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The real NSA scandal is overseas

Last week Edward Snowden popped up from his exile in Moscow for an exclusive interview with NBC News anchor Brian Williams. Like much of the public narrative that has emerged since Snowden absconded with reams of classified documents from the National Security Agency, the interview further muddied the waters about what his historic leaks have revealed.

New round of South Sudan peace talks delayed

A new round of talks on ending South Sudan's nearly six-month-old civil war have been delayed, mediators said Wednesday. No explanation was given for the latest delay in the talks, which are aimed at building on a ceasefire agreement signed last month and paving the way for more face-to-face talks between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, a former vice president. "We won't have the talks today," a source close to the peace process told AFP in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital and seat of the African Union, where previous rounds of talks have been held. Face-to-face talks between the warring parties will likely "be determined after the symposium," the source said.


If Kate Middleton’s Butt Could Speak

Royal families, and the public, seem to want young royal women to be decorative and on-message—we obsess about wardrobe malfunctions, not their words. Let Kate and Letizia speak, and fulfill passionate public roles.


My Visit to OITNB's Prison

I went to the set of Litchfield Prison and witnessed the magic behind Orange Is the New Black's incredible pop-culture rise. Spoiler alert: it was the best day ever.


The Sky Explodes Over Luhansk

Heavy gunfire rocked a Ukrainian base Tuesday night, a day after Ukrainian military rockets killed eight unarmed civilians—an attack rebels say lost Kiev the war for this eastern city.


Music’s Future Will Screw Songwriters

In the digital age, the idea that everything is free has brought genuine hardship to the music business in general and to composers most of all.


A Tony Voter Tells All

There’s only one Tony voter who really counts—the one willing to talk to us about the golden battle between jukebox shows, drag, Disney, historical dramas, and revivals of revivals.


The Bergdahl Story Is Right-Wing Crack

Never mind that Bush would have done the same as Obama. Republicans are hitting the pipe big time on the ‘deserter’—and their creepy bottom line is that he should have been left to die.


Should Google Be Mapping Tribal Lands?

The search engine's indigenous mapping project presents itself as a powerful expression of empowerment for tribal communities worldwide, but it could bear huge consequences.


The New World of Anti-Aging Dentistry

Worth an estimated $11 billion, the plastic surgery market has medical professionals scrambling for a share of the vanity pie. The newest group to enter the ring: dentists.


Just Don’t Call It an ‘Abortion Comedy’

Hailed as an ‘abortion comedy,’ ‘Obvious Child’ isn’t about politics—it’s about a woman’s struggle with herself as a person. This wouldn’t work without the kind humor of Jenny Slate.


The Hero Who Died Looking for Bergdahl

Lt. Darryn Andrews left a pregnant wife and son behind when he saved six fellow soldiers at the expense of his own life. But his family never knew his true mission—until now.


Secret KGB Torture House Opens Its Doors

For decades, the Corner House stood as a silent reminder of Russian oppression. Now, the former KGB headquarters are open and exposing the horrors committed against the people of Riga.


Testing Einstein With Spaceships

So far, the equivalence principle says that gravity behaves the same way for the largest galaxy clusters down to the microscopic particles. The only place to go from here is up.


Why We Cry at Movies

Those sniffling and sobbing their way through ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ are not perverse or cruel or masochistic. They are enhancing their empathy and decision-making and social skills.


In Newark, UKIP launches assault on parliament

Newark-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Following its stunning victory in the European elections, Britain's anti-EU party is targeting a first parliamentary seat, starting with Thursday's by-election in central England. The prospect of a UKIP victory in the market town of Newark is sowing panic among the main parties, particularly Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, who have held the seat since 2001. The Tories fear their voter base is being eroded by the eurosceptic and anti-immigration rhetoric of the United Kingdom Independence Party and its charismatic leader Nigel Farage. It is the fourth time in less than a year that Cameron has visited the Nottinghamshire town to support Robert Jenrick, the 32-year-old Conservative candidate.


Michigan Legislature OKs $195 million for Detroit

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature's $195 million lifeline to help prevent steep cuts in Detroit's pensions and the sale of city-owned art is being hailed as a major step forward in ending the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history.


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