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  • Current Event
    4 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
    4 days ago
    by Rhino1
    +6 +2

    Tor Browser gets a redesign, switches to new Firefox Quantum engine | ZDNet

    Tor Browser finally updated to use new-and-improved Firefox Quantum codebase. This includes new Photon UI.

  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by Apolatia
    +7 +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
    8 days ago
    by distant
    +22 +6

    Dalai Lama Says He Knew Of Sex Abuse By Buddhist Teachers Since 1990s

    The Dalai Lama said Saturday that he has known about sexual abuse by Buddhist teachers since the 1990s and that such allegations are "nothing new". The Tibetan spiritual leader, revered by millions of Buddhists around the world, made the admission during a four-day visit to the Netherlands, where he met on Friday with victims of sexual abuse allegedly committed by Buddhist teachers.

  • Current Event
    5 days ago
    by zyery
    +15 +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
    5 days ago
    by cone
    +14 +3

    Russia's plan for Ice Age park with living cloned woolly mammoths

    Plans are underway for a new Jurassic Park-style attraction in Russia after an official claimed woolly mammoths will return to life in the wild within a decade. The regional government in Yakutia, Siberia, is supporting scientists seeking to clone the extinct species and bring it back to life using elephants as surrogate mothers. Experts hope to use similar techniques to make cave lions and extinct horses part of a new 'Ice Age' park.

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by Pfennig88
    +17 +6

    Next financial crisis 'has begun and will be worse than 2008 crash,' economists warn

    The beginnings of another financial crisis are already in motion - and it will be worse than the global meltdown of 2008. That's the opinion of one of the select band of economists who predicted the 2008 economic collapse, which started with the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers bank a decade ago and ended up affecting every country in the world. Ann Pettifor predicted that crisis in 2006, more than two years before it actually struck.

  • Current Event
    6 days ago
    by socialiguana
    +12 +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?”

  • Current Event
    5 days ago
    by ppp
    +14 +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.

  • Current Event
    5 days ago
    by LisMan
    +12 +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
    5 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
    2 days ago
    by wetwilly87
    +10 +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
    9 days ago
    by junglman
    +29 +6

    A Peddler of Fake Reviews on TripAdvisor Gets Jail Time

    An Italian court handed down a nine-month prison sentence to a person who wrote fake hotel reviews on TripAdvisor in exchange for money from hotels aiming An Italian court has ruled that writing fake TripAdvisor reviews using a false identity is illegal and sentenced someone to nine months in prison.

  • Current Event
    6 days ago
    by 8mm
    +10 +3

    Germany urges SWIFT end to US payments dominance

    Germany’s foreign minister has reiterated calls for the EU to free itself from dependence on the US and adopting its own international payments channel is one way of doing that. But is he barking up the wrong money tree?

  • Current Event
    2 days 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
    9 days ago
    by wetwilly87
    +24 +5

    Man 'Shouting Allahu Akbar' Drives Car Into a Crowd in France

    A man has driven his car into a crowd of people outside a bar in southern France while shouting “Allahu Akbar,” according to witnesses. The suspect is believed to be a local man, aged 32, who drove his white Peugeot car towards a crowd of about 50 people around 1 am Thursday in the town of Nimes, eyewitnesses told AFP. More than one witness said that the man shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he drove. However, the car ran into crowd-control barriers crowds set up for a popular annual festival in the town.

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by darvinhg
    +16 +5

    Half the planet should be set aside for wildlife – to save ourselves

    If we want to avoid mass extinctions and preserve the ecosystems all plants and animals depend on, governments should protect a third of the oceans and land by 2030 and half by 2050, with a focus on areas of high biodiversity. So say leading biologists in an editorial in the journal Science this week.

  • Current Event
    7 days ago
    by aj0690
    +16 +3

    Mueller: Manafort used ‘Obama’s Jews’ to smear Ukrainian leader

    Paul Manafort tried to use misleading charges of antisemitism against a senior Obama administration official to pressure the former president to go soft on his Ukrainian client, Viktor Yanukovych, in 2012, according to documents released on Friday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office.

  • Current Event
    5 days ago
    by sasky
    +8 +2

    Syrian regime accidentally shoots down Russian military plane

    A Russian maritime patrol aircraft with multiple personnel on board was inadvertently shot down by Syrian regime anti-aircraft artillery on Monday after the Syrians came under attack by Israeli missiles, according to a US official with knowledge of the incident. The US official said the regime was actually trying to stop a barrage of Israeli missiles. A second official confirmed that Israel was responsible for the missile strikes on the Syrian regime.

  • Current Event
    5 days ago
    by drunkenninja
    +13 +2

    One of the world’s biggest power plant developers just gave up on coal

    Japan's Marbeni will no longer build coal power plants. Just 1,600 more plants to go.

  • Current Event
    3 days 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
    6 days ago
    by doodlegirl
    +12 +2

    Corporations Are Ready to Build Moon Villages, Our Laws Are Not

    At the 2018 International Space Development (ISDC) meeting in May, Jeff Bezos—founder of Amazon and Blue Origin—laid out his vision for human expansion into the solar system. Bezos attended the event to accept the Gerard K. O’Neill Memorial Award for Space Settlement Promotion, named for the visionary physicist who pioneered many human space exploration concepts. While there, Bezos expressed a comprehensive perspective on the future of spaceflight, including the idea that we need to “leave Earth to save it.”

  • Current Event
    6 days ago
    by ubthejudge
    +11 +2

    US imposes new $200bn tariffs on China

    The US is imposing new tariffs on $200bn (£150bn) worth of Chinese goods as it escalates its trade war with Beijing. The higher import taxes will apply to almost 6,000 items, marking the biggest round of US tariffs so far. Handbags, rice and textiles will be included, but some items expected to be targeted such as smart watches and high chairs have been excluded.

  • Current Event
    3 days 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 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.

  • Analysis
    12 days ago
    by sjvn
    +22 +6

    Trump’s Bizarre History With 9/11

    Beyond perpetuating Muslim conspiracy theories, Trump once claimed he himself pulled 9/11 victims out of rubble

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by Apolatia
    +17 +6

    Interpol rescues 85 child slaves from Sudan's streets and gold mines

    Nearly 100 human trafficking victims have been rescued in a major police operation in Sudan, including dozens of children forced to work in illegal gold mines, Interpol said on Monday. Operation Sawiyan involved 200 Sudanese police officers who rescued 94 people, including 85 minors, from criminal networks in and around the capital, Khartoum, in an Interpol-led week-long crackdown last month, the global police organisation said.

  • Current Event
    11 days ago
    by junglman
    +11 +6

    More than 100 migrants drowned off the Libyan coast and no one noticed

    Seventeen-month-old twins were among more than 100 migrants who drowned when their boat deflated off the Libyan coastline earlier this month, according to witness accounts published Tuesday by Medecins Sans Frontier. The incident only came to light after the aid agency spoke to survivors currently held in detention.

  • Current Event
    11 days ago
    by ckshenn
    +43 +6

    EU parliament votes for internet rules that could 'ban memes'

    The EU parliament has approved new copyright rules that campaigners have warned could be "catastrophic" for the internet. MEPs voted for the controversial rules, known as article 11 and 13. The most criticised of those is the latter, which stipulates that technology platforms must filter the things people post on them, and check for copyright infringement.

  • Current Event
    10 days ago
    by messi
    +12 +4

    Spain will go ahead with sale of 400 bombs to Saudi Arabia

    Spain will go ahead with the sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on Thursday, after the deal was halted amid concerns over the Saudi role in the war in Yemen. “The decision is that these bombs will be delivered to honor a contract that comes from 2015, and was made by the previous government,” Borrell told Onda Cero radio.

  • Current Event
    8 days ago
    by zyery
    +17 +3

    Protesters were removed from a 12,000-year-old forest where a coal mine will be built

    German police began to remove protesters on Thursday who have been living in tree houses for the past six years in the ancient Hambach Forest, located in the western part of the country. German utility company RWE is seeking to expand mining operations in the 12,000-year-old forest, and protesters have been camping out in an effort to save what is left. “This year’s clearing measures are necessary to maintain opencast mining operations and coal extraction over the next two years,” RWE said in a statement, noting that no agreement was reached with the protesters following negotiations that took place on Monday.

  • Current Event
    6 days ago
    by Appaloosa
    +14 +2

    Anne Hathaway denounces white privilege in award speech

    Idiot.

  • Analysis
    3 days 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
    3 days ago
    by Apolatia
    +6 +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
    12 days ago
    by gotivAa
    +16 +6

    Nepal cracks down on lucrative helicopter rescue scams

    Climbers forced to abandon ascents at first sign of illness to be flown to private hospitals.