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5 Warming Stew Recipes from Around the World

Wintry stews packed with flavors from around the world will heat up the coldest of nights.<p>There’s a lot to love about stew. You do work on the front and back ends, but mostly the pot just simmers on the stove, making your house smell good. The result is a warm, comforting dinner—the perfect winter …

Drug trade could splinter Afghanistan into fragmented criminal state – UN

Afghanistan's booming narcotics trade risks splintering the country into a "fragmented, criminal state" if the government and its western allies do not step up efforts to tackle opium production and the illicit economy it supports, a senior UN official warned.<p>Opium farming in Afghanistan, the …

Pope Francis Says He'll Visit Holy Land In May

The pope says he'll visit the Holy Land in May.<p>Pope Francis made the announcement Sunday while giving his weekly blessing at the Vatican.<p>"In the climate of joy, typical of this Christmas season, I wish to announce that from 24 to 26 May next, God willing, I will make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land," …

Hidden camera in a bathroom forces plane to make emergency landing

An American Airlines flight between San Francisco and New York was forced to make an emergency landing in Kansas City on Sunday after a device was found "ominously taped" to a bathroom wall. The device was initially thought to be a flash drive, but after investigation, appears to be "a camera …

Hillary Clinton's shadow campaign

Early last summer in her Georgian-style home near Washington’s Embassy Row, Hillary Clinton met with a handful of aides for a detailed presentation on preparing for a 2016 presidential campaign.<p>Three officials from the Democratic consulting firm Dewey Square Group — veteran field organizer Michael …

U.S. Coast Guard Deploys Icebreaker Ship to Dislodge Vessels Frozen in Antarctic

The U.S. Coast Guard is sending an icebreaking ship in an effort to free two vessels stuck in the Antarctic’s frozen waters.<p>The Cutter Polar Star was …

Dennis Rodman says he loves North Korea's Kim Jong-un

Rodman told reporters at Beijing airport that he hoped the exhibition match could open the doors for talks with North Korea<p>Former basketball star Dennis Rodman headed to Pyongyang with a group of former NBA players, saying he will not raise concerns about repression in North Korea because leader …

Relatively moderate Syrian rebels gain against Islamic extremists

AMMAN, Jordan — Infighting among Islamist antigovernment groups in northern Syria continued for a third day Sunday, as more moderate rebel factions engaged in a large-scale rout of an extremist group affiliated with Al Qaeda.<p>The Mujahedin Army, a new coalition of ostensibly moderate Islamist …

Bizarre news stories to ease you back into work

There's no phrase for it, so let's call it "nightmarish return to reality Monday". The first full week of work of 2014 is upon us, and it's a pain. On the plus side, this year's festive period has given us some cracking workplace conversation starters …<p><b>Piers Morgan was</b> <b>pelted with a cricket ball</b> <b>and</b> …

West Coast sardine crash could radiate throughout ecosystem

The sardine fishing boat Eileen motored slowly through moonlit waters from San Pedro to Santa Catalina Island, its weary-eyed captain growing more desperate as the night wore on. After 12 hours and $1,000 worth of fuel, Corbin Hanson and his crew returned to port without a single fish.<p>"Tonight's …

Conservation

Did 2013 Mark the End of Somali Piracy?

When five armed men in a small motorboat approached an oil tanker sailing off the coast of Somalia on Dec. 9, the crew sprang into action. They …

Canada accused of hiding child abuse evidence | Canada

<b>Toronto, Canada</b> - When Edmund Metatawabin was five years old, he was sent to a remote church-run school for aboriginal children in Canada where he, and hundreds of others, say they faced years of abuse and torture.<p>Metatawabin spent about 10 years at the school, beginning in the 1950s. One morning, …

88 Afghan Prisoners Deemed Dangerous By US To Be Released

The prisoners are being held at a jail at the Bagram air base north of Kabul. The United States only recently transferred the prison to Afghan control after it had become a serious source of tension with the Afghan government.<p>President Hamid Karzai instructed Afghan intelligence officials to …

S Sudan conflict: Sudan president to meet Salva Kiir

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1041000/1041523_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534489484_11ff9807a63491e34c28934dca82b5c5<p><b>Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has arrived in Juba for talks with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir over the conflict in South Sudan, reports …

Africa

Senegal seizes Russian vessel for 'illegal fishing'

<b>Senegal has seized a Russian vessel after accusing its sailors of fishing illegally in its waters.</b><p>Sixty-two Russians and 20 nationals from Guinea-Bissau were detained when the navy raided the trawler, Oleg Naydenov, Senegal's military said.<p>Russia has condemned the "crude and aggressive conduct of …

Africa

Japanese whaling fleet filmed with dead minke whales in Southern Ocean

At least three dead whales have been spotted aboard a Japanese vessel in the Southern Ocean.<p>New Zealand's foreign minister condemned the whaling but disputed claims by conservation group Sea Shepherd that the fleet had been operating in New Zealand’s territorial waters, in the Ross Sea in …

Iraqi PM urges Falluja to expel al-Qaida militants

Iraq's prime minister has urged people in the besieged city of Falluja to drive out al-Qaida-linked insurgents to pre-empt a military offensive that officials said could be launched within days.<p>In a statement on state television, Nouri al-Maliki, a Shia Muslim whose government has little support in …

JetBlue halts flights at 4 airports as deep freeze bears down on Northeast

JetBlue Airways, recovering from heavy weekend delays and getting ready for a deep freeze overnight in the Northeast, took the extraordinary step Monday of grounding flights for 17 hours at four of the busiest airports in the country.<p>The shutdown, which covers the three major New York airports and …

How a massive meth bust in China is tied to traditional medicine

Police in Southern China seized 3 tonnes (more than 6,600 lbs) of methamphetamine in a drug raid this week in a small village in Guangdong, and arrested 182 people in connection with the raid, including a local former Communist Party chief.<p>Boshe, population 14,000, is one of China’s biggest …

Communist Party

Why Philips Flattened The Light Bulb

Introducing the SlimStyle, a pancake-shaped light bulb that represents the LED industry’s latest attempt to court skeptical consumers.<p>Yesterday, a federal ban on production of 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs went into effect, forcing consumers to switch to more efficient (if less aesthetically …

An Unholy Alliance Is Forcing Veterans To Pay For 12 Years Of War

In doing so, it was given aid and comfort by knowledge-starved pundits, axe-grinding editorial boards, and self-anointed armchair analysts everywhere, as it left the military and veteran community standing with their jaws on the ground in despairing disbelief. Exploiting pressure to strike a budget …

Military Spending

Timeline of the far future

What do we expect will happen in one thousand years time? Or one million years? Or even one billion? As our amazing timeline shows, there may be trouble ahead.<p>As the beginning of the year is upon us we at BBC Future think it’s the perfect time to look ahead.<p>First, we brought you a prediction of the …

Where's The Best Of What's New?

<b>We're still adapting our Best of What's New pages from prior to 2014--thanks for your patience!</b><p><b>Until then, take a look at our 2014 BOWN winners.</b>