Lukasz Taengoo

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Islamic State confirms identity of dead British terrorist Jihadi John

Isil confirms identity and death of Mohammed Emwazi in statement taunting MI5 for allowing jihadi to travel from Britain to Syria<p>Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists have acknowledged the death of Jihadi John for the first time, claiming that he "pretended to be unintelligent to trick …

Terrorism

The Woman Who Made Science Beautiful

Where others sought separation, Maria Sibylla Merian saw connection.<p><i>Updated on August 2, 2016</i><p>It was silkworms that first captured 13–year–old Maria Sibylla Merian’s attention. She would later graduate to a wider set of creatures, watching caterpillars, pupae, butterflies, and moths for days, weeks, …

Caterpillars

Nearly 19,000 civilians killed in Iraq in 21-month period, report says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Nearly 19,000 civilians were killed in Iraq between January 2014 and October 2015 -- a toll the United Nations calls "staggering" in a new report.<p>The report, released Tuesday, outlined the horrific impact that Iraq's ongoing conflict is having on its civilian population.<p>Much of the …

Islamic State confirms the death of 'Jihadi John'

The Islamic State on Tuesday confirmed the death of "Jihadi John," the militant featured in grisly videos beheading Western hostages and the target of a U.S. airstrike last fall.<p>Last November, the Pentagon said it was “reasonably certain” that the militant, whose real name is Mohammed Emwazi, was …

Michigan Governor Snyder Apologizes for Flint Water Crisis, Says 'I Will Fix It'

Criticized for his handling of a water crisis that has exposed residents of a city of nearly 100,000 people to lead poisoning, Michigan’s governor on Tuesday apologized to the citizens of Flint and pledged to fix the problem.<p>"Your families face a crisis — a crisis you did not create and could not …

What Taiwan’s Elections Mean for China’s Economic Future

Taiwan’s election over the weekend was an important milestone for the island’s democracy. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), long the opposition …

The corporate grab behind the Yosemite Park trademark clash

If you're a lover of U.S. national parks in general and Yosemite National Park in particular, you've probably been moved to outrage over reports that a New York corporation has claimed the trademark rights to several names associated with the park.<p>These include the historic Ahwahnee Hotel, Curry …

National Parks

5 things to know about Flint's water crisis

<b>(CNN) —</b> An once-quiet crisis in Flint is now drawing voluminous concern from around the nation as celebrities, politicians and presidential candidates steer attention to the toxic tap water in one of Michigan's biggest and most beleaguered cities.<p>It's hard to put anything about the issue in a …

Water

Pablo Escobar's mansion is razed, a last vestige of Miami's 1980s cocaine wars

A vestige of the drug wars that made Miami notorious for violence and smuggling in the 1980s is being razed, with its new owners anxiously sifting through the wreckage for any last traces of the reign of Pablo Escobar.<p>Demolition began Tuesday on a pink waterfront mansion in Miami Beach that the …

Mexico

The study, which calls for America to flex its military muscle in the region, will likely be seized on by Republicans who accuse Obama of weak leadership<p>The balance of military power in Asia is shifting against the US as China makes aggressive territorial moves, a major independent report will warn …

Geopolitics