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What Acclaimed Writers Love About the Writing Life

Over the years, I've had the incredibly good fortune of interviewing many of the most widely-read novelists on the planet. I often (but not always) ask certain questions of each author. One of my favorites is: <b>What do you love about the writing life?</b><p><b>Here are excerpted answers from some highly</b> …

50+ Ways to Display Art Prints and Photos

As we’re wrapping up this Deck The Walls week, you might be asking yourself, “So now what should I do with all these amazing free printables?” Fellow …

Donald Trump advocates 'punishment' for women who have abortions - but retracts hours later

Republican front-runner says the US should ban abortion and enforce "some form of punishment" for women who have one<p>Donald Trump yesterday advocated "some form of punishment" for women who have abortions if he gets his way and the practise is outlawed.<p>The Republican front-runner says he has …

Qatar World Cup 2022: FIFA ignoring migrant workers abuses, says Amnesty

<b>(CNN) —</b> He's the migrant worker busting a gut to build Qatar's shiny soccer stadiums that will host FIFA's World Cup in 2022 -- at a price.<p>For Prem -- a metal worker and father of three from Nepal who carried out work on the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha between February and May 2015 -- …

Amnesty International

Syrian Government Forces Recapture Historic Palmyra From ISIS

After several weeks of fighting, Syrian government troops backed by Russian airstrikes were able to gain control of the ancient city of Palmyra this weekend, driving out ISIS militants who took the city last May. Archaeologists were rushing to the site to assess the damage, after earlier evidence …

Middle East

Miami Florida Celebrity Portrait Photographer Brian Smith

Celebrity Portraits <br>Celebrity portrait photography of A-list Hollywood stars captures intimate, expressive revealing portraits of stars of cinema, …

Pulitzer Prize

​‘Human rights breaches’: Families of Iraqis shot by UK troops could sue MoD

Grieving families of Iraqis gunned down by British soldiers in Iraq may sue Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) for violating international law following a landmark High Court ruling.<p>In the court’s judgement cases where Iraqis were killed or wounded by British soldiers fall within the jurisdiction …

‘No evidence death penalty deters any crime,’ senior UN official tells Rights Council

4 March 2015 – Despite progress in recent years to universally abolish the death penalty, major challenges persist, the United Nations top human …

Security Council approves system to impose targeted sanctions in South Sudan

3 March 2015 – The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution today creating a system by which it would to impose sanctions on …

South Sudan says UN sanctions will harm peace process

<b>The government of South Sudan has warned that the imposition of any US-backed sanctions would be counter-productive and harm the peace process.</b><p>Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin said that sanctions would be a burden on the people.<p>The US has warned that an arms embargo and other punitive …

Africa

UN special envoy joins demands for release of child soldiers by all parties in South Sudan

4 March 2015 – The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, today demanded …

Security Council condemns abduction of Syrian Christians by ISIL

26 February 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the abduction of more than 100 Assyrians, as well as the destruction …

Syria’s war continues ‘unabated and with total impunity,’ Security Council told

26 February 2015 – In a briefing to the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria, two senior United Nations relief officials warned …

Security Council extends UN peacekeeping force in Abyei through July 2015

26 February 2015 – The Security Council has extended the United Nations peacekeeping force in Abyei – a resource-rich area contested by Sudan and …

Austria passes controversial reforms to 1912 Islam law

<b>The Austrian parliament has passed controversial reforms to the country's century-old law on Islam.</b><p>The bill, which is partly aimed at tackling Islamist radicalism, gives Muslims more legal security but bans foreign funding for mosques and imams.<p>Austria's Integration Minister, Sebastian Kurz, …

North Africa

EU to 'reframe' Russian energy ties when time is right - draft | Reuters

BRUSSELS, Feb 20 (Reuters) - The European Union will consider “reframing” energy relations based on market conditions with Russia when the time is right and for now is focusing on building a strategic gas partnership with Ukraine, a draft document shows.<p>The European Commission, the EU executive, is …

Russia

Work of prominent climate change denier was funded by energy industry

Willie Soon is researcher at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Documents: Koch brothers foundation among groups that gave total of $1.25m<p>A prominent academic and climate change denier’s work was funded almost entirely by the energy industry, receiving more than $1.2m from companies, lobby …

Peer-Reviewed

International law stays silent on the responsibility for climate change

Climate change affects everything from public health to migration patterns. So why has the legal response to a global problem been so weak?<p>Climate change hurts innocent people. It puts ordinary people, who for the most part have not contributed in any way to global warming, at extraordinary …

International law is coming up short in its response to climate change

Climate justice requires solidarity between nations. The law can help promote change, but it is up to us all to acknowledge our responsibilities<p>When it comes to human suffering, the IPCC doesn’t mince its words. According to its latest report – the culmination of seven years of research and intense …

Climate

BP loses bid to reduce Gulf of Mexico oil spill fine

<b>BP has lost its bid to reduce the maximum civil fine of $13.7bn (£8.9bn) it could face for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.</b><p>A US judge rejected BP's appeal to pay a cap of $3,000 per barrel under the country's Clean Water Act.<p>Government prosecutors claim the firm is liable to pay …

Oil & Gas Industry

Ukraine: UK and EU 'badly misread' Russia

<b>The UK and the EU have been accused of a "catastrophic misreading" of the mood in the Kremlin in the run-up to the crisis in Ukraine.</b><p>The House of Lords EU committee claimed Europe "sleepwalked" into the crisis.<p>The EU had not realised the depth of Russian hostility to its plans for closer relations …

Russia

Weak Kariba Dam walls threaten Zambia's energy security

Even with oil prices dropping, Africa is still looking for new and alternative sources of energy.<p>The Kariba Dam, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, is a long-standing hydro-electric project - but there now appear to be cracks in the dam's walls that could be catastrophic.<p>The BBC's Lucy …

Oil

US pays Philippines over USS Guardian reef damage

<b>The US has paid 87m pesos ($1.97m: £1.28m) to the Philippines in compensation for damage caused to a protected reef.</b><p>The Philippine foreign ministry said the money, the full amount requested, was paid in January and would be used to restore and protect the reef.<p>The USS Guardian minesweeper ran …

Asia

Foreign firms and human rights abuses in Myanmar | Humanitarian crises

Canadian and Chinese mining companies profited from human rights abuses at copper mines in Myanmar, according to a human rights group's report released on Tuesday.<p>Foreign companies turned a blind eye to rights abuses and other illegal activity around the Monywa copper mine complex in the Southeast …

Asia

Poland agrees to pay reparations to Guantánamo detainees

Court found Poland violated international law by allowing CIA to host a secret facility where Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were tortured<p>Poland will comply with a court order to pay $262,000 to two Guantánamo Bay inmates, foreign minister Grzegorz Schetyna said on Wednesday, as …

Europe

Environment Health and Democracy with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Barack Obama says US 'at war with those perverting Islam'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1146000/1146647_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524634495_fd8c68380f043af65e19ccedf3b4967d<p><b>US President Barack Obama says the US is "not at war with Islam - we are at war with the people who have perverted Islam".</b><p>He was speaking to …

Islam

Human Rights Day

Human Rights

Cambodia rescues 17 trafficked Cambodians from Thai fishing boats in Indonesia

Cambodia has rescued 17 Cambodian laborers, who were trafficked to work as illegal fishermen on Thai fishing boats in Indonesia, Foreign Ministry's …

Limpet teeth set new strength record

<b>Engineers in the UK have found that limpets' teeth consist of the strongest biological material ever tested.</b><p>Limpets use a tongue bristling with tiny teeth to scrape food off rocks and into their mouths, often swallowing particles of rock in the process.<p>The teeth are made of a mineral-protein …

Nanotech