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Iraqi Kurd PM issues warning over ISIL offensive

It will be "almost impossible" for Iraq to return to how it was before recent sweeping gains by jihadist fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the prime minister of the Kurdistan region warned on Tuesday. Nechirvan Barzani told the BBC it would be difficult to find a resolution with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in power and recommended an autonomous region for Sunnis as a potential solution. ISIL militants launched their lightning offensive in Iraq's second city Mosul a week ago. Asked if Iraq was falling to pieces, Barzani said: "I don't think so, it will, can stay together again."

Searching for Ukraine’s Disappeared

Kiev is keeping silent on the hundreds of citizens kidnapped in east Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists—but one activist is determined to bear witness to the missing.

You See the Hillary You Want to See

Hillary Clinton has been a divisive figure for decades. The controversies erupting around her new memoir promise more of the same down the road.

Tea Partier’s KKK Connection

Mississippi’s Republican Senate race has already featured a weird nursing-home break-in and post-primary courthouse lock-in, so why not donations from a lawyer for an imperial wizard?

America’s Anniversary Memory Porn

We’ve just had the 20th anniversary of the Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman murders. Coming up: 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. And it’s only going to get worse

Jennifer Lopez Has Lost the Block

She’s an actress who hardly acts. She’s a singer who can’t get people to listen to her songs (her latest album is awful and destined to bomb). What the hell happened to J.Lo?

The ‘Rudeboy’ Is Back

In the 1960s and ’70s, the Rudeboys ruled the streets of London in dapper dress with their own original, colorful twists. Today, the sartorial movement is starting to make a comeback.

Why Are Republican Pollsters So Sucky?

They overestimated Romney, underestimated Cuccinelli, and had Eric Cantor up 34 points. Do GOP pollsters understand the country anymore?

Obama Is the New Dubya

With each passing year, Obama’s foreign policy gets more and more like Dubya’s—which creates bigger political problems for the Democrats.

The Woman Who Invented Iraq

The story of the British intelligence agent who rigged an election, installed a king loyal to the British, drew new borders—and gave us today’s ungovernable country.

Broadway’s Rebel, Tellin’ You to Hear It

The mainstream Tupac musical ‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’ is, in some ways, an act of defiance for the poet-actor-musician Saul Williams. Artists, after all, are here to disturb the peace.

Obama to enlarge US marine sanctuary: report

President Barack Obama will on Tuesday announce plans to significantly expand a US sanctuary in the central Pacific Ocean in a move that could create the world's largest such protected area, the Washington Post reported.

Cambodian exodus from Thailand jumps to nearly 180,000

Poipet (Cambodia) (AFP) - The number of Cambodians fleeing Thailand over fears of a clampdown on illegal migrant workers rose to nearly 180,000 Tuesday, as the two countries were expected to hold crisis talks in Bangkok The mass exodus of labourers -- who help keep major Thai industries such as agriculture afloat -- comes after a warning from Thailand's new military regime that illegal foreign workers face arrest and deportation. "The number of Cambodians returning from Thailand into Poipet (the main Thai-Cambodian border crossing) in just over a week reached 157,000 by this morning," said Kor Sam Saroeut, governor of northwestern Banteay Meanchey province where the checkpoint is based. Around 20,000 others have crossed the border at O'Smach, a checkpoint some 250 kilometres (155 miles) northeast from Poipet, according to the governor and a senior Cambodian police official.

US Supreme Court rejects Argentine debt appeals

The US Supreme Court rejected Argentina's appeals against paying at least $1.3 billion to hedge fund investors in its defaulted bonds, piling pressure on the country's finances. The justices on Monday effectively upheld an August 2013 New York appeals court ruling that ordered Argentina to pay NML Capital and other hedge funds that had refused to participate in a restructuring deal for debt on which Buenos Aires defaulted in 2001. That opened the way for NML and others to seek immediate payment on 100 percent of the face value of the bonds they hold, even though most of the country's creditors took a huge writedown of their bonds to help the government rebuild its finances. Monday's ruling "is really the end of the road" for Argentina to avoid payment, said Richard Samp, chief counsel at the Washington Legal Foundation, which supported the legal case of the hedge funds.

King’s Landing’s Most Conniving Woman

Cersei Lannister on her moment of truth with Tywin, her spoiler-y Instagrams, and the most hotly debated scene in the HBO show’s history. [WARNING: Spoilers]