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Ancient Ocean Currents Linked To Longer And More Intense Ice-Age Cycles

A new study of deep ocean sediments has helped scientists determine why ice-age cycles became longer -- switching from 41,000-year cycles to …

Doreen Lawrence: Police still do not take racism seriously

It is 21 years since Stephen Lawrence was murdered, but the campaign started by his mother, now Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, is far from over<p>Had he not been attacked while innocently waiting for a bus home, Stephen Lawrence would have turned 40 this year. He might have been an architect, his …

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What is ordinary life like in the Afghan capital Kabul?

The remainder of international forces are preparing to withdraw from Afghanistan, leaving the Afghan military to stand on its own after 13 years.<p>The BBC's Bill Turnbull has been meeting residents of the Afghan capital Kabul to see what life there is really like - and if it is any safer.

Indian forest villagers rise up to halt UK firm's bid to clear land for mining

India's new government faces a crucial test of its support for big business over plans to let a British-registered energy company cut down a tract of forest to make way for an open cast coalmine.<p>Essar Energy – owner of the UK's Stanlow oil refinery – and its partner, the Hindalco company, were …

Muslims eye the sky for the crescent moon on the eve of Ramadan

As Ramadan approaches Muslims across the globe are awaiting the first sighting of the crescent moon, which marks the beginning of a new lunar month with Ramadan beginning the following day.<p>In Tunisia scientists armed with telescopes have been scouring the sky in search of the crescent moon.<p>Samir …

The lie that started the First World War

The personality and motives of the young assassin, Gavrilo Princip, who fired the fatal shots at Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, were twisted by Austrian propaganda<p>This day 100 years ago dawned memorably bright over Sarajevo. After days of stormy rain, Sunday June 28,1914 began cloudless as …

7 Very Bizarre (and Very Rare) Psychotic Hallucinations

The many documented cases of strange delusions and neurological syndromes can offer a window into how bizarre the brain can be.<p>It may seem that …

The End of the Age Pyramid

Around the world, older generations are becoming the dominant demographic groups.<p>ASPEN, Colo.—Throughout human history, plotting populations by age group has yielded a pyramid. Across societies, the young (the base) exceeded the old (the tip).<p>But in recent decades, these pyramids have been morphing …

The Most Powerful Images Of World War I

Friday 1 July 2016 marked the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, the biggest conflict seen on the Western Front during World War I. Here are some of the most arresting photos from the war. Contains graphic images.<p>The Battle of the Somme lasted from 1 July 1916 to 18 November the …

NASA's 'Flying Saucer' Lands in Pacific After Successful Test

NASA’s “flying saucer” device made a hard landing in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, ending what the space agency deemed a successful test after attempts earlier in June were cancelled due to high winds. A large helium balloon lifted the device, called a low-density supersonic decelerator, 120,000 …

'Stolen Our Flag': Pope Says Communists Are Closet Christians

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, whose criticisms of unbridled capitalism have prompted some to label him a Marxist, said in an interview published on Sunday that communists had stolen the flag of Christianity.<p>The pontiff gave an interview to Il Messaggero, Rome's local newspaper, to mark the feast of …

In Blogs And Tweets, India's New Leader Bemoans Lack Of 'Honeymoon'

India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, says he has been denied the "honeymoon" period that new governments traditionally enjoy. Just one month after taking office, he has also asserted that he has defied expectations and secured a firm grip on India's sprawling government.<p>Given the groundswell …

Firing Bad Teachers: A Superintendent and a Teacher's Union Official Debate

Can due process for educators coexist with the ability to terminate abusive or unqualified individuals?<p>Dr. John E. Deasy, Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, supports the California lawsuit against the state's tenure, layoff and termination rules. He believes that the current …

Pope Francis condemns Rome's 'moral decay'

Rome's prostitution and queues of people outside a soup kitchen are signs of moral decay, the Pope has said, in an attack on society in which he said people find pets easier to deal with than children<p>Pope Francis has condemned the "moral decay" of the city of Rome, citing the child prostitutes that …

Airbnb CEO: Cities Are Becoming Villages

For the first time in centuries, we're trusting our neighbors, Brian Chesky says.<p>ASPEN, Colo.—Brian Chesky, the co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, an online marketplace for people to rent out their homes in lieu of hotels or other accommodations, has a theory for how urban-living has progressed over the …

Prince Charles battles for grammar schools

The Prince of Wales privately urged ministers to back selective state education, inspiring senior Tories to urge a rethink on grammar education<p>The Prince of Wales wants more grammar schools to be opened, it has emerged, after a former cabinet minister disclosed that the future king had lobbied the …

School governors: abolish rules on Christian assemblies

The National Governors' Association calls for the abolition of the 70-year-old rule that requires schools to hold a Christian assembly every day, saying it is "meaningless"<p>Laws requiring schools to hold a religious assembly every day should be scrapped because they are “meaningless” in a …

What the GSK Sex Tape Says About Surveillance in China

Years ago, when my husband and I were living in Shanghai, a crew of men came to change the smoke-alarm battery in our bedroom. It seemed a lot of …

Islamic extremism concerns at Tower Hamlets school

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/regions/london/1089000/1089193_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1529144632_134fdadf6cdfbecc3a7b1a316581f8db<p><b>An east London primary school is at the centre of concerns over Islamic extremism, it has been revealed.</b><p>A Freedom of Information (FoI) request by …

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Islam -- Up for Grabs?

This also appears on YaleGlobal.<p>SINGAPORE -- The world is wrestling with a variety of events, all classed under the name of Islam. A storm of social media criticism against the shocking kidnapping by the militant Boko Haram of more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, eventually prompted …

George Orwell's birthplace in India set to become a museum

Conservationists in India have started to restore the dilapidated colonial bungalow in which George Orwell was born, as the government of Bihar state announced plans to convert it into a museum dedicated to the author.<p>Besides the three-room house in which Orwell was born on 25 June 1903, the …

Carbon-Sensing Satellite Prepares For Second Launch

NASA is preparing to launch a satellite capable of monitoring carbon dioxide emissions from space. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) will be the first U.S. spacecraft dedicated to seeing the greenhouse gas from orbit, and could pave the way for new technology to enforce future global …

Much Of Our Trash Is Missing

Deep in the ocean is a plastic vortex, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Some people say it’s twice the size of Texas, others that it’s bigger than the continental United States. But the latest research indicates it doesn’t have nearly as much pollution as scientists thought it would.<p>And that’s …

5 Sky Events This Week: Moon Meets Mars While Puny Pluto Pleases

Changing Planet<p>Artist’s rendering of Pluto and some of its moons, as viewed from the surface of one of the moons. Pluto is the large disk at center. Charon is the smaller disk to the right. Courtesy of NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)<p><b>Celestial delights abound across the solar system in coming days,</b> …

Where have all Pakistan's militants gone?

<b>After years of reluctance, Pakistan's infantry and special services troops have finally moved into "militant central" - Miranshah in North Waziristan.</b><p>The town has served as the joint command-and-control centre of powerful local groups and their foreign allies in the tribal region, believed to be …

Britain leaving the EU would be a 'disaster', says Angela Merkel ally

Senior German politicians say that Britain leaving the European Union in the wake of the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker would be "unimaginable" and a "disaster"<p>Britain's exit from the EU would be a "disaster" for Europe, a close ally of Angela Merkel has said as Germany attempts to woo David …

Haider Al-Abadi: Bomb Isis Or We'll Ask Iran To Do It, Top Iraqi Politician Warns United States

<i>HuffPost UK's Mehdi Hasan interviewed Iraqi lawmaker Dr Haider Al-Abadi in June, after the capture of Mosul by Isis militants. On 11 August, the</i> …