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In Message to Trump, Europe and Mexico Announce Trade Pact

WASHINGTON — The European Union and Mexico on Saturday announced a major update to their existing free trade pact signed nearly two decades ago, a development that will allow almost all goods, including agricultural products, to move between Europe and Mexico duty-free.<p>The deal, which has yet to be …

Globalization

Natalie Portman Is Biggest Canary In Israel’s Coal Mine

Natalie Portman’s decision to withdraw from the Jerusalem ceremony to mark her acceptance of the $2 million Genesis Prize is, not to put too fine a …

Israel

Hindu Nationalists Are Boycotting Amazon For Signing Up An Actress Who Spoke Out Against Child Rape

I can't believe I'm writing this headline but this is what things have come to.<p>The girl, Asifa Bano, belonged to the Bakarwal community, a nomadic pastoral tribe who are primarily Sunni Muslims. Her alleged rapists and murderers were right-wing Hindus — a fact that has pitted India’s nationalist …

India

Could intelligent life have existed on Earth millions of years before humans?

Reptilian menaces called Silurians evolved on Earth before humankind — at least in the “Doctor Who” rendition of the universe. But, science fiction aside, how would we know if some advanced civilization existed on our home planet millions of years before brainy humans showed up?<p>This is a serious …

Natural Gas

DWP sent Windrush pensioner £33,000 bill for disability benefits

A Windrush pensioner who has lived in Britain for 62 years was landed with a bill of more than £33,000 from the government for past disability …

What a surprise that two Arab women were kicked off My Kitchen Rules

“Reality” television has done it again. This week, Australian Twitter ignited with outrage after My Kitchen Rules contestants Sonya and Hadil, known …

Indian dad ‘gives his daughter to friends as a ‘gift’ and joins them in gang-raping her in horror 18-hour attack’

A TWISTED dad gave his daughter to his friends as a “gift” and joined them in gang-raping her for 18 hours, according to reports. The Indian man, in …

Bling 12-year-oild Indian heir gives up luxury to become a monk

A 12-year-old Indian boy who stood to lead a life of luxury and inherit millions has abandoned the high life for an austere, spiritual existence as a monk of the Jain religion.<p>Bhavya Shah hails from a wealthy family of Indian diamond merchants in Gujarat and was said to be obsessed with sports cars …

Hinduism

Mystery of sea nomads' amazing ability to freedive is solved

Scientists have uncovered the secrets of the Bajau people, long-famed for their ability to hold their breath for extraordinary lengths of time<p>The secret behind the ability of a group of “sea nomads” in Southeast Asia to hold their breath for extraordinary periods of time while freediving to hunt …

Biology

Diamonds Buried Within Rare Meteorites Reveal Existence of "Lost Planet"

In 2008, astronomer Richard Kowalski looked into a telescope in Tucson, Arizona, and spotted an asteroid called 2008 TC3 barreling through the …

Earth Science

She Instagrammed her exotic drug-smuggling vacation. Now ‘Cocaine Babe’ is going to prison.

A Canadian Instagrammer who tried to smuggle millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Australia during an exotic, made-for-social-media ocean voyage has been convicted and sentenced to eight years behind bars.<p>Melina Roberge, 24, entered a guilty plea Wednesday to smuggling 95 kilos (209 pounds) of …

Crime

Facebook to ask everyone to accept being tracked so they can keep using it

Facebook is going to ask all of its users whether they want to be tracked as they use it.<p>The site will ask all of its users to explicitly opt in to …

Privacy

Bitcoin Price Predictions: Experts Support Billionaire Investor Tim Draper's '$250,000 By 2022' Forecast

Billionaire U.S. venture capital investor Tim Draper’s bold prediction that Bitcoin would hit $250,000 by 2022 received backing from CNBC’s Brian …

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Rare Earth

Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain, an international team of researchers set out four buckets to gather a shower of viruses falling from the sky.<p>Scientists have surmised there is a stream of viruses circling the planet, above the planet’s weather systems but below the level of airline …

Microbiology

Proxima Centauri Just Released a Flare so Powerful it was Visible to the Unaided Eye. Planets There Would Get Scorched

Since it’s discovery was announced in August of 2016, Proxima b has been an endless source of wonder and the target of many scientific studies. In …

Science

Paedophile hacked into thousands of people's private home security cameras and secretly recorded their kids undressing

A PAEDOPHILE managed to gain access to people’s home cameras so he could watch little kids undress and couple’s having sex.<p>Steven Hankers, 32, of …

Judiciary

US intelligence-gathering aircraft are flying over the Black Sea more and more — and Russia is responding

It's no secret that US RQ-4 Global Hawk UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) belonging to the 9th Operations Group/Detachment 4th of the US Air Force deployed to Sigonella from Beale Air Force Base, California, frequently operate over the Black Sea.<p>The first reports of the American gigantic drone's …

Black Sea

We need to examine the reasons why we equate criticism of Israel with antisemitism

The ongoing attacks on the Labour Party for the alleged antisemitism of some of its prominent members is not only extremely biased and in the long …

Israel

Police officer was moonlighting as a prostitute while on sick leave from 'sex scandal' force

A police officer was moonlighting as a prostitute while on sick leave from a force which has been plagued by sex scandals, a disciplinary hearing heard.<p>Detective Constable Richard Holder was sacked without notice for gross misconduct at a disciplinary hearing on Monday - but he had already resigned.<p>…

Crime

Police error meant 'speeding' motorists paid fines but never exceeded the limit

A police force has admitted it has wrongly fined 'speeding' motorists after a clerical error meant the speed limit was never officially lowered.<p>Avon and Somerset Police face having to cancel hundreds of tickets after a motorist successfully overturned his fine.<p>Chris Waites stepped in to help a …

Somerset

This is why you should NEVER wear shoes in your home - and it's gross

DO you wear your shoes in the house?<p>The etiquette of leaving your footwear at the front door has split opinion for decades, but what about the …

Remote Controls

How Winston Churchill's unique hit squad of heroes terrorised the Nazi troops showcased in BBC2 series Secret Agent Selection: WW2

WITH Adolf Hitler poised to invade Britain in 1940, the nation was facing its darkest hour . . . so Winston Churchill realised it was time to fight …

Winston Churchill

In an age of wall building, Israelis and Palestinians find bonding experiences in unexpected places

FC Bnei Sakhnin, one of the Israeli Premier League’s smaller teams, deserves its scrappy reputation: it’s the only Arab team playing in the country’s …

Israel

ICC prosecutor calls for end to Israeli violence in Gaza

The International Criminal Court is monitoring events as part of its preliminary investigation into alleged crimes.<p>The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Sunday called for an end to violence in the Gaza Strip, adding the Palestinian territories were subject to a preliminary …

Israel

Russian woman, 27, dies in agony after she was 'embalmed alive' instead of being put on saline drip in hospital blunder

A RUSSIAN woman was killed after allegedly being embalmed alive in a horrific medical blunder.<p>Ekaterina Fedyaeva, 27, is said to have died after …

Medicine

The strengths and weaknesses of Russia's military

Russian armed forces provide Moscow with clear military superiority in the post-Soviet region, despite Russia's troops not being able to match the …

Military

A Palestinian Journalist Was Shot And Killed By Israeli Forces While Wearing A Press Vest

Yasser Murtaja, a 31-year-old filmmaker for Gaza news agency Ain Media, was covering protests along the Israeli border. The Israeli Defense Forces …

Jeremy Corbyn condemns Western 'silence' over Israel’s killing of at least 27 Palestinians on the Gaza border

Jeremy Corbyn has condemned Israel’s killing of at least 27 Palestinians on the Gaza border as an “outrage” and attacked Western “silence” about the …

Israel

Career crook killed by pensioner 'didn't deserve to die', say family

An intruder killed during a raid on a pensioner's home was a career criminal who worked in a family gang and had spent time in jail.<p>Henry Vincent, 37, from Kent, was stabbed during a break-in at the home of pensioner, Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, in Hither Green on Wednesday.<p>He was wanted over a …

Crime