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Malala Yousafzai Visits Nigeria, Pledges To Help Free Kidnapped Schoolgirls

ABUJA, July 14 (Reuters) - Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, pledged while on a trip to Nigeria to help free a group of schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants.<p>On Sunday, Malala met parents of the …

Bridges

China bans Ramadan fast in Muslim northwest

China cracks down on students and civil servants observing fast as Xinjiang is under tighter security following attacks<p>Students and civil servants in China's Muslim northwest, where Beijing is enforcing a security crackdown following deadly unrest, have been ordered to avoid taking part in …

No One Is Talking About The 153 Schoolchildren Kidnapped By ISIS

According to a Human Rights Watch report, ISIS abducted 153 children between the ages of 13 and 14 from the mostly Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab on May 29. The children were returning home from taking their year-end exams in the city of Aleppo when they were abducted.<p>The kidnapping, by a group that …

Africa

Obama: Middle-class issues drive my agenda

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Barack Obama

Study maps fracking methane risk to drinking water

<b>A major study into the potential of fracking to contaminate drinking water with methane has been published.</b><p>The British Geological Survey and the Environment Agency have mapped where key aquifers in England and Wales coincide with locations of shale.<p>The research reveals this occurs under nearly half …

Oil & Gas Industry

Food Allergy Treatments for Children Show Promise

An estimated 15 million people in the United States have a food allergy of some sort, and according to the journal “Pediatrics,” 5.9 million of them are children.<p>Now researchers are working on a way to desensitize patients who suffer from some of the most common allergens in the U.S.: peanuts, tree …

Biomedicine

A Misspent Youth Doesn't Doom You To Heart Disease

We all know that a healthy lifestyle can keep heart disease at bay. But if like many of us you spent your 20s scarfing down pizza, throwing back a few too many beers and aggressively avoiding the gym, don't despair.<p>People who drop bad habits in their late 30s and 40s can reduce their risk of …

Obama says replenishing Highway Trust Fund would be patriotic

In his latest attempt to get<p>Congressto spend money to upgrade America's roads and bridges, PresidentObamadebuted a new sales pitch Tuesday: patriotism.<p>Standing beside the Francis Scott Key Bridge on a sweltering afternoon, Obama paid homage to the writer of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in a speech …

Driving

Ocean's nasty plastic garbage is disappearing: What's going on?

Plastic seems to be disappearing from the world's oceans, and scientists are not sure why.<p>Exposure to waves and radiation from the sun can cause plastics to break down into micro-fragments, but scientists say those fragments are stable and durable enough to last for hundreds of thousands of …

Pollution
Public Health

Hundreds arrested at sit-in following huge pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong

Hundreds of demonstrators, including prominent lawmakers, were arrested at a peaceful sit-in in Hong Kong early Wednesday, following a huge rally calling for democracy in the Chinese territory.<p>Large crowds had turned out for a 5 km march through the city's central business district Tuesday, in a …

Obama to seek $2 billion to stem surge of Central American immigrants

President Obama will send a letter to Congress on Monday requesting more than $2 billion to pay for tighter border enforcement and humanitarian assistance to respond to the swell of children from Central America illegally crossing the border without their parents, a White House official said Sunday.<p>…

ISIS Declares Themselves an Islamic State

Islamic State (ISIS)

Obama expected to nominate former Fortune 500 CEO to head VA

President Barack Obama has chosen former Procter & Gamble Chief Executive Bob McDonald, an Army veteran, as his nominee to be the next secretary of the troubled Veterans Administration, a White House official told Al Jazeera on Sunday.<p>Obama's announcement is expected to be made this week, possibly …

Christiane Amanpour: This Might Be 'The End of Iraq as We Know It'

The world is facing a nightmare scenario in Iraq and across the Middle East, according to veteran journalist Christiane Amanpour, chief international …

Christiane Amanpour

The 13 Greatest Iced Coffee Recipes for Summer

Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home!<p>Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home! Via Redbook.com

Coffee

US teachers are not nearly as diverse as their students, new studies say

• Minority students would benefit from more diverse teachers • 82% of teachers are white, compared to 52% of students<p>US teachers are nowhere near as diverse as their students, according to two new studies. Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than one in five …

Catherine Rampell: Millennials not feeling the love from U.S. institutions

We already knew that millennials don’t trust people in general. Now we also know how little they trust people (and institutions) in particular.<p>Perhaps with good reason.<p>In March, a Pew survey made headlines because it found that just one in five millennials believes that “generally speaking, most …

Vatican to debate teachings on divorce, birth control, gay unions

Contraception, cohabitation, divorce, remarriage and same-sex unions: They're issues that pain and puzzle Roman Catholics who want to be true to both their church and themselves.<p>Now those issues are about to be put up for debate by their leader, a man who appears determined to push boundaries and …

Pope Francis

FDA Moves to Crack Down on Quack Autism ‘Cures’

Vaccines don’t cause autism, and cleansing ‘chelation’ therapies don’t cure it. Now some companies may face legal action against their autism-curing …

Barack Obama

Poll: Youth interest in midterms sinks

A new poll holds some grim omens for Democrats in this year’s midterm elections: young voters have dwindling interest in the November races, and the ones who do plan to cast ballots are more likely to vote Republican.<p>According to the poll, conducted by Harvard’s Institute of Politics and released …