Executioner’s accent prompts a reckoning in Britain

American journalist's apparent killer is recognized by Londoners as one of their own.

Security officials in London have been sounding the alarm for more than a year over the large number of foreigners in Syria, with the chief of Scotland Yard telling reporters last week that about 500 Britons are among the thousands of Westerners who have joined the fight.

Life in the Valley of Death

In Srebrenica, the remains of those killed in the genocide keep turning up, unsettling the reconciliation between Muslims and Serbs.

Srebrenica has come to symbolize the Bosnian war’s unspeakable brutality and the international community’s colossal failure when confronting it. Photographs by PAOLO PELLEGRIN

Former Hallmark Institute Owner Pleads Guilty of Fraud, Tax Evasion | PDNPulse

George J. Rosa III, the former owner of the Hallmark Institute of Photography, the photography school in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, pled guilty March 11 to charges of bank fraud and tax evasion, according to a report by Springfield, Massachusetts, TV s

George J. Rosa III, the former owner of the Hallmark Institute of Photography, the photography school in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, pled guilty March 11 to charges of bank fraud and tax evasion

What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden

Our supposed ally had a special desk devoted to managing Osama bin Laden. How can the U.S. fight extremism when we’re unable to confront it where it really lives?

On our fifth and last day in Quetta, four plainclothes agents detained my photographer colleague at his hotel. They seized his computer and photo equipment and brought him to the parking lot of the hotel where I was staying. There they made him call and ask me to come down to talk to them. “I’m in trouble here,” he told me.

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The story behind the "Too Cool To Do Drugs" pencil

This amusing picture, of an anti-drug propaganda pencil whose message is subverted simply by sharpening it, been doing the rounds. The truth is stranger than some of the fictions that accompany it:…

In this webinar, Adobe Lightroom organizing master Peter Krogh will answer all your Lightroom questions and pleas of “Just tell me what to do!” when it comes to storing, organizing, and optimizing your workflow

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Covert action in Colombia

Previously undisclosed CIA program provided intelligence for airstrikes and GPS kits to guide smart bombs.

The 50-year-old Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), once considered the best-funded insurgency in the world, is at its smallest and most vulnerable state in decades, due in part to a CIA covert action program that has helped Colombian forces kill at least two dozen rebel leaders, according to interviews with more than 30 former and current U.S. and Colombian officials.

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Top Photojournalism Of 2013

Freelance photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova and reporter Javier Espinosa of El Mundo were abducted in Syria on September 16

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Adobe users warned of cyber attack

Adobe has confirmed that personal data for 2.9 million of its customers has been stolen after the software company was the victim of a cyber attack

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Kim Jong-un's ex-lover 'executed by firing squad'

Kim Jong-un's ex-girlfriend was among a dozen well-known North Korean performers who were executed by firing squad nine days ago, according to South Korean reports.

Hyon's band was responsible for a string of patriotic hits in North Korea, including "Footsteps of Soldiers," "I Love Pyongyang," "She is a Discharged Soldier" and "We are Troops of the Party." Her popularity reportedly peaked in 2005 with the song "Excellent Horse-Like Lady."

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Photojournalist Raped in Mumbai

A female photojournalist on assignment in Mumbai was gang raped while her male colleague was tied up and beaten, the police said. Five men were being sought as suspects in the assault Thursday evening

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Fine-Art Photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa Faces Murder Trial August 26 | PDNPulse

Zwelethu Mthethwa, the South African fine-art photographer, will go on trial on Monday, charged with murdering a woman on a street in a suburb of Cape Town, according to South Africa’s Mail & Guardian. Mthethwa was arrested May 5, accused of beating and k

Fujifilm Japan’s recently-announced Instax Mini 90 is an instant film camera that wears the same retro styling seen in some of the company’s other cameras like the X-M1. It uses Instax film, Fuji’s instant film that measures 2.13 x 3.4 inches — about the size of a credit card.

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North Korea is a mythically strange land, an Absurdistan, where almost nothing is known about the people or, more important, their missile-launching leaders. There is, however, one man—a humble sushi chef from Japan—who infiltrated the inner sanctum, becoming the Dear Leader's cook, confidant, and court jester. What is life like serving Kim Jong-il and his heir? A strange and dangerous gig where the food and drink never stop, the girls are all virgins, and you're never really safe. We sent Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Adam Johnson to meet the man who survived all the craziness

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Survivorship bias and electronic publishing: practically no one is making any money

Toby Buckell has posted a great piece on “survivorship bias” and new models for electronic publishing. Survivorship bias occurs when we only hear about spectacular success stories, and …

Toby Buckell has posted a great piece on "survivorship bias" and new models for electronic publishing. Survivorship bias occurs when we only hear about spectacular success stories, and not the vast number of modest success stories, and the titanic, unbelievable number of failure stories, and therefore conclude that spectacular success is the norm.

How a Single Spy Helped Turn Pakistan Against the United States

What really happened after Raymond Davis killed two men in the street in Lahore.

Davis was sitting in a Lahore police station, having shot two young men who approached his car on a black motorcycle, their guns drawn, at an intersection congested with cars, bicycles and rickshaws. Davis took his semiautomatic Glock pistol and shot through the windshield, shattering the glass and hitting one of the men numerous times. As the other man fled, Davis got out of his car and shot several rounds into his back

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Alfred Anaya Put Secret Compartments in Cars. So the DEA Put Him in Prison

Alfred Anaya was a genius at installing traps — secret compartments in cars that can hide everything from weed to jewelry to guns. And if they were used to smuggle drugs without his knowledge, he figured, that wasn't his problem. He was wrong.

a man whom Anaya knew only as Esteban called for help with a more exotic product: a hidden compartment that Anaya had installed in his Ford F-150 pickup truck. Over the years, these secret stash spots—or traps, as they’re known in automotive slang—have become a popular luxury item among the wealthy and shady alike

David LaChapelle Sued for $3 Million by Gallerist | PDNPulse

A Montana gallerist has sued David LaChapelle for $3 million dollars, alleging the photographer attacked him in his Manhattan apartment on March 9, 2012. The suit, filed yesterday by James Parmenter in Manhattan Supreme Court, alleges that in the middle o

A Montana gallerist has sued David LaChapelle for $3 million dollars, alleging the photographer attacked him in his Manhattan apartment on March 9, 2012.

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food

Inside the hyperengineered, savagely marketed, addiction-creating battle for American “stomach share.”

“Don’t talk to me about nutrition,” he reportedly said, taking on the voice of the typical consumer. “Talk to me about taste, and if this stuff tastes better, don’t run around trying to sell stuff that doesn’t taste good.”

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The Shooter

The man who shot and killed Osama bin Laden sat in a wicker chair in my backyard, wondering how he was going to feed his wife and kids or pay for their medical care.

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