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Bulgarian cargo train explosion kills 5, injures 25

A cargo train derailed and exploded in Hitrino, Bulgaria, early Saturday morning after train tanks carrying propane-butane and propylene hit an electricity line.

As thousands flee E. Aleppo, RT hears stories of those trapped there for years (VIDEO)

People who've been trapped in eastern Aleppo for years are now being reunited with their families. Some of them told RT’s Lizzie Phelan why they didn’t flee when the militants took over.

Michigan Supreme Court throws out Jill Stein’s recount appeal

For the Green Party’s Jill Stein, her recount saga is coming to a close in Michigan. The state’s supreme court late Friday upheld a ruling from a lower appeals court that denied Stein’s petition for a complete vote recount, ending her hopes of getting Michigan officials to recount the entire state’s ballots.

FBI sent planeload of agents to frame Assange in Iceland, got snubbed by minister

The US sent a “planeload of FBI agents” to Iceland in 2011 to frame WikiLeaks and its co-founder Julian Assange, according to a former Icelandic minister of interior, who refused them any cooperation and asked them to cease their activities.

Apple AirPods still delayed because of technical problems, may not be ready as holiday gifts

It looks like Apple’s wireless earphones won’t be ready for the holiday season. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that the technology giant continues to delay the availability of its AirPods, which were announced in September with great fanfare as a companion to the new iPhone 7.

From communism to capitalism: How Christmas gift-giving has changed in Poland

Poles who grew up during the communist era love to tell their children and grandchildren that as kids, they would be satisfied with a simple orange under the Christmas tree.

25 Crazy And Extreme Ways People Try To Stay Thin

When it comes to losing weight, there are very few options that can beat good old healthy eating and regular exercise; that doesn’t mean people haven’t tried though.

Letting People Make Their Own Mistakes

Embed from Getty Images The biggest flaw that I have (though most would call it a virtue, I suppose) is that if I think you’re worth it, I’ll help you until I can’t stand it anymore.

How to make a hot dog Dugtrio, as inspired by The Pokémon Cookbook

Despite the lore dating back to Pokémon Gold and Silver claiming you can make a delicious soup from Slowpoke tails, the new Pokémon Cookbook doesn’t show you how to cook your Pokémon friends.

This was a good year for weird jazz

2016 was a really good year for weird jazz! Not good in the sense of commercial success or cultural impact — but for a genre that arguably peaked decades ago, there was a surprising amount of good, weird jazz coming out this year.

Fascism might be the word of the year. Read George Orwell on why it’s a slippery term.

Every Saturday, we round up the best recent writing the web has to offer on books and related subjects.

Man Punches Kangaroo To Save Dog, Controversy Ensues

Kangaroo bucks can be mighty aggressive, threatening the lives of people and pets and scaring the wits out of anyone they hop after, which is why people pack heat when they're out in the wilds of Australia But zookeeper Greig Tonkins clearly doesn't need a gun to handle himself, and when his dog's life was threatened by an ornery kangaroo he came to the dog's defense and boxed the 'roo right back.

Weekend Reading

In this edition of Weekend Reading, a little LSD'll do ya, snakes and Star Wars, and a love letter to New York City.

Salmon Rillettes Sounds Fancy, but Is Easy to Make — Snack Your Way Through the Holidays

Sure, it may sound fancy, but rillettes is far from it. The spread, made from smoked salmon and plenty of butter, is a rich treat enjoyed on bread or crackers, and it's surprisingly simple to make.

Victory! The New York Times called a denier a denier.

Bowing to mounting criticism to affirm climate science, the paper replaced  “Climate Change Dissenter” with “Climate Change Denialist” in a headline announcing Trump’s EPA pick Scott Pruitt.

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays...

Our friends at Botanica are known for their veggie plateaus—a multicolored jumble of gorgeous seasonal vegetables, prepared every which way, with flavors and textures and dips galore.

The Moment

A stranger asks an artist to draw his portrait and the moment becomes pivotal to her life. This lovely animated short film explores, very simply, the idea that all that we see on the surface is perhaps of little importance to the profundity that lies beneath.

U.S. airstrikes kill Islamic State leader linked to 2015 Charlie Hebdo terror attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Islamic State leader linked to the 2015 attacks at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and assassinations in Tunisia was killed in a U.S.

Empire of Tolerance

Simon Winchester in The New York Times: It was in an earlier best-selling volume that Weatherford persuasively argued that the 25-year blitzkrieg mounted by Genghis and his cavalries — who, in “the most extensive war in world history” beginning in 1206, swept mercilessly and unstoppably over the Altai Mountains to their west and the Gobi Desert to their south — brought civilization, fairness, meritocracy and avuncular kindliness to legions of undeserving satrapies across Eurasia.


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