary British pop duo the Pet Shop Boys was asked his opinion on the current pop landscape.<p>“There’s a problem in pop music…which is subject matter. And there’s only …

The Butchering of the Age of Reason

Thanks to science, law, education, and freedom of the press, citizens in the U.S. live in an age of wonder relative to the rest of human history. …

24 of London's most incredible historic pubs

As the Great British Beer Festival continues in London, we reveal our pick of the best historic pubs in the heart of the capital.<p>There are few more quintessentially English experiences than supping a pint of ale in a centuries-old public house, where the walls could tell you stories. London is …

23 Pictures Guaranteed To Make “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” Fans Laugh

Always keep your spaghetti in a bag.

Canada’s list of 100 best restaurants of 2017 revealed

Break out your bibs, foodies, because Canada’s 100 best restaurants from coast-to-coast have just been revealed – and the winners are looking pretty …

10 Of The Best Places To Visit On A Day Trip From London

Chances are, if you’re thinking about visiting the UK, you’ll be thinking about visiting London – and even if you’re not, it’s likely you still might …

Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace.

By Lindsey Kaufman<p>A year ago, my boss announced that our large New York ad agency would be moving to an open office. After nine years as a senior writer, I was forced to trade in my private office for a seat at a long, shared table. It felt like my boss had ripped off my clothes and left me …

A Taste For Pork Helped A Deadly Virus Jump To Humans

It was a balmy Sunday evening in early 1999, and Dr. Kaw Bing Chua hadn't had lunch or dinner.<p>There wasn't time to eat. Chua was chasing a killer.And he thought maybe he had finally tracked it down.<p>He slid the slide under the microscope lens, turned on the scope's light and looked inside. "A chill …

The supermarket food gamble may be up | Felicity Lawrence

Brexit, migration and climate pressures mean our ‘too big to fail’ global food chain could unravel<p>The UK’s clock has been set to Permanent Global Summer Time once more after a temporary blip. Courgettes, spinach and iceberg lettuce are back on the shelves, and the panic over the lack of imported …

Agriculture

10 of the best alternative city breaks in Europe

If you’re after a fresh spin on the city break look beyond the usual big names for more cool culture and great sights. Here’s our list for 2016<p>• <b>Alt. city breaks 2015</b><p><b>Why go?</b> The island of Malta itself is a sight to behold but within the walled city of its capital, Valletta, built by the Knights of …

The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution by Robert Service – review

The prolific historian’s account of the doomed Romanovs is rich in drama<p>Russia always struggles with its memories of 1917. The current leadership is wary of revisiting a world in which anyone with any cash risked an unpleasant death. It is as well that Nicholas II was made a saint in 2000. In this …

Alec Baldwin-Linked '30 Rock' Actor Handed In His Resignation To Donald Trump

Maulik Pancholy has resigned from a presidential advisory commission to protest Trump's policies.<p>Like his “30 Rock” colleague, Alec Baldwin, actor Maulik Pancholy has gone on to join the resistance against President Donald Trump in his own way.<p>Along with other members of the President’s Advisory …

30 Rock

Justin Trudeau Despises Paul Simon: A Rebuttal

What does the Canadian Prime Minister have against a treasured American icon?<p>Back in 2012, three years before he was elected to the office of Canadian Prime Minister and International Superhunk, Justin Trudeau tweeted the following: "For the record: I, and my entire staff, despise Paul Simon. …

The Best — Or Worst — Band Of All Time Is Back

A 1960s cult favorite is back: The Shaggs are going to be performing in June at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, Massachusetts.<p>The Shaggs were a sister act from rural New Hamshire founded in 1968, featuring Dorothy "Dot" Wiggin on vocals and lead guitar, Betty Wiggin on vocals and …

‘Segregation Had to Be Invented’

During the late 19th century, blacks and whites in the South lived closer together than they do today.<p>CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Growing up here in the 1940s and 1950s, Sevone Rhynes experienced segregation every day. He couldn’t visit the public library near his house, but instead had to travel to the …

The Claws Come Out in Feud, Though They’re Not as Sharp as You’d Think

Lunching with Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange, while chewing over Ryan Murphy’s latest series.<p>If you’re going to a luncheon for a television show about two of the grandest Hollywood grande dames of all, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, there’s probably no better place to sit than next to <b>Susan</b> …

The first 25 days of Trump have been a zoetrope of galloping despair | Lindy West

In the post-Obama United States, there are simply too many emergencies to hold all of them in your mind at once<p>Today, during my morning routine of opening my laptop, clicking on literally anything, and just screaming and screaming, I made the astonishing discovery that Donald Trump has only been …

Clinton’s Ground Game Didn’t Cost Her The Election

Reporters gave Clinton’s field operation too much credit before. Now it’s getting too much blame.<p><i>This is the seventh article in a series that reviews</i> …

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season three: Titus parodies Beyoncé in teaser

The first footage from the third season of Tina Fey’s award-winning Netflix comedy centers around a spoof of the singer’s Hold Up video<p>Beyoncé’s baseball bat-swinging video for Hold Up has been parodied in the first trailer for the third season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.<p>Related: Unbreakable …

Margaret Atwood Is Terrifying Us With These Handmaid's Tale Warnings

Think <i>The Handmaid's Tale</i> is a work of pure fiction? Think again. The book's author, Margaret Atwood, says that she based the events of that novel on …

Kirk Douglas: ‘I never thought I’d live to 100. That’s shocked me’

He uses a walker, and a stroke has affected his speech, but the old charm is still there as the actor recalls his old Hollywood friends Burt Lancaster and John Wayne – and how he was never really a tough guy<p>Both the house and the man are smaller than you would expect, a result of the diminishing …