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  • 11 hours ago
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    In pictures: ISIS takes control of its first city in the Philippines

    Overnight, heavy clashes erupted in the predominately Sunni city of Marawi in the southern Philippines after security forces and ISIS sleeper cells battled it out for hours on end. 2 soldiers and 1 police officer were killed in the initial skirmishes although no civilians were injured by crossfire, a military source told Al-Masdar News. Subsequently, the Philippine Army withdrew from most of the city on Tuesday morning, thereby making it the first city in southeast Asia to come under Islamic Sta...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    UK killer whale died with extreme levels of toxic pollutants

    One of the highest concentrations of toxic pollutants ever recorded in a marine mammal has been revealed in a Scottish killer whale that died in 2016. The adult whale, known as Lulu, was a member of the UK’s last resident pod and a postmortem also showed she had never produced a calf. The pollutants, called PCBs, are known to cause infertility and these latest findings add to strong evidence that the pod is doomed to extinction.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    21,000 AT&T workers poised for Monday strike

    About 21,000 AT&T Wireless workers could walk off the job as soon as Monday, WZVN reports. The Communications Workers of America union gave the company 72-hours notice Friday of a possible walk out. CWA members have been working on a rolling extension of their previous labor contract since early February. They have yet to strike a deal with AT&T.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Minister gifts 700 brides wooden bats; to be used on husbands if they turn alcoholic

    What would you generally gift a newly-married couple? A Madhya Pradesh minister decided on an unusual present – a ‘mogri’ or a wooden bat – for nearly 700 brides at a mass marriage ceremony. While the mogri is traditionally used to wash clothes, the minister has advised the brides to use it on their husbands if they turn alcoholic or harass them and refuse to mend their ways.

  • 1 month ago
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    Air pollution plan cannot be delayed, high court tells government

    The government has been ordered to publish tough new plans to tackle air pollution after the high court rejected attempts by ministers to keep the policy under wraps until after the general election. In the latest defeat for ministers over their continued failure to tackle the UK’s air pollution crisis, which is believed to be responsible for 40,000 premature deaths a year,, Mr Justice Garnham said the secretary of state, Andrea Leadsom, was in breach of a court order to take action in the sho...

  • 1 month ago
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    Leader of Le Pen's National Front party quits over gas chamber comments

    The leader of French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's National Front party resigned Friday over comments denying Nazi gas chambers in World War II. Le Pen stepped down from her position on Monday as chair of the right-wing party to concentrate on the May 7 runoff election against centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron. Jean-Francois Jalkh was appointed to replace her as party chief, but he turned down the role, party spokesman Louis Aliot said Friday.

  • 1 month ago
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    Roseanne Might Be the Next Show to Return From the Dead

    Who's ready to return to Lanford? Two decades after going off the air, multiple reports point to an eight-episode revival of the classic blue-collar comedy Roseanne is in the works with the all the key players attached to reprise their roles. Yes, even John Goodman, despite the last-minute reveal in the original series finale that he'd actually died a season earlier.

  • 1 month ago
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    Writers Guild Members Vote for Strike Authorization With 96% Support

    More than 96% of the voting members of the Writers Guild of America have authorized a strike against production companies. The WGA released the results Monday, a day ahead of the resumption of contract negotiations on a master contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. A work stoppage could start as early as May 2, after the current three-year master contract has expired.

  • 1 month ago
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    Lebanese Army Just Killed An ISIS ‘Prince’ And Arrested Another 10 Terrorists

    The Lebanese Army killed a Daesh (ISIS) emir (or prince) and arrested another 10 terrorists during a stealth operation in Arsal, Lebanon according to the Daily Star. The Lebanese Army confirmed the operation which killed Hasan al-Mallees, a Syrian Daesh emir who had taken part in the 2014 clashes with the Lebanese Army in Arsal. The army also ID’ed the ten “dangerous terrorists” as Syrians Syrians Fawzi al-Sahli, Alaaeddine Al-Halabi, Ahmad Miman, Abdullah Hesian and Mohammad al-Sahli.

  • 1 month ago
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    Elon Musk's dreams of merging AI and brains are likely to remain just that — for at least a decade

    Elon Musk wants to fix disability, replace language as we know it, and use brain implants to usher us into a telepathic world. And he wants the first part of this to be done in the next four years. All of this could theoretically work, experts say. But probably not on the timeline that Musk has set.

  • 1 month ago
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    Amazon opens up Alexa’s microphone and voice processing technology to hardware makers

    Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa might show up in a lot of new devices soon. That’s because the online retail giant has decided to open up what amounts to Alexa’s ears, her 7-Mic Voice Processing Technology, to third party hardware makers who want to build the digital brain into their devices. The new development kit also includes access to Amazon’s proprietary software for wake word recognition, beamforming, noise reduction, and echo cancellation as well as reference client software for...

  • 1 month ago
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    Norway police neutralize explosive device, arrest suspect

    Norway's police have defused an explosive device found near a busy subway station in the capital and arrested a suspect. The discovery of the explosive Saturday night brought police to evacuate late night bars and restaurants. Police Chief Vidar Pedersen confirmed that the device, initially described as "bomb-like," was an explosive. The police Twitter account said it had been defused or neutralized.

  • 1 month ago
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    Our Brains Instantly Make Two Copies of Each Memory

    For decades, we’ve thought that memories were formed in two distinct stages—short-term first, then long-term later. We might be wrong. New research suggests that our brains make two copies of each memory in the moment they are formed. One is filed away in the hippocampus, the center of short-term memories, while the other is stored in cortex, where our long-term memories reside.

  • 1 month ago
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    Federal judge blocks Indiana abortion ultrasound mandate

    A federal judge has blocked an Indiana mandate forcing women to undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before having an abortion, ruling that the requirement is likely unconstitutional and creates “clearly undue” burdens on women, particularly low-income women. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt’s ruling, issued late Friday, grants a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the ultrasound waiting period. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and the...

  • 1 month ago
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    Woman who circumcised her 4-year-old son is charged with child abuse

    An Eritrean asylum seeker in Israel is facing a charge of child abuse and 14 years behind bars after she performed a circumcision on her four-year-old son. The unnamed woman, who works as a hotel cleaner and has been in Israel for over a decade, carried out the circumcision at her home in March 2016 and did not use the traditional instruments used in Jewish rituals.

  • 1 month ago
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    Iran rejects U.S. terror claim by Mattis, blames Saudi

    Iran rejected an allegation by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis that it was "the primary exporter of terrorism" and said on Saturday that the main source was U.S. ally Saudi Arabia. "Some countries led by America are determined to ignore the main source of Takfiri-Wahhabi terrorism and extremism," foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted by Iran's state news agency IRNA as saying.

  • 1 month ago
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    This teacher raised enough money to buy new bikes for each student in her school

    Students jumped with joy, hugged one another and squealed with delight as teachers at their South Carolina elementary school revealed hundreds of custom-made bicycles beneath parachutes normally used for P.E. class. The new set of wheels Thursday came courtesy of first-grade teacher Katie Blomquist. "I made a really conscious effort to watch their faces and let it soak in and imprint in my brain when those tarps went up," she told TODAY. "It was that moment I've been waiting ...

  • 1 month ago
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    Ahead of New Protests, Russia Starts Blocking Web Pages

    A man shouts anti-government slogans in downtown Moscow on March 26, 2017. AP Photo / Andrew Lubimov. With Russia’s opposition leader in jail for disobeying police at last Sunday’s anti-corruption protest in Moscow, the country is set for more nationwide demonstrations this weekend. And Russia’s General Prosecutor ain’t having it.

  • 1 month ago
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    Anarchist Cookbook author William Powell dies aged 66

    The author of one of the most notorious books of the last century died of a heart attack – six months ago. William Powell’s The Anarchist Cookbook was used by Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh in 1995 and the Columbine high school killers in 1999. His death has become public after it was noted in the closing credits of a new documentary about his life. The writer suffered a fatal heart attack while on holiday with his family in Nova Scotia on 11 July, at the age of 66. Though news of his death...