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French rally calls for wider burkini ban

Over 200 people have gathered in the southern French department of Herault, to march along its beaches calling on more authorities to join the …

Bookseller abductions: China demands Lam Wing-kee return from Hong Kong

Public security officials say vendor who disappeared in October, then was released in June, is overdue back on the mainland for further investigation<p>China has reportedly warned Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee that he could face harsher legal action for violating bail conditions.<p>A statement issued …

Solar-powered phone charger gives migrants in Greece free electricity

<i>(Reuters)</i> — For refugees and migrants stuck in Greece, a smartphone is a lifeline — as long as its battery lasts.<p>But access to electricity can be hard to find in overcrowded camps, nor is it always free in cafes where young and old crowd together over a socket, waiting anxiously to phone home.<p>A …

Indonesia is Threatening to Ban Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio’s recent Indonesian vacation could be his last. The Oscar-winning actor and outspoken environmental activist took to Twitter and …

Oil & Gas Industry

Scientists may hold key to cutting coal carbon emissions in half, while producing twice the power

Slashing greenhouse gas emissions has not always been a pleasant task for the coal power industry, but a new process could radically change that, …

Elephants kill five people in India after villagers 'threw stones to scare them away'

Human encounters with country's 29,000 elephants are on the increase as their habitat disappears<p>This is the terrifying moment when a man is grabbed by a rampaging elephant's trunk and lifted off the ground like a twig as a crowd looks on helpless.<p>The encounter happened in eastern India where five …

A European Hyperloop Is Being Built That Will Take You From Vienna To Budapest In 10 Minutes

In the last few months, we’ve seen three companies in the U.S. announce plans to build Hyperloop test tracks, Elon Musk’s proposal for rapid transit …

High-speed Rail

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales blasts “deranged” companies editing their own pages

In a chat with Guy Kawasaki at South by Southwest, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales spoke out about self-interested parties editing their own pages on the Internet’s collaborative encyclopedia.<p>“Companies think it’s a powerful marketing tool but I think they’re deranged and should leave us alone,” …

Al Qaeda claims responsibility for Ivory Coast hotel shooting in which 16 'including four Europeans' killed at resort

Attack on L'Etoile du Sud hotel in resort popular with Westerners claimed by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb<p>Al Qaeda's North African branch has claimed responsibility for a terror attack on an Ivory Coast beach resort on Sunday in which 16 people, including four Europeans, were killed.<p>Six gunmen …

Turkey blocks Facebook, Twitter following deadly Ankara blast – reports

Turkish authorities banned Twitter and Facebook after images spread on social media depicting the suicide car bombing that killed and injured dozens …

War wound: Maria Sharapova drug was used by Soviet military troops in Afghanistan in 1980s

The drug at the centre of Maria Sharapova’s doping case, regularly given to Soviet troops in the 1980s to boost their stamina while fighting in …

Tennis

North Korea threatens nuclear strike on South Korea, US

North Korea has threatened to launch an "indiscriminate" nuclear strike against the US and South Korea after the two started large-scale military …

North Korea

The ugly truth about body dysmorphia

Some children see only things to hate about the way they look. Their condition can lead to depression, anxiety, self-surgery and even suicide<p>A man took a razor blade and very carefully cut open his nose lengthways. His aim was to remove the cartilage and replace it with that of a chicken. Finally, …

Mental Health

Startup pitches anti-drone launcher as answer to rogue UAVs

Northumberland-based OpenWorks Engineering’s SkyWall fires net-containing projectiles to disable and capture nuisance civilian drones<p>What’s the answer to a drone that has gone rogue and is flying where it shouldn’t? According to Northumberland-based startup OpenWorks Engineering, it’s an …

Inside the Investigation into Child Sexual Abuse at Sovereign Grace Ministries

Child sex abuse in the Catholic Church is now widely known—<i>Spotlight</i>, a film about the Boston <i>Globe</i> journalists who documented the massive child …

Christianity

Hackers take hospital offline, demand $3.6m ransom

For more than a week, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center has been in a state of emergency after a malware attack shut down the network unless a ransom of $3.6 million was paid.<p>The attack has compromised the hospital’s ability to care for patients as medical professionals have been unable to …

Gamified drones will be one of the biggest toy trends of the year

NEW YORK — Drones have been a hot but controversial topic in the tech space for quite some time, but following the trend of whatever's popular among …

Islamic State sex slave describes how her family was massacred

Nadia Murad, 21, is in the UK as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the plight of Iraq's Yazidi population<p>A woman from the Iraqi minority Yazidi community who was kept as a sex slave for three months by violent jihadists has described seeing her family slaughtered.<p>Nadia Murad, 21, is in the …

Pope condemns drug trade's 'dealers of death' in Mexico

ECATEPEC, Mexico (AP) — Pope Francis condemned the drug trade's "dealers of death" and urged Mexicans to shun the devil's lust for money as he led a …

After Texas stopped funding Planned Parenthood, low-income women had more babies

The state of Texas' sustained campaign against Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics affiliated with abortion providers appears to have led to an increase in births among low-income women who lost access to affordable and effective birth control, a new study says.<p>The analysis, …

Planned Parenthood

First on CNN: U.S. investigators find proof of cyberattack on Ukraine power grid

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> U.S. investigators have found evidence to confirm what is believed to be the first-of-its-kind cyberattack on a power grid that caused a blackout for hundreds of thousands of people in Ukraine in December.<p>A U.S. official close to the investigation said the power outage was caused …

Smoking ban sees 40 per cent cut in heart attacks in UK since 2007 law was introduced

Major research suggests that the introduction of a smoking ban has resulted in a significant fall in the number of people suffering from heart attacks as the result of passive smoking<p>Heart attack rates in the UK have fallen by up to 42 per cent since the 2007 smoking ban, major research suggests.<p>A …

US Experts Say Three-Parent Babies Are Okay—Just No Girls

A controversial fertility treatment requiring three genetic parents has been approved by an FDA-appointed expert panel. This means the therapy, which …

Russian scientist says he is stronger and healthier after injecting himself with 'eternal life' bacteria

Anatoli Brouchkov has willingly become a human guinea pig for the 3.5 million-year-old bacteria<p>If injecting yourself with 3.5 million-year-old bacteria could keep you looking and feeling youthful and healthy without having to fork out for a gym membership, would you do it?<p>Russian scientist Anatoli …

Cameron says no reparations for slave trade - BBC | Reuters

(Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said his administration would not make reparations for the country’s role in the Caribbean slave trade, the BBC reported on Wednesday.<p>Cameron made the remarks during his visit to Jamaica, the first for a British prime minister in 14 years, according to the …

Year of terrible headlines sees South Africa's homicide rate leap again

It's not just today's headline: South African homicides are rising again.<p>Crime is a daily horror, with South Africans confronted with constant bare-bones news summaries that make the country seem, at times, almost like a war zone.<p><b>Six pupils suspended for Vosloorus school gang rape</b><p><i>Aug. 20, 2015 --</i> …