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The Beginner's Guide to Getting Better Sleep

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>On February 13, 1972, Michel Siffre climbed into a cave in southwest Texas. It would be six months before he saw daylight again.<p>Siffre was a French scientist and a pioneer in chronobiology, which is the study of biological rhythms. The …

Whatever happened to the great apes of Europe?

It was more than 14 million years ago that ancient apes departed Africa and began radiating throughout Europe and Asia, according to scientists. So why don't we see apes in Europe today?<p>Researchers in Spain argue that a variety of great apes went extinct in Europe about 7 million years ago because …

Like in Humans, Genes Drive Half of Chimp Intelligence, Study Finds

For chimps, social skills and spatial understanding run in the family.<p>Chimpanzees and other great apes are known for their intelligence: They can learn words, play with objects, and even seem to mourn the deaths of their friends. But just as for humans, cognitive abilities vary from one animal to …

You're Not Highly Evolved

Here's where our bodies still mess up<p>As humans, it’s tempting to think of ourselves as the pinnacle of evolutionary progress. But evolution can only work with what’s available, resulting in a body that’s a bundle of compromises.<p>FEET<p>Our ankles and feet started out as flexible tree-climbing tools …

Police: Toddler dies after getting trapped in hot car

A 3-year-old boy in Southern California died Wednesday after he climbed into an unlocked car on a hot summer's day and was trapped, police said.<p>The toddler was playing alone in the front yard of his house in Sylmar while his parents were home when he got into the car and couldn't get out, said …

The long campaign to silence Uighur voice of dissent

Ilham Tohti sat in the back of the second-floor coffee shop, eyes occasionally flitting to the door to check if he had been followed. The surprise was that it seemed he had not. By his count, some 15 people were employed to monitor his every movement, day and night. Occasionally, they threatened …

Haunting memories 70 years after Warsaw Uprising

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Kazimierz Mikos ran down a Warsaw street, zig-zagging to avoid the bullets that whizzed past him. As the 14-year-old ran for …

Spain’s King Juan Carlos faces paternity claim from alleged illegitimate son

A Catalan waiter claims he is the illegitimate son of the abdicated monarch in first legal test for King Juan Carlos<p>A paternity suit against King Juan Carlos of Spain has been lodged with the nation’s Supreme Court by a Catalan waiter who believes he is the illegitimate son of the former monarch.<p>It …

Turkish Elections Kick Off in Berlin's Olympic Stadium

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Landslide buries Indian village; at least 30 dead

MALIN, India (AP) — Heavy rains hampered efforts Friday by hundreds of rescue workers digging through heavy mud and debris, as the death toll from a …

Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and …

Rolex passed among jurors in ex-Va. gov trial

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — RICHMOND, Va. — A former CEO testified Thursday that his cozy relationship with Virginia's first family was a poor business …

Syrian city of Homs shows signs of life amid moonscape of devastation

Adnan Azzam has his work cut out. Every room in his second-floor apartment in the old city of Homs bears the scars of war: there’s a shell hole in the corner of the children’s bedroom and drawers are missing from the glass-fronted cabinets in the ornate salon. They were chopped up for firewood by …

Snowden's asylum status in Russia ending

MOSCOW (AP) — Edward Snowden's temporary asylum status in Russia will expire at midnight Thursday, but the former U.S. National Security Agency …

Parking lot plane crash: San Diego witnesses describe close call

Witnesses on the ground described close calls and their shock when a small airplane crashed and burst into flames Wednesday in the parking lot of a Costco in San Diego.<p>"It was pretty nuts. I was just minding my own business and then a plane falls out of the sky," Cesar Alvarez, who was waiting to …

Azerbaijan Has Launched A New Campaign To Silence Its Most Prominent Critics

"They [the government] are trying to push international limits," said one human rights researcher.<p>Activists in Azerbaijan are calling for the release of leading human rights defender Leyla Yunus, after Azeri police arrested Leyla and her husband, Arif, on what appear to be fabricated charges of …

European court orders Russia to pay damages to opposition politician

The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ordered Russia to pay damages for civil rights violations against a prominent opposition politician who was arrested at a street protest in Moscow in 2010 and subsequently detained.<p>In the second of two rulings against Russia on Thursday, the …

House to vote on $659 million border bill

WASHINGTON — House Republicans postponed their August recess in an effort to salvage a border funding bill that collapsed Thursday under the weight of conservative opposition.<p>"We're trying to work through this, and I actually think we will still get there," said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. Republicans …

L.A. officials urge feds to do more to help immigrant children

Several<p>Los Angeles City Councilmembers are calling on federal lawmakers to do more to help the thousands of immigrant children who have crossed the Mexican border alone in recent months.<p>L.A. officials plan to introduce a council motion Friday asking the government to provide more aid to help …

India, U.S. stress strategic ties but tensions remain

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The United States and India stressed their desire to boost business and defense ties on Thursday, but trade and spying rows were a reminder of the obstacles to President Barack Obama’s vision of a “defining” partnership.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the media as …

Afghanistan has cost more to rebuild than Europe after Second World War

A US government report reveals corruption and waste have pushed the cost of reconstruction beyond the total spent under the Marshall Plan<p>The cost of rebuilding Afghanistan has exceeded the amount of money spent putting Europe back on its feet after the Second World War, it has been disclosed.<p>A US …

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Imam of China's largest mosque killed in Xinjiang

<b>The imam of China's largest mosque - in the city of Kashgar in Xinjiang - has been killed in what appears to be a targeted assassination.</b><p>Jume Tahir, 74, was reportedly stabbed after he led early morning prayers at the Id Kah mosque on Wednesday.<p>His killing came two days after dozens of people were …