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Malala Yousafzai Asteroid Named By NASA Researcher

A young woman who became a beacon of hope to the world is now the namesake of an object circling the solar system. Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace …

Advocates Hopeful Obama's Support Will Help End Gay 'Conversion Therapy'

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Islamic State Supporter Pictured Forcing Baby To Kick A Severed Head In Syria (GRAPHIC PICTURE)

<b>WARNING VERY GRAPHIC CONTENT</b><p>A horrifying photo has emerged showing a smiling father encouraging his baby to kick the severed head of a dead soldier …

Russian Politician Wants To Ban Tim Cook For Being Gay

Just hours after Tim Cook's emotional blog was published revealing that he was gay, a Russian politician has called for the CEO to be banned from …

Missing Nigerian schoolgirls 'married off'

Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau, has said the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped from the remote town of Chibok in Nigeria's northeast in April have converted to Islam and been married off.<p>Shekau made the remarks in a video obtained by the AFP news agency on Friday.<p>"Don't you know the over 200 Chibok …

Why Apple's Tim Cook was right to come out publicly

The news that Apple CEO Tim Cook is homosexual may not come as a surprise, but that doesn't detract from the bravery and importance of his announcement, writes Chris Mandle<p>To some, it will have come as a shock. To others, it was the elephant in the room, something frequently speculated upon within …

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Kurdish women a force to be reckoned with for ISIS

<b>Derik, Kurdish-controlled northern Syria (CNN) —</b> It wasn't until jihadist militants mounted a relentless siege of Kobani, a border town within sight of international television cameras, that much of the world realized ethnic Kurds were an effective fighting force within Syria.<p>But as much of the …

A New Tool in Humanitarian Relief: Texting

Understanding how Ebola is affecting the food supply is far easier when a robot is running the survey.<p>Pandemics, like war, have a higher cost than their death toll. On top of the 5,000 lives that Ebola has claimed, there are other sorts of victims in the six West African countries the virus has …

Hong Kong Police Move In, Clear Protest Zone

Riot police moved in on a Hong Kong pro-democracy protest zone in a dawn raid on Friday, taking down barricades, tents and canopies that have blocked key streets for more than two weeks. Hundreds of police officers, some in helmets and shields, descended in the early morning on the busy district of …

U.N. Ebola trust fund gets $100,000, almost $1 billion needed

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A United Nations trust fund seeking nearly $1 billion for rapid, flexible funding of the most urgent needs to fight Ebola in West Africa has received a deposit of just $100,000 nearly a month after it was set up.<p>A health worker prepares protective equipment …

Andrew Cuomo Announces Random Ebola Drills On New York Subway

If you're planning to ride the New York subway in the next few days, you may get more than you bargained for.<p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Thursday that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will begin carrying out random Ebola-response drills across the train system.<p>"We'll run drills where …

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi share Nobel Peace Prize

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai for their struggles against the suppression of children and for young people's rights, including the right to education.<p>Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said, …

£743 untraceable gun 3D-printer sells out in 36 hours

Americans want guns without serial numbers. And apparently, they want to make them at home.<p>On Wednesday, Cody Wilson's libertarian non-profit Defense …

ISIS threat: Syrian town fears massacre; Obama admits underestimating rise

The U.S.-led coalition intensified its airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq -- but that may not be enough to stop the terror group's bloody march.<p>ISIS is closing in on the key Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani near the Turkish border, a civilian inside the city told CNN.<p>The terror group is 3 …

Pupils begin 'tough' new national curriculum

<b>Millions of children in England will begin a "tough" new national curriculum when they return to school this week.</b><p>Five-year-olds will learn fractions and computer coding, while those in early secondary school will have to study at least two Shakespeare plays.<p>The curriculum is being implemented for …

Beijing says no to open elections in Hong Kong

It's a decision thousands of protesters feared.<p>China's powerful National People's Congress Standing Committee voted Sunday to change the way Hong Kong picks its chief executive, ruling that only candidates approved by a nominating committee will be allowed to run.<p>A top Chinese official made clear …

Gun instructor's family shows sympathy for child who accidentally killed him

The grieving family of the Arizona instructor accidentally shot and killed by a girl learning to fire an Uzi expressed sympathy for the 9-year-old.<p>Charles Vacca was shot in the head Monday as he showed the New Jersey girl how to fire the Israeli-made 9mm submachine gun. As she pulled the trigger, …

Liberian Ebola survivor praises experimental drug

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A Liberian health worker who recovered from Ebola after receiving an experimental drug urged the manufacturer to speed up …

U.S. military carries out airstrikes, aid drops to Iraqi town surrounded by ISIS

The United States says it has carried out airstrikes and dropped humanitarian aid in the Iraqi town of Amerli to protect an ethnic minority that one official says faces the threat of an "imminent massacre."<p>The town of Amerli, which has been besieged by ISIS fighters, is home to many of Iraq's …

Ebola outbreak: BA suspends flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia over virus

British Airways says the 'deteriorating public health situation' relating to the Ebola virus is why they have suspended flights until August 31<p>British Airways has cancelled flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia, cutting off the only direct links between Britain and the Ebola-infected area of west …

Man arrested over hoax bomb threat on Manchester-bound plane

A man has been arrested by armed police on a Qatar Airways plane at Manchester Airport after military jets were scrambled to escort it following a hoax bomb threat on board, police said.<p>A Royal Air Force Typhoon escorted flight QR23, an Airbus A330-300 carrying 269 passengers and 13 crew from Doha …

Second US aid worker infected with Ebola arrives in Atlanta

A second American aid worker infected with the deadly Ebola virus while responding to the outbreak in west Africa arrived in the US on Tuesday.<p>A specially equipped plane carrying 59-year-old Nancy Writebol took off from the airport in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, late on Monday night. The plane …

Kim Kardashian Mobile Game Makes $1.6 Million in Five Days

Kim Kardashian game has generated $1.6 million (£951,000, €1.2m) in revenue during its first five days on the market, according to Glu Mobile.<p>Glu, …

WHO says Ebola outbreak is out of control

The World Health Organisation is warning that West Africa's Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 700 people since February, is spreading far quicker than efforts to contain the disease.<p>The WHO's chief, Margaret Chan, urged the presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast at a …

Beauty spots still at fracking 'risk', say campaigners

<b>Fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances", according to new rules issued by the government.</b><p>It said the regulations for the new bidding round for licences - the first in six years - are stricter than before.<p>And companies applying to frack near beauty spots …

Israel launches deadliest single attack, as UN calls for Gaza ceasefire

Israel defied growing international calls for a ceasefire Saturday, killing 15 people in an airstrike on the home of Gaza’s police chief, according to health officials in the besieged enclave. Rocket launches from Palestinian fighters in the territory likewise continued unabated, but with no …

Amid bloodshed, frenetic Gaza hospital improvises

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In the heart of Gaza City, as its citizens again find themselves under fire from Israeli airstrikes and artillery, the …

Largest four-winged dinosaur discovered in China

Changyuraptor yangi was about 51 inches from snout to tail<p>At some point in the age of the dinosaurs, evolution diverged, and we were left with the infamous velociraptor and the not-so-intimidating microraptor, a close descendent of modern birds. The latest addition to that group is <i>Changyuraptor</i> …

Exclusive: Read J.K. Rowling's new post for the latest Harry Potter 'gossip'

<i>Can’t get enough of Harry Potter? Then this is for you.</i> <i>Since March, best-selling author J. K. Rowling has been writing original stories about the imaginary 2014 Quidditch World Cup Finals for</i> Pottermore<i>, the online home for the world of Harry Potter.</i><p><i>Rowling shared her latest Pottermore.com</i> <i>story</i> …

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Here's another complication for fracking — radioactive waste

At the Chemung County landfill in Elmira, New York, piles of drill cuttings from Pennsylvania shale oil wells are scattered around the yard. The cuttings look like heaps of wet black sand, wrapped in a black plastic liner — and they're radioactive.<p>Those radioactive drill cuttings — the waste pulled …