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'Black' US civil rights leader resigns over race controversy

Rachel Dolezal, an American civil rights advocate who has been accused of falsely claiming she is black, announced her resignation on Monday as leader of a local branch of a civil rights body in Washington state.<p>Dolezal, 37, who served as president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association …

Rights & Freedoms

Rand Paul: Republican brand 'sucks' and is 'broken'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Presidential candidate Rand Paul has christened himself a different kind of Republican, and now he's embracing a unique moniker: tree hugger.<p>In a new book released on Tuesday, Paul said he composts and believes in clean air and clean water. Paul notes that he has planted giant …

Rand Paul

The Soviet Union's fall led to an alarming nuclear failure that informs today's nuclear crisis

The international community could count a number of successes in the effort to contain the former Soviet Union's nuclear materials.<p>The 1994 Budapest Memorandum transferred the Ukrainian, Belorussian, and Kazakh nuclear arsenals to Russia, while the contemporaneous "Megatons to Megawatts" program …

Nuclear Energy

Hamas 'tortured Palestinian collaborators' in Gaza hospital

An Amnesty International report details 'spine-chilling' war crimes including summary executions and torture committed against Palestinians in Gaza during last summer’s war with Israel<p>Hamas forces carried out harrowing extrajudicial killings, abductions and arrests of Palestinians in Gaza during …

Genetically engineered virus 'cures' patients of skin cancer

The new therapy has far fewer side effects because it is harnassing the body's own immune system<p>A genetically engineered virus has ‘cured’ patients of cancer for the first time in a breakthrough which raises hopes of an end to chemotherapy.<p>In a worldwide study which was led by the Institute of …

Screentendo can turn almost anything on your computer into a Mario level

When I start daydreaming online, I’ve found myself wondering why I can’t control a little Mario and make him jump around the eBay ads for crap I looked up two weeks ago. Well, it turns that out that I can.<p>Developer Aaron Randall has coded together something that he calls Screentendo. This is a Mac …

Bird flu could be as deadly as the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic

Scientists must be allowed to work on deadly viruses in labs to ward off future outbreaks, Professor Derek Smith argues<p>Bird flu could be as deadly as the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic but scientists have been prevented from working on a vaccine, a leading academic has warned.<p>Professor Derek Smith, of …

How Adolf Hitler Haunts Angela Merkel

Germany should be a true U.S. partner in leadership—on surveillance and everything else—but the ghosts of World War II are holding it back.<p>Seventy years after Adolf Hitler’s suicide, Germany’s unconditional surrender in World War II and its isolation and breakup, the country is a colossus once …

Europe

Elizabeth Warren On Rise Of The 1099 Economy: "A Real Problem"

The Democratic senator avoided directly answering whether Uber and Lyft drivers should be classified as employees, but did weigh in on the changing nature of contract workers.<p>Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday dodged addressing whether contract workers for on-demand services such as …

Republicans rip the Clintons for their 'secret shell company'

Clinton's company, WJC LLC, features his initials in its name. According to the Associated Press it has "no apparent employees or assets," but "demonstrates the complexity" of the finances of Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The story about the company is the latest …

Government

Extremists order east London Muslims to boycott election vote in Tower Hamlets

Radicals accused of intimidating Muslims with campaign that claims voting is un-Islamic<p>Voting in the General Election was embroiled in controversy with some Muslims told not to vote while others were allegedly ordered by spiritual leaders to back Labour.<p>Muslims in east London were warned not to …

East London

Bill Nye is testing a spaceship that rides on sunbeams

LightSail project uses solar sails for propulsion<p>Back in 1976, famed physicist and astronomer Carl Sagan appeared on <i>The Tonight Show</i> to explain a new method of space travel. Using a technique called solar sailing, Sagan described a craft that used a large reflective sheet to "work exactly as a …

Space Travel

Where the heck are all the aliens?

The Fermi paradox says that even if life is highly improbable overall, the size of the universe and the time in which it has been in existence should have led to many intelligent civilizations. In other words, if only a fraction of a single percent of grains of sand are red, but you're dealing with …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Earnings season on track for double-digit profit gains Subscriber content<p>Business Briefing ‘Fiscal conflict’: What U.S. shutdown could mean for stocks, U.S. and Canadian dollars Subscriber content<p>Opinion Tourism: a trade deficit of Trump’s own making Subscriber content<p>Seeking a U.S. foothold, …

United Kingdom

Nintendo is profitable again

Nintendo's consolidated financial results (PDF link) for fiscal year 2015 shows a profitable company, reversing a trend of losses that dates back to 2012.<p>Today, Nintendo disclosed net sales of $4.61 billion (5.49 billion yen) and an operating income of $207.83 million for the fiscal year that ended …

Gaming
Hermès

Putin's new tank designed to 'outclass the West’ breaks down

Russia’s state of the art T-14 Armata tank stops during final rehearsal for Saturday’s Moscow commemorations<p>A new Russian tank announced with much fanfare as <b>superior to Western machines stalled during a dress rehearsal</b> for Victory Day celebrations in Moscow on Thursday.<p><b>The T-14 Armata</b>, making only …

NSA mass phone surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden ruled illegal

Collection of millions of Americans’ phone records is ruled unlawful Landmark decision by appeals court clears way for full challenge against NSA<p>The US court of appeals has ruled that the bulk collection of telephone metadata is unlawful, in a landmark decision that clears the way for a full legal …

Surveillance

Hatton Garden raid victims 'have lost everything'

Loss adjuster reveals many victims of Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Company heist were small businesses who have lost whole livelihoods<p>Victims of the Hatton Garden jewellery raid have found their whole livelihoods have gone, according to a loss adjuster.<p>Rick Marchant, of Marchant and Marchant …

An Atlantic City Casino That Claims It Can Extend Your Life

A little baccarat, a little blood transfusion<p>Last month, real estate tycoon Glenn Straub bought the Atlantic City casino formerly known as Revel for $82 million. Among the amenities he's adding to the property are futuristic medical facilities that offer a slew of medical treatments which Straub …

Real Estate
Trains

16 People Were Murdered Every Day in El Salvador in March

El Salvador recorded more murders in March than in any other month during the past decade, as gangland violence and drug trafficking continue to …

Latin America

Watch Your Browser Code Darth Vader and Reddit On Its Own

Anyone who’s ever built a website knows just how much hard work goes into writing the CSS and HTML to make it look just right, but those who haven’t might not understand just how much work is involved.<p>Now you can experience that labor for yourself even if you’re not an ace coder. Watch these two …

Darth Vader
Middle East
Government
Conservative Party
Defense Budgets
Rand Paul

Microsoft at 40, the iPad at 5 and the always-changing nature of tech

This weekend, tech history buffs are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Microsoft. Love it or hate it, there is no denying that Microsoft is one of …