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Russia warns West not to blackmail it over Ukraine | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia blamed Kiev on Monday for a surge in fighting in Ukraine and warned the West that any attempt to increase economic pressure on Moscow would be “absolutely destructive” blackmail.<p>A man walks past a burnt-out vehicle after a shelling by pro-Russian rebels of a residential …

Russia

These 8 Arab Cartoonists Fight For Freedom Of Expression Every Day

As the world processes the devastating mass shooting Wednesday in the Paris offices of the satirical paper Charlie Hebdo, cartoonists around the world are making sense of the death of their colleagues in France. The code of the political cartoonist is universally held from Sudan to San Diego: at …

Would you be beautiful in the ancient world?

<b>In ancient Greece the rules of beauty were all important. Things were good for men who were buff and glossy. And for women, fuller-figured redheads were in favour - but they had to contend with an ominous undercurrent, historian Bettany Hughes explains.</b><p>A full-lipped, cheek-chiselled man in Ancient …

Europe Was a Melting Pot From the Start, Ancient DNA Reveals

Genetic analysis of a 37,000-year-old human bone from Russia suggests widespread intermingling during Paleolithic times.<p>Modern Europeans have genetic ties that bind them together much further back in time than once thought, scientists report after analyzing a prehistoric Russian man's DNA.<p>Scraps of …

Taylor Swift says Spotify doesn't pay artists fairly

It doesn't sound like she's ever coming back, guys<p>Taylor Swift has already sold more than 1.287 million copies of <i>1989</i>. But the pop star says "it's impossible to try to speculate" if her latest release would've reached the same, instant (and increasingly rare) success if it'd been available to …

SpaceShipTwo Pilot's Survival is Miraculous

In this reporter’s initial article for Universe Today on the SpaceShipTwo accident, it was already clear that the survival of one of the two pilots …

When Words Fail: Lessons From a Father Grieving His Teen's Suicide

Recently, my world was turned upside down. My 19-year-old son succumbed to the illness of depression and took his own life. As many have said previously, this pain is something no parent should have to endure. There are no words to express the depth of the guilt, anger, sadness, and sorrow that is …

Obama writes Iran's supreme leader about militants

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare outreach to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Barack Obama has written a letter about the fight …

Rouble crashes as Russian economy teeters on brink of recession

Currency instability is reviving memories among Russians who suffered after the country’s default in the 1990s<p>Russia’s economic difficulties intensified on Friday as the beleaguered rouble crashed during morning trading, stoking fears that the country was on the verge of a full-blown currency …

Japanese woman abducted by North Korea died of drug overdose: report | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - Megumi Yokota, a Japanese national abducted by North Korean agents decades ago as a schoolgirl, died from an overdose of medication in 1994 and was buried in a pit with other corpses, a South Korean newspaper said on Friday.<p>Yokota, who has been an iconic symbol of Japanese …

How Sex Organs Got Started: It Was an Evolutionary Quickie

If you turn over a mouse and a snake to look for their sex organs, you'd probably gain an appreciation for the diversity of genitalia in the animal world. Down near their tails, male mice have penises studded with tiny spines, and female mice have vaginas. But male snakes have a pair of penises, …

Biology

Man chooses to be eaten alive by anaconda

Naturalist Paul Rosolie believes "you have to go head first." What he's referring to is shoving his head into the mouth of an anaconda, letting it swallow him, and filming the experience for a Discovery Channel special called <i>Eaten Alive</i>, News.com.au reports.<p>According to the Discovery Channel's …

GM: Rice told Goodell he hit Janay

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome testified under oath Thursday in the Ray Rice appeal hearing that he heard the former Baltimore running back …

Accomplice in student's rape, murder denied parole

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A woman will stay behind bars for luring a University of New Hampshire student to her apartment as a sex offering to her …

It's Over: Texas' Ebola Outbreak Has Ended

The Ebola outbreak in Texas has ended.<p>As of midnight Friday, it was 21 days since anyone got Ebola or was in contact with someone who got Ebola.<p>“God willing, we are going to be Ebola-free Friday midnight,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, the elected official who oversaw the county’s response …

Disease

Peshmergas blunt, don't break, Islamic State siege of Syria's Kobani

MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish forces have blunted but not broken the siege of the Syrian border town of Kobani, a week after arriving to great fanfare with heavy weapons and fighters in a bid to save it from Islamic State.<p>An Islamic State flag flies atop a building on the east …

Home Depot hackers stole 53 million email adresses on top of credit card info

The hackers that got into Home Depot's computers didn't only steal 56 million credit card details -- the company has recently discovered that they also got away with 53 million email addresses. According to the retailer, no passwords were stolen along with the email ads, but it still wants to warn …

Russian government hints at Vladimir Putin and Tony Abbott meeting

Russian and Australian leaders will have opportunity for talks ‘on the sidelines of one or another summit’, Putin spokesman says<p>The Russian government appears to be warming to the prospect of a meeting between Vladimir Putin and Tony Abbott, with officials pointing to a sidelines conversation …

Central Command general to ISIS: We can hear you

The top U.S. military commander in the fight against ISIS said airstrikes are working to erode the terror group's capabilities and warned militants that the U.S. military is listening to them.<p>Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, who heads the U.S. Central Command, made those remarks at an event Thursday with …

The iPhone just lost its perfect security record — now what?

For most of the iPhone's lifespan, it's been effectively immune to malware. There were theoretical attacks and viruses targeting jailbroken phones, but thanks to the tight controls of the App Store, finding iOS malware in the wild has been nearly impossible. If you didn't jailbreak your phone and …

Obama Coordinating With Iran In Islamic State Fight, Growing Evidence Suggests

Adding to mounting evidence that President Barack Obama's administration sees Iran as something of a partner in its fight against the Islamic State, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Obama wrote to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last month about the campaign against the …