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Pulitzer fiction prize winner: 'People fear refugees'

<b>Viet Thanh Nguyen, a former Vietnamese refugee to America, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction on Monday for his debut novel, The Sympathizer.</b><p>The novel tells the story of a spy for the Viet Cong who ends up travelling to the US with fleeing members of the South Vietnamese military. From there, he …

Pulitzer Prize

What we learned from Donald Trump in 2015

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> He's churned up torrents of insults, incited grass-roots Republican fury, fearlessly flouted taboos on gender, race and religion and confounded the pundits again and again.<p>In a riotous six-month carnival of political incorrectness, Donald Trump has fused his message to the mood …

Donald Trump

China's big response to climate change just turned the tables on Obama's foes in Congress

"It's not a big problem at all," the leader in opinion polls for the Republican presidential nomination told a radio talk show host. "If you look at China, they're doing nothing about it."<p>This week, Chinese President Xi Jinping came to Washington and agreed to take new measures.<p>Standing alongside …

Clean Technology

Ahmed Mohamed, Teen Cuffed Over Homemade Clock, Eyes MIT

After encouragement from the likes of President Barack Obama and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, a Muslim high school student in Texas who was arrested after he brought in a homemade clock said Wednesday he wants to transfer to another school.<p>"I guess everyone knows: I’m the person who built a …

Barack Obama

Planned Parenthood not invited to congressional hearing on organization

House judiciary committee will hear from ‘experts on the issues surrounding Planned Parenthood’ but representatives from the organization are not invited<p>Conservative lawmakers who demanded Planned Parenthood executives answer for “alleged atrocities” are holding the first in a series of …

Planned Parenthood

Why this IBM engineer tells high school girls that straight A's don't matter

I recently talked to a group of Girls Who Code high school students, who were participating in a summer immersion program in New York that equips …

Computer Science

Crude oil is spiking

Crude oil is spiking.<p>On Wednesday morning, West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose nearly 3% in New York to as high as $49.50 per barrel.<p>Earlier, the Energy Information Administration reported a surprise drop in oil inventories by 4.2 million barrels in the week ending July 24.<p>On Tuesday, the …

Oil

GSK beats expectations as anti-HIV drugs lift sales

Results are the first since the blue-chip business completed a swap with peer Novartis<p>GlaxoSmithKline has beaten analysts' expectations thanks to strong sales of its drugs to fight HIV and replacements for its best-selling asthma treatments.<p>The pharmaceuticals giant reported core sales of £5.9bn in …

Only Four Northern White Rhinos Left on Earth After One Dies

One of the last five northern white rhinoceroses in the world has died.<p>Nabiré, a 31-year-old female northern white rhino, died of a ruptured cyst, authorities at the Dv?r Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic announced Tuesday (July 28). Nabiré's death leaves only three females of this subspecies …

San Diego Zoo

Gene mutation early in life tied to schizophrenia - Futurity

Mutations to a single gene early in life may set the stage for schizophrenia later in life. "We believe that DISC-1 is schizophrenia's Rosetta Stone …

Google Translate adds 20 new languages to video text translation

Can you say 'Where can I buy weed?' in Thai? Now you can.<p>The Google Translate app is about to get a lot more powerful. In an update released today, Google is adding dozens of new languages to some of the Translate app's most powerful features, and smoothing out the app to make it friendlier to slow …

Apps

Obama blames Africa's 'lack of democratic progress' on its presidents-for-life

In address to African Union, US president criticises corrupt leaders and makes plea for sexual equality and end to FGM<p>Barack Obama has made a scathing attack on Africa’s culture of presidents-for-life, urging the continent’s leaders to follow the example of George Washington and Nelson Mandela by …

Africa

Iran 'side deals' fuel opposition to nuclear deal in Congress

Republicans raise questions about confidential deals between Iran and IAEA as Congress accuses Mr Obama and Mr Kerry of being “fleeced” by Iranian negotiators<p>Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal in the US Congress have accused the Obama administration of allowing “secret side-deals” between Tehran …

South Asia

Little world, big heart: Pluto stuns in New Horizons image

Pluto may be a dwarf planet, but it’s got an out-sized heart. Before<p>NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past the icy world, it snapped and sent back this image showcasing the big, bright, heart-shaped feature covering a large part of the surface.<p>This was the final and most detailed snapshot before …

Pluto flyby - as it happened: First pictures show dwarf planet is red like Mars

New Horizons will make its closest approach to Pluto marking the 'end of an era' in Solar System exploration<p>Summary of New Horizon's extraordinary flypast:<p><i>Incredible images taken from Nasa's New Horizon's spacecraft have shown for the first time that Pluto is red like Mars.</i><p><i>Scientists were expecting</i> …

Boy Scouts Executive Committee Unanimously Votes To End Gay Leadership Ban

The move would allow individually chartered troops to make their own decisions about leadership standards. A final vote is set for July 27.<p>WASHINGTON — A key leadership panel of the Boy Scouts of America voted unanimously last week to end the ban on gay leaders in scouting, the organization told …

Giant heart spotted on Pluto in closest ever pictures of dwarf planet

Next week the probe will arrive at the dwarf-planet carrying the ashes of Clyde Tombaugh<p>It has been a labour of love for scientists who have waited nine years for Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft to get close enough to Pluto to take these pictures.<p>And it appears that the dwarf-planet shares their …

Kansas College Student Hailed as 'Hero' for Trying to Stop Mosque Bombing

Abduljalil Alarbash, an honors student at a Kansas university, is being called a “hero” after he and relatives prevented a suicide bomber Friday from …

After 10,000 years giant Antarctic ice-shelf will be gone by 2020, Nasa report says

New Nasa studies warn of "bad news for our planet" as looming crack threatens to shatter Larsen B ice-shelf into pieces<p>Antarctica's Larsen B ice-shelf is on course to disintegrate completely within the next five years, according to a <b>new study by Nasa</b>, the US space agency.<p>The 10,000-year-old ice …

Sea salt on Jupiter’s moon Europa

Europa is thought to have a subsurface ocean. Salt from this hidden sea might be emerging in long fractures visible in the moon’s crust.<p>Laboratory …

10 German words we should all be using

1. <i>Weltschmerz</i> | World pain<p>A state of depression at how the world keeps falling short of expectations.<p><b>Example:</b> After watching the news, all Megan …

LinkedIn CEO On Chinese Censorship: "It's Gut-Wrenching"

Jeff Weiner talks about the social network's decision to censor politically sensitive content.<p>Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, said that his company's introduction of a Chinese-language version has involved "compromises that are far from ideal and can be very painful" in a conversation with BuzzFeed …

China

One Monkey Species Cracks Another’s Linguistic Code

Monkeys

Japan PM offers condolences for WWII dead in historic speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered condolences Wednesday for Americans killed in World War II in the first address by a Japanese leader to a joint meeting of Congress, but stopped short of apologizing for wartime atrocities.<p>Abe came to Capitol Hill after a morning visit to a …

Japan

Australia recalls ambassador after Indonesia executes prisoners

<b>(CNN) —</b> Australia has recalled its ambassador to Indonesia for consultations after two Australians were among eight drug smugglers executed by firing squad early Wednesday.<p>Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott called the executions "cruel and unnecessary" because both men, Andrew Chan and Myuran …

Asia

After historic arguments, court to rule on same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivotal Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote could decide the same-sex marriage issue for the nation, did not tip his hand Tuesday in historic arguments at the Supreme Court. But Kennedy's record on the issue could give encouragement to gay and lesbian couples.<p>As advocates and …

LGBTQI

Exam cheat jailed for hacking into university computer system

Court hears University of Birmingham student Imran Uddin, 25, used a keyboard spying device to steal staff passwords and then upped five exam marks<p>A university student who hacked into a computer system to improve his grades is thought to be the first ever British student to be jailed for …

Birmingham, UK