NYTimes: Amazon Offers All-You-Can-Eat Books. Authors Turn Up Noses.
Self-published writers, who owe much of their audience to the retailer?s publishing platform, are unhappy. One problem is too much competition. But a new complaint is about Kindle Unlimited, a new Amazon subscription service that offers access to 700,000 books ? both self-published and traditionally published ? for $9.99 a month.
Yahoo!: Vietnam 'Rat King' helps rice farmers fight costly vermin
In 1998, Thieu had a breakthrough -- he invented a new kind of rat trap, more effective than anything farmers had previously tried, that worked without bait and relied on extremely strong springs. Thieu estimates his traps -- and his unique rat hunting methods -- have since killed millions of rats.
CNN: Why the Cuba deal happened now
"The United States is the only country now that does not have full diplomatic relations with Cuba," Smith told CNN in Havana. "One of the marks in the hemisphere against the United States is its outdated Cuba policy. So we are now moving ... to change our Cuba policy to begin to engage with Cuba. That's exactly the right thing to do."
TIME: Time magazine announces its Person of the Year
Those who fight Ebola are Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2014. The Ebola outbreak has infected more than 17,800 people, most in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, killing 6,346. By the end of November, 622 health care workers had been infected with the Ebola virus and 346 of them died, according to the World Health Organization.
VOA: Challenges Mount to Beijing's South China Sea Claims
Carl Thayer, an Asia security analyst at the Australian Defense Force Academy, said the judges would be looking at a study that the U.S. State Department issued just days ahead of China?s position paper. While the U.S. maintains its neutrality on territorial disputes, the study tries to pin-down what it calls the ambiguous basis for China?s nine-dash line. Laying out three possible interpretations of China's claim, the U.S. paper concludes it has no basis in international law.