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  • Current Event
    3 hours ago
    by StarFlower
    +4 +1

    Hackers Steal $59 Million In Cryptocurrency From Japanese Exchange

    Hackers stole an estimated $59 million from a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange called Zaif, according to a statement released by the owners of the exchange.

  • Analysis
    19 hours ago
    by aj0690
    +18 +4

    Spiders Have Exploded Over This Greek Town, Coating Everything in a 1,000-Foot Web

    If you aren't fond of spiders, this scene will sound like a nightmare. A 300-metre-long (1,000-foot) field of spiderweb has sprung up in western Greece in the town of Aitoliko.

  • Current Event
    14 hours ago
    by canuck
    +8 +2

    Revealed: Russia’s secret plan to help Julian Assange escape from UK

    Russian diplomats held secret talks in London last year with people close to Julian Assange to assess whether they could help him flee the UK, the Guardian has learned. A tentative plan was devised that would have seen the WikiLeaks founder smuggled out of Ecuador’s London embassy in a diplomatic vehicle and transported to another country. One ultimate destination, multiple sources have said, was Russia, where Assange would not be at risk of extradition to the US. The plan was abandoned after it was deemed too risky.

  • Current Event
    19 hours ago
    by mariogi
    +10 +3

    Twitch is reportedly blocked in China

    It recently surged in popularity as eSports fans in the country sought coverage of the Asian Games.

  • Current Event
    16 hours ago
    by gottlieb
    +9 +2

    The First Earthlings Around the Moon Were Two Soviet Tortoises

    Anders. Borman. Lovell. The names of the first three humans to journey around the moon will echo throughout eternity. But these brave Apollo 8 astronauts were actually not the first earthlings to complete the voyage. Two tortoises beat NASA to the moon by a matter of months. Fifty years ago today, on September 18, 1968, the Soviet Union’s Zond 5 spacecraft circled the moon, ferrying the first living creatures known to have orbited another world. On board were two Russian steppe tortoises along with some worms, flies and seeds.

  • Current Event
    9 hours ago
    by Apolatia
    +4 +1

    Breaking News: Taiwan police arrests American...

    Police arrested American 3D-printed gun advocate Cody Wilson in Taipei City’s Wanhua District Friday evening, just a day after it became known he was wanted in Texas for paying a 16-year-old girl for sex, the Apple Daily reported. His arrest and expected transfer, first to the Criminal Investigation Bureau and later to the National Immigration Agency, brings to a quick close a case which had police hurrying to check out his movements since his arrival in Taiwan on September 6.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by jackthetripper
    +10 +2

    UN says coca cultivation hit new high in Colombia last year

    Colombia’s acreage of coca, the raw material for cocaine, expanded 17 percent to hit a new record last year, the United Nations said on Wednesday, as the government mulls whether to restart aerial fumigation with the herbicide glyphosate. The total area of the Andean nation under coca cultivation increased to 171,000 hectares (422,550 acres) by the end of 2017, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, due to increased productivity and growers eager to expand in the hope of getting more aid to switch to legal crops.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by zyery
    +11 +5

    Marine Le Pen ordered to submit to psychiatric evaluation over execution tweets

    A French court ordered Marine Le Pen to submit to a psychiatric evaluation as part of its investigation into her decision to post images of Islamic State executions on Twitter, the far right leader said on Thursday and denounced the order. The investigation is one of a series that have distracted Le Pen's National Rally, formerly known as the National Front, as it seeks to rebuild after her loss to President Emmanuel Macron in the second round of an election last year.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by ckshenn
    +10 +3

    Passengers hurt after India pilot 'blunder'

    More than 30 Indian passengers, some bleeding from their noses and ears, have received treatment after pilots "forgot" to turn on a switch regulating cabin pressure, officials said. Jet Airways flight 9W 697 from Mumbai to Jaipur turned back shortly after take off. Videos tweeted by passengers aboard the plane showed oxygen masks deployed inside the aircraft. The Boeing 737, which was carrying 166 passengers, landed safely.

  • Current Event
    17 hours ago
    by wetwilly87
    +7 +1

    Israel declares it is above the law

    Israel’s critics often describe the country as being above the law, but until now this has never been brazenly declared by its government. Documents published this week shows a legal representative of the Israeli government audaciously claiming that Israel can “legislate anywhere in the world,” that it is “entitled to violate the sovereignty of foreign countries,” and that it “is allowed to ignore the directives of international law in any field it desires”.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by doodlegirl
    +7 +2

    Group of 58,000 Science Teachers Issues No-Bullshit Position on Climate Change

    Fossil fuel interest groups will continue debating the reality of human-caused climate change until the seas swallow us all, but among scientists the matter is settled. Last week, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) put out a position statement affirming as much and telling the naysayers to piss off.

  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by geoleo
    +18 +3

    North and South Korea commit to 'era of no war'

    Seoul, South Korea (CNN)North Korea said it would close a key missile test facility in the presence of "international experts" and potentially destroy its primary nuclear complex if the United States agrees to corresponding measures, South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced in a joint press conference with Kim Jong Un Wednesday. The two leaders made the announcement on the second day of a three-day summit, their third this year, as part of efforts with the United States to contain the threat of war on the Korean Peninsula.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by 66bnats
    +32 +9

    'So shocked': customer wins bookshop in raffle

    Owner avoids having to close Bookends in Cardigan by raffling it off to customers who spent more than £20

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by timex
    +3 +1

    Brexit was sold by 'liars' and Britain's exit plan is unworkable, UK told

    If Theresa May hoped that a two-day summit with European leaders in the birthplace of Mozart would bring harmony to the fraught Brexit process, she will have left sorely disappointed. A lavish dinner in the opulent setting of the Felsenreitschul theater in Salzburg on Wednesday evening failed to smooth the way. By Thursday, there wasn't much left but bitterness and rancour. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, said key aspects of Brexit proposals presented by May "will not work" in their current form.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by Apolatia
    +30 +6

    Germany launches world's first hydrogen-powered train

    Two trains built by the French train maker Alstom are now operating on a 62 mile stretch of line in northern Germany

  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by everlost
    +14 +2

    'Wild West' Bitcoin 'should be regulated'

    Bitcoin and other digital currencies are a "Wild West industry" and need to be regulated to protect investors, a committee of MPs has urged. Problems include volatile prices, minimal consumer protection and risks of hacking and money-laundering, says the Treasury Committee. The committee said there were no well-functioning crypto-currencies and preferred to call them "crypto-assets". It urged City watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority to supervise them.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by hxxp
    +3 +1

    Tokyo Wants to End LGBT Discrimination by 2020 Olympics

    Tokyo, and Japan in general, has been making major strides in making the city a more LGBT-inclusive place with various programs including housing, government programs, and even marriage in certain districts. Now, the city is hoping that the city will be free of LGBT discrimination by the 2020 Olympics with a new ordinance. The city’s government introduced the piece of legislation on September 19 that includes measures to end discrimination.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by 8mm
    +8 +3

    19 dead, 14 hospitalised from suspected alcohol poisoning in Malaysia

    Up to 19 men have died and 14 hospitalised since Monday night (Sept 17) from suspected poisoning after having consumed alcoholic drinks, said Malaysian police. According to the Health Ministry, the total number of cases involving methanol poisoning rose to 51, comprising 45 cases in Selangor, and six in Kuala Lumpur. Selangor chief police officer Mazlan Mansor said on Tuesday that the dead men comprised Malaysians as well as foreign nationals. They were believed to have consumed two brands of whiskey and a brand of beer, police said in a statement.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by ckshenn
    +15 +4

    Trump accuses China of using trade to target election, threatens...

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened further retaliation against China if Beijing targets U.S. agricultural or industrial workers amid a trade dispute, and accused China of trying to sway the U.S. election by targeting farmers. Trump made the accusations in a pair of Twitter posts as the two sides launched new trade tariffs in an escalating trade dispute. Beijing said it would retaliate with tariffs against $60 billion worth of American products after Trump on Monday imposed 10 percent tariffs on about $200 billion worth of imports from China.

  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by canuck
    +26 +6

    SpaceX to Unveil 1st Passenger for Private BFR Rocket Moon Trip Tonight! How to Watch.

    It's going to be a big night for space tourism. The private spaceflight company SpaceX will reveal its first passenger for a trip around the moon on the company's massive BFR rocket and you can watch it all live online. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has even dropped tantalizing previews of the BFR's new rocket design on Twitter.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by everlost
    +8 +3

    N and S Korea hail new era after talks

    Kim Jong-un has agreed to shut down one of North Korea's main missile testing and launching sites, says South Korea's President Moon Jae-in. After meeting in Pyongyang, the two leaders "agreed on a way to achieve denuclearisation," said Mr Moon. The agreement was described by Mr Kim as a "leap forward" towards military peace on the peninsula. Mr Kim also said he hoped to "visit Seoul in the near future" - he would be the first North Korean leader to do so.

  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by Pfennig88
    +7 +2

    Iraq sentences senior ISIS leader to death

    A court in Baghdad sentenced to death a senior Islamic State figure and former deputy to its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Ismail Alwaan al-Ithawi was sentenced on Wednesday, September 19 to death by hanging, said Judge Abdul Sattar Birkdar, spokesperson for the Supreme Judicial council. Ithawi, who went by the kunya, or nom de guerre, Abu Zeid al-Iraqi is an Iraqi national in charge of ISIS’s religious rulings and education curriculum, and sat on an important leadership committee.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by messi
    +6 +1

    Maxim’s to stop serving shark fin by 2020

    Bowing to pressure from wildlife groups and after the Post revealed how shark fin was still being offered on under-the-counter menu, popular restaurant chain vows to halt sales by January 1, 2020.

  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by maelstorm
    +31 +6

    EU to stop changing the clocks in 2019

    The EU is doing away with the twice-yearly clock changes and has given member states until April to decide if they will remain on summer or winter time. But there are fears Europe is heading for time-zone chaos.

  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by ppp
    +10 +4

    SpaceX will take a Japanese billionaire on a trip around the Moon

    SpaceX revealed Monday that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be its first space tourist. Maezawa has chartered a flight aboard the company's Big Falcon Rocket, which is still being developed, for a slingshot trip around the Moon as soon as 2023. He's planning to take six to eight artists with him on the mission free of charge.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by TNY
    +9 +1

    Kenyan girls forced into sex in exchange for sanitary products

    Girls in Kenya are forced to have in sex in exchange for sanitary products due to the prevalence of period poverty and the shame, stigma and public health misinformation which surrounds menstruation. New exclusive research by Unicef found 65 per cent of females in the Kibera slum – an area of the capital of Nairobi which is the largest urban slum in Africa – had traded sex for sanitary pads. The humanitarian charity found 10 per cent of young adolescent girls admitted to having transactional sex for pads in western Kenya.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by zyery
    +14 +3

    Russia blames Israel after plane shot down

    Russia has said Syria shot down one of its military planes - but laid the blame for the deaths of the 15 personnel on board with Israel. The defence ministry said Israeli jets put the Il-20 plane into the path of Syrian air defence systems on Monday after failing to give Moscow enough warning of a strike on Syrian targets.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by Apolatia
    +5 +1

    House of Commons unanimously votes to call Myanmar Rohingya killings a genocide

    In a rare show of unanimity, MPs on Thursday agreed to call the campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya in Myanmar an act of genocide. Liberal MP Andrew Leslie, who is parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs, rose following question period to present a motion asking for unanimous consent among MPs from all parties to recognize as a genocide the killings, which began last summer, and to call for the generals and leaders responsible to be prosecuted for the crime under international law.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by LisMan
    +11 +2

    Docs Show Shakespeare's Father Had Legal and Financial Trouble Throughout the Bard's Teen Years

    Twenty-one documents found in the U.K.'s National Archives add context to the Bard's feelings toward power and monarchy

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by LisMan
    +10 +2

    Freddie Oversteegen, Teenage Resistance Fighter Who Assassinated Nazis, Has Died at 92

    Oversteegen and two other young women used their unassuming charms to ensnare Nazi collaborators

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by LisMan
    +18 +2

    Poland suspended from EU judicial organization

    Warsaw’s changes to the judicial system prompt a reaction from one of the EU’s leading legal bodies.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by ppp
    +12 +2

    The US-Led Global War on Terrorism Has Succeeded... In Creating More Global Terrorism

    In the 17 years since the events of Sept. 11 2001, after which the United States declared a "global war on terror," there has not been a terrorist attack of similar size or magnitude on American soil. However, according to findings in a new congressionally mandated report by the United States Institute of Peace—authored by members of a federal task force focused on extremism—nations around the world have suffered a five-fold increase in terrorist attacks following the post-9/11 policies unleashed by the U.S. and its allies.

  • Unspecified
    3 days ago
    by TNY
    +7 +2

    The Latest: Koreas agree to seek to co-host 2032 Olympics

    A joint statement says the two Koreas agreed to establish buffer zones along their land and sea borders to reduce military tensions and prevent accidental clashes. The statement signed by the countries’ defense chiefs also says the Koreas agreed to withdraw 11 guard posts from the Demilitarized Zone by December with the aim of removing them eventually.

  • Analysis
    1 day ago
    by Rhino1
    +2 +1

    Scientists Gave MDMA to Octopuses—and What Happened Was Profound

    When humans take the drug MDMA, versions of which are known as molly or ecstasy, they commonly feel very happy, extraverted, and particularly interested in physical touch. A group of scientists recently wondered whether this drug might have a similar effect on other species—specifically, octopuses, which are seemingly as different from humans as an animal can be. The results of their experiment, in which seven octopuses took MDMA, were “unbelievable.”

  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by socialiguana
    +11 +3

    Pakistani prime minister to grant citizenship to 1.5 million Afghan refugees

    Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a surprise announcement that he would grant citizenship to the roughly 1.5 million Afghan refugees who were born in Pakistan. Khan made the pledge during a public event in Karachi on Sunday, The Guardian reported. “Afghans whose children have been raised and born in Pakistan will be granted citizenship inshallah (God willing) because this is the established practice in countries around the world,” Khan said. “They are humans. How come we have deprived them and have not arranged for offering them national identification card and passport for 30 years, 40 years?”