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Saudi Arabia reports 2 more deaths from MERS

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi health authorities said Wednesday that 11 people in the western city of Jiddah have contracted the Middle East respiratory syndrome, resulting in two recent deaths and prompting officials to temporarily shutter the emergency unit at one of the city's biggest …

Ukraine unrest will be resolved by force or talks in 48 hours, minister says

Ukrainian acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Wednesday that the separatist protests in Ukraine's eastern region would be resolved within 48 hours -- either through negotiations or the use of force.<p>At the same time, Russia insisted that the presence of its troops just over the border was no …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

TECH U.S. cities prepare to jockey for ultimate prize in Amazon HQ2 search Subscriber content<p>CANNABIS Aurora approaches CanniMed with plans to sweeten hostile bid Subscriber content<p>Weed kings: How the Tragically Hip became marijuana millionaires Subscriber content<p>Ivanhoé eyes deals for Toronto, …

Scientists testing an 'acoustic shield' to protect cities from earthquakes

What if you could put a shield around your city to prevent it from being demolished in an earthquake? A group of French scientists think they've created a way to do just that, thanks to refraction (essentially changing the direction of the vibration). In an experiment, the group was able to create …

Ukraine fears 'Crimea scenario' in east

Ukraine's acting president has pledged "anti-terrorist measures" after pro-Russian protesters declared the region of Donetsk an independent republic and clashes erupted in two other eastern cities.<p>In a televised appeal on Monday, Oleksandr Turchynov said that the action in Kharkiv, Donetsk and …

Ukraine says it retakes building seized by protesters

Ukrainian special forces moved against pro-Russian demonstrators in the eastern city of Donetsk late Monday after the country's acting President vowed to resist efforts to "dismember" his country, his office reported.<p>The troops cleared armed protesters from the headquarters of Ukrainian security …

Putin isn’t invading Ukraine—he’s sabotaging it

With Crimea in hand, Russia appears to be using powerful tools—from natural gas price hikes to a threat of the further loss of territory—to secure influence in the rest of Ukraine in advance of May 25 presidential elections.<p>Russian president Vladimir Putin’s strategy seems to be not to actually …

Russia

APOCALYPSE NOW: Why a rare astrological event LAST NIGHT could herald the 'End of Days'

The alignment marks the start of the 'Tetrad' - four successive 'blood-red' eclipses[AFP/GETTY ]<p>Mars, Earth, and the Sun all aligned last night, a …

Astronomy

Khrushchev’s Son: “Russia Will Never Surrender”

Sergei Khruschev, the son of the Soviet leader who gave Crimea to Ukraine, says that his father never intended to separate Crimea from Russia and …

Associated Press News

NATO suspends 'all military ties' with Russia

NATO has said it will suspend "all practical civilian and military cooperation" with Russia because of Moscow's occupation and annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.<p>The decision was taken on Tuesday by the military alliance's foreign ministers in Brussels who urged Russia in a statement "to take …

Ukraine crisis: Putin 'orders partial withdrawal'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1065000/1065349_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1512449438_2ff7e10c2fd10d639f685c18cb0ba130<p><b>Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a "partial withdrawal" of troops from the border with Ukraine, the German government has said.</b><p>Mr Putin …

Russia says all Kiev troops are out of Crimea

Russia's Defence Minister says that all Ukrainian servicemen loyal to Kiev have left Crimea and all military installations on the Black Sea peninsula are under Russian control, Interfax news agency has reported.<p>Sergei Shoigu said on Friday that he told President Vladimir Putin to return Ukrainian …

If Putin invades Ukraine again, it will be to stop the presidential election

Reports continue to flow in of a large, combat-ready Russian force building up near Ukraine’s eastern border. That suggests Russian president Vladimir Putin is at least giving himself the option of a new invasion.<p>The question is what would prompt one. Although Putin’s movements in the Ukraine …

Russia

Exclusive - Russia threatened countries ahead of U.N. vote on Ukraine: envoys

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia threatened several Eastern European and Central Asian states with retaliation if they voted in favour of a United Nations General Assembly resolution this week declaring invalid Crimea’s referendum on seceding from Ukraine, U.N. diplomats said.<p>The disclosures about …

White House: Putin, Obama discuss possible 'diplomatic solution' in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin phoned his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, on Friday to discuss the tenuous situation in Ukraine -- the latest exchange between two leaders who have been at loggerheads about what's happened and what should happen next.<p>According to the White House, Putin called to …

The White House And Kremlin Had Comically Different Accounts Of The Big Call Between Putin And Obama

How much emphasis was placed on each point depends on whose version of the call you read.<p>The White House and the Kremlin released two very different accounts of the two leaders' phone call on Friday. The White House emphasized the possibility of a diplomatic solution, noting that Obama pressed …

Russia

Cameron toasts Britain's first gay marriages

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron hailed Britain’s first gay marriages on Saturday, saying marriage was not something that should be denied to anyone because of their sexuality.<p>Campaigners have spent years battling to end a distinction that many gay couples say made them feel like …

14 Web Toys to Fill Your Day

No matter whether you stay on the internet all day working or log on to catch up on the news, it’s always nice to take a left turn for a mindless …

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12 Totally Bizarre, Gross Remedies From Old Medical Texts

Most of us have fantasized about living in the past -- seventeenth-century France, Rome of the emperors, sailing with Viking explorers. But there is an aspect of the past that can be guaranteed to send us scurrying back to the reassuring present -- health and medicine. No matter how fascinating …

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Scientists Unveil New ‘Atlas’ for Navigating Human Genome

LONDON — Scientists have built the clearest picture yet of how human genes are regulated in the vast array of cell types in the body — work that should help researchers target genes linked to disease.<p>In the journal Nature, an international consortium described how they mapped a network of switches, …

Genetics

Security Council to meet on N Korea missiles

The UN Security Council will hold closed-door consultations to discuss a possible condemnation of North Korea's latest ballistic missile launches, UN diplomats said.<p>The request for a special session on North Korea came from the United States, council diplomats told the Reuters news agency on …

Two Days Later, World Vision Reverses Policy That Allowed Hiring Of Gays

World Vision U.S. changed course on Wednesday, saying it would return to its policy of not hiring Christians in gay marriages.<p>The Washington-state-based charity caused an uproar among its supporters when it announced on Monday that based on the changes many churches were making, it would allow the …

House Republicans Urge Obama to Take Hard Stance Against Russia

Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee sent an open letter to President Obama on Wednesday urging him to share new intelligence of Russian troop movements with the Ukrainian government.<p>The congressmen said they are "gravely concerned about the aggressive posture of Russian forces along …

Russia

Top Kenyan MP: Homosexuality like terrorism

Homosexuality in Kenya is as bad a problem as terrorism, the ruling party's parliamentary leader said, but argued against stepping up legal sanctions on the grounds that existing laws were tough enough.<p>Aden Duale, the majority leader from President Uhuru Kenyatta's ruling Jubilee coalition, was …

Russia Is Restarting Stalin's National Fitness Program

The "Ready for Labor and Defense" campaign, Putin hopes, will get Russians in shape and pay tribute to Soviet history.<p>If you could turn back the hands of time, what would you wish for? For Russian President Vladimir Putin, it seems to be to return to the days of mass physical fitness. Not just of …