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The cease-fire in Gaza by the numbers


Israel and the Palestine Authority have agreed to a long-term cease-fire brokered by the US and Egypt.

Why partnering with Assad against the Islamic State is an interesting thought experiment—but a terrible idea


Serious people are beginning to talk up the idea of an alliance between the US and Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad against the seemingly unstoppable forces of the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIL or ISIS).

Small-fry tech M&A is at its most frenzied since the dot-com bubble


Silicon Valley is white-hot right now. Rapidly growing tech start-ups are scoring sky-high valuations on a regular basis. The latest example is the reported $20-million investment by venture investor Kleiner Perkins in messaging company Snapchat, conferring a lofty $10 billion valuation on the revenue-less company (paywall).

Job requirements are mostly fiction and you should ignore them


In job searches, people frequently look at the listed requirements, see a gap, and move on, fearing rejection and not wanting to waste the employer’s time and their own.

France’s new economy minister wasn’t alive the last time the country ran a surplus


If France’s new economy minister, Emmanuel Macron (pictured above), is able to help the government close its budget deficit, it will be the achievement of a lifetime.

How these special shorts saved LCD Soundsystem’s drummer from stage fright


Since 2010, author and archivist Emily Spivack has been collecting personal stories about clothes for her website, Worn Stories, selections of which appear in her new book of the same name.

India did poorly in England for various reasons—Virat Kohli’s girlfriend is not one of them


Blaming Anushka Sharma for boyfriend Virat Kohli’s dismal form in the Test series against England—though swept hurriedly under the carpet later—was more grotesque and clumsy than India’s fielding on the recent tour.

Turn your marriage vows into a binding contract


Throughout most of recorded human history, marriage was a means for consolidating wealth, improving social status and creating a miniature labor force from the fruits of one’s loins.

Zara has been selling a kids’ T-shirt that looks like a concentration camp uniform


The Spanish clothing giant Zara has been selling a kids’ T-shirt with blue-and-white stripes and a prominent yellow star—which, the Israeli/Palestinian blog +972 pointed out today, closely resembles a concentration-camp uniform.

What I figured out about Tesla’s future after finally driving one myself


It’s easy to forget that Elon Musk’s electric car company, Tesla Motors, is still very much in its infancy.

This is Microsoft’s surprising ‘Plan B’ for mobile


Microsoft’s mobile comeback—at least how the company had intended—isn’t happening. Despite Microsoft’s early presence in the smartphone industry—years ahead of Apple and Google—and recent critical acclaim for the software, Windows Phone is a flop.

These ancient manuscripts show China dominated Vietnam in the 1800s, too


Share Tap image to zoom Zhengyang Gate, Beijing, leading to the Forbidden City.British Library One of Chinese officials and diplomats favorite, oft-cited historical fact is that for many centuries, China has not been a colonizing power (link in Chinese), but has instead been a frequent victim of colonialism by Western powers as well as Japan.

The 11 environmental disasters Narendra Modi blessed in his first 100 days


We get it: India reposed faith in a leader who promised achhe din–”good times,” good governance, transparency, development, jobs, jobs, jobs.

Young Indians in cities say caste is no longer a marital consideration—but Mummy and Papa are


Caste and language are losing significance in urban India, at least as far as marriage is concerned, according to a survey of more than 400 single adults in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.

Here are six concrete ways India can build and live better (step 1: stop using concrete)


We spend too much attention and energy on the Union Budget. It focusses on doing more things. It’s about building more roads, more low income housing, allowing investment, changing tax structures and of course, about telling us how badly the government has been doing this.

Can this cartoon Muslim princess soothe China’s ethnic tensions?


Princess Fragrant is the eponymous star of a 104-episode animation series from China in which the Uyghur princess, alongside her brother and their Han and Kazakh friends, embark on a quest to save her captured father.

Today’s college freshmen were kindergarteners on 9/11, and other signs that this generation is different from yours


The 18-year-olds arriving on college campuses this fall grew up in an entirely different world than the professors who are going to educate them for the next four years; they were in kindergarten when 9/11 happened, and wire-rimmed glasses remind them not of John Lennon, but of Harry Potter.

Two explosive reminders that the US and China are in a hypersonic arms race


The test of a rocket-powered glider called the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon failed when US Army engineers ordered it to self-destruct after its launch went wrong shortly after midnight on August 25.

Confused when you wake up? You might have “sleep drunkenness”


If you feel or behave strangely when suddenly roused from slumber, you may have a disorder known in the medical world as confusional arousal—described far more vividly by its alternative name, “sleep drunkenness.” According to a new study, as many as one in seven people might suffer from the disorder, which is characterized by confusion, amnesia, and even violent behavior during the moments of their waking up.

Medical marijuana states record fewer opioid-related deaths, study finds


Marijuana advocates say the drug is the safest option for patients seeking instant pain relief. Opponents see little to no medicinal value in cannabis and consider the drug unsafe.


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