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  • Analysis
    12 days ago
    by mariogi
    +20 +5

    Medieval Board Game Unearthed in Secret Castle Chamber

    Last month, Russian archaeologists found a secret chamber inside a medieval castle. While exploring this previously unknown area, the archaeologists discovered a clay brick with tracings of what appears to be a medieval board game.

  • Current Event
    11 days ago
    by ubthejudge
    +11 +4

    Alibaba's New Boss: The Finance Vet Who Quietly Shook Things Up

    Jack Ma will step down as executive chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in 2019, handing the reins to Daniel Zhang, who became chief executive officer barely three years ago. The company’s stock has risen 87 percent over his tenure and Alibaba now has a market value of about $420 billion, eclipsing

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by geoleo
    +29 +3

    How Facebook 'became a beast' in Myanmar

    Decades of ethnic and religious tensions, a sudden explosion of internet access, and a company that had trouble identifying and removing the most hateful posts. It all added up to a perfect storm in Myanmar, where the United Nations says Facebook had a "determining role" in whipping up anger against the Rohingya minority. "I'm afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast, and not what it originally intended," Yanghee Lee, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said in March .

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by rawlings
    +14 +3

    Google fights worldwide 'right to be forgotten' in EU court

    Google clashed with France in a top European Union court on Tuesday (Sept 11), arguing that it feared for freedom of speech if forced to apply Europe's "right to be forgotten" principle worldwide. "The court is hearing a wide range of testimonies today, which is highly unusual for a case like this," said a legal source at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, on condition of anonymity.

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by rexall
    +16 +3

    Vietnam asks residents not to eat dog meat

    Officials in Vietnam's capital Hanoi are urging residents to stop eating dog meat as it could hurt the city's reputation and lead to diseases like rabies. The Hanoi People's Committee said the practice could tarnish the city's image as a "civilised and modern capital". The city office added that consuming the meat could lead to the spread of diseases like rabies and leptospirosis.

  • Current Event
    7 days ago
    by robmonk
    +14 +2

    Thousands evacuated in the Philippines ahead of super typhoon Mangkhut

    A super typhoon roared toward the Philippines on Thursday (Sept 13), prompting thousands to evacuate ahead of its heavy rains and fierce winds that are set to strike at the weekend before moving on to China. Typhoon Mangkhut, which has already blasted through the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam, is speeding across the Pacific with winds that can gust as high as 255km per hour. Authorities said some 10 million people in the Philippines are in the storm’s path, not including millions more in heavily-populated coastal China.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by sasky
    +5 +1

    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.

  • Analysis
    2 weeks ago
    by paddystacks
    +29 +8

    Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks

    The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London recently published scans of two of the Leonardo da Vinci notebooks so website visitors can digitally zoom and flip through the drawings and musings of the Italian Renaissance painter, architect, inventor, and sculptor. Jumbled together in the delicate journals are thoughts on both science and art—detailed charts and speculations contained on the same pages as observational sketches of hats or horse hooves.

  • Analysis
    2 weeks ago
    by aj0690
    +33 +7

    Genoa Bridge Collapse: The Road to Tragedy

    The New York Times has reconstructed how the disaster happened, from beginning to end.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by bradd
    +25 +6

    Morning, Kepler! NASA's Planet-Hunting Spacecraft Wakes Up Again

    The Kepler roller-coaster ride continues. NASA's low-on-fuel Kepler space telescope, which has discovered more than 2,650 alien planets to date, has awoken from yet another slumber and begun making science observations again, agency officials announced today (Sept. 5). The $600 million Kepler mission launched in March 2009, tasked with determining how common Earth-like planets are around the galaxy. The spacecraft initially studied more than 150,000 stars simultaneously, looking for tiny brightness dips caused by the passage of orbiting planets across these stars' faces. [Gallery: A World of Kepler Planets]

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by Mai
    +14 +6

    Boycott Eurovision Song Contest hosted by Israel | Letters

    Letters: Artists from Europe and beyond support the appeal from Palestinian artists to boycott the contest next year

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

    China Is Detaining Muslims in Vast Numbers. The Goal: ‘Transformation.’

    On the edge of a desert in far western China, an imposing building sits behind a fence topped with barbed wire. Large red characters on the facade urge people to learn Chinese, study law and acquire job skills. Guards make clear that visitors are not welcome. Inside, hundreds of ethnic Uighur Muslims spend their days in a high-pressure indoctrination program, where they are forced to listen to lectures, sing hymns praising the Chinese Communist Party and write “self-criticism” essays, according to detainees who have been released.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by aj0690
    +23 +4

    Wikipedia seeks photos of 20 million artifacts lost in Brazilian museum fire

    Wikipedia is fighting to preserve the memories of the 20 million artifacts lost in Sunday's Brazilian museum fire. The Museu Nacional in Rio -- one of the largest museums in the Americas -- was consumed by fire and irreplaceable objects like the oldest human fossil found in Brazil and a 5.5-ton meteorite found in 1784 are believed to have been lost.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by zritic
    +17 +4

    Florence intensifies, expected to become 'an extremely dangerous' hurricane targeting the US

    Florence, the tropical storm churning in the Atlantic Ocean since late last week, is expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane by Monday en route to the southeastern U.S. coast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Sunday. The NOAA said that Florence currently has maximum sustained winds to near 75 miles per hour with strong gusts, and is likely to remain "an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday," when it is expected to make landfall in the U.S.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by zritic
    +12 +4

    Russia says U.S. dropped phosphorus bombs over Syria's Deir al-Zor

    Russia's military said on Sunday that two US F-15 fighter jets had dropped phosphorus bombs over Syria's Deir al-Zor province on Saturday, the TASS and RIA news agencies reported. The air strikes targeted the village of Hadjin and resulted in fires, but there was no information about casualties, the Russian military said.

  • Current Event
    10 days ago
    by messi
    +29 +3

    Russian trolls' tweets cited in more than 100 UK news articles

    UK news organisations have cited tweets from Russian trolls more than 100 times, a Guardian investigation has found, in stories about topics including Donald Trump, Donald Glover and Lena Dunham. In June the US Congress released details of 1,000 accounts that Twitter believes were run by the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a state-backed misinformation operation based in St Petersburg, adding to more than 2,000 accounts the company had already identified.

  • Current Event
    10 days ago
    by grandsalami
    +11 +3

    Could the ban on killing whales end?

    Few conservation issues generate as emotional a response as whaling. Are we now about to see countries killing whales for profit again? Commercial whaling has been effectively banned for more than 30 years, after some whales were driven almost to extinction. But the International Whaling Committee (IWC) is currently meeting in Brazil and next week will give its verdict on a proposal from Japan to end the ban.

  • Current Event
    10 days ago
    by rexall
    +19 +3

    'Ground-breaking' diabetes insulin drug

    A "ground-breaking" drug that helps people with diabetes re-grow insulin-making cells has been developed. About 19,000 people live with Type 1 of the condition in Wales and 90% have less than 5% of these cells left. This means they have to inject insulin but it is hoped the new drug will mean patients may not have to in the future. The trials are being conducted by researchers at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and two people have already been given the drug.

  • Current Event
    8 days ago
    by jerkyll
    +14 +2

    Hundreds of Roman gold coins found in basement of old theater

    Archaeologists are studying a valuable trove of old Roman coins found on the site of a former theater in northern Italy.

  • Current Event
    8 days ago
    by aj0690
    +17 +2

    Financial crisis hit millennials hardest, IFS says

    Earnings for UK workers are still lower than they were in 2008, having failed to recover in the 10 years since the financial crisis and millennials are the hardest hit, according to figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies. GDP is just 11 per cent higher than it was was at the peak of the crisis, meaning the economy is 16 per cent, or £300bn, smaller than it would have been based on pre-crisis trends. The “most direct effect of this has been to hit workers’ pay packets”, the IFS said.

  • Current Event
    8 days ago
    by 66bnats
    +18 +2

    France admits systematic torture during Algeria war for first time

    Emmanuel Macron also recognises role of state in 1957 death of dissident Maurice Audin

  • Current Event
    7 days ago
    by geoleo
    +20 +2

    SpaceX says it will send someone around the Moon on its future monster rocket

    SpaceX has signed its first customer to fly on the company’s huge new rocket, the BFR, the company says. The passenger will fly on the monster ship around the Moon, though there are no details yet regarding when the trip will happen. SpaceX says it will announce who is flying — and why — on Monday, September 17th. The BFR, or the Big Falcon Rocket, is the giant rocket that SpaceX is currently developing to send humans to the Moon and Mars. The BFR design, presentated by CEO Elon Musk last year, consists of a combined rocket and spaceship, called the BFS for Big Falcon Spaceship.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by TNY
    +22 +6

    Quarter of world's population 'not active enough to stay healthy'

    There is an urgent need to get people moving, according to research by the World Health Organisation which warns that a quarter of the global population, and more in wealthy countries, are becoming less and less active, damaging their physical and mental health. Around 1.4 billion adults are not physically active enough to stay healthy, says the research. One in three women and one in four men do not take enough exercise or move about enough, too often sitting at desks all day at work, in front of the TV in the evening and travelling by car.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by junglman
    +24 +6

    Man claims he’s found missing flight MH370 on Google Maps

    A man has sensationally claimed to have found the wreckage of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Google Maps. Ian Wilson believes a blurry outline of an aircraft spotted in the Cambodian jungle is in fact the same plane that went missing four and a half years ago. The missing MH370 is one of the biggest aviation mysteries and has dumbfounded investigators ever since it vanished.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by ckshenn
    +15 +4

    Russia Threatens To Attack Key U.S. Outpost In Southern Syria

    Russia has reportedly told the U.S. government at least twice in recent days that it is ready to support a Syrian government offensive into an area near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders where American-backed opposition forces are presently in control. The threats come as the United States, among others, has warned the Kremlin and Syria’s dictator Bashar Al Assad against kicking off a major offensive into the rebel-held Idlib region further to the northwest. CNN was first to report on the growing tensions over the border garrison, situated near the city of At Tanf.

  • Analysis
    2 weeks ago
    by junglman
    +26 +4

    Blood and Oil

    Mexico’s drug cartels are moving into the gasoline industry — infiltrating the national oil company, selling stolen fuel on the black market and engaging in open war with the military.

  • Current Event
    13 days ago
    by grandsalami
    +18 +4

    Trump says good relations with Japan 'will end when I tell them how much they have to pay:' WSJ

    U.S. President Donald Trump has suggested to The Wall Street Journal that he will take on Japan next in his fight to cut trade deficits with U.S. trading partners, according to a column carried on the paper's online edition Thursday. Citing a phone call he received from Trump, James Freeman, a columnist for the paper, wrote that the president "described his good relations with the Japanese leadership, but then added: 'Of course that will end as soon as I tell them how much they have to pay.'

  • Current Event
    13 days ago
    by jedlicka
    +20 +4

    Egypt Court Sentences 75 to Death Over Deadly 2013 Protests

    An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 75 people to death, including leaders of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, for their involvement in a 2013 sit-in protest in Cairo that spiraled into violence and resulted in the death of hundreds of demonstrators by security forces. Cairo Criminal Court was considering the case of 739 people facing charges ranging from killing police officers, incitement to violence and damaging property during the 2013 violence in Rabaa al-Adawiya, a square in Cairo. Forty-seven people, including the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, were sentenced to life in prison.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by zobo
    +16 +3

    Exploding ‘Whalegrenade’ harpoons take up to 20 minutes to kill whales, Norwegian data reveals

    Whales shot with modern explosive devices often take several minutes to die, and can take as long as 25 minutes, according to official Norwegian data. Figures submitted by Norway to the International Whaling Commission ahead of its meeting in Brazil show around a fifth of the whales shot with their harpoons take a prolonged time to die.

  • Analysis
    3 weeks ago
    by iamsanchez
    +44 +9

    EU to recommend that member states abolish daylight saving time

    Move follows poll finding that more than 80% of Europeans are against changing clocks

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by rexall
    +19 +7

    Bangkok is slowly flooding itself

    With in less than 15 years more than one third of Bangkok will be inundated, because of extreme rainfalls and changes in weather patterns, according to a World Bank report. Tara Buakamrsi of Greenpeace said, that Bangkok is sinking each year between half and one inch.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by aj0690
    +18 +6

    Study of Portuguese and Spanish explodes as China expands role in Latin America

    Thousands more Chinese students are taking up Latin American languages with an eye to improved employability. When Zhang Fangming started learning Portuguese, it was with an eye to becoming a top Chinese diplomat in Brazil. For Sun Jianglin, a Portuguese degree was about landing a job, but also a deeper knowledge of Brazilian music. “Bossa nova!” the 19-year-old undergraduate cooed. “I really like this kind-of-close-to-jazz music!”

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by everlost
    +22 +7

    World’s Largest Ocean Cleanup System Is Finally Ready to Launch

    Since 2015, we've been following the story of Boyan Slat, a young inventor who set out to fight against the world's plastic pollution problem. At only 20 years old, he developed an invention aimed at tackling the world's largest patch of garbage, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This vortex of trash, located between California and Hawaii, covers 600,000 square miles of ocean and is responsible for countless animal deaths.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by lostwonder
    +36 +7

    Fire ravages 200-year-old Brazil museum

    One of Latin America's largest natural history museums, in Rio de Janeiro, is hit by a huge blaze.

  • Analysis
    2 weeks ago
    by TNY
    +27 +6

    Modi’s Cash Crackdown Failed, Indian Bank Data Shows

    The prime minister’s surprise decision in 2016 to scrap old paper currency did not deter criminals, who found ways to exchange the bills.