Matthew Bell

Around 600 people have left Germany in the last year to go fight with extremist groups like the self-declared Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, according to German security officials. And law enforcement authorities are taking various steps to stem the flow.

Another thing Germany is doing to pre-empt the radicalization of young people is expanding Islamic education.


For Guido Schäffer, surfing was a religious experience.

In 2009, Schäffer was a 34-year-old seminarian who spent his free time surfing the beaches of Rio.

He’d grown up near Brazil’s Copacabana Beach and had been surfing since he was a child.

And he was known for leading prayer circles with his friends before heading out to ride the waves.

But  Schäffer's life was cut short on a sunny morning in May, 2009.

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President Barack Obama this week made good on his longstanding promise to veto a bill mandating the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the US. But the action is far from the end of the Keystone story.


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Throughout the Civil War, on the bloody battlefields and in the hospitals overflowing with the wounded, many a mortally wounded young soldier left this life looking into the kindly face of a nun from Cincinnati.

“Lord have mercy on his soul,’’ were the last words he heard, and a promise from the woman dressed in black that she would tell his mother that he died bravely.

She was Sister Anthony O’Connell, known throughout the Union Army as “the Angel of the Battlefield.”

In Bolivia, the main attraction for thrill-seeking tourists is biking down what’s known as “Death Road.” It’s a winding, 11,000-foot descent from snow-capped peaks to the rainforest. But some of the cyclists pay the ultimate price.

Before leading a dozen bikers down its 40 treacherous miles, Mark Symon, a guide from Australia, tries to put them at ease. “Is anyone nervous?” he says. “This is really easy, I’ve taken a 75-year-old grandmother down the road and she nailed it.”

How Tony Gemignani shocked the pizza world

Feb 25, 2015
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If you want to be the best, you’ve got to measure yourself against the best.

That’s why American pizza chef Tony Gemignani likes to compete. Otherwise, who’s going to tell you if your food’s up to scratch — or if you’re still getting better?

Gemignani’s category of choice is the authentic Neapolitan margherita pizza.

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The Doctor of Doctor Who is famous for his time-travelling abilities. But this month, David Tennant, the actor famous for playing the 10th version of the Doctor, has been attracting attention for a different kind of time distortion.

For the first time, Tennant took part in an episode of the long-running BBC radio show "Just A Minute." Much to the surprise of the audience and the other contestants, he managed something no newcomer has ever done in the program's four decades on the air: Tennant spoke for a whole minute, the show's equivalent of a home run.