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Islamic State's simple but effective strategy to win hearts and minds

Village by village, the extremist group has manipulated Arabs, Yazidis and Christians alike with a campaign of kindness one day, terror the next. While portraying themselves as merciless warriors on the battlefield, IS has also gone to great lengths to show that living under their rule, at least for Muslims, is not so bad.... Read more»

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Northern Ireland confirms support of power-sharing government

This week’s election for the power-sharing assembly in Northern Ireland shows that the population strongly supports its unique political experiment, which ended decades of conflict. The peaceful vote was notable for its focus on the economy as DUP and Sinn Fein held onto power.... Read more»

Cat sets record for having world's loudest purr

Smokey, a 12-year-old British shorthair tabby, was recognized by Guinness for having a purr as loud as a vacuum cleaner.... Read more»

Japanese device provides virtual makeout session

Tokyo’s Kajimoto Laboratory is working on a “kiss transmission device” that, when you hook it up to the Internet, facilitates a lip-locking experience with someone remotely. Computers would be able to read and store your ‘kissing information,’ then play it back on any given long and lonely night.... Read more»

Syria urged to release journalist Dorothy Parvaz

The Syrian government has confirmed that it is holding Al Jazeera English journalist Dorothy Parvaz, a UA graduate. “We are concerned for Dorothy’s safety and well-being,” said an Al Jazeera spokesman.... Read more»

Prince William follows up wedding with two mountain rescues

Newly-wed prince aided in saving 70-year-old man after he had a heart attack while walking and later helped rescue four hikers in Wales.... Read more»

Medical students in Syria risk protesting regime

Olive branches and flowers were trampled underfoot as 150 budding physicians were overtaken by a crowd of about 500.... Read more»

Al-Qaeda confirms bin Laden's death

Al-Qaeda confirmed the death of its leader, Osama bin Laden, in a statement on jihadist forums Friday. The al-Qaeda statement also threatened to take action against the U.S., and urged Pakistanis to “rise up and revolt.”... Read more»

Journalists mark month of detention in Libya

As journalists and advocates of press freedom around the globe mark World Press Freedom Day, four reporters — two of them American — are marking one month of detention in Tripoli at the hands of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.... Read more»

Dog on bin Laden mission steals spotlight from Navy SEALs

The Navy SEALs who took down Osama bin Laden did not have to operate alone. They had the help of one very courageous dog. The American team that stormed bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan and killed the al-Qaeda leader and much of his entourage included a dog, most likely a German shepherd or a Belgian Malinois.... Read more»

Last WWI combat vet dies at 110

The world’s last known World War I combat veteran, Claude Stanley Choules, died Thursday at the age of 110. He tried to enlist in the British Army when the war broke out to fight alongside his brothers, but he was too young to enlist. He saw action in the North Sea at age 17. (with video)... Read more»

Bin Laden continued to 'plot and plan' from Abbottabad compound

Data collected from the raid on the Abbottabad compound in Pakistan hosting Osama bin Laden shows that the al-Qaeda leader continued to “plot and plan” attacks.... Read more»

Workers enter Fukushima nuclear plant for first time since explosion

Heavily protected safety workers enter the stricken plant to connect ventilation equipment, exposing themselves to radiation.... Read more»

Dalai Lama weighs in on bin Laden killing

Even our worst enemy deserves forgiveness, but we can’t forget, Buddhist leader says.... Read more»

Trading powerhouse Glencore set for $60 billion IPO

You might not have heard of them, but commodities broker is worth billions. The giant firm works across key parts of the global economy — from oil, gold, copper and coal, to wheat, corn, rice and more.... Read more»

Pakistan army knew about operation against bin Laden

Pakistani officials say that the Pakistani army had full knowledge of the U.S. raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden and that it played a larger role in the operation than previously acknowledged.... Read more»

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