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War gains, lost homes

Displaced children from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar west of Mosul, take refuge at Dohuk province, August 15, 2014. REUTERS/Ari Jalal

Broken lives in Iraq

Young Iraqis yearn for the homes they left behind after Islamic State militants forced them to flee.

In the category of long-shots…

On a five-day visit to Seoul, the first visit by a Pope in Asia in 15 years, Pope Francis prays that North and South Korea will reconcile.

Bring me your animals

A church in Alto, Bolivia hosted parishioners and their pets for a day of blessing.

Where’s that on the corruption meter?

The former mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, who served five years in prison for corruption, is ready to run for a third term.

Babies, cars and the cost of divorce


Surrogate babies are shown on a screen during a news conference at the headquarters of the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok August 12, 2014. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Gone, baby gone

Thailand is clamping down on American and Australian couples trying to leave the country with surrogate babies.

Le Divorce

No love story here either. Oklahoma oil man Harold Hamm may have to share a whopping $17 billion with his estranged wife–one of the biggest battles ever over a marital estate.

Brain food, robot chores and inner peace

Men take part in a yoga class in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

In a restless city

Slideshow: A nonprofit group in inner-city Chicago is offering men’s yoga groups to help promote meditation and inner peace.

Ever smarter technology

Intel is introducing smart watches to monitor patients with Parkinson’s disease and collect data that can be shared with researchers.

A Times Square justice league

A street performer dressed as Elmo buys food from a street food cart in Times Square, July 30, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Times Square characters fight their bad rep 

The costumed performers who posed for tourists in the heart of New York want to form their own justice league after a spate of arrests and bad publicity

Meanwhile, those who treat the ill are stressed

Small non-profit hospitals in the U.S. are being strained by higher costs and fewer patients.

Bringing you hot (and cool) trends from Africa and North Korea

Labourers and youth visit Munsu Water Park

North Koreans frolic in Munsu Water Park in this August 8, 2014, picture released by the country’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 11, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

Slideshow: Think there’s nothing cool in North Korea?

Think again. There are water parks. And slides. And pools.

Let’s talk about….paychecks

Glamour’s editor in chief says that women are more willing to discuss their salaries than men, but that doesn’t mean they’re closer to closing the gender gap.

Good news and bad news

The Ebola death toll hits a new high and Liberia agrees to give two doctors a trial drug.

Of donuts, menus and sweaters




Mixing police and donuts? There are better ideas.

A North Carolina man wins a police donut-eating contest–and gets arrested.

 Another way to ruin the dining experience

Moscow retaliates for sanctions by banning foreign food; restaurateurs struggle to find items to put on the menu.

Ever wander why there are so many theories on diet?

Turns out even doctors don’t know what we should be eating.

Just because you’re sharks doesn’t mean you can’t play nice.

Justice John Roberts asks lawyers to rise above political bickering

Haven’t packed away those winter sweaters?

Now there’s a way to make your cashmere clean itself

Cellar vacations and on the road with Kim Jong Un

North Korea's new leader Kim Jong-un visits the Seoul Ryu Kyong Su 105 Guards Tank Division of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in Pyongyang

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un visits the Seoul Ryu Kyong Su 105 Guards Tank Division of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) in Pyongyang, in this picture released by KCNA  

Slideshow: Surveying his domain

Britain’s royals get to cut ribbons and show off their babies. North Korea’s young leader Kim Jong Un gets to look at things. Lots of things.

Beleaguered airline

One plane still missing, another shot down over Ukraine. Can a takeover save Malaysia Airlines?

Sky-high ride, Facebook celebs and paying taxes



Snoop Dogg is a big deal on social media. 
REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

From Shakira to Beyonce and beyond

Guess which celeb has the most Facebook fans


Counterparties: Failing that living will test

The impossibility of death in the minds of America’s banks


And speaking of death…

A Chinese court has upheld the death sentence for a former mining tycoon connected to the eldest son of former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang


Then there’s always taxes

President Barack Obama said his administration plans to curb  inversions, where companies do business deals that help them escape U.S. corporate taxes


Drone crashes, drone gets wet

Not a good way to see the sights: a tourist crashes a camera-equipped drone into the largest hot spring at Yellowstone National Park.

The weirdest news across the globe



Video: There are some things you can’t un-see

A Chinese company develops a sperm extractor, designed for patients who need to deposit semen but wish the process involved more robots, I guess?


Will they smoke the competition?

South African Airways and Boeing partner to create a jet fuel derived from tobacco.


Skeletons in your closet

A Philadelphia museum discovers a 6,500-year-old human skeleton hidden away in its cellar. Digging those out can be uncomfortable.

Dazzling diamond, sweltering reindeer

  A member of the French historical association "Le Sapeur Picard," dressed as a German soldier, stands in a recreated German World War One trench in Fay, Picardie region, August 2, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

A member of the French historical association “Le Sapeur Picard,” dressed as a German soldier, stands in a recreated German World War One trench in Fay, Picardie region, August 2, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Gallery: Life in the trenches

On the 100th anniversary of World War One‘s outbreak, a French historical society rebuilds the conflict’s notorious trenches.


An inconvenient reindeer

Norway’s reindeer to seek refuge from unusually high temperatures in a tunnel on a major highway, snarling traffic and confounding local authorities.

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