North America

How the NSA helped Turkey kill Kurdish rebels

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On a December night in 2011, a terrible thing happened on Mount Cudi, near the Turkish-Iraqi border. One side described it as a massacre; the other called it an accident. Several Turkish F-16 fighter jets bombed a caravan of villagers that night, apparently under the belief that they were guerilla fighters with the separatist Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK). The group ... Read More »

Australia still at America’s beck and call

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Having learnt little from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Australia is ready to do Washington’s bidding – again. It seems it doesn’t matter which party is in power in Canberra or in Washington, when that call comes from the White House, Australian prime ministers are too eager to wade in. The word “coalition” is being avoided this time around – ... Read More »

National Corvette Museum Sinkhole Won’t Be The Lucrative Attraction Officials Had Hoped For

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A Kentucky sports-car museum whose floor collapsed into a sinkhole in February will be filled in, despite initial plans to keep a portion of the hole open as an attraction, the Associated Press reported. National Corvette Museum board members voted Saturday to repair the sinkhole that swallowed eight of the cars. The Bowling Green museum’s massive abyss — measuring 60 feet long, ... Read More »

80 art galleries from 24 countries meet in Istanbul

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The second ArtInternational art fair will be held at Haliç Congress Center in Istanbul from Sept. 26 to 28. Art enthusiasts will enjoy artwork from 80 different galleries from 24 countries around the globe, including Finland, the United States, China, and Saudi Arabia. Twelve galleries from Turkey were chosen by the selection committee after considering their past success at international ... Read More »

More women are discovering the thrill of motorcycles

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They rumble by night, these bikers. CHARLES FLEMING contact the reporter Dressed in heavy leather jackets and gloves, long hair streaming from under their helmets, they straddle smoking black-and-chrome motorcycles, waiting for the signal. Finally, it comes: “Alright, ladies. Let’s ride!” On a hot Tuesday night, Stacie B. London had come to Silver Lake’s Casbah Cafe to meet her East Side ... Read More »

United States: ‘Sailing rocks’ mystery finally solved

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Scientists have finally solved the mystery of how rocks can move across the flat ground of a dry lake bed in Death Valley, California. Visitors have long been puzzled by the sight of boulder tracks criss-crossing a dusty bowl known as the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park. But two researchers now say the rocks – which can sometimes ... Read More »

Recipe for hate: Al-Qaeda publish car bomb ‘shopping list’ and suggest UK targets

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Al-Qaeda this week published an online magazine featuring instructions on how to build homemade car bombs and an appeal to Muslims to attack UK and US targets in the vein of the Boston bombers. The English-language magazine, entitled ‘Palestine: Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem’, urges Muslims in the West to assemble pressure cooker bombs like those used to attack the ... Read More »