Israeli forces killed Palestinian in clashes

Clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli forces Monday during demonstrations marking the 15th anniversary of Yasser Arafat's death in the occupied West Bank, leaving a Palestinian shot dead, medics and Palestinian officials said. Demonstrations were held in Ramallah and the Hebron area in the West Bank to commemorate the legacy of Arafat, revered as a hero by Palestinians. Palestinian ... More ...

Cyclone Bulbul smashes into India, Bangladesh coasts

Twenty people died and more than two million others spent a night huddled in storm shelters as Cyclone Bulbul smashed into the coasts of India and Bangladesh with fierce gales and torrential rains, officials said Sunday. The cyclone packed winds of up to 120 kilometres (75 miles) per hour when it hit late Saturday, forcing the closure of ports and airports in both countries. Ten people were ki... More ...

Turkey begins deporting foreign jihadists

Turkey deported three foreign jihadists on Monday (11 N0vember), with more than 20 Europeans including French and Germans in the process of being expelled to their countries of origin. Turkey's interior ministry said it had deported an American and a Dane, while Germany confirmed that one of its citizens had also been expelled. Seven more Germans were due for deportation on Thursday, the Turki... More ...

Taboo Talk offers Egyptians an offline space to engage in hard conversations

CAIRO - In an ultraconservative society full of contradictions, such as Egypt’s, taboos are discussed with extra caution. Topics such as gender equality and sexuality can barely be tackled even behind closed doors until an Egyptian-Australian social worker attempted to break the barriers with Taboo Talk. Taboo Talk was begun by Amirah Amin in Google headquarters in Sydney in January 2017. I... More ...

Power vacuum in Bolivia as Morales calls on opposition to ensure calm

Bolivia's Evo Morales called Monday on the opposition that ousted him to "pacify the country" after his shock resignation following weeks of protests over his disputed re-election left a power vacuum in the country. Shops and offices in La Paz were shuttered early Monday after looting broke out late Sunday in some parts of the capital and the neighboring city of El Alto. Thousands of commuters... More ...

Halkbank Says it Will Seek Dismissal of US Indictment, Judge's Recusal

A lawyer for Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank, which has been criminally charged by US prosecutors with helping Iran evade sanctions, said in a letter on Monday that it would seek to dismiss the case and have the judge assigned to it recuse himself. In a letter to US District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan, Andrew Hruska, a lawyer for Halkbank, said the bank was not agreeing to appear in co... More ...

Research: How Women and Men View Competition Differently

By Selin Kesebir   The average woman is less competitive than the average man: she is less likely to describe herself as competitive and less willing to enter a competition. In the workplace, this difference translates to performance; recent research by economists and political scientists indicates that competitive people do better socioeconomically. For example, among graduates of a top MB... More ...
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Babel-17

Language, Warfare, and the Brain as Computer: Babel-1 When Samuel R. Delany wrote Babel-17 in 1965, the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis was still new(ish) and popular, and the computer-driven Information Age era was dawning. Transhumanism was a popular idea in some circles. All of these aspects of the zeitgeist converge in this Nebula-winning book. The story stars Rydra Wong, who is a poet and star-sho... More ...

Top tips for World Vegan Month if you’re feeling peckish

Here are a few tips for those thinking of exploring veganism, on the 25th anniversary of World Vegan Month Eat local… It’s very easy to stay vegan and still enjoy a multitude of Arabic food staples. Hummus is usually fine for vegans (just check that the restaurant hasn’t added yoghurt to the tahini-chickpea mix), as are falafels (if you’re being really strict, you might ... More ...

‘The Farewell’ — cultures clash in this low-key film with a big heart

DUBAI- The Chinese have a saying: it’s not the disease that kills you, it’s the fear. “The Farewell,” a film by writer/director Lulu Wang, is about what happens when a family heeds that wisdom, even when lying is more painful than telling the truth. It’s based on a true story: Six years ago, Wang found out that her beloved grandmother living in China, whom she calls ... More ...

Matuidi out of France's Euro 2020 qualifiers with rib knock

Blaise Matuidi has been ruled out of France's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Moldova and Albania with a rib injury, the Juventus midfielder announced on Monday. Matuidi picked up the knock in the 1-0 win over AC Milan that kept champions Juve top of Serie A, and failed to make the trip to Paris ahead of the two Group H clashes on Thursday and Sunday which could seal qualification for next summer'... More ...

Alec Baldwin sues man who accused him of parking spot rage

Alec Baldwin filed a defamation lawsuit Friday against the man who says Baldwin hit him in the face during an argument over a New York City parking space. Baldwin wrote in his lawsuit that contractor Wojciech Cieszkowski’s claim that he was violently assaulted by the actor is “objectively false.” “When two New Yorkers get into an argument over a parking space, typically w... More ...

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