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Drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s chief assassin: El Chapo is doing to Mexico what El Patron did to Colombia

Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, aka "Popeye," was the chief assassin for infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar's Medellín cartel.<p>Vásquez is also one of the few surviving members of the cartel's upper ranks, which likely gives him a unique perspective on the havoc that the drug war wreaks on …

Mexico

9 Books You Shouldn't Overlook

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Books

The mindblowing expense of mindfulness

Is there a link between vibrators, colouring-in books and Buddhism? Eva Wiseman unravels our obsession with passivity<p>There was a period in the late 1990s when it became fashionable to have a vibrator. To have a vibrator, and to talk about having a vibrator, and to give vibrators as gifts, and to …

Mindfulness

8 TED Talks that will help you save your relationships

Relationships also come in all sizes and colors — there are romantic relationships, work relationships, and friendships, just to name a few.<p>Regardless of what kind of relationship you want to save, each is fundamentally similar to the next in a number of ways.<p>In all healthy relationships, we are …

Relationships

16 Texts All Book Nerds Would Love To Receive

"Do you want to use my Barnes & Noble 20% off coupon?"

7 Hobbies Science Says Will Make You Smarter

Entrepreneur & Consultant<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For a long time, it was believed that people are born with a given level of intelligence and the best we could do in life was to live up to our potential. Scientists have now proven that we can actually <i>increase</i> …

The Brain

iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro and Apple TV: The key points from Apple's event

Apple has refreshed most of its top products, adding new features to the iPhone and introducing a new version of Apple TV<p>Apple has unveiled a host of new products at an event in San Francisco, including new iPhone models and a new Apple TV.<p>As well as the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the …

Smart TV

7 facts you need to know about female genital mutilation

It's the "cutting season" — and that's just as terrifying as it sounds.<p>The practice of female genital mutilation, also known as female genital …

Will Human Beings Ever Reach 'Earth 2.0'?

Kepler-452b is the most Earth-like planet ever discovered, a place with just enough sunlight to possibly support the crops and house plants of life forms like ourselves.<p>But don't pack your bags just yet. While the planet might seem like a tantalizing target for NASA's next mission, it's extremely …

Universe

New releases: A classy adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 'Far From the Madding Crowd'

Far From the Madding Crowd<p>20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99<p>With very little hoopla, director Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic has become one of the most successful art house releases of 2015 — and for good reason. With films like "The Celebration" and "The Hunt," …

These transgender students just want a place to go to the bathroom

“All I want to do is be a normal child and use the restroom in peace.”<p>That’s what Gavin Grimm, now a 16-year-old student at Gloucester High School in Virginia, told officials and community members at a school board meeting in November.<p>Gavin is transgender. His family decided to sue the district …

LGBTQI

10 feminist Instagram accounts you should be following

There's more to Instagram than selfies, outfits and #foodporn. It's also a haven for social justice lovers.<p>Given its popularity with young adults and women, Instagram is a treasure trove of wonderfully creative self-expression around feminism and gender issues. Here are 10 Instagram accounts that I …

Feminism

How to Parent like the Japanese Do

About a year after I moved to Tokyo with my husband and two boys, my 6-year-old vanished off the street. No, he wasn’t snatched, and he didn’t fall …

Japan

30 Goals You Should Set For Yourself Before Turning Into 30s

The time between your 20s and 30s is probably the one with the most adventurous potential. The vast majority of the people focus on their careers and …

Education

Articles on Education<p>Every once in a while a book comes along that is both necessary and elegant. U Thrive: How To Succeed in College and Life is one …

7 massive misconceptions you have about communism (and capitalism)

Most of what Americans think they know about capitalism and communism is total nonsense. Here’s a clearer picture<p>As the commentary around the recent deaths of Nelson Mandela, Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger made abundantly clear, most of what Americans think they know about capitalism and communism is …

Human Rights

The world’s most incredible underwater restaurants

The Military Has a Man Problem

Stop whining about women in combat. It’s the guys who need to change—and fast.<p><b>Army Specialist Laura Naylor, a Wisconsin</b> native, spent a year in Baghdad with the 32nd Military Police Company in 2003 and 2004. During that time, she—like all of the more than quarter-million women deployed to Iraq and …

Military

Donald Trump is locked in all-out war with the US' largest Spanish-language TV network

On Friday alone, Trump's campaign sent out two unusual press releases attacking the largest Spanish-language television network in the US.<p>The first contained a letter to the CEO of the Miami-based network, announcing that Univision officials would be barred from attending Trump's golf course in the …

Donald Trump

Apple's next big iPhone update will have one incredibly useful feature if you're running out of storage

Once the update is installed, your apps will supposedly re-install automatically.<p>So, if you're trying to update your iPhone's software but the device doesn't have enough space, a popup alert will appear saying:<p>Insufficient Space For Download. In order to make room for the software update, some apps …

Apps

Pixar’s “Inside Out” is a surprisingly accurate representation of how memory actually works

Disney/Pixar’s newest film, <i>Inside Out</i>, tells the story of 11-year-old Riley and her difficulty dealing with a family move to San Francisco. The film is getting a lot of attention for its depiction of emotion and memory.<p>The filmmakers consulted with neuroscientists and psychologists to help make …

The Brain

In A Relationship With A Highly Sensitive Person? Here's What You Need To Know

Let's be honest: relationships are complex, no matter what kind of personality you have. And some truths are universal, like fighting is never fun. Romantic gestures are usually appreciated. Communication is definitely valued. Compromise isn't always easy.<p>But a lot of these nuances are only …

Emotional Intelligence

7 lies about red meat the food industry wants you to believe

The USDA insists it’s a key component of a healthy diet. A wealth of research would suggest otherwise<p>In 2005, the USDA rolled out a new food pyramid reducing red meat’s place in a healthy diet. Recently, an advisory committee developing the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which are revamped …

Nutrition

9 habits everyone should master before turning 30

Your 20s are a time of discovery. You figure out who you are, what you want, and how to make it happen.<p>The habits you establish during this time tend to stick and become the foundation of your adult life. Establishing positive ones can be the difference between success and failure.<p>We've sorted …

Computer Science

27 Seriously Underrated Books Every Book Lover Should Read

You've read Harry Potter 12 times now. Put it down, and read these instead.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Kendall Jenner Just Articulated The Right Way To Say You're Not A Feminist

During Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s recent <i>Sunday Times</i> interview Kendall was asked to share her thoughts on feminism. Except, she didn’t have any. When asked by interviewer Ruby Warrington whether she considers herself feminist, the reality star said no, explaining:<p>“I don’t know much about it, so I …

Feminism

Senior NHS doctor tells women 'have baby before 30'

A senior NHS gynaecologist has said that women hoping to conceive should try for a baby before reaching 30 to stop a ‘fertility time bomb’<p>A top NHS doctor has said that women hoping to conceive should try for a baby before reaching 30 to stop a ‘fertility time bomb’.<p>She also warned that foreign …

MacTrast Deals: Make Your iPhone Run Like New with PhoneClean iOS Cleaner

Are you running out of space on your iPhone? <i>PhoneClean iOS Cleaner</i> can help you reclaim space on your device, giving you more room for music, photos, …

iPod