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Zika Virus: Why Does a New or Old Virus Emerge Every Few Years?

Every few years it seems a new virus captures the public's attention. Over a decade ago it was SARS which had people in Hong Kong wearing masks, then it was avian flu, then H1N1, then the West Nile virus, and then Ebola and now, it is Zika.<p>We don't know for certain why a new virus emerges, but I …

Risk of EU breakup is real, Tusk warns ahead of crucial summit

Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, warned on Monday that positions were hardening on Britain’s future in Europe ahead of the crucial summit he will chair on Thursday and the risk of break-up was real.<p>David Cameron scrapped a debate at the European parliament on Tuesday and …

Europe

The True Story Behind Valentine's Day

<i>This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was</i> …

I opened up an 'ugly food' shop — here's why you should be eating disfigured vegetables

Plenty of evidence suggests we do look for similar traits in both people and produce, and our perceptions of food are clearly affected by what it looks like.<p>Each year we waste 1.3 billion tonnes of food worldwide, a third of the total produced.<p>This unbelievable figure is partly made up of "ugly" …

The mosquitoes that changed history

<b>(CNN) —</b> In Spanish, mosquito translates to "little gnat," but its impact on history has been far from miniscule.<p>In just the most recent example, mosquitoes are spreading the Zika virus throughout South and Central Americas, causing an increased incidence of birth defects.<p>However, the species of …

The US is selling $1.8 billion in arms to Taiwan — and China is not happy about it

The authorization, which Reuters on Monday reported was imminent, came a year after Congress passed legislation approving the sale. It is the first such major arms sale to Taiwan in more than four years.<p>The White House said there was no change in the longstanding U.S. "one China" policy. Past U.S. …

China is now at the top of everyone's watch list

While the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Bank of Japan have offices in Beijing, the U.S. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank appear to rely on the same data - that may be flawed - as everyone else.<p>By raising interest rates on Wednesday the Fed removed one major source of uncertainty, …

Massive Downsizing In Oil Sector Brings Acute Pain For The Holidays

The holiday season can bring stresses — what with the shopping, shipping, baking and bills — but for workers in the energy sector, this December is turning out to be especially tough thanks to industry layoffs.<p>Take Robin Ewan, who, for more than 30 years, worked as a test engineer for Schlumberger, …

Energy Companies Face Big Risks From Paris Climate Deal

Now the Paris climate summit is over, analysts are warning that fossil-fuel companies will slowly feel the impact from signed at COP 21—even if it …

Who Built Stonehenge? Big-Time Meat-Eaters

Stonehenge’s construction crew came together from across Britain for some epic barbecues, a feat of social organization millennia before mobile phones made it easy for people to connect.<p>Now, new analysis of the fat-coated pottery left behind at the Durrington Walls settlement near Stonehenge is …

Archaeology

Russia: Turkish president benefits from ISIL oil deals

Russia has upped its dispute with Turkey further by claiming to have evidence that proves President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family are benefiting from the illegal smuggling of oil from territory held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL).<p>Moscow has repeatedly been making the …

A Turkish Court Is Trying to Figure Out if It's an Insult to Compare the President to Gollum

A court in Turkey has solicited experts to conduct a character assessment of Gollum, from <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>, because the judge is unsure if a …

Father of San Bernardino shooter says son supported ISIS, newspaper reports

<b>(CNN) —</b> The father of Syed Rizwan Farook told an Italian newspaper that his son, one of two shooters in last week's San Bernardino massacre, supported ISIS ideology and was "fixated on Israel."<p>Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire at Farook's co-workers at a holiday party for the …

Paris explosives are a key clue to plot

<b>(CNN) —</b> French prosecutors say the bombs used in the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday were made from TATP, a fact that yields important clues about the way the plot was planned and executed.<p>TATP-based bombs are built using the common household ingredient hydrogen peroxide, which is used to …

City Guide: New York City

The capital of the United States for a very short time, New York City would become the cultural capital of the world by the 20th century. Like Paris, it established that position by harboring artists of all stripes: writers, painters, dancers and musicians who carved out “scenes” that would change …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2015

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Fire swept through the giant refugee camp in northern France last night

In the midst of the horrific massacre in Paris, that has left at least 120 people dead and scores injured, a fire broke out late evening on Friday (Nov. 13) in a refugee camp in Calais, the northeastern French town, injuring a number of immigrants staying there.<p>“The details are sketchy at the …

Which is the world's most generous country?

<b>(CNN) —</b> A global survey of charitable giving conducted on 135 nations might give us a renewed sense of faith in humanity.<p>The World Giving Index 2014 examined whether people donated money to a charity, volunteered their time to an organization or offered assistance to someone they didn't know who …

France Has a Powerful and Controversial New Surveillance Law

The law authorizes the government to tap phones and computers of terrorism suspects without much oversight.<p>As it plans its response to a series of six terrorist attacks Friday night that killed 129 and injured 352, the government of France will likely step up its efforts to keep tabs on the …

Jihadi John: Isis execution Mohammed Emwazi fathered a son in Syria before his death

Jihadi John, the British Islamic State (Isis) executioner, reportedly fathered a son before he was killed in a drone strike in Syria, according to …

Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit

In 1908, Indian revolutionary Taraknath Das wrote to Leo Tolstoy, by then one of the most famous public figures in the world, asking for the author’s support in India’s independence from British colonial rule. On December 14, Tolstoy, who had spent the last twenty years seeking the answers to …

Paris terror attacks: world leaders condemn 'the work of the devil'

World leaders have condemned Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, as cities across the world stepped up security in response to the killings.<p>The UK prime minister, David Cameron, warned the country to be prepared for the possibility that Britons could be among the casualties, while the Queen expressed …

Jeb Bush

Paris attacks: We bomb the jihadists there, they shoot us here

With this attack, the jihadists are showing us that the West can win battles in the Middle East but still face a war at home<p>The Paris attackers shouted “this is for Syria” as they started their rampage, asserting that by involving themselves in the Middle East western nations had brought its wars …

Paris Attacks

5 Korean Novels You Should Read Now

South Korea is becoming a major player on the world’s literary scene, beginning with last year’s London Book Fair, which spotlighted Korean literature. In particular, the country’s literary scene is making a name for itself with dark, transgressive fiction by female writers, some of which might not …

New planetary find "best chance for life outside our solar system"

<b>(CNN) —</b> Astronomers have made two new planetary discoveries that they claim expand the known boundaries of our solar system -- and they may be the biggest breakthroughs in the search for alien life.<p>The two finds, one planet at the edge of our solar system and one just beyond, have both been hailed …

Are There Secret Codes In the Mona Lisa?

Like a chapter straight out of the popular book "The Da Vinci Code," art historians have found microscopic codes hidden within the eye of the …

The ultimate job-hopper's survival guide

Is job hopping a strategic move or career suicide? What those gaps and short stints on your CV really signal to recruiters and how to get ahead of any negative perceptions.<p>When Barbara, 36, relocated to Atlanta from Boston for a marketing job, she realised almost immediately it was the wrong …

Report: Black boxes show bomb brought down Russian jet

<b>(CNN) —</b> European investigators who analyzed the two flight recorders from the Metrojet plane that went down last weekend in Egypt are categorically saying the crash is not an accident, CNN affiliate France 2 reported Friday.<p>The investigators said the cockpit voice recorder of Metrojet Flight 9268 …

Mormon Church Bars Same-Sex Couples

Mormon church toughens stance on same-sex marriages, saying gay couples face expulsion unless they disavow homosexual relationships<p>Gay and lesbian Mormons and their supporters are reeling over a rule change by church officials that says members in same-sex marriages can be kicked out and their …

LGBTQI

U.S. pushes other countries to prepare for wave of 5G devices and drones

<i>(By Tom Miles, Reuters) –</i> The United States wants a global deal to reallocate parts of the radio spectrum for the next “5G” generation of mobile devices, a boom in civilian drones and a worldwide flight tracking system, senior U.S. officials said on Thursday.<p>Tom Wheeler, chairman of the U.S. …