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  • Who is Hamas? 5 questions about the Palestinian militant group.

    The Palestinian militant group Hamas has agreed to form a unity government led by Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority and head of rival Palestinian faction Fatah.  But who is Hamas?  What is their relationship with Fatah, and what might Hamas gain from reconciling with them?  Here are five key questions about Hamas.

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder: 20 quotes on her birthday

    Check out these 20 quotes from 'Little House on the Prairie' author Laura Ingalls Wilder on her birthday.

  • Charles Dickens: His 10 most memorable characters

    To celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, here is a tribute to 10 of his most unforgettable characters.

  • 6 styles of parenting from around the globe

    In 'How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm,' writer Mei-Ling Hopgood explores parenting customs from other cultures.

  • Newt Gingrich ethics investigation: 4 facts you haven't heard from him

    Recently on the campaign trail, Newt Gingrich has made a number of forceful claims about the 1997 "reprimand" he received from the House Ethics Committee and challenged anyone to "go read the 1,300 pages” of the report. We did. Here’s what we found:

  • Top 6 Super Bowl ads featuring animals (+video)

    Super Bowl ads reflect a broader truism in advertising: A cute animal is a better pitchman than a human 9 times in 10 (Peyton Manning aside). Over the years, some of the most successful Super Bowl ads of all time have featured a wide array of animals, from mighty Clydesdales to lowly mosquitoes. Here is our countdown of six of the best ever fuzzy (and not so fuzzy) Super Bowl commercials, including a winner from Super Bowl XLVI. Did your all-time favorite take the top spot?

  • Charles Dickens: 10 favorite quotes on his 200th birthday

    On the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens, we present a few favorite quotes from one of the most talented and imaginative writers of all time.

  • Clint Eastwood in Top 6 Super Bowl 2012 car commercials (+video)

    Sure, the New York Giants won the 2012 Super Bowl. But who won the battle of the Super Bowl car commercials?  NBC says advertisers paid an average of $3.5 million for a 30-second spot in this year's Super Bowl. Last year, Volkswagon was the biggest crowd pleaser with their Darth Vader "The Force" ad which got millions of views online before it debuted on TV. This year, the early favorite was Ferris Bueller (aka Matthew Broderick) hawking a Honda. But Chrysler's Halftime in America ad, starring Clint Eastwood, is what everyone is talking about now. Here's one viewer's take on the Top 6 Super Bowl car commercials for 2012. Which is your favorite?

  • Ronald Reagan: 10 quotes on his birthday

    To honor what would have been his 101st birthday on Feb. 6, 2012, here are 10 quotes from former President Ronald Reagan.

  • Elizabeth II: 3 biographies about the reigning monarch

    3 new biographies of Queen Elizabeth II, all released in time for the queen's Diamond Jubilee

  • The Monitor's 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame picks

    The Christian Science Monitor has taken a hard look at the 17 nominees for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and picked seven men who would get our vote.

  • 10 sequels based on a classic book

    10 authors who wrote a novel based in another author's literary world.

  • Walter Payton: 10 things I learned from his new biography

    From the new biography 'Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton' by Jeff Pearlman, here are 10 memorable stories about the football star.

  • 5 top football innovations

    Too bad you can't patent a football tactic. But coaches and players can – and do – quickly adopt successful strategies.

  • Five ways to preserve family wealth

    Have you ever seen a mansion wasting away? Or a family business close after several generations? For as long as records have been kept, it seems, 9 in 10 families fail to hold onto their assets – and their family unity – for more than three generations. It doesn't have to be that way. There is a formula for sustaining wealth from one generation to the next, and it has little to do with investment strategies or legal structures and everything to do with building family relationships. In our work with The Heritage Institute, which helps successful families pass on their wealth and unity, we have broken down this formula into five essential elements. Whether you're trying to preserve a $50 million estate or a $50,000 inheritance, these five elements can help you build family lasting unity around shared goals:

  • Extradition fight: Who is Julian Assange, why is Sweden seeking him?

    A British court is hearing a final appeal from Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks whistleblower site, to avoid extradition to Sweden to face sex crime allegations. Here are four questions about the man and the case. 

  • 9 best books featuring notorious figures

    Thomas Craughwell lists these books as the best myth-busting histories centered on notorious figures. 

  • Opinion Three factors that will determine Syria’s future

    The most realistic scenario in Syria is quagmire: Assad still has loyalty; the opposition is splintered, though protests continue; and the international community is indecisive, including the Arab League. But stalemate could finally prompt foreign intervention and a needed ‘safe zone. Benedetta Berti, a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies of Tel Aviv University, lists the three factors that will determine Syria’s future.

  • 'The Godfather': 10 behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the classic films

    From Tom Santopietro's new book 'The Godfather Effect,' a behind-the-scenes peek into making one of the greatest film series of all time.

  • 40 iPhone tips and tricks everyone should know

    With hundreds of iPhone features and 500,000 iOS apps, it's easy to miss some of Apple's best tricks. Here are 40 of our favorite.

  • Groundhog Day: 5 things you need to know about Punxsutwney Phil

    Every Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil makes the most celebrated weather forecast of the year, usually around the crack of dawn. But does he get it right? And who are those dapper guys in top hats? Here are answers to five famous Phil mysteries.

  • How home prices are faring in six 2012 swing states

    Home prices are recovering in some regions, fluctuating in others, and stuck in the basement in still others. How they are faring may yet be an important factor in the 2012 presidential election. Here's how home prices in metro areas in six swing states compare with those at the housing market's peak in 2006.

  • Ayn Rand: 10 great quotes on her birthday

    To celebrate Ayn Rand's 107th birthday, here are 10 great quotes from the bestselling author.

  • Why all the attention on the Falklands? Five key questions.

    April 2 is the 30-year anniversary of the Falkland Islands War. Argentina and Britain have been at odds over sovereignty of the Falkland Islands for decades, and tensions kicked up when Britain deployed some of its modern warships to the islands, as well as Prince William, as a pilot.

  • Charles Dickens: 20 books about his life

    As the bicentennial of Charles Dickens approaches, here's a list of 20 books about his life, for readers of all ages.

 
 
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