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With time ticking on hostages, Japan wants to communicate with ISIS

<b>(CNN) —</b> Japanese officials want to talk to ISIS. But can they get in touch with the militant group? And if they do, can they do anything to save the lives of two Japanese men being held hostage?<p>Time is running out: ISIS put out a video Tuesday giving the Japanese government 72 hours to pay $200 …

Using X-rays, scientists read ancient, volcano-charred scrolls

Talk about reading between the lines! Scientists wielding X-rays say they can, for the first time, read words inside the charred, rolled-up scrolls that survived the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius nearly two millenniums ago.<p>The findings, described in the journal Nature Communications, give …

Judge orders father to take his children to church

Child care proceedings challenged after judge tells father he has a legal requirement to take his sons to Catholic mass<p>A judge has ordered a father to take his children to Roman Catholic mass as part of a divorce settlement, even though he is not Catholic.<p>The man, who can only be identified as …

A Fresh View of the Moon’s Surface

<i>National Geographic’s Dan Vergano contributed reporting to this story, as well as writing and editing. If I could post it with a shared byline, I would!</i><p>The moon is Earth’s nearest celestial companion, but we don’t often see fresh views of the lunar surface.<p>More than 40 years ago, the Soviet Luna …

Inside The New Stealth Arsenal

A top secret class of autonomous drones is changing the way war is waged<p>On May 2, 2011, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)—locked in a steady, predawn orbit above a residential compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan—transmitted live video of an unfolding military raid to a laptop in the White House …

Here Are The Most Anticipated Video Games Of 2015

Both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have hugely promising titles on their slates, while Nintendo is about to pummel its patient Wii U owners with major in-house productions. And of course, it's set to be another ridiculously busy year for the PC and its dominant digital gaming platform Steam.<p>To get you …

North Korea scrambles to stop The Interview reaching its borders

Task force has been set up inside hermit state to stop copies being smuggled in, as rumours abound as to who was actually behind the Sony hack<p>North Korea has set up a dedicated military team given the task of keeping The Interview away from the eyes of its citizens.<p>Pyongyang has been widely blamed …

Pentagon discloses airstrike against senior Somali militant leader

The United States launched an airstrike against a senior Shabab militia leader in southwestern Somalia on Monday, a<p>Pentagonspokesman disclosed.<p>Rear Adm. John Kirby did not name the target of the strike near the town of Saakow, northeast of the militants' stronghold of Kismayo, saying only that …