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E-cigarettes can help people quit smoking!

Michael Russell and Murray Jarvik, two pioneers of smoking-cessation research in the 1970s, would probably have welcomed the development of the electronic cigarette or “personal nicotine vaporizer” (P



What really happened in Kiev?

This is what former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, subsequently driven from office by mass protests in Kiev, said to German Chancellor Angela Merkel just one year ago, at the start of the cris



Syria’s humanitarian crisis

From the capture of Mosul by ISIS to the siege of Kobani, the political and media focus on what used to be called the Syrian civil war has changed.



Bolt from the blue for Modi

Narendra Modi has completed six months as the Indian premier.



The ugly specter of racism

When Sean Jackson became a father, he says he knew he needed to teach his son how to interact with police so as to avoid arrest — or worse.




Fact... Columbus did not discover America

Who really discovered America? As far as I know, it was not Christopher Columbus. It was not the Muslims either who discovered America. Does it really matter who discovered America?



Iran nukes and another deadline

Iran and world powers have given themselves seven more months to reach a nuclear deal, but a heightened risk of hard-liners wrecking the process means they may have missed their best chance ever, anal



Libya emerges as a new challenge

While international and regional efforts are focused on fighting militants in Syria and Iraq, one country is quickly emerging as an immediate danger to its neighbors, to most of North Africa and perha



El Pepe is one of a kind

If only Bapu knew, the Indian poet Sarojini Naidu is said to have remarked with reference to Mahatma Gandhi, how much it costs us to keep him in poverty.

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