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DeGrasse Tyson: "The Martian" gets "enough of the science right"

"The Martian" blasted off to the number one spot in the box office over the weekend, raking in $55 million dollars.<p>The movie stars Matt Damon as an …

Aftershocks of Utah's same-sex marriage decision felt in Kentucky

This week Kentucky was on the brink of recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states as legal.<p>That is, right up until Wednesday, when the same federal judge who thunderously struck down the state's ban in February decided to put a temporary hold on his own decision. Gay and lesbian …

WW1 bombs polluting drinking water in France and Belgium

Two Belgian workmen have been killed by a First World War shell, which they had dug up on a building site.<p>Every year hundreds of tons of ammunition is found in northern France and Belgium. Now there's also concern that it's contaminating the water table with dangerous chemicals.<p>Angus Crawford …

How the Russia Sanctions Could Backfire

Vladimir Putin turned up more than an hour late for a speech to Russia’s business elite on Thursday. This was not an insult, however, since he is habitually late. The Russian president once made his (now deposed) Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich cool his heels for four hours while he hung …

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Bleak picture for minority kids in public schools

More than a decade into the 21st century, minority students still face educational opportunities starkly different from those of white students, including harsher discipline and lower-paid, less-qualified teachers, according to new federal data from every public school in the USA.<p>In some cases, …

Iran Is Building a Fake U.S. Aircraft Carrier

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>In an Iranian shipyard on the Persian Gulf, a non-working mock-up of an American aircraft carrier is …

Zuckerberg to Meet With Obama Today on NSA Spying

A week be­fore a key dead­line for re­form­ing cer­tain gov­ern­ment sur­veil­lance prac­tices, Pres­id­ent Obama will again meet Fri­day af­ter­noon …

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Why 500 Million U.S. Seafood Meals Get Dumped In The Sea

Seafood often travels huge distances over many days to reach the people who eat it. And it's often impossible to know where a fillet of fish or a few frozen shrimp came from — and, perhaps more importantly, just how they were caught.<p>Fortunately, activists are doing the homework for us, and what …

Teen's Stunt Exposes That WTC Has No Working Surveillance Cameras

A 16-year-old boy snuck his way to the top of the tallest building in the United States earlier this week — and there is no video to prove it.<p>Justin …

Lifesaving S Sudan aid stalled at checkpoints

South Sudan's warring parties are blocking food and medicines from reaching thousands of civilians who have fled more than three months of raging conflict, top UN aid officials have warned.<p>Around 50 trucks carrying some 2,000 tonnes of urgent aid supplies are currently held up across the war-torn …

UN report blasts Iran for persecution of Christians, other religious minorities

The election last year of self-professed moderate President Hassan Rouhani has not brought Iran's Christians any relief, according to a new United Nations report which finds the Islamic Republic's Bible believers more persecuted than ever.<p>The detailed report finds Iran has continued to imprison …

Mysterious fever worries doctors in Guinea

An outbreak of haemorrhagic fever has killed at least 23 people in Guinea's southeastern forest region since February, when the first case was reported, health authorities in the West African nation said.<p>At least 36 cases have been recorded by local health officials, said Sakoba Keita, the doctor …

Kenyan parliament passes polygamy law

Kenya's parliament has passed a bill allowing men to marry as many women as they want, prompting a furious backlash from female politicians.<p>The bill, which amended existing marriage legislation, was passed late on Thursday to formalise customary law about marrying more than one person.<p>The proposed …

NASA Discovers New Gully on Mars

A NASA spacecraft has spotted a big gully on Mars, a feature that appears to have formed only within the last three years.<p>The powerful HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) imaged the channel, which is found on the slope of a crater wall in the Red Planet's mid-southern …

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Michigan's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A federal judge ruled against Michigan's same-sex marriage ban on Friday. This makes Michigan the …

Gangs target Colombian children

An increasing number of young people in Buenaventura, Colombia, are being forced to join criminal gangs, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.<p>Even though the Colombian government recently doubled the strength of security forces in the city, children as young as nine are being targeted.<p>Young …

Dying Lake Urmia reflects a broader problem in Iran

LAKE URMIA, Iran — An eerie and forlorn tableau greets visitors to the arid shores of this once-vast lake in Iran's far northwest. Rusting ships sit wedged in deep black mud. Stray dogs nibble on rotting planks from long-discarded beach chairs and derelict bungalows.<p>Lake Urmia, long counted among …

Immigrants Ask Pope To Pressure Obama To Stop Deportations

A group of immigration activists hopes Pope Francis will prod President Barack Obama into halting his record-setting pace of deportations.<p>A delegation of nearly 20 people from California will travel to the Vatican next week with the goal of meeting the pope and asking him to urge Obama to halt …

North Korea test fires 30 missiles into the sea

South Korea has urged North Korea earlier this week to stop what it called "provocative" and potentially dangerous tests<p>North Korea has test-fired 30 short-range missiles into the sea, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said, the latest in a series of launches that have provoked criticism from …

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GOP candidate for governor is a registered sex offender

One of four gubernatorial candidates introduced to California Republicans recently is a registered sex offender who spent more than a decade in state prison, convicted of crimes including voluntary manslaughter and assault with intent to commit rape.<p>Glenn Champ, 48, addressed hundreds of GOP …

NASA discovers new gully on Mars

A NASA spacecraft has spotted a big gully on Mars, a feature that appears to have formed only within the last three years.<p>The powerful HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) imaged the channel, which is found on the slope of a crater wall in the Red Planet's mid-southern …