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Europe’s citizenship tests are so hard not even citizens can pass

LONDON — The 75-year-old American professor had lived in the Swiss town of Einsiedeln for nearly 40 years when he decided to take a citizenship test to acquire a Swiss passport. The unnamed man spoke fluent German and had few reasons to believe that anyone could have objections to him being …

Europe

Zika Virus Funding Battle in Congress ‘Simply Inexcusable’

The failure of Congress to approve any money to help fight Zika is “simply inexcusable” and a “dereliction of duty,” senators said during a hearing Wednesday, with just two days left before a long break means no money before autumn.<p>As senators traded accusations at the hearing, Texas reported a …

Public Health

Austria To Neo-Nazis: Hitler's Birthplace Is Not A Pilgrimage Site

Neo-Nazis just got a punch in the gut. That's because Austria's government made the wise move this past week to send a bill to parliament that would authorize them, if approved, to seize the home where Adolph Hitler was born. The plan is twofold: prevent Nazis from being able to use this place as …

'Three centuries' to catalogue all Amazon tree species

<b>Tree species in the Amazon rainforest are so many and varied that it would take three centuries to catalogue them, a major study has estimated.</b><p>In research published in the journal Scientific Reports, more than 500,000 museum specimens dating back 300 years were audited.<p>They say nearly 12,000 tree …

Biodiversity