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Iran Unfetters Cellphones, and the Pictures Start Flowing
In a victory for President Hassan Rouhani over hard-liners, Iranians can now do what people elsewhere have long done without thinking — easily send and receive photos and videos on their phones.
To Temper Unrest, China Pushes Interethnic Marriage Between Han and Minorities
The incentives are a trial policy in Xinjiang, an area where ethnic tensions between Uighurs and Han have erupted into violence recently.
Video Claims to Show U.S. Reporter’s Beheading by ISIS
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria beheaded Steven J. Sotloff and posted a video of it online, according to an organization that tracks jihadist web postings.
Palestinian Leaders Want Three-Year Deadline on Israeli Occupation
A senior aide to Mahmoud Abbas said he would would seek a Security Council resolution to compel Israel to withdraw.
Obama to Visit Estonia to Reassure Baltic Allies Over Russia
President Obama’s trip, on the eve of a NATO summit meeting, is intended to show Baltic leaders that the United States and Europe are serious about defending them.
Bits Blog: Uber Service Banned Across Germany by Frankfurt Court
The injunction will stand until the court holds a hearing later this year. Uber said it would continue to operate in Germany despite the threat of criminal charges and fines.
Military Medicine: Smaller Military Hospitals Said to Put Patients at Risk
Many of the hospitals run by the armed forces are so small and the trickle of patients so thin that doctors and nurses say their ability to properly treat serious illnesses is compromised.
Putin Reportedly Says Russia Could ‘Take Kiev in 2 Weeks’
The statement by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia added a new dimension to the tensions building in Ukraine as Russian forces become more involved in the fighting there.
ISIS Gains Taint Kurdish Force’s Reputation
The Kurdish pesh merga collapse left tens of thousands of defenseless residents in ISIS’ path, further calling into question fundamental assumptions about Iraq’s security.
U.S. Airstrike in Somalia Targets Shabab Leader
Somali and American officials said Tuesday that the leader of the Shabab, the Somali militant group that has allied itself with Al Qaeda, may have been killed.
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Islamic State 'kills US hostage'
An Islamic State video purporting to show the beheading of Steven Sotloff, a US journalist abducted by the group, is released.
CPS withdraws Ashya parents warrant
The parents of Ashya King are to face no further action and should now be reunited with their son, say prosecutors.
New child abuse victims come forward
Twelve new victims have come forward since a report found at least 1,400 children were abused in Rotherham, South Yorkshire's chief constable tells MPs.
Police 'incompetence' over Sir Cliff
South Yorkshire Police are accused of "sheer incompetence" by MPs in the way they dealt with the BBC over a search of Sir Cliff Richard's home.
FM: Independence 'closer than ever'
Independence is "closer than it's ever been" claims First Minister Alex Salmond, as an opinion polling suggests gains for the "Yes" campaign.
Million 'have fled Ukraine conflict'
The number of people who have fled the fighting in Ukraine has doubled in weeks, and the UN says more than a million have now been displaced.
Troll guilty over MP 'rape' tweets
A man is found guilty of bombarding a Labour MP with abusive messages on Twitter after she supported a feminist campaign.
US 'targets al-Shabab's leader'
The US military carries out air strikes in Somalia, reportedly targeting the leader of militant group al-Shabab, though it is unclear if he was hit.
Boris Island airport plan 'not dead'
Mayor of London Boris Johnson says plans for an airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", are not dead despite a commission looking into the UK's airport needs rejecting the idea.
Russia 'to alter military strategy'
Russia is to adjust its military doctrine as a result of the Ukraine crisis and Nato's increasing presence in eastern Europe, a top Russian official says.

Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy
President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine.
Anti-Japanese War documentary depicts Guangyang ambush
China's State Archives Administration releases the latest episode of an Anti-Japanese War documentary series, which focuses on a successful ambush by Chinese troops.
DPRK fires one short-range projectile into east waters
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday fired one short-range projectile into its east waters.
The world in photos: Aug 25-31
The world in photos: Aug 25-31
Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya
An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the US Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday.
First families' first day of school
Summer holiday ends and new semester begins. Royal families just share the same excitment, maybe worry, with common people in this season.
450 injured as protesters clash with police in Pakistan
At least 450 people were injured when clashes broke out between police and protesters after a 17- day long peaceful sit-in in Pakistan's capital city of Islamabad on Saturday night, local media reported Sunday.
DPRK denounces Britain for TV series on nuclear program
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday denounced Britain for broadcasting a TV drama series on its nuclear program, calling the airing a "politically motivated provocation and deliberate act to tarnish the DPRK's image."
Putin calls for talks on state system in eastern Ukraine
Ukrainian authorities should start talks on the state system in southeastern regions of the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday.
Chinese artworks to be on display in British Museum
London will host a major exhibition of 15th-century Chinese artwork, including paintings, sculptures and porcelain, depicting the heyday of the Ming Dynasty.
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London voted favourite UK city to visit
London has been voted the favourite UK city to visit for the fourth year running at an award ceremony.
End of Gaza war doesn't translate into peace
A week after the guns fell silent in the Gaza war, Israel and the Palestinians seem to have little appetite or incentive for a return to US-sponsored peace and statehood talks that collapsed five months ago.
Police abandon posts in Lesotho, fear for lives
At least one policeman was killed when the military disarmed police stations on Saturday.
Scores killed as Boko Haram insurgents overrun Nigerian town
The Islamists launched an attack on the town of Bama, 70 km (45 miles) from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri.
Ebola kills 31 people in DR Congo: WHO
Health officials had previously given a death toll of 13 people from the lethal haemorrhagic fever since August 11 around the isolated town of Boende, surrounded by dense tropical forest in Equateur province.
A million people at risk as Somalia slides towards famine: UN
Over a million people in war-torn Somalia are struggling in conditions close to famine, with hunger and drought due to worsen, United Nations experts said Tuesday.
Iraq forces advance as IS accused of 'ethnic cleansing'
Amnesty International has said it has credible new evidence to confirm that Islamic State militants are carrying out a wave of ethnic cleansing against minorities in northern Iraq.
Pak mulls 'selective use of force' as PM chairs joint parliament session
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a joint session of parliament on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over violent protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention.
Nato weighs rapid response force for eastern Europe
As Ukrainian leaders warned on Monday of "a great war" with Russia, Nato leaders meeting in Wales this week were expected to endorse their most concrete response yet to increased Russian military intervention in Ukraine.
Fiji says UN negotiating demands with hostage takers
Fiji revealed for the first time on Tuesday that the demands being made by al-Qaida-linked Syria rebels who took more than 40 UN peacekeepers hostage in the Golan Heights last week.
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Eric Cantor joins Wall Street investment firm. Will open Washington office.

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is joining a Wall Street investment bank as vice-chairman and managing director, the firm announced this morning.

The firm, Moelis & Co., said Cantor will be based in the New York office of the global company and will soon open an office in Washington. Moelis, with 500 employees, is known as  fast-growing “boutique” firm that advises companies and investors on mergers, acquisitions and risk.

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Islamic State claims to have beheaded American journalist Steven Sotloff

A new video attributed to the Islamic State terrorist organization purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, marking the second such execution in recent weeks by a group that controls parts of Iraq and Syria and has threatened to kill other captives.

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Another U.S. doctor in Liberia tests positive for Ebola

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A U.S. physician working in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola, the missionary organization SIM USA announced Tuesday.

The unnamed missionary doctor was treating obstetrics patients at the organization's ELWA hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, and was not working with Ebola patients in the facility's isolation unit, which is separate from the main hospital, according to a news release from the organization. He isolated ...

Moscow will review military strategy in face of NATO plan for rapid-reaction force

MOSCOW — Russia on Tuesday denounced Ukraine’s moves to join NATO and said it would review its military strategy in the face of expected NATO plans to establish a rapid-reaction force capable of deploying quickly to Eastern Europe.

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McDonnell jury begins deliberations

RICHMOND — Jurors have begun deliberations in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

The seven men and five women of the jury heard five weeks of testimony in the case, which attracted nationwide attention. On Tuesday, they heard nearly two hours of instructions from Judge James R. Spencer before retiring to determine the couple’s fate.

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Post names Frederick J. Ryan Jr. as new publisher

Washington Post owner Jeffrey P. Bezos is replacing Publisher Katharine Weymouth with Frederick J. Ryan Jr., a former Reagan administration official who was part of the founding leadership team of Politico, a primarily digital news organization that competes with The Post on political coverage, the company announced Tuesday.

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Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress: Surprise, surprise, it’s quirky

Would it surprise anyone to know that Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress was quirky?

Didn’t think so — the eccentric A-list actress incorporated her children’s artwork into her Donatella Versace gown for her wedding to Brad Pitt last week. That’s according to “People,” which shared exclusive first rights to the photos with international magazine “Hello!”.

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U.S. drone strike in Somalia targets al-Shabab leader

The U.S. military on Tuesday was trying to assess whether it had killed the leader of the militant group al-Shabab in a drone strike in Somalia, U.S. officials said, amid reports from Somali officials that the operation had been successful.

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R&B singer Chris Brown pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault

Pop singer Chris Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault Tuesday morning for punching a photograph seeking fan in October, a deal that brings to a close his embattled criminal legal battles in the District.

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Pakistan lawmakers rally around Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif against protesters

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Lawmakers in Pakistan rallied around embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday, and his government said it was prepared to confront the “terrorists” who are trying to oust him from power.

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Islamic state issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage
DUBAI (Reuters) - The Islamic State released a video purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff, a monitoring service said on Tuesday, as the militant group raised the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its fighters in Iraq.
Manufacturing, construction data point to sturdy U.S. growth
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. manufacturing activity hit a nearly 3-1/2-year high last month and construction spending rebounded strongly in July, signs the economy entered the third quarter on strong footing.
Dollar General sweetens Family Dollar bid, may go hostile
(Reuters) - Dollar General Corp raised its bid for Family Dollar Stores Inc to $9.1 billion, and warned it may turn hostile and appeal directly to shareholders if the new offer was rejected.
Ukraine rebels say they are poised to recapture Donetsk airport
BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - EU officials proposed sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russian firms of cash as punishment for Moscow's role in Ukraine, where rebels said they were storming Donetsk airport, potentially their biggest prize since turning the war's tide last week.
Pakistan parliament backs embattled prime minister as crisis deepens
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's parliament threw its weight behind embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over violent protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention.
EU proposes tough sanctions on Moscow as Ukraine rebels advance
BRUSSELS/KIEV (Reuters) - European officials proposed sweeping new sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russia's companies of capital and technology as punishment for Moscow's intervention in Ukraine, where Kiev officials said Russia was bolstering an "invasion" force.
Landmine kills four U.N. soldiers, wounds 15 in northern Mali
BAMAKO (Reuters) - Four United Nations soldiers were killed on Tuesday and a further 15 were wounded when the convoy they were traveling in struck a landmine in an area of northern Mali where attacks are on the rise, a spokesman for the country's U.N. mission said.
EU's new leadership trio may surprise on upside
PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - At first sight, the European Union's new leadership team looks like a missed opportunity.
Syrian forces escalate assault on rebel-held Damascus district
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian forces carried out their fiercest assault on the rebel stronghold of Jobar in Damascus since the start of the three-year war, conducting at least 27 air strikes on Tuesday and killing a child, according to activists and rights groups.
Relatives of captured Iraqi soldiers storm parliament: witnesses
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - More than 100 relatives of Iraqi soldiers captured by Islamic State fighters broke into parliament armed with sticks, metal bars and stones on Tuesday to demand news of them, witnesses said.
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Video Purports to Show Beheading of American Journalist
Militants from the Islamic State have posted a video purporting to show the beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
Syrian Rebels Set Hostage Demands
An al Qaeda-linked group holding 45 United Nations peacekeepers have issued demands for their release, including the extremist group's removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with U.N. troops
Russia Urges U.S. to Rein In Ukraine Army
Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, called on the U.S. to push Kiev into giving up its military campaign against pro-Russia rebels and negotiate a political compromise.
Hong Kong Democracy Movement Loses Steam
An activist group at the center of threats to paralyze Hong Kong's business district with anti-Beijing protests said some of its support was waning.
Pakistan Parliament Backs Premier
Most of Pakistan's opposition parties at a special parliament session supported Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whose ouster is demanded by protesters laying siege to the capital.
Modi Seeking More Japanese Investment
India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, said Tuesday his country is ready to reduce red tape and improve infrastructure to attract more foreign investment.
British Activist Andy Hall in Thai Court
The defamation trial of a British activist who campaigns for better working conditions for foreign migrant laborers began in Thailand on Tuesday.
Child Protection Can't Be Compromised, U.K. Says
The government's comment comes after a report alleged that authorities in Rotherham failed to act on allegations of child abuse partly for fear of being seen as racist.
Another U.S. Doctor Infected With Ebola
A third American missionary has been infected with Ebola while working in Liberia and is being treated in an isolation unit in the Monrovia hospital where he works.
Global Inflation Eased in July
Consumer prices rose at a slower pace across most of the world's largest economies in July as energy prices eased, reflecting sluggish growth during the first half of the year.
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Cloudy Atlas

First things first: Is David Mitchell’s new novel The Bone Clocks another Cloud Atlas, a multi-era-spanning masterpiece of literary ambition and dexterity?

Three Myths About Police Body Cams

In the wake of the tragic police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, there has been much speculation and debate about what actually transpired. Lots of news commentators seem to believe that the Brown case would be resolved sooner—and there would be less civil unrest—had the officer who shot him been equipped with a body-worn camera. In fact, the Ferguson Police Department has now begun to implement this technology.

Dear Prudence Live Chat

Need help getting along with partners, relatives, co-workers, and people in general? Ask Dear Prudence! Emily Yoffe takes your questions on manners, morals, and more.  

All Happy Families Are Microbially Alike

This article originally appeared in the Conversation.

Techno Sapiens: The Automate Everything Edition

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Listen to Our August Music Roundup

Slate’s Brow Beat team covers the latest pop music daily, from Stevie Knicks to Run the Jewels  to Prince. And Slate’s critics dig into the state of music: Carl Wilson’s album reviews, Chris Molanphy’s in-depth Billboard chart analysis on Brow Beat, Slate pop critic Jack Hamilton’s sharp Cultureboxes. And last month, Slate contributor Douglas Wolk examined the portrayal of James Brown’s revolutionary music in his biopic, Get On Up.

The Potemkinism of Privacy Pragmatism

A revolution is afoot in privacy regulation. In an assortment of white papers and articles, business leaders—including Microsoft—and scholars argue that instead of regulating privacy through limiting the collection of data, we should focus on how the information is used. It’s called “use regulation,” and this seemingly obscure issue has tremendous implications for civil liberties and our society. Ultimately, it can help determine how much power companies and governments have.

In Defense of Amazon

Last August, Amazon flew about 80 writers on its Thomas & Mercer mystery and thriller imprint—including me—to Seattle for a conference. They put us up at the Westin downtown, a nice hotel by any standard, and spent the weekend feeding us well and serving us top-shelf booze at an increasingly fabulous series of parties. There were tourist outings, the usual conference mix of panels and workshops, and a non-stressful visit to the Amazon Death Star. Also, they gave us a free Kindle Paperwhite, a...

Close Your Heart

Even by the standards of Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic and one of the poorest cities in the world, Saïdou is poor. Unlike the districts around it, with their neatly packed-in houses behind walls and gates, Saïdou, which occupies an oblong dirt plot near the city center, resembles a slum in a less orderly African city like Kinshasa or Lagos. That is another way of saying it resembles a village. There are no walls or gates. The one-story cinderblock homes face one another at s...

The Most Important Figure in School Reform We Never Talk About

As we go back to school this fall, parents will naturally be fretting about teachers—mainly, did their kids get the best ones? But what if, in the interest of educational improvement, we paused to examine the role of one person who rarely gets talked about, but who just might be the most important figure in school reform: the principal?

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Third plane diverts due to passenger dispute over reclining seat

Delta flight from New York to West Palm Beach, Florida, lands in Jacksonville after one passenger bumped another on the head

  • Plane diverts after passenger locks anothers seat upright
  • Forget Knee Defender: the dos and donts of air travel

A combative woman upset over a reclining seat was removed from a flight to Florida, airport officials said Tuesday, but the woman told authorities she was not aggressive just upset over the recent death of her two dogs.

The Delta flight from New York to West Palm ...

Scots voting no to independence would be an astonishing act of self-harm
England is dysfunctional, corrupt and vastly unequal. Who on earth would want to be tied to such a country?

Imagine the question posed the other way round. An independent nation is asked to decide whether to surrender its sovereignty to a larger union. It would be allowed a measure of autonomy, but key aspects of its governance would be handed to another nation. It would be used as a military base by the dominant power and yoked to an economy over which it had no control.

It would have to be bl...

Alastair Cook asks for time after Englands latest humbling by India
Captain still targeting World Cup success after series loss We have six months of one-day cricket to put it right Ajinkya Rahane leads Indias nine-wicket romp

England hit a fresh nadir in this troubled season with a nine-wicket defeat in their third one-day international against India here on Tuesday. They were annihilated with 19.3 overs remaining. With this loss went the series, which India now lead by 3-0 with one match left to play, at Headingley on Friday, an encounter that Englands crick...

Douglas Carswell could become first Ukip MP, poll claims
Politician who defected from the Tories is 32 points ahead of his former party in Clacton byelection, says survey by Lord Ashcroft

Ukip could soon have its first elected MP after a poll showed former Conservative Douglas Carswell has a huge lead in the Clacton-on-Sea byelection.

The survey by Lord Ashcroft, a Conservative peer and former donor, found Ukip has a 32 point lead on the Tories in the Essex constituency. It follows a Survation poll for the Mail on Sunday that gave Nigel Farage's part...

Daily life in North Korea in pictures

Some surprising snapshots of daily life in Pyonyang, North Korea, from AP photographer Wong Maye-E

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The Dwarf Empire: China's theme park staffed by little people  in pictures

The World Eco Garden of Butterflies and the Dwarf Empire, also known as the Kingdom of the Little People, is a fantasy theme park in Yunnan province, created in 2009, where 100 little people live and work, entertaining tourists with song and dance routines. Belgian photographer Sanne De Wilde spent two weeks in the kingdom, and this is what she saw

Inside Chinas Dwarf Empire

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Inside Chinas Dwarf Empire

In the mountains of southern China, there is an amusement park where 100 little people sing and dance for gawping tourists twice a day. Photographer Sanne De Wilde talks about what happened when she went behind the scenes at this extraordinary fantasy world

The Dwarf Empire: Chinas theme park staffed by little people in pictures

The Dwarf Empire or, to give it its full name, The World Eco Garden of Butterflies and the Dwarf Empire is situated in the mountains of southern China near the new cit...

Naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence: to click or not to click?

From private photos to violent videos, the internet is full of degrading material intended to tempt viewers. Can we learn not to gawp?

A few years ago, the late American film critic Roger Ebert illustrated an article about the pornographer Hugh Hefner with a nude photograph of Playboy magazines June 1975 Playmate of the Month. It went online on a Sunday, but it was only the following day, a work day, that a reader asked him if hed thought about warning unsuspecting readers that the photo made ...

Isis video purports to show beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff

Site Intel group says it has seen a video of Sotloff being killed, reportedly by the same fighter who murdered James Foley

  • Steven Sotloffs mother begs Isis for kidnapped sons return
  • Isis holding American aid worker hostage

The militant group Islamic State (Isis) has released a video that purports to show the beheading of second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, according to a monitoring group.

The Site Intel group said it had seen a video of Sotloff being killed, apparently by the same Islamic...

Independent Scotland could not join EU without central bank, expert says
Former European commissioner for monetary union says plan to use pound without formal currency deal is 'simply not possible'

The former commissioner for monetary union has said it would not be possible for an independent Scotland to join the EU if it tried to use the pound without the formal currency deal that all three UK parties have repeatedly vetoed.

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Rosneft President Igor Sechin: 'Russia Didn't Initiate the Ukraine Crisis'
Igor Sechin, head of the oil giant Rosneft, is considered by many to be the second most powerful man in Russia. In an interview, he speaks with SPIEGEL about natural gas deliveries to Europe, the Ukraine crisis and the damage caused by economic sanctions.
Undeclared War: Putin's Covert Invasion of Eastern Ukraine
Moscow has continued to deny direct involvement in the fighting in eastern Ukraine. But evidence to the contrary continues to mount. NATO says up to 1,000 Russian soldiers have joined the fray and the pro-Russian separatists have made a remarkable turnaround.
Failed Diplomacy: NATO Hardliners Push for Firmer Stance against Russia
After months of failed telephone diplomacy between Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, hardliners are gaining the upper hand in discussions over the appropriate response to Russia. They may soon prevail with demands that go far beyond new economic sanctions.
Islamist Influx: Several Radicalized Ex-German Soldiers in Iraq
Germany on Sunday presented the list of weapons it plans to send to the Kurds in northern Iraq. Some of them, though, may end up being used against former German soldiers. SPIEGEL has learned that 20 ex-Bundeswehr troops have joined jihadists in the region.
A Two-Faced Friendship: Turkey Is 'Partner and Target' for the NSA
Documents from the archive of whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal wide-scale spying against Turkey by America's NSA and Britain's GCHQ. They also show the US worked closely with Ankara to battle Kurdish separatists.
Interview with an Auschwitz Guard: 'I Do Not Feel Like a Criminal'
As a young man, Jakob W. worked in the watchtowers of Auschwitz. Charges against him were recently dropped, but he described to SPIEGEL what it was like to be a cog in the Nazis' horrific machinery of death. 
The Auschwitz Files: Why the Last SS Guards Will Go Unpunished
In February, German prosecutors conducted a wave of raids targeting former SS concentration camp guards. It was hoped the proceedings could help make up for decades of inaction. Instead, they will likely mark the latest chapter in the German judiciary's shameful approach to the Holocaust.
Factory and Lab: Israel's War Business
Israel invests more money in research than most other countries -- and in no other place are research institutes, the defense industry, the army and politics as interwoven. The result is a high-tech weapons factory that successfully exports its goods globally.
'Yes' or 'No'?: A Divided Scotland Confronts Independence Vote
Traveling through Scotland, you might think the result of September's independence referendum is a foregone conclusion. "Yes" signs are everywhere. But surveys tell a different story and many who are wary of the hype.
'We're Like Animals To Them': An American City's Daily Racism
The slaying of an 18-year-old African-American man in Ferguson, Missouri, shows that racism and racial profiling remain a serious everyday problem in some parts of America. Some worry things will never change.
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'Worse is lack of empathy'

Private photos of her friend Jennifer Lawrence were stolen and posted online. But Emma Watson says that was not the most awful part.
Hidden words will affect every car price

Comment: We're used to paying the 'Australian premium' for every item from iTunes to a Mercedes. But that could be about to change.
We've dodged a bullet on super

Comment: The Coalition has pushed superannuation increases out into the never never. Thank goodness.
Obeid blamed for public's loss of faith

One taunt made by corrupt powerbroker left voters questioning the legal system, Attorney-General says.
Australian plane drops arms in Iraq

Defence confirms air force has successfully delivered its first batch of weapons to Kurdish fighters.
The real reason your power bill rose

Comment: We've had five years of these big increases - and it's not because of the carbon tax.
'His is a cubby - mine is a cathedral'

It may be some time before this Melbourne v Sydney scandal reaches a peaceful resolution.
The big winner from iPhone 6

Consumers are keen to get their hands on it, but one party has 500 million reasons to anticipate its release.
When selfless act hits difficult ground

I thought it an honour to be trusted with my friend's baby. Then we were told something was wrong.
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African Summit to Focus on Terrorist Threat
African leaders are meeting in Nairobi Tuesday to discuss how to tackle terrorism and extremism across the continent. The summit, the first on this topic organized by the African Union, comes amid reports of a U.S. drone strike in Somalia targeting the leader of militant group al-Shabab. The Nairobi security summit is being attended by six heads of state -- from Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Kenya, Tanzania and Somalia -- and leaders from several other African countries. The African...
Internet Video Purports to Show Sotloff Beheading
An internet video uploaded Tuesday by Islamic State purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff. Also, Reuters reports the video also warns governments to back off "evil alliance of America against the Islamic State." White House spokesman Josh Earnest could not confirm the beheading but told reporters "our thoughts and prayers" are with Sotloff's family. The latest Internet post follows the video release of the gruesome beheading of U.S....
Syrian Forces Escalate Assault on Rebel-Held Damascus District
Syrian forces carried out their fiercest assault on the rebel stronghold of Jobar in Damascus since the start of the three-year war, conducting at least 27 air strikes on Tuesday and killing a child, according to activists and rights groups. The government is trying to retake Jobar after the capture of several rebel-held areas around the center of the capital this summer, including the town of Mleiha just outside Damascus on August 14. Jobar was seized by armed rebels over a year ago,...
Landmine Kills 4 UN Soldiers in Northern Mali
Four United Nations soldiers were killed on Tuesday and another 15 were wounded when the convoy they were traveling in struck a landmine in northern Mali, a spokesman for the country's U.N. peacekeeping mission said. The contingent had left a U.N. base in the town of Aguelhok and were traveling south when the incident occurred at around noon local time (1200 GMT), some 30 km north of Kidal, the spokesman said. He had earlier said the convoy was traveling north from Kidal when it...
NATO Leaders Set to Gather on Russia, Middle East
The leaders of the 28 NATO countries will gather for the first time in two years starting Thursday in Wales, in western Britain, with an agenda very different from the one they had for their last summit. When NATO leaders last met in Chicago, Afghanistan was at the top of their agenda, and Russia was considered a partner in addressing issues like terrorism and nuclear weapons proliferation.  This year, responding to Russia's annexation of Crimea and its invasion of eastern...
UN: 1 Million Somalis at Risk of Hunger
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says more than 1 million Somalis are in need of humanitarian assistance, and at least 200,000 children under the age of five are acutely malnourished as drought hits southern and central Somalia. The U.N.'s food and nutrition analysis agency (FSNAU) warns that the humanitarian recovery and gains made two years ago may be lost as poor rains, a cycle of violence and reduced aid assistance threaten the lives of millions of...
Poll Shows Record Support for Scottish Independence
A poll showing support for Scottish independence at its highest ever level threw the fate of the United Kingdom into question on Tuesday, just two weeks before Scots vote on whether to secede. The poll by YouGov showed the unionist lead had shrunk to 6 percentage points from 22 a month ago as support for independence jumped to 47 percent in August, suggesting a major shift in opinion ahead of the Sept. 18 referendum. After months of polls showing nationalists heading for defeat in the...
Pakistan Parliament Reaffirms Support for Embattled PM
Pakistan’s parliament opened an emergency session Tuesday to rally political support for embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as thousands of protesters continued their agitation just outside the building. Three weeks of anti-government demonstrations in Islamabad have prompted fears of a military intervention in the coup-prone, nuclear-armed country.  The joint meeting of the National Assembly and Senate took place a day after the prime minister vowed not to resign under...
Climate Change May Overwhelm Farmers
A new study says the “pace and severity of climate change” may overwhelm small-scale farmers in Africa. The study describes those farmers as the “mainstay of food production” on the continent. The findings were released at the African Green Revolution Forum in Addis Ababa. The 2014 African Agriculture Status Report says small-scale farmers are already struggling to keep up with the effects of climate change. Dr. David Sarfo Ameyaw is managing editor of the report and Director of...