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What I’ve learned from a year of taking antidepressants

Happy fluoxetine-versary, me.<p>Just a year ago I was a miserable bundle of dark emotions and thoughts stuck in a pit of my brain’s own making.<p>I would …

Supermoon closes out the first day of the year

<b>(CNN) —</b> The fireworks may be long gone but the first supermoon of 2018 is illuminating the skies across the world.<p>NASA is calling this the "biggest and brightest" one for the entire year and so far it isn't disappointing.<p>The phenomenon "supermoon" occurs when the moon becomes full on the same day …

Supermoon

Japan's emperor greets cheering crowd at palace for new year

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito, who will abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne and hand it to his son next year, was showered with cheers from tens …

Japan

Trump's first 2018 tweet: Pakistan has 'given us nothing but lies & deceit'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In his first tweet of the new year President Donald Trump slammed Pakistan, saying the country has given the US nothing but "lies and deceit."<p>"The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing …

Donald Trump

Former ethics adviser files complaint against Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway

WASHINGTON – The dispute over Roy Moore's Senate campaign has now led to a legal complaint against White House adviser Kellyanne Conway.<p>Walter Shaub, a former government ethics official and frequent critic of President Trump, said Conway's comments about Moore's Democratic challenger Doug Jones may …

Donald Trump

GOP congressman Barton apologizes for nude selfie

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) admitted Wednesday that a nude picture of him circulating online is authentic and apologized to his constituents. Hours later, the congressman said Capitol Police is investigating whether the publication of the explicit photo online was a possible crime.<p>The incident is an …

Obama Administration

Account Suspended

Catalans declare independence as Madrid imposes direct rule

<b>The Catalan regional parliament has voted to declare independence from Spain, while the Spanish parliament has approved direct rule over the region.</b><p>Catalan MPs easily approved the move amid an opposition boycott.<p>Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had told senators direct rule was needed to return …

More than 30 dead, hundreds infected by plague outbreak in Madagascar

<b>Johannesburg (CNN) —</b> An unusually widespread outbreak of the plague is menacing Madagascar.<p>At least 33 people have died and more than 200 have been infected with plague across the country, according to the World Health Organization.<p>Plague is endemic to the country, but "contrary to past outbreaks, …

Disease

Tokyo Is Preparing for Floods ‘Beyond Anything We’ve Seen’

KASUKABE, Japan — The cavernous underground cisterns here north of Tokyo could hold the Statue of Liberty, a scale that underscores the site’s immense task: protecting the world’s most populous metropolis from flooding.<p>Linked by tunnels that divert water away from the region’s most vulnerable …

Japan

Trump administration deals major blow to Obamacare birth control mandate

<b>(CNN) —</b> In a blow to Obamacare's controversial contraceptive mandate, employers may now have more leeway to withhold birth control coverage on religious grounds, according to new rules issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services on Friday.<p>The new rules continue the undermining of the …

Health Care

Putin and Saudi king turn the page on decades of tensions

In a major break with decades of rivalry, Russia and Saudi Arabia on Friday struck a slew of deals, including contracts for Russian weapons as part of a groundbreaking first visit by a Saudi monarch.<p>The Kremlin talks between Saudi King Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin mark a thaw in …

Middle East

Midnight Poem by Thomas Hood

Midnight - Poem by Thomas Hood<p>Autoplay next video<p>Unfathomable Night! how dost thou sweep<br>Over the flooded earth, and darkly hide<br>The mighty city under …

Iraqi forces 'attack last IS bastion on Syria border'

<b>Iraqi forces are reported to have launched an operation to recapture the last stronghold of so-called Islamic State in the country's western desert.</b><p>A military source told the BBC that soldiers, Anbar provincial police and Sunni Arab tribal fighters began moving on the town of Ana on Tuesday morning.<p>…

Study finds Humans Have 27 Emotions

You're not the only one who feels all the feels.<p>Scientists used to think people had six basic emotions: happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear, and disgust. But if that seems like an oversimplification to you, the authors of a new study in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> …

Nuclear campaigner who survived Nagasaki bombing dies aged 88

A prominent nuclear disarmament campaigner who was delivering mail in Nagasaki when the US dropped an atomic bomb in 1945, has died at the age of 88.<p>Sumiteru Taniguchi, once considered a frontrunner for the Nobel peace prize, died of cancer at a hospital in the south-western Japanese city, …

Asia Pacific

Under Armour and Intel C.E.O.s Follow Merck Chief, Quitting Panel in Rebuke to Trump

Three chief executives from top American companies resigned from a presidential business council on Monday following President Trump’s tepid initial response to a violent weekend in Charlottesville, Va.<p>Brian Krzanich, C.E.O. of Intel — one of the most important global manufacturers of computer …

Rights & Freedoms

Dozens of cases dropped after body cam videos allegedly show Baltimore cops planting evidence

Dozens of cases have been dropped since the emergence of two body cam videos showing Baltimore cops seemingly manufacturing evidence.<p>The controversy started last month, when a video released by the Baltimore public defender’s office appeared to show an officer, standing by two others, dropping a …

Linkin Park adds suicide prevention resources to website after singer’s death

After the July 20 death of singer Chester Bennington, surviving members of Linkin Park updated its website with suicide-prevention resources.<p>The site …

Exxon to Challenge Treasury Finding It Violated Russia Sanctions

Exxon Mobil Corp. says it is legally challenging a $2 million fine assessed against it by the U.S. Treasury Department for “egregious” violations of …

New Zealand man died after being tied to bed in Japanese hospital, says family

A New Zealand man has died after allegedly being forcibly tied to a bed in a Japanese psychiatric hospital for 10 days.<p>Kelly Savage, 27, who also had US citizenship, died in May after a massive heart attack at the Yamato hospital, where he was admitted on 30 April following a manic episode with …

New Zealand

Donald Trump state visit 'delayed' after President 'told PM he will not come if people protest against him'

Donald Trump has reportedly told the Prime Minister he will not come to the UK on a state visit if there are large-scale protests against him, according to reports.<p>The American President is said to have told Theresa May he does not want to come if people do not welcome his visit.<p>The message was …

Donald Trump

Hawaii becomes first state to pass laws supporting Paris accord

When the traditional Hawaiian canoe Hokule'a set sail four years ago, the wayfinders on board - men and women navigating the open sea by a map of stars - vowed to seek a renewed sense of self and share with the world a treasured message: Malama Honua.<p>In Hawaiian, it means to care for Island Earth, …

The MMA fighter who beat up a tai-chi master didn’t win the fight

The fighting monks of Shaolin Monastery in the Pagoda Forest on Song Mountain in China are globally adored. They’re real but have been made mythical in countless martial-arts movies and the Wu Tang Clan’s hip-hop.<p>Now, their ancient arts are allegedly threatened by the new. The Shaolin fighting …

The Power of Staying Put When You Feel Like Running Away

<b>“You cannot keep running away from your fears. At some point in life you will have to build up the courage to face and overcome them.” ~Unknown</b><p>Last …

Yoga

12 Quotes From Zen Masters That Will Help You to Stop Overthinking Everything

Do you experience a racing mind, where thoughts are overpowering you and you’re having trouble finding peace in the present moment?<p>This happens to me …

Meditation

10 Essential Terms for Poets (and Everyone Else)

<b>1. aubade</b><p>A dawn song expressing the regret of parting lovers at daybreak. The earliest European examples date from the end of the 12th century. The …

Trump to sign order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday to undo a slew of Obama-era climate change regulations, a move meant to bolster domestic energy production but which environmentalists have vowed to challenge in court.<p>The decree, dubbed the "Energy …

Clean Technology

North Korea Launches Missile, but Test Appears to Fail

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired a missile off its east coast on Wednesday, but the test apparently failed, South Korean and American military officials said.<p>North Korea launched the missile from near an air base in Wonsan, a port city, the South Korean Defense Ministry said in a brief …

North Korea

Trump to GOP critics of health-care bill: ‘I’m gonna come after you’

President Trump spent Tuesday selling the Republican health-care overhaul to skeptical House members, warning his party that failure would endanger his legislative agenda and their own political careers.<p>But more than two dozen GOP lawmakers remained firmly opposed to the legislation amid the …

Health Care