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The hidden messages in children’s books

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(Philomel/Macmillan/Harry N Abrams/Harper Collins)

Adults often find surprising subtexts in children’s literature – but are they really there? Hephzibah Anderson delves into the world of Freud and fairy tales.

‘King Of Instagram’ Dan Bilzerian Arrested At LAX, Held Without Bail


The “King of Instagram” Dan Bilzerian was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport late Tuesday night and is being held without bail, Gawker reports.

It’s unclear whether the arrest had anything to do with the fact that he was recently kicked out of a Miami nightclub for allegedly kicking a woman named Vanessa Castano in the face. She has since filed a police report.

The Los Angeles Police Department told L.A. Weekly that Bilzerian was facing charges of possessing or manufacturing illegal explosive devices.

If you’re wondering why Bilzerian is Instagram-famous with 5 million followers, you can take a look at the many photos of women and indications of a lavish lifestyle on his page


According to Gawker, “Bilzerian, who likes to say he was kicked out of Navy Seal training two days before graduation, has previously Instagrammed his arsenal of firearms, and once ran over a BMW in a tank for kicks.”


Oh, the irony

Is Torture an American Value?



Joni Mitchell in 1970.

The legendary composer and singer showed up at NPR’s Culver City studios just before the dead of night to talk about her “helium voice,” overcoming polio and painting songs with Bob Dylan.

Joni Mitchell in 1970.

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The Music Midnight Makes: In Conversation With Joni Mitchell

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show cost a reported $20 million to produce this year, and included jewel-studded bras worth more than $2 million. But the real stars are, of course, the Angels. Here’s what the best-paid Victoria’s Secret models are worth. 




Are Gadget-Free Bedrooms the Secret to a Happy Relationship ? 


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nytimes.com – Sound the alarm: The good old-fashioned relationship is under attack from technology. That seems to be the message from a growing body of psychology research examining how technology is ………

Your Brain Is Built for Kindness





Let’s take a few minutes this dreary winter Wednesday to remind ourselves that people aren’t always the worst. In a neat little animated video published yesterday by the University of California, Berkeley, psychologist Dacher Keltner explains that we were essentially built to be nice. Keltner explains his own work using brain imaging technology, in which he’s shown images of human suffering to people in the lab:

And what we found in the brain is a very old part of the brain, the periaqueductal gray, which is common to mammals when they take care of things, lights up when you feel compassion. And that tells us that compassion is very old in the nervous system, as Darwin speculated. 

His research has also shown that the vagus nerve — the nervous system’s longest grouping of nerves, stretching from the brain to the abdomen — also shows activity when we feel compassion. (Science of Us contributor Maia Szalavitz also co-wrote a book about human empathy, if you’re hungry for more on the subject.) Taken together, research by Keltner and others suggests that we are biologically set up to care about other people. Being nice is human nature. 




Oil Takes A Dive: Great For U.S. Consumers, Terrible For Russia And Venezuela



For Americans, cheap oil means less money spent each time you fill up on gas, and more to spend on everything else. But in countries depending on oil revenues, oil’s plunge is bad news.


About 70,000 expected to flock to Art Basel, satellite fairs





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<br /><br /> Visitors swarm the Miami Beach Convention Center during last year&rsquo;s Art Basel.<br /><br /> COURTESY PHOTOS Visitors swarm the Miami Beach Convention Center during  Art Basel. It is amazing how the juxtaposition of line and shape can make someone’s pulse quicken, how tromp l’oeil can stir the imagination, and perspective and shadow can entice conversation. But art is exactly this type of catalyst. Its power has been shifting cultures and expressing them long before the Renaissance. Art beckons its followers to Miami Beach Dec. 4 to 7 for an experience unlike any other, an event called Art Basel. More than 70,000 are slated to attend. This showcase of all things artistic is merely a hub for a bigger self-expression brought to the masses in the form of multiple satellite fairs like Scope, Pulse, NADA, Art Miami and others, more than 20 total. They all work in symbiosis as part of a bigger event called Miami Art Week, which actually begins Dec. 2.

Look what I found in huge amazon warehouse below….





A distillation of spiritual truths – manifestation, the nature of reality, the illusion of life on earth, manifesting, dominion over matter, energy, transmutation, magnetization, attraction and a sense of peace that could be described as harmonious empowerment. Read it once as a fable, then read it again as life instructions.


Look Inside Amazon’s Giant Warehouses Ahead Of The Christmas Rush


15Ralph D. Freso/ReutersYour Christmas present might be here. As the countdown to Christmas begins, tens of thousands of Amazon workers are getting to work packaging millions of products bought from the giant online retailer.  Sales show no signs of slowing down after last week’s Black Friday when the company sold more than 5.5 million goods. 2014 could even top last year’s Christmas sales, which reached a record £13 billion


To handle all of this, Amazon has more than 80 massive distribution centres, which put together, comprise more square footage than 700 Madison Square Gardens and could hold more water than 10,000 Olympic swimming pools. The following pictures show what it’s like inside five of Amazon’s factories, located in the US, the UK, Germany, and Poland. The figures are compiled from statista.com, DMR, and Michael Hyatt.                     






Published: November 29, 2014





Parts of Greece were brought to a standstill on Thursday as members of two major unions staged a 24-hour strike. Tens of thousands of people across all major Greek cities took to the streets, protesting against European Union and International Monetary Fund demands for pension reform and planned layoffs.




Private sector union GSEE has called for fresh demonstrations to take place on December 7, when parliament will vote on next year’s budget. The union accuses the government of trying to take the labour market back to “medieval times”. Repeated rounds of austerity have been imposed on the country. Opposition leader Alexis Tsipras believes this approach has hindered, rather than helped Greece.



Clinton Shadow Campaign Gets Ready For The Real Thing


12 Female Characters Who Keep Shaving Despite Constant   Peril  







Guest Post: What Americans Celebrate On Thanksgiving Day

When Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, they don’t know what they are celebrating.              

25 Women Pushing The Limits Of Street Art Around The World



Saki&B: Born in Japan; based in London, UK saki street art MadC: Germany madc street art



27 Lazy Girl Nail Arthat Are Actually Easy









Strange Things You Learn When You Don’t Wear A Bra For A Week

I’m an E cup, and I haven’t gone out in public without a bra in 18 years. So I wanted to see if anything bad would happen when I finally went without one.

Solange Knowles in Stéphane Rolland

solange  We have no words — expect that the fit is spot on and the silhouette is hugging her curves like a dream.

This week was serious when it came to style. Not only did Hollywood unanimously agree that white is the color of the season, but they also agreed that the end of the year is the best time to turn up the heat in the fashion department.

50 Trips Everyone Should Take In The US



5 Ways to have people like YOU..

High Heels Have A Strange Effect On Men, And Here’s Proof


Listen up, ladies.

Flats may be all the rage these days, but a provocative new study from France suggests that high heels do a better job of helping women get what they want from men.

Women’s shoe heel size exerts a powerful effect on men’s behavior,” Dr. Nicolas Guéguen, a psychologist at the Université de Bretagne-Sud in Rennes, and the scientist behind the study, said in a written statement.

What’s Your Favorite Beyoncé Lyric Of All Time?

The 10 Best Jobs For 2015
Here's How Much Uber Drivers Are Really Earning



The Psychology Behind Why Instagram Is So Addictive


misiu green instagramJamie Green/InstagramThe prototypical Instagram photo.

All the cool kids are on Instagram.

Over 90% of the 200 million people on the photo-sharing network are under the age of 35, a recent BI Intelligence report found, and the demographics skew toward the urban, female, and rich.

Those users upload 544 million photos a day.

Nir Eyal, a Stanford University lecturer and author of “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products,” tells Business Insiderthat the app is addictive thanks to a range of reasons, including:

• The act of taking a picture: “Capturing images has been habit-forming for over a century,” Eyal says, and it stems from “this anxiety that we feel if we don’t capture this moment it will disappear forever.”

• The immediate reward:“Part of Instagram’s genius is providing these filters,” Eyal says. “Now that shitty picture that I used to take on the native app of my phone looks decent, sharable.”

• The investment made by the user: “The ultimate secret is that if you make your pictures more beautiful,” Eyal says, “that increases the likelihood that you participate in the most important part of the Instagram hook, the investment of sharing that picture.”

• Soon, Instagram becomes the default: “Every time I see something I want to capture,” Eyal says, “I capture with Instagram as opposed to any other solution, as opposed to the native app on the camera.”

• It becomes a rather intimate social network: “Over time, there’s successive cycles through the hook. It’s not just about capturing the moment, Instagram is also a social network,” Eyal says. “So now the internal triggers become boredom, seeking connection, FOMO [or fear of missing out].”

• And you’ll never want to miss out again: “FOMO is huge reason to use Instagram,” Eyal says. “Not just to take pictures, but this fear of missing out on the moment. And my solution to alleviate that pain point, that psychological itch, is to open Instagram and scroll through.”

The addictive nature of the app isn’t an accident, Eyal points out. Instagram founder Kevin Systrom majored in symbolic systems at Stanford, a field that lies at the intersection of psychology and computer science. “[Systrom] knows a lot,” he says.


Push for Parity: 5 lessons for the next generation of women leaders

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This essay is the first in our Push For Parity essay series, featuring stories about women in leadership in journalism. 

‘Sex With Strangers’: Anna Gunn, Billy Magnussen Heat Up Books, Tech and Deception



The two-person play, which premiered in 2011 at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, centers on Olivia, a critically underappreciated novelist pushing 40, and Ethan, a hunky 20-something blog-to-book sensation who’s topped The New York Times best-seller list by detailing his sexual exploits with strangers. “Although they’re only 11 years apart, their relationship with technology, their age group aligns very differently with the Internet — I was interested in exploring this moment in time and what intimacy means now,”




Bob Marley to Be Face of Corporate Pot


Kristen Bell teams up with an a cappella group for a thoroughly modern Christmas tune

A handwritten card would take forever, and who even listens to voicemails anymore? No, the only holiday hello you need from your sweetheart is a good old-fashioned text message. Luckily, Kristen Bell has teamed up with all-male a cappella group Straight No Chaser to provide the perfect soundtrack for your tinsel-time texts, this delightful ditty called “Text Me Merry Christmas”


Enemies Of The State





27 Little Things You Can Do To Make Thanksgiving So Much Easier

Keeping gravy warm in a coffee thermos!   Why didn’t I think of that….posted on Nov. 17, 2014













Marvel's Black Panther.

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Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Isn’t Just Another Black Superhero

The recently announced feature film, scheduled for November 2017, may be the first Afrofuturist movie with a shot of blockbuster success.



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An Interview With Michael Cera And Kieran Culkin As They Play “Mario Kart”




The Success Of The Smartwatch Relies Hugely On How Well They Connect With Facebook Users

The Success Of The Smartwatch Relies Hugely On How Well They Connect With Facebook Users




THR's Next Gen Party 2014

THR’s Next Gen Party 2014




Untouched by Western journalists except in the presence of

American troops, Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley was once the most violent part of the Afghan war.






The Iconic Mansion From ‘The Godfather’ Is On Sale For $2.9 Million


There Are 6 Different Ways You Can See 'Interstellar' — Here's How To See It

VAIL VS ASPEN: Which Is The Better Ski Destination?

PUTIN: We Are Prepared For A 'Catastrophic Decline In Energy Prices'

Because No One Wants To Imagine A World Without Chocolate

MUNICH — Andreas Jacobs and Paul Polman want to change working conditions and pay around the the world. But they’re not human rights activi…


Hong Kong: Is It Just A Question Of Confidence?

HONG KONG — A journalist from mainland China asked me recently whether the current unrest in Hong Kong is perhaps because residents there “are l…


Why Egypt’s Brightest Scientific Minds Move Abroad

CAIRO — In February 2014, the Egyptian military announced that it had found a cure for AIDS and hepatitis. This supposed miracle of me…


Fatal Hazing, South Korean Military’s Abuse Problem

SEOUL — Six South Korean soldiers have been accused of killing one of their fellow conscripts. Yoon Seung-joo, 20, died earlier this year after …


A City Should Force You Off Your Arse

-Essay- BUENOS AIRES — Since the time Homo became sapiens, we have tried to find the means to move as little as possible. And now we can s…


Why Chinese Students Are Flocking To Germany

MUNICH — On the Technical University of Munich (TUM) campus, it smells of grilled sausage and doner kebab. Students lined up in front of two fas…


In China, A Visit To The World’s Biggest Hospital

ZHENGZHOU — Even at its current size, the First Affiliated University Hospital of Zhengzhou in the capital of Chin…


Air Corpse One: When Airline Passengers Die On Board

BERLIN — When a passenger dies on a flight, what do flight attendants do with the body? A British flight personnel trainer recently acknowledge…


Egypt Ratchets Up Its Morality War Against Gays And Lesbians

CAIRO — The video showed a gathering of men on a felucca, with two of them seemingly exchanging kisses and wedding rings. The makers of the…


After Trees Cut Down In Front Of Coke Billboard, Company Must Plant 60 New Ones

BUENOS AIRES — The Coca-Cola Company is being forced to plant 60 trees in the Argentine capital after six trees that had been “blocking” on…

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Snapshots: Thai Dancing, Tightrope Walking, Democratic Sulking

What’s been catching our eyes, and the world goes by……




Morgan Stanley Analysts: Uber Is Going To Change Everything





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#This comes seven weeks after by far the largest global climate demonstrations in history, and amidst ongoing unrest in China about the filthy air in its cities. It isn’t, in other words, a reason to slack off a bit in the ongoing fight for a livable climate, a fight our civilizations are in great danger of losing. If we want this to be a start, and not a finish, we’ve got to build even bigger and more powerful movements that push the successors of these gentlemen to meet what science demands. Today’s an achievement for everyone who’s held a banner, signed a petition, and gone to jail — and a call for many more to join us going forward!





1. Afghanistan Opium Harvest Hits Record High

2014-11-12 Read Later

KABUL — Afghanistan’s cultivation of opium poppies has hit a record high in 2014, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Its Afghan Opium Survey 2014 reports that the area under poppy cultivation has expanded by 7%, now covering 553,000 acres (224,000 hectares).

Such a rise is likely to embarrass aid donors who have invested millions of dollars in counter-narcotics efforts, as the report reveals that the eradication of opium in the country has decreased by 63%.

Read more from Reuters here.

Photo: davric/Worldcrunch

Crunched By: Bertrand Hauger

2. The Costs Of India’s Botched Mass Sterilization Program

2014-11-11 Read Later

RAIPUR — Eight Indian women have died and dozens are said to be in a critical condition after undergoing sterilization surgery as part of a state-run effort to curb the country’s population.

Officials in the central state of Chhattisgarh revealed Tuesday that the eight women were among 83 who underwent laparoscopic sterilization Saturday, a process usually under general anesthesia during which the fallopian tubes are blocked.

Sixty-four women are still hospitalized, including 24 in serious condition.

The surgery was part of an annual family planning camp organized by Indian authorities aimed at limiting the growth of the country’s billion-plus population.

AFP reports that the women who decide to volunteer for sterilization are given 1,400 rupees — $23 — as an incentive to undergo the procedure.

Read more from the Hindustan Times here.

Photo: Greg Younger/Worldcrunch

Crunched By: Bertrand Hauger

3. French Sailor Breaks Prestigious Route Du Rhum Record

2014-11-10 Read Later

POINTE-A-PITRE  French yachtsman Loïck Peyron has won the 10th running of the prestigious Route du Rhum single-handed transatlantic race in record time, sailing from Saint Malo in French Brittany to Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, in just over a week, the event’s website reports.

For his first victory after six tries (the Route du Rhum takes place every four years), the 54-year-old sailor set a new record on his trimaran Banque Populaire VII, finishing the race in 7 days, 15 hours, 8 minutes and 32 seconds, and thus beating the 2006 record by 2 hours, 10 minutes and 34 seconds.

Photo: Route du Rhum Facebook page/Worldcrunch

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4. French President’s Approval Ratings Hit All-Time Low

2014-11-07 Read Later

PARIS — Francois Hollande’s approval ratings hit a new low Thursday, exactly halfway into the French president’s five-year term.

Pollster YouGov revealed that Hollande scored a mere 12% approval rating in its latest monthly survey — down 15% from the previous month. It is the worst score for any president in modern-day polling, according to Reuters.

Hollande appeared on prime-time TF1 television Thursday night for a Q&A session with journalists and members of the public. The French president admitted he had “made mistakes” since taking office in 2012 but said he wanted to go “to the end” to reform the economy. He also hinted that he would not run for re-election if the current 11% unemployment rate failed to drop by the end of his term.

Read more from Reuters here.

Photo: Lionel Guericolas/Visual/ZUMA

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5. Manet Painting Fetches Record Price At Christie’s

2014-11-06 Read Later

NEW YORK — A painting by Impressionist Edouard Manet sold at auction Wednesday, setting a record price of $65.1 million for the artist. Le Printemps, or Spring, was first presented in 1882 and depicts French actress Jeanne Demarsy with a parasol.

Many bidders, both present in the salesroom at Christie’s in New York and on the phone, pushed the painting past original estimates of $25 million to $35 million, and it was eventually bought by New York dealer Otto Naumann for an anonymous client.

Manet’s previous record was $33.2 million for Self Portrait With A Palette at Christie’s in London in 2010, Bloomberg reports. Le Printemps had been in the same private collection for more than a century, and was on loan to the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

Photo source: Christie’s

6. Taylor Swift’s Record-Breaking Record

2014-11-05 Read Later

NEW YORK — American country-turned-pop singer Taylor Swift’s new album 1989 sold 1.287 million copies in the U.S. in its first week, making it the biggest album release in 12 years.

According to the Nielsen Soundscan Sales tracking service, 1989 has become the fastest-selling album during a single week since Eminem’s 2002 The Eminem Show, which sold 1.322 million copies during its second week.

Read more about it from AFP.

Photo: taylorswift Instagram/Worldcrunch

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7. Mass Decline Of European Birds

2014-11-03 Read Later

LONDON — Europe has lost an estimated 421 million birds over the past three decades, and modern treatment of the environment is to blame, a study published Monday in the monthly scientific journal Ecology Letters reveals.

Up to 90% of the decline is in common European bird species such as grey partridges, sparrows, skylarks and starlings. According to University of Exeter researcher Richard Inger, who took part in the study, this is concerning. “It is this group of birds that people benefit from the most,” the AFP quoted him as saying. “Significant loss of common birds could be quite detrimental to human society.”

On the other hand, populations in rarer species of birds such as marsh harriers, ravens, buzzards and storks have risen in recent years, the research shows. This is probably explained by conservation efforts and legal protections.

Richard Gregory of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds told the AFP that “white storks and marsh harriers receive among the highest level of protection in the EU. This is why their numbers have increased.”

Researchers are now calling for large-scale environmental improvement such as green space projects and environmental farmland schemes.

Photo: Kieran Palmer

Crunched By: Patrick Randall

8. Number Of Homeless Rises In New York

2014-10-31 Read Later

NEW YORK — The number of homeless people in New York has risen to 67,810 in 2014, according to a report released Thursday by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This contrasts with a general decline of the homeless population across the country, which has dropped by 10% since 2010, when the Obama Administration introduced its “Opening Doors” plan to prevent and end homelesness.

Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

New York experienced the country’s largest increase between 2013 and 2014, with 3,160 more homeless people. It was followed by Massachussetts (+2,208) and Nevada (+2,113), and 11 other states plus Washington, D.C. This means nearly one in five homeless people in the U.S. lives in New York City or Los Angeles. On the other hand, homelesness decreased in 36 states over the same period. Florida experienced the largest decrease with 6,320 fewer people, followed by California (-4,600) and Oregon (-1,658).

Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The report is based on a “point-in-time” survey reported by state and local planning agencies. It was conducted on a single night in January as part of HUD’s efforts to tackle homelessness across the country.

“As a nation, we are successfully reducing homelessness in this country, especially for those who have been living on our streets as a way of life,” the agency’s Secretary Julián Castro said Thursday. “There is still a tremendous amount of work ahead of us, but it’s clear our strategy is working, and we’re going to push forward till we end homelessness as we’ve come to know it,” he added.

Read the full report here.

Photo: John M. Mantel/ZUMA

Crunched By: Patrick Randall

9. Malala To Donate Prize Money To Rebuild Gaza Schools

2014-10-30 Read Later

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has announced she will donate the $50,000 she was given for winning the World Children’s Prize to reconstruct UN schools in Gaza that Israel bombed during the recent conflict.

“Innocent Palestinian children have suffered terribly and for too long,” the 17-year-old Pakistani education activist said. “We must all work to ensure Palestinian boys and girls, and all children everywhere, receive a quality education in a safe environment. Because without education, there will never be peace. Let us stand together for peace and education because together we are more powerful.”

According to the International Business Times, the prize money will be used for 65 schools operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).

More than 2,100 Palestinians — most of them civilians — lost their lives during the 50 days of fighting in July and August between Israel and Hamas, while 108,000 people still remain homeless.

Photo: Robin Utrecht/Xinhua/ZUMA







‘We Are On The Comet’ But Something’s Wrong







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What Fukushima Radiation 100 Miles Off California Looks Like

While no US Federal Agency sees fit to monitor ocean radioactivity in coastal waters, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) has taken on the task of keeping the information flowing in a world of ‘promises’ that everything will be ok. As WHOI reports this week, scientists have detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident 100 miles (150 km) due west of Eureka, California.





Report: Iraqi Army Recaptures Oil Refinery Town.. Driving Out ISIS Fighters


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More than 400 Underground Sites seized by FBI in ‘Operation Onymous’

The Hacker News

The joint operation by authorities of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and European law enforcement seized Silk Road 2.0, an alternative to the notorious online illegal-drug marketplace last week, and arrested 26-year-old operator Blake Benthall, but that wasn’t the end. US and […]

Republicans Get Wake-Up Call: And This Time They Answer It!


We have now read, reviewed and analyzed the 2014 midterm elections from every perspective, and the most consistent conclusions are that the Republicans scored a smashing victory, the Democrats suffered a humiliating defeat, the president’s performance is mostly to blame, and the 2016 presidential election starts now.


4 Reasons Elizabeth Warren Should Run for President

By Scott Conroy – November 6, 2014




‘Stand Up’ for Soldiers



Thousands Demand Return Of 43 Missing Students In Mexico

Mexico Missing Students

Report: U.S. Money-Laundering Probe Draws In Putin’s Inner Circle


Libyan Supreme Court Rules On Legitimacy Of New Parliament

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Obama To Seek New War Powers From Congress To Fight ISIS

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ICC Will Not Prosecute Possible War Crimes In Israel Flotilla Raid

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U.S. Election Brings New GOP Power To State Capitols


Myanmar’s Security Forces Profit Off Rohingya Exodus


Ebola Virus Slowing In Liberia


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