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Billionaire Bill Gates says he should pay 'significantly higher' taxes

<b>(CNN) —</b> Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates says he should pay more in taxes and that the government should require other superwealthy people like him to contribute "significantly higher" amounts.<p>"I need to pay higher taxes," Gates, who is worth over $90 billion, said in an interview with …

Income Inequality

Taliban appeals to American people to ‘rationally’ rethink war effort

KABUL — Taliban insurgents on Wednesday issued an extraordinary, 17,000-word appeal to the “American people,” asking them to pressure U.S. officials to end the 16-year-old conflict in Afghanistan and asserting that the protracted American “occupation” had brought only death, corruption and drugs to …

Afghanistan

Donald Trump Jr.'s wife taken to hospital after getting letter with white powder, police say

Donald Trump Jr.'s wife was taken to a hospital in New York today after opening a package at her home that contained an unknown white powder, police …

Donald Trump Jr

Israeli police recommend indictment of Netanyahu on corruption charges

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime ­Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be indicted in two corruption cases on suspicion of accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust, police recommended Tuesday, ramping up pressure on the leader who has served more than a decade in office.<p>After more than a year of …

Israel

Canada selling weapons to Philippines despite human rights concerns

Trudeau has sold 16 combat helicopters worth $185m to the Philippine air force despite criticizing Duterte’s human rights abuses<p>When Justin Trudeau met Rodrigo Duterte in Manila late last year, he didn’t hesitate to criticize rampant human rights abuses by the Philippine president’s security forces.<p>…

Asia

California police worked with neo-Nazis to pursue 'anti-racist' activists, documents show

Officers expressed sympathy with white supremacists and sought their help to target counter-protesters after a violent 2016 rally, according to court documents<p>California police investigating a violent white nationalist event worked with white supremacists in an effort to identify counter-protesters …

Rights & Freedoms

North Korea hits back at U.S., calls Trump administration 'racist'

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea struck back at the United States on Wednesday, accusing the Trump administration of being a billionaires' club that harbors a "policy of racism" while denying freedom of the press and health coverage to citizens.<p>The "White Paper on Human Rights Violations in the U.S. …

North Korea

Netanyahu's son 'sorry' for boasts about gas deal outside strip club

Israeli prime minister also issues statement amid continue fallout from tape and fact son Yair used state driver and bodyguard<p>Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair has issued an apology amid continuing controversy over an apparently drunken recording of him outside a strip club suggesting his father helped …

Man As God: 'Frankenstein' Turns 200

"A man is a god in ruins," wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th century.<p>Ever since people contemplated the existence of a divine dimension — and this belief must go back to the very early stages of Homo Sapiens or even earlier — with Neanderthals, a split occurred between the human condition and …

Mueller indicates he is likely to seek interview with Trump

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has told President Trump’s legal team that his office is likely to seek an interview with the president, triggering a discussion among his attorneys about how to avoid a sit-down encounter or set limits on such a session, according to two people familiar with …

Donald Trump

Thai Prime Minister uses cardboard cutout of himself to avoid journalists' questions

Thailand’s Prime Minister alighted on an unorthodox strategy to avoid awkward questions from journalists by producing a life-sized cardboard cutout of himself and asking the waiting press pack to direct their queries to it.<p>Prayut Chan-o-cha appeared ready to take questions when he emerged at a …

Riot unbans Tyler1

“AFTER 613 DAYS OF INTENSE REHAB I AM FINALLY UNBANNED FROM LEAGUE OF LEGENDS,” reads the tweet that made it official.<p>Never had there been more …

Carl Bernstein: 'We're in a real constitutional crisis'

Investigative reporter Carl Bernstein says the task of reporting on President Trump's fitness for office is a challenge for journalists.<p>"We're in a real constitutional crisis, in an unprecedented place, where we as a country and where we as journalists, have never been before, in which a huge part …

Donald Trump

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai abruptly cancels CES appearance

Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has abruptly canceled plans to speak at CES in Las Vegas next week. This marks the …

The North Korean soldier who defected is getting a lifetime supply of Choco Pie

When the North Korean soldier who defected regained consciousness in South Korea, the first thing he asked for was Choco Pie.<p>Upon learning this, the South Korean confectionery company Orion sent 100 boxes of the sugary treat (link in Korean) to his hospital and has promised him a lifetime supply of …

North Korea

Subpoena For Deutsche Bank May Put Mueller On Collision Course With Trump

Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly subpoenaed Trump family financial records from the German financial giant Deutsche Bank, a move that could signal a major new direction for his inquiry.<p>Deutsche Bank has so far not accommodated or discussed American requests for …

Divers discovered a 3,000-year-old castle underwater in a Turkish lake

You never know what's lurking under the water until you look.<p>In the depths of Lake Van, the largest lake in Turkey, a group of divers just discovered a lost castle.<p>The underwater fortress is approximately 3,000 years old, according to Turkish publications.<p>Photographer Tahsin Ceylan, who headed up …

Archaeology

Most Canadians back total ban on guns in urban areas, poll suggests

The vast majority of Canadians favours a total ban on guns in urban areas, a new poll suggests.<p>According to the poll, conducted by Ekos Research Associates for The Canadian Press, 69 per cent of those surveyed agreed with the statement "I think that there should be a strict ban on guns in urban …

Protesters build Holocaust memorial at home of far-right German politician

Replica of Berlin monument erected by art collective after AfD’s Björn Höcke told Germans to stop atoning for wartime guilt<p>A group of activists unveiled a replica of Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial secretly erected outside the home of a far-right AfD politician who says Germans should stop atoning for …

South Korea bombards North with propaganda about defector

South Korea is bombarding North Korean troops stationed in the Demilitarised Zone with news about a compatriot who defected across the border.<p>Large batteries of loudspeakers set up just to the south of the tense frontier are being used to inform the defector's former comrades that while he suffered …

Vietnamese Blogger Gets 7 Years in Jail for Reporting on Toxic Spill

BANGKOK — A chemical spill that devastated the coast of central Vietnam last year claimed another casualty on Monday when a 22-year-old blogger was sentenced to seven years in prison for posting reports on the disaster.<p>After a brief, closed trial in Ha Tinh Province, the blogger, Nguyen Van Hoa, …

Vietnam

North Korean defectors returned home despite father's plea

<b>China has sent back a group of North Korean defectors, including a child, despite a desperate plea by one of their relatives, the BBC understands.</b><p>The group of 10 was detained in China in early November after secretly crossing the border.<p>One man already himself in exile, whose wife and four-year-old …

North Korea

Apple confirms students worked illegal overtime building iPhone X

Apple has acknowledged that there were instances of students working illegal overtime at Foxconn building the iPhone X — and is taking steps to correct the situation.<p>In a report for the <i>Financial Times</i>, six high school students — aged between 17 and 19 — were revealed as working 11-hour days …

Foxconn

Aung San Suu Kyi blames world conflicts on illegal immigration

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar – Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said the world is facing instability and conflict in part because illegal immigration spreads terrorism in a speech Monday that comes as her country is accused of violently pushing out hundreds of thousands of unwanted Rohingya Muslims.<p>Suu Kyi …

Asia

Victims 'told not to report' Jehovah's Witness child abuse

<b>Children who were sexually abused by Jehovah's Witnesses were allegedly told by the organisation not to report it.</b><p>Victims from across the UK told the BBC they were routinely abused and that the religion's own rules protected perpetrators.<p>One child abuse lawyer believes there could be thousands of …

Sociology

New Analysis Says We Were Wrong About What Caused The Chernobyl Disaster

So many lives lost.<p>In 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine became the site of the biggest nuclear accident in history when one of its …

Chernobyl

Explorer declares himself 'king' of unclaimed no man's land

An Indian adventurer has declared himself the ruler of an unclaimed strip of land in North Africa and is encouraging interested parties to apply for citizenship.<p>Suyash Dixit travelled hundreds of miles to Bir Tawil, an 800 square mile piece of uninhabited land between Egypt and Sudan that neither …

Africa

Mysterious ‘prehistoric’ shark with 300 horrible teeth is caught by trawler

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, researchers have reeled in a prehistoric shark which really is the stuff of nightmares.<p>The …

This Nightmare Shark With a Snake Head And 300 Teeth Is Absolutely Horrifying

It was found off the coast of Portugal.<p>Maybe it's time we <i>Homo sapiens</i> reevaluated our relationship with the oceans of the world.<p>It has been a good …

Zoology

Naked Man In A Pot Climbs Mountain With Sledgehammer In What Might Be 2017's Weirdest Game

With more games than ever releasing on the platform--there have been more than 6,000 new releases alone so far this year--Steam is full of weird, quirky titles. The upcoming Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy, however, might just take the cake when it comes to being the year's weirdest.<p>Getting Over …

Mountaineering