Whatever your political beliefs, it can be hard work to evade the algorithms and seek out stories and perspectives that challenge your own. But it’s crucial for the vitality of democratic institutions that rely on an engaged, heterogeneous public.

Here’s how you can do it for yourself.

A complete guide to seeing the news beyond your cozy filter bubble

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British #ISIS fighter who carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq this week is a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was paid £1 million compensation by the government.

British man who launched Isil suicide attack was Guantanamo Bay detainee awarded £1m compensation

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North Korea is one of only four countries worldwide that is not a signatory to the International Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and is thought to have had a weapons programme that dates back to the 1980s.

But unlike its regular nuclear tests, Pyongyang has not flaunted its chemical weapons capability – until now.

Kim Jong-nam VX gas murder puts North Korea's 5,000-tonne chemical WMD stockpile in the spotlight

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Many Indians initially welcomed Trump's election, seeing his calls to restrict Muslim immigration as support for their Hindu-majority country.

The nation has been at odds for decades with Pakistan, its mainly Muslim neighbour.

India fury over US 'hate crime' shootings of two of its citizens in Olathe Kansas

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It was only in 2012 that scientists finally agreed that nonhuman animals are conscious beings.

Meanwhile, in the laboratory, we have only just discovered that dogs display immensely complex, human-like emotions like jealousy, and we are only just deciphering how cows express positive emotions through the whites of their eyes.

But what about insects?

Insects may be able to feel fear, anger and empathy, after all

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The more difficult the task, the less likely they will be generous.

Dogs' Love Isn't Unconditional After All

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Soaring inflation means basic items in short supply and unaffordable for many ☹

Economic crisis causes Venezuelans to lose average of 19lb in weight

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The anti-vaccine movement appears to be gaining some footing in Texas, and one report claims the reason is President Donald Trump.

According to The Washington Post, the majority of Texas children are vaccinated. But a movement among parents to not have children receive inoculations is growing in the Lone Star State.

Trump energizes the anti-vaccine movement in Texas

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"Zuck has been getting metaphysical of late, having recently abandoned his atheism and announced the resurrection of his relationship with God.

During Mark Zuckerberg's pilgrimage – which has been intimately documented on his Facebook profile by a crack team of spin doctors – he spent a lot of time chatting to spiritual leaders and trying to understand how religions tie communities...
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Does Mark Zuckerberg want Facebook to become a RELIGION?

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He abandoned the idea of a static, nonexpanding universe in 1929—but some physicists are beginning to reconsider it

Einstein's Greatest Blunder?

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While Americans still feel coolest toward Muslims and atheists, mean ratings for these two groups increased from a somewhat chilly 40 and 41 degrees, respectively, to more neutral ratings of 48 and 50.

Jews and Catholics continue to be among the groups that receive the warmest ratings – even warmer than in 2014.

Analysis | Muslims are the least popular religious group in the U.S. They’re disliked even more than atheists.

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Pope Francis insults atheists, comparing them to bad Catholics.

Pope insults atheists, comparing them to bad Catholics

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"We are not terrorists.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s philosophy is inspired by an understanding of Islam that emphasizes the values of social justice, equality and the rule of law. Since its inception in 1928, the Brotherhood has lived in two modes: surviving in hostile political environments or uplifting society’s most marginalized.

As such, we have been written about, spoken of, but rarely...
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I Am a Member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Not a Terrorist

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A father and son who were members of the Coptic Christian faith, were found dead behind a school in north Sinai, Egypt, a stronghold of the terror group.

The son had been burnt alive whilst the father, a man in his 60s, had received multiple gunshots to the body.

'Our favourite prey' Christian father & son ‘brutally burnt alive & shot' by ISIS jihadis

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A Pakistani writer's opinion on "hate speech:"

I" cannot perceive how a speech in verbal or voiced form intended clearly to lacerate or provoke the otherwise calm sentiments of a class can be regarded a positive gesture of freedom of speech.

I cannot understand how a person can be regarded a social activist for his mudslinging on a particular ideology.

How can your ‘freedom’ allow you to...
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Dailytimes | Hate speech wrapped in ‘free speech’

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An extensive study of the genetics of more than 500,000 people has revealed a different kind of mutant superhero:

a small number of individuals who seem to be perfectly healthy despite carrying in their DNA a mutation linked to a severe childhood disorder.

Surviving inherited diseases: Genetic superheroes | The Economist

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"The fall of the Islamic State is going to happen, and it’s going to happen on this president’s watch."

Thoughts?

Donald Trump Will Defeat ISIS

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"So many Christians are like this, and these people scandalize others," Francis said during morning Mass.

"How many times have we heard -- all of us, around the neighborhood and elsewhere -- 'But to be a Catholic like that, it's better to be an atheist.' It is that: scandal."

Thoughts on what the Pope said?

Pope Francis says it's better to be an atheist than a bad Christian

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"I said, specifically, sunlight is the best disinfectant. Then we had Milo on, despite the fact that many people said, “Oh, how dare you give a platform to this man.”

What I think people saw was an emotionally needy Ann Coulter wannabe, trying to make a buck off of the left’s propensity for outrage. And by the end of the weekend, by dinnertime Monday, he’s dropped as a speaker at CPAC. Then...
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Bill Maher, Faulted for Booking Milo Yiannopoulos, Takes Credit for His Fall

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