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Molenbeek: One of several Jihadi hotspots in Europe

OPINION: To call the Brussels suburb Molenbeek a terrorism capital is an exaggeration at best. Focusing on local socio-economic factors obscures European jihadism’s transnational nature.

Irrigation is the source of inequality

Water scarcity in the past laid the ground for large differences in wealth and political power today.

"Stop using the term radicalisation"

A Danish researcher thinks the word has become too stigmatised with politics and ideology to be used any more to study youth who might resort to violence and and acts of terror.

Archaeologists excavate 300-year-old tax haven

The remains of a rich pearl fishing industry in Qatar were abandoned for centuries until archaeologists recently unearthed them.

Early relationships influence childbearing

Childlessness is less likely if you have some cohabitation experience with a partner in an early relationship- but not too much.

Wedding gifts that came and went

Marrying for love and romance hasn’t been around nearly as long as the 700 year old tradition of bride gifts.

Behind-the-scenes look at Norway’s US$1.6 billion rainforest initiative

An unusual convergence of political and environmental interests led Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg to promise billions from Norway to protect rainforests at UN climate conference.

The Black Death has been hiding among us for thousands of years

Fossil DNA reveals that the plague is much older than previously suspected. The discovery could shed new light on the evolution of a deadly disease.

Middle Ages' wealthy unknowingly poisoned themselves with lead

Medieval ceramics were laced with toxic lead oxide, which made wealthy city folk more susceptible to lead poisoning, says new research.

Growing concern about the economy in Norway

Voters punish politicians for hard times, and reward them for prosperity. Not so in Norway, where voters are unaffected by economy. But in the last election Norwegians seemed to worry about the state of the economy.

Building the best police force

Recruiters should consider personality over problem solving when looking for top police officer candidates, a Swedish study suggests.

Social media savvy for the service industries

How can “boring” products generate customer engagement on social media?

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