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Pegida: what does the German far-right movement actually stand for?

Marches organised by Pegida have sprung up across Germany in the past three months, the most recent one attracting 18,000 supporters, but the group’s ideology remains vague<p>What started out just over three months ago as little more than a Facebook page with a few hundred members has grown into a …

Samsung Says Every Product It Sells Will Be Internet-Connected by 2017

Internet<p>LAS VEGAS — When Samsung Chief Executive B.K. Yoon looks at a smart fridge, he sees the future of consumer technology. But he knows no single company can make that connected-home dream happen alone. So Samsung is "prepared to play a leading role" in promoting a system that lets …

Pope Francis' Best Moments of 2014

Pope Francis has won legions of fans with his humble approach to his role as the head of the Catholic Church, earning brownie points with others for …

Strongman leadership returns to grip Egypt and divide Libya

Egypt,Arab and Middle East unrest,Middle East and North Africa,Libya,Tunisia,Abdel Fatah al-Sisi,World news<p>But Tunisia keeps the flame of democracy burning with peaceful parliamentary elections<p>In Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia – three countries that toppled three dictators nearly four years ago – 2014 …

Pope says Vatican administration is sick with power and greed

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican’s top administrators would have been expecting an exchange of pleasantries at their annual Christmas meeting with Pope Francis on Monday.<p>Instead, he chose the occasion to issue a stinging critique, telling the priests, bishops and cardinals who run the Curia, …

The Global Conflicts to Watch in 2015

A survey shows which countries matter more to U.S. policymakers—and which matter less<p>Foreign policy often involves making difficult and debatable choices about which parts of the world matter more to a given country—and which, by extension, matter less. It's about defining national interests and …

The secrets behind Hungary's escape games craze

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1132000/1132485_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534515684_e7d7de36972dfd16fd064e294985d720<p><b>Being locked in a dingy cellar for an hour with fiendishly difficult problems to solve isn't everyone's idea of fun. But in the Hungarian capital</b> …

Mosul diaries: Poisoned by water

<b>Illness from drinking contaminated water is just the latest affliction affecting civilians in Mosul, months after the Iraqi city was taken over by Islamic State (IS) militants. IS took control of Mosul in June, introducing a strict regime in line with its radical interpretation of Islamic law.</b><b>In a</b> …

How Racists and Partisans Exploit the Age of Obama

Since 2008, the Democratic Party has increasingly become the home of minorities, while the Republican Party draws its support from whites.<p>One of my fondest memories was spending four days in February 1977 as a staffer sitting on the Senate floor, mostly wedged between Gaylord Nelson and Russell …

Hip-Hop: America's Latest Weapon Against Castro

The U.S. government reportedly spent two years trying to infiltrate Cuba's music scene and undermine the government. It may have undermined the music instead.<p>Over the years, the United States has infamously plotted to shower Cuba with gifts ranging from exploding cigars to conch shells, poisoned …

Falling oil, rising cucumber prices: how much trouble is Russia in?

On 1 December, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced during a visit to Turkey that Russia was abandoning its South Stream project, a pipeline envisioned to bring gas to south-eastern Europe bypassing Ukraine by going through the Black Sea.<p>The official explanation for halting the project are EU …

Isis: the inside story

In the summer of 2004, a young jihadist in shackles and chains was walked by his captors slowly into the Camp Bucca prison in southern Iraq. He was nervous as two American soldiers led him through three brightly-lit buildings and then a maze of wire corridors, into an open yard, where men with …

A New Classroom That Produces More Energy Than It Consumes

Energy neutral buildings are great. But you know what’s even better? Buildings that produce more energy than they consume. That’s the goal of a new …

Why the oil price is falling

THE oil price has fallen by more than 40% since June, when it was $115 a barrel. It is now below $70. This comes after nearly five years of …

Do Police Body Cameras Actually Work?

After Ferguson, the president is betting millions on a technology that's still being tested around the world.<p>It may be the most significant reform to follow the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.<p>On Monday, President Obama requested $75 million in federal funds for a technology that, as he sees …

The OPEC Era Is Over

The 54-year-old organization still exists on paper, but it's unclear whether it wields any influence as a cartel above and beyond the desires of one member: Saudi Arabia.<p>Here's what the BAML commodities research group wrote in a note at the end of November about the subject:<p>...the fact that the …

Oil

Why airlines make such meagre profits

FROM taking foreign holidays to eating out-of-season fruit, once-exotic experiences have become commonplace thanks to the airline industry, which has …

Heathrow cutting 200 jobs to meet "draconian" CAA ruling

Heathrow Airport said it is undergoing a "major" restructuring despite making its first profit since 2006.<p>Heathrow Airport is planning to cut a fifth of its core workforce despite turning its first profit since 2006.<p>The airport said it is undergoing a “major” restructuring in its full-year results …

The New Virgin Atlantic Safety Video: A Nod To Classic Movie Culture

And the new “creative” airline safety videos continue to drop, with surprising regularity now.<p>Air New Zealand has been a pioneer of course, and …

Hawaiian Airlines Shows Off Its New Interiors

We were lucky today to be given an exclusive tour of one Hawaiian Airlines‘ two new A330 aircraft, parked at the gate at Honolulu airport. Just a few …

Aviation Researchers Splatter Bugs in Quest for Greater Fuel Efficiency

Sometimes you're the airplane, sometimes you're the bug.<p>Unfortunately for the insects, research aimed at improving the fuel efficiency of airliners …

Ryanair sacks pilot who appeared in Channel 4 documentary on safety

Ryanair has sacked long-standing airline pilot John Goss with "immediate effect" and issued legal proceedings against him after he appeared in the Channel 4 documentary which raised questions over the airline's safety policy.<p>The no-frills airline has already instructed lawyers to take legal action …

U.S. Justice Department Files Lawsuit to Block Merger Between American Airlines and US Airways

In a move that surprised the markets and the airline industry, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block a pending merger between …

Holder: US Air, American merger would mean 'higher airfares, higher fees'

Business News<p>The Justice Department and attorneys general from six states and Washington, D.C. have sued to block the proposed $11 billion merger between US Airways and Americans Airlines’ parent company, saying the merger would threaten "substantial harm to consumers."<p>Filing the suit in federal …

Travel Deals

Crowded skies, frustrated passengers

ON AN average day, more than 1,500 planes take off and land at Beijing’s Capital International Airport, the second-busiest in the world (by passenger …

China

Airport wars are underway in the Middle East

Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi are locked in a multi-billion dollar race to build the biggest, swankiest airport in the Middle East. They are hoping to leverage their location—all three cities are around six hours from two-third’s of the world’s population—to build global travel hubs that boost revenues …