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130,000 Syrian Refugees Reach Turkey, Fleeing ISIS

3 hours 34 min ago

ANKARA, Turkey — The number of Syrian refugees who have reached Turkey in the past four days after fleeing the advance of Islamic State militants now totals 130,000, Turkey's deputy prime minister said Monday.

Numan Kurtulmus warned that the number could rise further but insisted that Turkey was ready to react to "the worst case scenario."

See also: Slave to Terror: One Woman Sold to ISIS Tells the Story of Her Escape

"I hope that we are not faced with a more populous refugee wave, but if we are, we have taken our precautions," Kurtulmus said. "A refugee wave that can be expressed by hundreds of thousands is a possibility." Read more...

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6 Secrets to Millennials’ Workplace Happiness

4 hours 5 min ago

You might have heard some rumors about millennial workers: They're entitled, lazy and always looking for a pat on the head

Take these assumptions with a grain of salt: Millennials are the future, and it’s impossible to paint an entire generation with one single swipe of the paintbrush

See also: Career Considerations for College Seniors: Resume-Building Begins Now

As more Boomers retire and millennials flood the workforce, you also can’t ignore the secrets to keeping these tech-savvy workers happy. Below, we've outlined a few.

Why millennial workers matter

By 2020, millennials will make up an estimated 50% of the workforce, according to a study by PwC. This is a pretty handy answer to the question of why companies should care about the happiness of millennial workers Read more...

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Australian Comedian Becomes Unlikely Superstar in South Korea

4 hours 52 min ago

SYDNEY — An Australian comedian is so popular in South Korea you can't turn on the television without hearing his name, yet most Australians have never heard of him.

Sam Hammington, 37, is the first foreign comedian in South Korea who has managed to hit the big time after being discovered by random as an audience member at a comedy night.

"I put my hand up and it was such a novelty when a Korean-speaking foreigner got up," he told ABC's Australian Story about the comedy night in Seoul. "And there were script writers and directors in the audience. And one of them wanted a Korean-speaking foreigner for a show." Read more...

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22 Million People Were Displaced by Natural Disasters in 2013

5 hours 23 min ago

Natural disasters such as floods, severe storms and earthquakes displaced nearly 22 million people in 2013, according to a UN-backed report released last week by the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC). That's twice as many people as those conditions displaced in the 1970s.

According to the Global Estimates report [PDF], storms displaced 14.2 million people last year, while floods displaced 6.2 million and earthquakes displaced 1.2 million. Wildfires and extreme temperatures caused 102,000 people to leave their homes, and landslides displaced 51,000 people. Read more...

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7 People Who Stand in the Way of Progress on Climate Change

5 hours 30 min ago

The science on climate change is undeniable. Yet some people still deny it — mostly for profit or political power

Here is a rogues' gallery of 7 people who stand in the way of progress on the most important global issue today.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...

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How Victory in the Scottish Vote is Tearing the UK Apart

5 hours 30 min ago

At the end of the movie Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, when it looks like our hero has the upper hand, he lets his adversary Moriarty get a stranglehold on him. This causes both men to fall to their doom in the Reichenbach waterfall

That, more or less, is what David Cameron just tried to do to Ed Miliband and the opposition Labour Party.

To recap the plot: Scotland voted “No” to independence, but not by a massive margin. To help win the referendum, the British Conservatives, led by Cameron, had to promise major tax devolution powers, which they had opposed until the eve of the vote.

See also: Scotland Votes No to Independence. Now What? Read more...

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Drone Beat: Google Expands UAV Plans, More Drone-Related Arrests and More

5 hours 48 min ago

The U.S. government uses them to bomb alleged terrorists in far-away places. Tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook are all toying with the idea of using them, and now they're a photographer's secret weapon. Drones are a big part of our lives, whether we see them or not. Drone Beat collects the best and most important stories every week.

If you want even more on Drones, subscribe to the Center for the Study of the Drone Weekly Roundup, which features news, commentary, analysis and updates on drone technology.

Drone Beat's coverage areas this week

Last update: September 19, 5.44 p.m. ET Read more...

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Keep Smiling: High School Football Player Gives Epic Post-Game Interview

6 hours 6 min ago

Need some motivation to start your day? We've got the perfect fix in the form of Apollos Hester, a wide receiver for the East View Patriots from Georgetown, Tx., and definitely the most enthusiastic high school football player we've seen

After his team won the game Friday, he turns his post-game interview for TWC News Austin into a motivational speech that'll make you feel like you can achieve anything

See also: 5 Ways to Prepare for an Off-the-Wall Interview

"Keep smiling, no matter what you're going through. If you fall down, just get up. If you can't get up, your friends are there to help you. Your momma's there, your daddy's there, God's there...hey, I'm there to help you up. You're there, it's gonna be alright, just keep smiling, man," he says. Sounds a bit over-the-top for a high school football game, but Apollos delivers it so well that you actually believe him Read more...

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'The Good Wife' Season Premiere Recap: Lawyer Is the New Black

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 23:00

Last season, The Good Wife pulled off some of the most dramatic shifts ever seen on network television, but the Season 6 opener proves that this show is not done putting its characters through the wringer and is still capable of producing some of the best television on network or cable. [Spoilers ahead]

Season 5 of The Good Wife — one of its best — divided into four arcs: espionage, outright corporate war, tragedy and aftershock. At the conclusion, Alicia found herself still ungrounded in the wake of Will’s death, Diane was plotting an exodus to Florrick/Agos and Cary (Matt Czuchry) wasn’t happy about Diane joining the firm he worked so hard to build beyond Lockhart/Gardner’s shadow Read more...

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'Feminists Are Not Man-Haters': Emma Watson's Moving UN Speech

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 22:20

Actress Emma Watson has made a powerful speech for the United Nations on gender, which has sent waves across the world.

The 24-year-old "Harry Potter girl" and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador launched HeForShe Campaign, a U.N. Movement for Gender Equality, on Saturday in New York.

See also: How to Empower Women and Girls Even More — With Technology

It was hoped her magic wand could be used to stop violence against women and help fight the fight for gender equality, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said when he introduced the star


In her speech, Watson detailed her foray into the world of feminism when she was labeled "bossy" at eight years old, sexualized by the press at 14 and watched her friends drop out of sports at 15 Read more...

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The Australian Woman Behind an $80 Million Recall of Dangerous Cable

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 21:31

SYDNEY — An Australian woman is at the centre of a dangerous cable recall, where dangerous materials were imported from China before being installed in as many as 40,000 Australian homes and businesses.

Lu Luo is the sole trader of Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd, which she ran with her husband Sam Jedari, its regional business manager. The company, currently in liquidation, was run out of a base in Wetherill Park, Sydney. It had been selling the dodgy cable as far back as 2010.

Infinity cable has been recalled.

Image: ACCC

The 4,000 km of recalled cable had poor plastic insulation coverings, which could lead to fires or electrocutions and does not meet Australian safety standards. An estimate by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commision (ACCC) revealed the cost of the fix could reach $80 million Read more...

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We Made it to Mars Again! NASA's MAVEN Satellite Settles In

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 21:05

Just as hundreds of thousands of people protested political inaction on climate change on Earth, a satellite swung into orbit that should help explain why climate change happened — on Mars

NASA's MAVEN satellite, en route to Mars for the last 10 months, finally arrived in orbit around the Red Planet around 10:40pm ET Sunday night. This followed a tense 33-minute thruster burn as the satellite aimed to slow its speed down enough for Martian gravity to take over. The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory was understandably thrilled

Looks like the engines have completed the burn and @MAVEN2Mars is in orbit! Navigation reports nominal cutoff and MAVEN in orbit!!!!

— Bobak Ferdowsi (@tweetsoutloud) September 22, 2014 Read more...

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How to Empower Women and Girls Even More — With Technology

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 20:17

Social media and other digital tools are transforming the roles of women and girls across the world, policymakers, activists and tech leaders told the 2014 Social Good Summit on Sunday

United Nations Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin, noted children's rights activist Graça Machel and Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and administrator at the United Nations Development Programme, joined a panel called "Women Power. Empowered Women." Moderated by ABC News co-anchor Juju Chang, the discussion centered on the ways tech is informing, empowering and inspiring women and girls globally.

See also: 5 Times the Internet Demanded Gender Equality Read more...

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How the World Is Predicting and Preparing for Climate Extremes

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 19:28

If we look at the hard facts of climate change, science is telling us we're running out of time.

That's what Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), said during a panel at the 2014 Social Good Summit on Sunday. Moderated by Mashable's senior climate reporter Andrew Freedman, the panel focused on what actions we're taking to make cities more resilient in the face of climate-related extremes over the next 15 years.

See also: Why Al Gore Is Hopeful on Global Warming

Prepping society for increased climate change and extreme weather, as well as addressing mitigation challenges, is a difficult task — but there's still hope. Read more...

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Doctor Who Episode 5 Recap: A Very Timey-Wimey Bank Robbery

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 19:00

On any other TV show, the notion of having the characters do something completely out of character, something that they've never done before — get mixed up in a bank robbery, say — would signal that the writer's room is out of ideas and the show is on its last legs. The ultimate example, of course, Fonzie jumping a shark on water skis in Happy Days, gave a whole new phrase to the English language to describe creative bankruptcy.

But Doctor Who, in case it isn't clear by now, is not any other TV show. The unusual is embraced; change is constant and essential. This is why Who is so easy to pick up if you've never seen a single episode. Just as its central character is now on his thirteenth face (but twelfth Doctor — long story), just as he changes his companions (Clara is number 54, or thereabouts — again, depends on how you count it) and even redecorates his TARDIS every so often, so the show itself thrives on fresh concepts and new destinations Read more...

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Home Depot Finally Emails Customers to Inform Them of Credit Card Hack

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 18:06

Home Depot has finally started to email customers to inform them of a major security breach — one that was first reported in early September

In the email, which starts out by admitting its customers may have heard about this already, Home Depot confirms news of the breach before offering customers 12 months of free identity protection services and credit monitoring

Home Depot told Mashable that the emails "started going out on Friday as part of the standard notification process," but that they are being sent out "in batches to ensure they flow smoothly." Which explains why some customers only received it on Sunday. Read more...

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How Social Good Summit Is Unfolding on Social Media

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 17:20

Social Good Summit 2014 marks the fifth annual congregation of some of the world's brightest minds in the social good space

While the event takes place in New York City, the conversations on social media extend the event to a global audience.

Thousands of people will join the #2030NOW discussions on Sept. 21 and 22 to contribute, connect and debate topics such as the proliferation of technology, global education opportunities, climate change and much more

Mashable will be curating some of the most thought-provoking conversations and social media commentary, provided via RebelMouse, below.

See also: Social Media Users Are More Charitable Than You Might Think Read more...

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Inspiring Quotes From Social Good Summit 2014

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 17:01

The fifth annual Social Good Summit is upon us, where some of the most innovative minds in social good come together in New York City to discuss ways we can help solve the world's biggest issues. From climate change to women's empowerment to global health, there's an endless array of topics and thought-provoking conversations on the agenda about improving our society.

The theme of the Summit is #2030NOW, which addresses the challenges our world faces now and in the future, and on the need for long-term, sustainable solutions to these problems

See also: 10 Things We Learned About Social Media Users' Charitable Habits Read more...

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'Beyond Right and Wrong' Shows Forgiveness in the Face of Tragedy

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 16:29

When Richard Moore was 10 years old, he was shot in the face and blinded by a British soldier

Faced with his shooter more than 30 years later, Moore had an epiphany. “The first day that I found out his name, everything changed," he said. "It wasn’t a soldier then. It was Charles ... It was a human being.”

See also: 10 Things We Learned About Social Media Users' Charitable Habits

In Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness, one woman explores heart wrenching stories of grief and loss from conflict zones around the globe. The award-winning film, which has already been seen by more than a million viewers worldwide, is an intimate look at how people are able to rebuild after unimaginable tragedy, and the awesome power that forgiveness can play in the process Read more...

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Look How Many People Came Out for the Climate March

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 16:03

Environmental activists called for people to gather on the streets of their cities on Sunday to march in a coordinated worldwide protest, in hopes that it would mark a turning point for global warming

Ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, more than 300,000 people, including celebrities and politicians, descended on Manhattan for the so-called People's Climate March

See also: 18 Witty Signs and Costumes From the People's Climate March

The organizers of the protest tweeted this video shot with a drone that probably gives the best view of the crowd gathered near Central Park, where the march started. Read more...

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