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Masons cut out the flam and get straight to the handshakes

Masons are cutting their meetings short to accomodate busy commuters - but the handshakes and the noose remain centre stage<p>For centuries outsiders have been fascinated by their mysterious combination of arcane symbols, practices and props, amid the allure of a powerful cabal.<p>But Masonic gatherings …

Deaths as Boko Haram hits Nigeria's Maiduguri

At least 54 people were killed in a series of blasts in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, police said, the latest attacks by Boko Haram fighters on "soft" civilian targets.<p>The attacks on Monday targeted the Ajilari Cross evening market area and neighbouring Gomari, hitting worshippers at a …

French millionaire businessman held hostage for two months in Marbella

Gang of hardened criminals held hostage a millionaire French businessman for two months, forcing him to transform his fortune into 59 gold bars<p>A millionaire French businessman was held hostage for two months in Marbella while criminals forced him to empty his bank accounts and convert his fortune …

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Ukraine Bans 3 BBC Journalists For "Threatening National Security"

President Petro Poroshenko hurriedly reversed the decision the next day after meeting the British ambassador.<p>KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on Wednesday banning hundreds of people Kiev says took part in the annexation of Crimea and war in the country's eastern …

Kidnappings, sex abuse, torture: U.N. details likely war crimes in Sri Lanka

Detailing "horrific levels" of violence and likely crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka's long civil war, the United Nations' human rights commissioner on Wednesday called for a special court with international prosecutors and judges to investigate and punish perpetrators.<p>The recommendations came …

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Astronauts Snap Stunning Photos of 'Red Sprite' Above Thunderstorms

Like a giant jellyfish floating through the atmosphere, "red sprites" hover above thunderstorms in two new photographs snapped from space.<p>Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) captured two rare photographs of red sprites from above on Aug. 10. Red sprites are strange luminous …

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South Sudan president signs peace deal with rebels

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has signed a peace deal with rebels more than a week after refusing to do so, at a ceremony in the capital Juba attended by African regional leaders.<p>The presidents of Kenya and Uganda, and the prime minister of Ethiopia, who all helped mediate the negotiations, were …

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Liquid water elsewhere in our solar system?

If so, where are we likely to find it? Could we ever get to it? Would we be able to drink it? A planetary geoscientist explains.<p>Science fiction …

A Global Museum: How Flipboard Can Help Bring a World of Ancient Wonders to Classrooms Half a World Away

Being born and raised in Australia, it was easy for me to feel isolated from the rest of the world, especially as I developed a love of history as a child. I recall my disappointment when I learnt that the lands of the Romans, Incas and Medieval Europe were on the other side of the world from where …

Brain-Powered Prosthetics Get Closer To Becoming An Everyday Reality

A friend growing up had a combination of prosthetic legs that replaced the limbs he’d been born without pretty admirably, using a combination of hydraulics and mechanical joints, but without any real smarts and so with considerably limitations (he drove using steering wheel-mounted controls rather …