Daniel Ordoñez reads in his room on the 24th floor of the W Hotel in Barcelona. Ordoñez has lived there since March, the sole occupant in the luxury hotel.  Photograph: Samuel Aranda/The New York Times)

Every five days, Daniel Ordoñez opens 1,400 pipe taps in a waterfront hotel in Barcelona that locals call “The Sail” because of its shape. Each tap h(...)

Some researchers question whether dogs experience feelings like love and loyalty, or whether their winning ways are just a matter of instincts that evolved because being a hanger-on is an easier way to make a living than running down elk.

Before humans milked cows, herded goats or raised hogs, before they invented agriculture, or written language, before they had permanent homes, and mo(...)

“Jihad is an egalitarian, equal-opportunity employer: fraternal, fast-breaking, glorious, cool – and persuasive” REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (Gaza)

It’s “the first of the storm”, says Islamic State. And little wonder. For the chaotic scenes on the streets of Paris and the fearful reaction those at(...)