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Turkey’s New Internet Law Draws Criticism

A law passed by Turkey’s parliament Wednesday gives the government extensive new controls over the Internet amid a growing corruption scandal, …

Balancing Sharia: The Ottoman Kanun

Bogazici University, Istanbul<p>The Ottoman Empire lasted 600 years, spreading from what is now Turkey to span three continents. Under Suleiman the Magnificent (1520-1566) it stretched across most of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the Balkans, the Black Sea, and Eastern Europe, and came …

Degenerate art: Why Hitler hated modernism

<b>This week it was revealed that a huge stash of modern art had been found in a flat in Munich. Many of the paintings were considered "degenerate" by the Nazis, who staged an exhibition especially to ridicule them. Why did Hitler hate abstract art so much?</b><p>In July 1937, four years after it came to …

What happened in the rest of the world in 1066?

<b>British people tend to see the world through key dates - 1066, 1815, 1914, 1945 etc. But what was happening in other parts of the world in those fateful years, asks Dr Michael Scott.</b><p>Last year I was watching the build-up to the London Olympics opening ceremony when a commentator quipped: "This will …

JFK anniversary: The myth and reality

<b>The assassination of John F Kennedy means that we all get to decide how his story should have ended, and thus plot an alternative trajectory for the country he so fleetingly led. The events in Dallas exactly 50 years ago made JFK as much a myth as a man, one of history's most endlessly malleable</b> …

The electric car that was years ahead of its time

Earlier this year Nissan began production in Sunderland of the Leaf, the first electric car to be mass-produced in the UK.<p>But 40 years ago a factory on the Isle of Wight built around 100 electric cars to a design that was years ahead of its time.<p>The Enfield 8000 emerged out of a competition run by …

In pictures: Ford Mustang and the history of US muscle

Ford marks the 50th anniversary of its iconic Mustang with a flashy new launch, as resurgent US carmakers revitalise their most glamorous brands for a global market.

'Tips for Jesus' mystery man strikes again — for $5,000

The $111.05 New York restaurant receipt includes a $1,000 tip and the words "god bless!" scrawled across it.<p>The handle @tipsforjesus is stamped next to an illegible signature.<p>In recent weeks, similar tabs have popped up in restaurants from coast to coast and even in Mexico, with tips of as much as …