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  • 2 days ago
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    'Coalition strikes kill 106 civilians' in Al Mayadeen

    At least 106 civilians, including 42 children, have been killed in a series of air strikes by the US-led coalition on an ISIL-held town in eastern Syria, according to a monitoring group. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says the deaths resulted from air strikes targeted Al Mayadeen in the province of Deir Az Zor.

  • 2 days ago
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    Netflix Nearing 180 Million International Subscribers

    If it’s possible, it’s starting to look like people could have been underestimating Netflix’s international potential. Media analysts at PiperJaffray announced this week that current estimates for Netflix overseas are likely underselling what will really happen. When you compare international progress with how we know domestic progress went, they say, it’s clear Netflix is going to beat what experts are predicting by a large margin.

  • 3 days ago
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    Trump’s Cuts to AIDS-Treatment Programs Would Kill 1 Million, Researchers Say

    Donald Trump would like for the United States to spend $1.1 billion less on HIV-treatment programs in sub-Saharan Africa, and $524 million less on contraception for the global poor. On the plus side, these cuts will make it easier to finance the president’s border wall, which he hopes to spend $1.6 billion on in 2018.

  • 11 days ago
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    Japan's sex problem could cause the population to fall by 40 million by 2065

    Japan's fertility problem hit a new low last year: 2016 was the first year since 1899 that fewer than one million babies were born in the country. New data suggests the trend isn't poised to let up anytime soon. Japan's National Institute of Population and Social Security Research predicts that the country's current population of 127 million will decline by nearly 40 million by 2065. Demographic experts point to younger generations' waning interest (and ability) to start...

  • 11 days ago
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    Facebook promised to tackle fake news. But the evidence shows it's not working

    When Facebook’s new fact-checking system labeled a Newport Buzz article as possible “fake news”, warning users against sharing it, something unexpected happened. Traffic to the story skyrocketed, according to Christian Winthrop, editor of the local Rhode Island website. “A bunch of conservative groups grabbed this and said, ‘Hey, they are trying to silence this blog – share, share share,’” said Winthrop, who published the story that falsely claimed hundreds of thousands of Irish ...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Blasphemy laws are an unholy offense against free speech. And they're spreading

    Indonesia and Ireland are very different societies, but in both countries talking about religion can get you in trouble with the law. On Tuesday, the Christian governor of Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, was sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy against Islam, a penalty that shocked many inhabitants of the majority-Muslim country known for its tolerance and pluralism. The blasphemy charge against Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama was based on a video in which he was recorded telling vo...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Antarctica's second largest ice shelf could shrink dramatically

    Before the end of the century, rising temperatures could trigger an influx of warm water beneath Antarctica’s second-largest ice shelf – and once it begins, researchers say there’s ‘no going back.’ The phenomenon would cause the ice to lose contact with the seafloor, which has so far acted as a natural brake to slow the ice flow. Scientists say they've already detected the first signs of the process, and once underway, it will cause the ice to shed at a much faster rate, dramatica...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Record turnout predicted in South Korean presidential election to replace jailed Park Geun-hye

    South Koreans headed to voting stations on Tuesday to elect a new leader, with a potential record turnout suggesting voters are eager to move on from a corruption scandal that brought down the former president and shook the political and business elite. Unless there is a major upset, liberal Moon Jae-in—who calls for a moderate approach on North Korea, wants to reform powerful family-run conglomerates and boost fiscal spending to create jobs—will be elected president.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event melaniee

    Canada weighing multiple trade actions against U.S. over softwood lumber dispute

    The Canadian government is threatening multiple trade actions against the United States in retaliation for duties on softwood lumber, demanding a long-term deal without which several American industries could soon be targeted. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau launched the first salvo in a letter to B.C. Premier Christy Clark, informing her that he's seriously considering her request for a ban on thermal coal exports and that it's being explored by federal trade officials.

  • 1 month ago
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    Review: What Remains of Edith Finch

    "I think that we've been surrounded by death for so long that we've just gotten used to it." Edith Finch muses this aloud right before she walks into the family's graveyard. She's talking to herself because there's no one left to talk to. Edith is the last living Finch and that's meaningful because the Finches have one hell of a tough time staying alive. By my count, there are 37 tombstones in the cemetery -- 12 for the humans and 25 for the pets. I probab...

  • 1 month ago
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    How Poverty Changes the Brain

    You saw the pictures in science class—a profile view of the human brain, sectioned by function. The piece at the very front, right behind where a forehead would be if the brain were actually in someone’s head, is the pre-frontal cortex. It handles problem-solving, goal-setting, and task execution. And it works with the limbic system, which is connected and sits closer to the center of the brain. The limbic system processes emotions and triggers emotional responses, in part because of its sto...

  • 1 month ago
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    Trump called Erdogan to congratulate him on referendum results, sources say

    U.S. President Donald Trump called Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to congratulate him on his referendum victory and to thank him for supporting a U.S. missile attack on Syria in response to a chemical attack by Syrian government forces on April 4, the White House said in a statement. Trump and Erdogan also agreed on the importance of holding Syrian President Bashar Assad accountable for the chemical attack and discussed the campaign against the Islamic State, the statement said.

  • 2 months ago
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    White House calls for domestic cuts to finance Mexico border wall

    President Donald Trump is proposing immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community grants so U.S. taxpayers, not Mexico, can cover the down payment on the border wall. The White House documents were submitted to Congress amid negotiations over a catchall spending bill that would avert a partial government shutdown at the end of next month. The package would wrap up $1.1 trillion in unfinished spending bills and address the Trump administrat...

  • 2 months ago
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  • 2 months ago
    Current Event melaniee

    'Right to be forgotten' online might come to U.S.

    A bill in the New York State Assembly would require search engines and online publishers to remove "'inaccurate', 'irrelevant', 'inadequate', or 'excessive'" content on individuals within 30 days of a removal request. Recall, Europe's highest court ruled in favor of the "right to be forgotten" in 2014. It aimed to alleviate privacy concerns of an individual whose past financial troubles had been represented poorly online. The court...

  • 2 months ago
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    As drought sweeps Kenya, herders invade farms and old wounds are reopened

    Sitting on the edge of Kenya’s highest mountain, its spectacular dun-coloured vistas stretching out into the endless distance, Laikipia is one of the most beautiful corners of east Africa. The region received a rush of publicity in 2010 when Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton at a log cabin there. Tens of thousands of tourists now flock to parks and reserves in an area that promises rare sights including the world’s last three remaining northern white rhinoceroses.

  • 2 months ago
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    Trump Wants To Cut UN Funds More Than 50%

    President Trump’s administration has told the State Department to cut more than 50 percent of U.S. funding to United Nations programs, Foreign Policy reported. The push for the drastic reductions comes as the White House is scheduled to release its 2018 topline budget proposal Thursday, which is expected to include a 37 percent cut to the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development budgets. It's not clear if Trump's budget plan, from the Office of Management and Bu...

  • 2 months ago
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    Scientists say Trump’s border wall would devastate wildlife habitat

    Environmentalists say that turning the border fence into a continuous 40-foot concrete wall would make the bad situation for wildlife only worse.