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World's last male northern white rhino dies

NANYUKI, Kenya (Reuters) - The world’s last male northern white rhino has died, the Kenyan conservancy taking care of it said, leaving only two females of its subspecies alive in the world, although scientists still hope to save it from extinction by in vitro fertilization.<p>Ol Pejeta Conservancy …

A new crop of Kashmiri militants is fighting in the name of religion—not politics

“This nation is ours, we will decide its face,” shouted a man at the funeral of Eisa Fazili in Srinagar on March 12. Fazili was one of the three militants who had been killed early that morning in a gunfight with security forces in a south Kashmir village some 60 kilometres away.<p>Various slogans …

The ISIS Volunteer Who Won’t Be Coming Home

Almost everyone living in the enduringly popular tourist beach town of Sousse, Tunisia, knows someone, or knows someone who knows someone, who went …

Islam

This Is How American Democracy Could End

We asked a leading political scientist about his terrifying new book.<p>If you are worried about the world becoming less and less stable with each passing month, about democracies around the world coming under assault from strongmen and would-be strongmen, about society succumbing to its worst …

Last male northern white rhino takes a walk despite illness

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Old and sick, the world's last male northern white rhino has surprised his keepers by getting up and walking around at a wildlife …

Hand Grenades and Gang Violence Rattle Sweden’s Middle Class

STOCKHOLM — In the Stockholm suburb of Varby Gard, it was not unusual to see the figure of a 63-year-old man pedaling a bicycle home after the end of his shift as an aide for disabled adults, hunched against the icy wind of a Swedish winter.<p>Daniel Cuevas Zuniga had just finished a night shift on a …

Donald Trump

More than 100 girls missing after raid on Nigerian school

<b>Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) —</b> Nigeria has deployed fighter jets, helicopters and surveillance planes to search for more than 100 girls who are missing after suspected Boko Haram militants attacked their school in the northeastern region of the country.<p>The country's Ministry for Information said Sunday …

Africa

Twin Suicide Attacks in Aden, Yemen

At least 5 people were killed and 31 wounded as two car suicide bombers and gunmen tried to storm the headquarters of a counter-terrorism unit in …

France has foiled two terror attacks this year

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb says suspects have been arrested for allegedly planning to attack a sports centre and soldiers.<p>France has foiled two …

‘We were not ready’: NY remembers 1993 trade centre bombing

NEW YORK — The World Trade Center’s operators apologized Monday to relatives of people killed in the 1993 bombing there, saying the country was …

World Trade Center

Her baby may outlive her own country: The story of the Marshall Islands

An activist from the Marshall Islands wrote this poem for her young daughter, who may outlive her own country.<p>The Marshall Islands has been hit hard …

Sea Level

Russia hacked the Olympics and tried to make it look like North Korea did it

And the International Olympic Committee could reinstate Russia as soon as this week.<p>Russian military spies hacked hundreds of computers at the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea — and tried to make it look like North Korea was the culprit, according to a new report. It is likely retaliation against …

International Olympic Committee

Top 25 Social Media Tools For Marketers

With today’s society becoming more connected and more reliant on the internet, business ties are increasing being forged online rather than in a boardroom. Nowadays, most brands have at least one online presence, and most have several.<p>Social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat …

Social Media

Airlines' Latest Sneaky Trick: Charging Passengers According to Who They Are, Not Where They're Flying

<i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Have you ever been ignored in a restaurant?<p>Have you walked into a fancy store and the clerks took one look at you and decided that you're not rich enough for them to make a good commission?<p><i>What is</i> …

USDOT

There's a 'Doorway to The Underworld' in Siberia So Big It's Uncovered Ancient Forests

A doorway to 200,000 years ago.<p>It's no secret that Siberia's permafrost is on thin ice. Conditions are varying so much that huge holes are appearing …

If Your Website Doesn't Have This 1 Thing on Every Page, Customers Will Click Away

Fortunately, it's really easy to add and it's a guaranteed increase in leads.<p>Having a website is great and all, but if you haven't built it to lead to more leads, then you are losing out on precious opportunities.<p>Think of your website as a digital business card (because it is). Every single person …

Steve Jobs Was the World's Greatest Salesman Because He Answered the 1 Question on Everyone's Mind

Once you realize your customers don't care about your 'product,' you'll be more likely to make a sale.<p>I'm looking at an intimidating 800-page binder as I write this article. It contains confidential information about a new product category. When I prepare the company's leaders to launch the …

My six years covering neo-Nazis: 'They're all vying for the affections of Russia'

Vegas Tenold, author of Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America, tells of his reporting on the far right<p>The Norwegian journalist Vegas Tenold started reporting on neo-Nazi and KKK rallies in 2011, six years before the violent clashes in Charlottesville, …

Neo-nazism

Russia Has Underwater Nuclear Drones, Leaked Pentagon Documents Reveal

Russia possesses an underwater nuclear drone capable of carrying a 100-megaton nuclear warhead, a recently leaked draft of the Pentagon's Nuclear …

10 American cities that have fallen into decline

These cities have seen the sharpest drop since their peak population numbers — mostly due to a decline in industries such as coal, steel, and automotive — as well as suburbanization.<p>Here's a look at 10 American cities that have experienced some of the most drastic population decreases in the …

American Cities

Sharm El Sheikh: The 'pearl of the Red Sea' that's now a ghost town

The so-called ‘jewel’ in Egypt’s Red Sea tourist crown is currently enjoying an enforced isolation. Direct flights from the UK to Sharm el Sheikh are …

Sharm el-Sheikh

The Places That May Never Recover From the Recession

The Rust Belt isn’t the only region left behind by the economic recovery. The suburbs of the American west are struggling, too.<p>HEMET, California—Many cities across America are doing better today than they were before the recession. This is not one of them. A decade after the start of the Great …

Which Haruki Murakami Book Should You Read First? Here's A Guide To His Most Famous Works

Ah, the age old literary question: "Which Murakami book should I start with?" I've been asked this question many, many times. Even if you haven't …

An Introduction to Psychological Warfare

From Genghis Khan to ISIS<p>Psychological warfare is the planned tactical use of propaganda, threats, and other non-combat techniques during wars, …

George Washington

Tons of living animals have floated from Japan to Oregon on plastic junk

Trash is the new Titanic.<p>The morning of June 5, 2012, invasive species researcher John Chapman’s wife, who works for the health department in Newport, Oregon, told him he had to go with her to see a mysterious object that had washed onto the town’s beach. Chapman was initially skeptical that the …

The Black Death helped reveal how long humans have polluted the planet

Before this 14th-century plague, there was lead in the air.<p>When the Black Death barreled through Europe in the 14th century, people had every reason to believe the end of the world was at hand. During the height of the pandemic, entire towns were felled. At least 75 million people met gruesome …

People in two U.S. states will get $1,000 a month in a new basic income trial

$1,000 for 1,000<p>Startup incubator Y Combinator is expanding their research into the benefits of universal basic income (UBI).<p>In a new blog post …

This new app can detect wireless credit card skimmers at gas pumps

Credit card skimmers are getting more advanced -- but that's making them easier to detect.<p>Credit card skimmers on gas pumps and ATMs are more common …

These Wall Street millionaires literally plotted to overthrow the president

When FDR messed with their money, they began engineering a coup<p>President Franklin Roosevelt made an enemy of the richest Americans with remarkable …

Washington's secret Doomsday plans

Attorney General Ed Meese arrived at Andrews Air Force Base before dawn on June 18, 1986, one of dozens of officials and staff from the Pentagon, …

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