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New Discovery Of World's Oldest Stone Tools

Scientists working in East Africa say they've unearthed the oldest stone tools ever found. They were apparently made 500,000 years before the human lineage evolved.<p>A team led by Sonia Harmand from Stony Brook University in New York found the tools in Kenya, near Lake Turkana. It's an area that's …

Death toll rises quickly as conflict rages in Yemen

<b>(CNN) —</b> Residents of central Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, have learned the hard way that key strategic bombing targets are located in their neighborhoods: Detonating ordnance has been shattering their windows and doors.<p>And fighting has killed hundreds of people in less than two weeks.<p>The Saudi-led …

Tenancingo: the small town at the dark heart of Mexico’s sex-slave trade

María Méndez was a live-in domestic worker when she met Ricardo López on her way to the supermarket. She was 15, from a poor family in the state of Mexico, and had been cleaning houses since the age of eight. He was a cocky, charming 16-year-old from Tenancingo, a small town in the neighbouring …

Scandals, protests, weak growth: is Latin America’s left in retreat?

Leftwing leaders in Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela are being knocked by dissent and stagnating economies. Poor governance and opposition from media and financial elites have sapped their popularity<p>The young Brazilian protester on the Copacabana seafront had to shout to make himself heard above the …

Venezuela

Dilma’s approval ratings are the worst for a Brazilian president since 1992—and that president was impeached

They say bad things come in threes. After Dilma Rousseff’s last few days, she better hope that’s true.<p>First, protests calling for her impeachment brought nearly 1 million people into the streets of several cities. Then her party’s treasurer was formally accused in the endlessly exploding Petrobras …

Has the war on drugs been lost?

<b>Forty-four years after President Nixon declared "war on drugs", four US states have now agreed to legalise the sale of marijuana and most Americans support legalisation.</b><p>Across the world, drug laws are being relaxed, from Uruguay to Portugal, Jamaica and the Czech Republic.<p>Does this mean the war on …

University of Maryland

Iran's leader accuses world powers of trickery over nuclear deal

<b>(CNN) —</b> Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei on Thursday accused the six world powers involved in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program of "deception, trickery and backstabbing" in their dealings with Tehran, according to Iranian state media.<p>He also criticized a letter sent by 47 U.S. …

Explorers Discover Ancient Lost City In Honduran Jungle

For almost a century, explorers have searched the jungles of Honduras for a legendary lost city known as the White City, or the City of the Monkey God.<p>A team of explorers — including archaeologists and a documentary filmmaker — have just returned from an expedition in person, after using a new …

Risk of 8.0 earthquake in California rises, USGS says

Estimates of the chance of a magnitude 8.0 or greater earthquake hitting California in the next three decades have been raised from about 4.7% to 7%, the U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday.<p>Scientists said the reason for the increased estimate was because of the growing understanding that …