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Hundreds of people scramble for durians, often called 'the king of fruits', during the Durian Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photograph: Teh Eng Koon/AP. Durian. Depending on whom you talk to it's either the most beloved or the most despised fruit on the planet. It suffers no moderation, ...
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Two startups that utilize research by Northwestern University professors have been named to the 2018 inaugural class of Mobile World Scholars. They will be recognized at the upcoming GSMA Mobile World Congress 2018, Feb. 26 to March 1, in Barcelona, Spain. Epicore Biosystems ...

pollution is threatening the recently mapped Sac Actun cave system in the Yucatan Peninsula, a vast underground network that experts in Mexico say could be the most important underwater archaeological site in the world. Subaquatic archaeologist Guillermo de Anda said the cave system's historical span ...
At events like the Munich Conference, it is no coincidence that the word "networking" has largely replaced the word "debate" among global elites. Most of the faces in attendance you could see at other, similar gatherings, like the World Economic Forum in Davos. You could sense the same frenetic ...
The U.S. is trying to get Pakistan put on a global terror watch list in the latest sign of tensions between the two countries. facebook; twitter; Flipboard; email. Get The Stories That Grabbed Us This Week. Delivered to your inbox, these are the NPR stories you don't want to miss. E-mail address.
Global emissions of carbon dioxide are rising again after several years of remaining flat, putting nations' goals of curbing climate change at risk. ... For the first time, the nations of the world would band together to reduce humanity's reliance on fossil fuels in an effort to hold off the most devastating effects of ...

"If we believe in our mission to find incredibly talented people who will change the world for the better, they're just as likely to be found in Indonesia as in Ohio," said Charles R. Conn, the chief executive of the trust and warden of Rhodes House at Oxford. "We don't feel constrained by who Rhodes was a ...
The Munich Security Conference is usually a forum for world leaders to meet on the sidelines and strive for consensus and compromise. But this year's gathering is more likely to be remembered for saber-rattling and ultimatums, and the lack of discernible progress on resolving lingering conflicts or brewing ...
London (Reuters) - World stocks were set for a sixth session of gains on Monday, extending a recovery from a selloff sparked by fears of creeping inflation and higher borrowing costs. Gains were marginal, however, and scored largely in Asian markets, with Japan's Nikkei 225 up 2 percent. European ...
A number of American drama series imports are hitting Berlinale's Drama Series Days, but despite depicting a variety of States-specific stories -- such as the politics and power battles in the American high school system in Jack Ferry and Ryan Hunter's "Mr. student Body President"; the rivalry between the ...
In order to understand today's global warming, we need to understand how Earth's temperatures varied in the past. How does the rapid warming we see now compare with past natural climate changes? Also, how long have humans been having an impact on the climate? These are some questions that can ...
According to Oliver, Trump's statements on the world stage have caused America's global median approval to sink so low that Oliver says it is the equivalent of "replacing Gal Gadot in the Wonder woman franchise with Matt Lauer." Per Oliver, America is losing what foreign policy wonks call "soft power," ...
"We're looking for people to fight the world's fights, who we hope will change the world for the better. They might .... Global competition for the new scholarships is likely to be intense, but Conn warned that the programme's standards mean that only a select few recent graduates were likely to be contenders.
There are many knockoffs of fast-food chains like McDonald's and Burger King around the world. They often have funny names, like "McDoner" and "Burger Friends," and their m enus are often similar to the stores they're copying. Sometimes the stores open because the countries don't allow franchises of the traditional ...
"Most music documentaries are very different to this. I remember the footage was so good but it initially so hard to wrest it out of the music industry and get it out in to the film world, to make it a proper film alongside other documentaries not something that's next to albums and serving some kind of promotion ...
Ought's third album, Room Inside the World, straightens out their sound. It offers a more refined and sophisticated new wave palette, redolent of the 1980s to an extreme, and it finds Darcy really singing--about isolation, tentative feelings, self-possession and lack thereof. Most of the record is cast in a newly ...
Reproducing works by famous artists is big business, and for more than 20 years, Dafen oil painting village in southern China has been at the centre of the global trade in art reproductions. Known as the "world's oil painting factory", in its heyday Dafen produced 60 percent of all new oil paintings available ...

NBC had planned for us to care about Shaun White. The snowboarder -- widely considered to be one of the best in the world -- didn't medal at the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, so in preparation for 2018, he was semiotically outfitted with a tried-and-true sports story: the redemption narrative. White is a ...
brokers who are pushing new, upscale condos north of Miami--from Hallandale Beach to Fort Lauderdale to Boca Raton--say they're betting on a convergence of promising circumstances to attract Canadians. Those circumstances include: a sustained, strong Canadian housing market making it attractive ...
"The commander of the Revolutionary Guard, [Mohammad] Ali Jafari, said: 'We are on the path to the rule of Islam worldwide' ... I think it is in my judgement the greatest threat to our world," he said. Listing the countries in which he said Iran was a troublemaker, he said "nowhere is Iran's belligerent ambitions ...
COSTA RICACosta Rican harvests global recognition for gardening success. Toggle navigation. Home · News · Middle East · Africa · Asia · US & Canada · Latin America · Europe · Asia Pacific · All · Middle East · Documentaries · Featured Documentaries · Witness · Al Jazeera World · 101 East · People & ...
"I had been trying to inspire young people to get out there and see the world by taking one individual one at a time to a unique place, which was .... Sam Olstein, GE's global director of innovation, did not know, when he sold the project to his bosses, that Cossman wasn't 100 percent sure he could pull it off.
Falcon Heavy may be the most powerful launch vehicle in the world, but its size and capability translate to a meager share of profits SpaceX envisions for Starlink, its space-based internet venture. The company hopes the first two tester satellites, Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b, will be the predecessors to a ...
Experts say that rationale is flimsy, and isn't likely to hold under the rules established by the World Trade Organization. In fact, it could be deemed such a flagrant violation of the rules that it could open the door for tit-for-tat responses from other countries, according to Matt Gold, an international trade law ...
A large fire has damaged one of the holiest and most politically sensitive sites in Tibet, the Jokhang Temple, stirring an outpouring of grief and concern among Tibetans. Dramatic video footage posted on social media showed flames devouring part of the seventh-century Unesco world heritage site in Tibet's ...
The world's sea ice shrank to a record January low last month as the annual polar melting period expanded, experts say. The 5.04 million square miles of ice in the Arctic was 525,000 square miles below the 1981-to-2010 ice cover average, making it the lowest January total in satellite records, according to ...
Sony just announced a groundbreaking development in the world of camera image sensors: it has created a 1.46-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor that has global shutter. This is the first-ever CMOS sensor of over 1MP that has both back-illumination and global shutter. Backside illumination (BSI) ...
He's already the most successful player in the history of men's tennis, but Roger Federer has a new honour to his name. At 36, the Swiss will become the oldest world number one on record. Federer beat Robin Haase to reach the semi-finals of the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, ...
Israeli soldiers near the border fence with the southern Gaza Strip. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters. Israeli jets have struck the Gaza Strip after four soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device blew up along the border with the Palestinian enclave. The explosion earlier on Saturday, ...
When asked about the "single greatest threat to global stability," Ursula von der Leyen, the German defense minister said: "I think it's the cyber threats because whatever adversaries you can think of and even if you talk about Daesh (the terrorist group) they use the cyber domain to fight against us.".
On a cold February morning at the Brooklyn navy Yard, the skeleton of a modern 15-story building was rising from a muddy construction site along the East River. As long and as tall as a cruise ship, the sleek glass structure loomed above rusty, century-old dry docks, serving notice to the industrial ...
President Donald Trump has rebuked the FBI for missing signals before Wednesday's school shooting in Florida. The agency was "spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign", Mr Trump tweeted. "There is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud." The FBI has ...
"The fact that people who are not interested in religion are interested in him is a reminder of the lack of global leaders. Who else is not retreating into nationalism or isolationism? Who else is reminding us of the big ethical issues?" As a world leader, Francis certainly appears to have little in common with ...
Ulduar, one of the most beloved raids from World of Warcraft's second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, has been updated this week. Players can group up with between 10 to 30 other players and run through the entirety of the old raid, complete with a modern difficulty and relevant loot drops. However ...
It was the final day of the 27-week shoot of this ambitious and risky coproduction of the BBC and AMC about global organized crime, and its unusual international flavor was on full display. .... One of the best aspects of working on the series, he said, was the interaction with Actors from all over the world.
Here's why: The volume of evidence shows that when audiences see on-screen representations of themselves, particularly aspirational ones, that experience can fundamentally change how they perceive their own place in the world. Black people have been historically underrepresented on screen, and ...
In other words: The IMF is worried the Trump tax cuts will strengthen the hand of the global capitalist class, and condemn the workers of the world to an even more exploitative form of late neoliberalism. All right -- I may be reading Lagarde's statement through red-colored glasses. But the dispute between ...
On Feb. 17, Kosovo will celebrate its 10th year as a country after declaring independence from Serbia in 2008. But Kosovo isn't the only country to form during the past couple of decades. A handful of other nations formed through referendums and with the help of the United Nations. Many of the countries' transitions into ...
The chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger, said Friday that the world was facing the most serious threat of military confrontation since 1991. "I'm worried; I think the global security situation is more unstable today than it has been at any time since the demise of the Soviet Union," ...
The city was hit hard when exports dried up in the wake of the global financial crisis in 2008, and suffered a slump. Today, with the help of economic input from various levels of government, it is transitioning into a smart manufacturing base focused on producing hi-tech robotics and automated equipment, ...
Munich -- Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko had delivered a fierce denunciation of Russia before a high-profile security conference, accusing Moscow of waging a "world hybrid war" and urging the West to ratchet up pressure on the Kremlin over its expansionism in Ukraine. Poroshenko's address to ...
More than any other international music industry, K-pop has been strategically designed to earworm its way into your brain -- and to elevate South Korea and its culture onto the world stage. How did we get here? Through a combination of global political changes, savvy corporatization and media ...
A major debate has unfolded around India's economic prospects. On the one hand, you have Prime Minister Modi declaring at the 2018 World Economic Forum that India's economy, already the fifth largest in the world, will double, to $5 trillion, by 2025. On the other hand, you have the media pointing out ...
The virus leverages a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows for which a patch had been issued before the attack broke out; still, many systems remained unpatched around the world, leaving them vulnerable to the cyberattack. The Trump Administration's move is likely to ratchet up tensions with Moscow, ...
"In the conflict zones there are many citizens from all parts of the world, including Russia ... it is extremely difficult to monitor them and to check what they are doing," Zakharova said. Aside from Kosutorov, at least nine men are believed to have travelled to Syria from Asbest and the surrounding region to fight ...
Widely seen as an attempt by China to construct a massive, multi-national zone of economic and political influence that has Beijing at its core, the plan at one point included 65 countries, which together accounted for one-third of global GDP and 60 percent of the world's population, or 4.5 billion people, ...
In each of the top 10 richest cities, residents have combined wealth of at least $1 trillion, and as much as $3 trillion. Total private wealth includes all assets -- property, cash, equities, and business interests -- minus any liabilities. According to New World Wealth's research, total private wealth is "a far better gauge of the ...
As the world has warmed, snow has become a rarer sight across much of the Northern Hemisphere, and Hares and foxes increasingly find themselves in "mismatch" with ... Since the 1980s, Ecologists have worried about how global warming will wreck the delicate seasonal timing of animals and plants.
It's a story that has stunned the public. Last week, a report by The Times of London found that in 2011, the national director for Oxfam in Haiti and senior aid workers hired local sex workers while working in the country. After an internal investigation, the Times reported, Oxfam accepted the resignations of ...
Traffic congestion is increasingly becoming a global issue, with drivers spending nearly 50% of their driving time in traffic in some cities around the world. Increasing congestion means increased costs for drivers, with United States drivers alone spending almost $300 billion on traffic-related costs last year ...



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