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Those puppy-dog eyes trigger chemical connection with humans

The long, loving gazes. The ritualized, often high-pitched, expressions of affection. The heroic self-sacrifice one would readily endure for the other.<p>What is it about the bond between human and dog that is not like the relationship between parent and child?<p>Now science offers a new explanation for …

Iran says it watered down, converted over 200 kg of enriched uranium | Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it had completed watering down and converting more than 200 kilograms (440 lb) of enriched uranium under a deal reached in Geneva last November with world powers over its disputed nuclear program.<p>Former Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi reacts upon …

Syrian refugees hit million mark in Lebanon

The number of Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon has exceeded one million, in what the UN refugee agency calls a "devastating milestone" for a small country with depleted resources and brewing sectarian tension.<p>Refugees from Syria, half of them children, now equal a quarter of Lebanon's resident …

Pakistan anti-drone campaigner missing

A Pakistani anti-drone campaigner, who was due to testify before European parliaments, has gone missing in the city of Rawalpindi, his lawyer said.<p>Kareem Khan, whose brother and teenage son were killed in a drone attack in December 2009, was picked up at his home by security forces in the early …

Homs mission 'a success' as Syria talks stall

The United Nations is to talk to rebels about the evacuation effort from Homs, with the city's governor, Talal Barzai, saying the Syrian regime was willing to have another ceasefire extension to allow more people to leave and more aid to enter.<p>Barzai told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that the UN would …

Joint US-Italy operation targets Mafia ring

Police in the US and Italy have broken up a major transatlantic Mafia ring, arresting 24 people accused of plotting to move hundreds of millions of dollars in drugs between South America, Italy and North America, officials say.<p>The US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Italian agents jointly …

Boehner Finds a Successful Strategy in Failing Upwards

House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday yanked his plan to marry an increase in the debt ceiling with the restoration of pension cuts for retired …

He may be getting somewhere, after all

FEW believed that John Kerry, the American secretary of state, would manage to haul the Israelis and Palestinians back into the negotiating room, let …

What do Satanists believe?

IN NOVEMBER 2012, a stone monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments was placed on the grounds of Oklahoma's state capitol. Seven years earlier, in …

Where there’s smoke

It was the report that showed, without a whiff of doubt, that cigarettes kill. On January 11th 1964—a Saturday, so to not roil the …

Farewell to the Bulldozer

<b>Ariel Sharon, army commander and prime minister of Israel, died on January 11th, aged 85</b><p>BEHIND his desk Ariel Sharon, the bruiser and fighter, kept a …

Of bongs and bureaucrats

THEY came to Denver, the mile-high city, to get high. They shivered in the cold as they waited for the first legal recreational marijuana (cannabis) …