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'It was such pain, such humiliation': 18-year-old describes her life as an ISIS sex slave

Shirin, a pseudonym, was 17 years old when ISIS (also known as the Islamic State, ISIL, or Daesh) took over her village in northern Iraq.<p>ISIS fighters encircled the town in August 2014 and made sure none of the women or girls were able to escape, according to the German international broadcaster …

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Florida Hospital Workers Who Treated MERS Patient Also Ill

Two of the health care workers who treated a MERS patient in Florida have come down with respiratory symptoms, and are being tested to see if they may have caught the mysterious virus from him, hospital officials say.<p>In at least one of the cases it’s almost certain not to be MERS — the staffer …

The World Is Full of Holocaust Deniers

A new survey suggests that many Asians, Africans, Middle Easterners, young people, Muslims, and Hindus believe that facts about the genocide have been distorted.<p>Only 54 percent of the world's population has heard of the Holocaust.<p><i>54 percent</i>.<p>This is the most staggering statistic in a new survey by …

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Christian in Sudan sentenced to death for faith; 'I'm just praying,' husband says

Hours after a Sudanese court sentenced his pregnant wife to death when she refused to recant her Christian faith, her husband told CNN he feels helpless.<p>"I'm so frustrated. I don't know what to do," Daniel Wani told CNN on Thursday. "I'm just praying."<p>This week a Khartoum court convicted his wife, …

9 Things Changing on the New SAT

The College Board announced some radical changes to the SAT on Wednesday. Starting in 2016, the college entrance exam will take on a whole new format …

Your Country's History & Culture Summed Up In A Single Image

Sure stereotypes are little more than sweeping generalisations and fail to recognise the intricacies between and differences between individuals, …

Most Teens Aren't Active Enough, And It's Not Always Their Fault

Sure, you think, my kid's on a football team. That takes care of his exercise needs, right? Probably not.<p>"There are these bursts of activity," says Jim Sallis, a professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego. "But if you think about it, one hour of playing …

Man poised to lead India barred from entering US

The man poised to lead India -- one of America's staunchest allies in Asia and a nation of more than a billion people -- cannot even legally enter the United States.<p>In what has triggered a quiet battle on Capitol Hill, advocacy groups and lawmakers are drawing attention to the case of India's …

This Drug Could Help Skin Cancer Patients Survive For Decades

A huge step forward for the long-term survival of those with serious melanoma.<p>Scientists at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston have just concluded a ten-year study on the effects of a drug called ipilimumab on patients with advanced melanoma, a form of skin cancer, and have found that the …

Where hyenas are used to treat mental illness

<b>Somalia has one of the highest rates of mental illness in the world and with a healthcare system devastated by years of war, most sufferers receive no medical help. Many are chained up - to trees or at home. Some are even locked in cages with hyenas. But one man is trying to change all that.</b><p>Dr …

This Brilliant Kid Invented A Sandless Sandbag For The Next Hurricane Sandy

As a Florida native, 11-year-old Peyton Robertson knows the havoc that hurricanes can wreak. He also knows that much of the damage from these hurricanes comes from saltwater flooding. After seeing the extensive flooding that happened during Hurricane Sandy, he came up with a partial solution: a …

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The “Greenest School On Earth” Is A Grade School For Low-Income Kids In Hong Kong

Proving that sustainability isn’t just for the rich, Hong Kong’s low-income Sing Yin Secondary School recently was honored as one of the most sustainable schools on the planet.<p>Sing Yin Secondary School, in Hong Kong, has all the impressive technology you would associate with a “green school”: solar …

Hope Seen In Chromosome Therapy For Down Syndrome

Some of the greatest scientific innovations have occurred because someone was clever enough not to reinvent the wheel—and instead to think of new ways to use something that already exists in nature.<p>Jeanne Lawrence is just such a woman. A scientist in pediatrics and developmental biology at the …

The Way The U.S. Teaches Science Doesn’t Work

Here's how to fix it<p>In 2012, a shocking 69 percent of American high-school graduates failed to meet college-readiness benchmarks in science. And in a 2010 paper about math and science achievement, the U.S. ranked last out of the eight countries studied (including England, South Korea, and Hungary). …

First child 'functionally cured' of HIV remains in remission, scientists announce

In March, a team of medical researchers revealed that a two-year-old patient had been "functionally cured" of HIV after undergoing unusually early treatment with antiretroviral drugs. The instance marked the second documented case of HIV remission, and was the first such case involving a …

Asteroid threat in 2032? Don't panic, but don't brush it off

A big asteroid sailed past Earth last month, and astronomers haven't yet totally excluded the possibility that it'll hit us when it comes around in 2032. If the past is any guide, we won't have to worry about asteroid 2013 TV135 — but it's a reminder that we'll have to fend off a killer space rock …

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15 Genius Ways To Maximize A Small Space

You don't have to feel claustrophobic ever again.<p>The struggle of finding room for all your stuff is real. Whether you live in a studio apartment or want to get more out of a small room, these small space design ideas will save your life. After all, no one ever complained about having too <i>much</i> space.

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Obama tells House to 'just vote' on whether to reopen government

WASHINGTON-- After a taking the weekend off, PresidentObamaresumed his public pounding of HouseRepublicanson Monday even as a top aide laid out a possible avenue for defusing the fiscal fight that has frozen parts of the government and threatens a federal default.<p>Speaking during a visit to …

University Of Texas Conservative Students Hold Affirmative Action Bake Sale

A group of conservative students at the University of Texas at Austin held a bake sale on campus last week, charging different prices for brownies based on the customer's race. The group said it wanted to show why affirmative action is a terrible policy.<p>The affirmative action bake sale, held Sept. …

Turkey is set to end a ban on several letters of the alphabet

Kurds make up about 20% of Turkey’s population - around 15 to 20 million people. But until the early 1990s, it was illegal in Turkey to use Kurdish in public.<p>Turkey went even further by banning several letters of the alphabet - X, W and Q - because they are associated with the Kurdish language.<p>The …