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Egypt's capital Cairo is worst megacity for women worldwide, London best

The Egyptian capital Cairo is the world's most dangerous megacity for women, with high rates of harassment and a lack of opportunities. In the …

Deficit hawks trampled in GOP tax cut stampede

But Republicans are still squabbling over the rising red ink, potentially jeopardizing Trump’s tax plan.<p>Republicans’ unified control of Washington is triggering an identity crisis within the party over what it means to be a fiscal conservative in the age of Donald Trump: Do deficits even matter, or …

Venezuela vote dispute risks rekindling unrest, sanctions

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s opposition cried foul on Monday over the ruling socialists’ win in gubernatorial elections, raising the threat of more foreign sanctions following the vote in what the United States called “an authoritarian dictatorship.”<p>President Nicolas Maduro’s candidates took 17 …

Theresa May to appeal to Macron over Brexit transition period

Theresa May is to appeal to the French president, Emmanuel Macron, to widen the Brexit negotiations to discuss a transition period, in the latest move during a high-stakes flurry of diplomacy.<p>May is due to phone the Élysée Palace on Monday afternoon, it is understood, as the prime minister seeks to …

United Kingdom

Europe's migration crisis casts long shadow as Austria votes

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria’s shift to the right in a parliamentary election has paved the way for young conservative star Sebastian Kurz to become the next leader and opened a path for the resurgent far right to return to power.<p>The People’s Party, which named 31-year-old Foreign Minister Kurz its …

Google Assistant on your phone can cast music and video to Chromecast

A little over a year ago, Google announced that it was moving from a mobile-first to an AI-first strategy. It spent the last ten years building a mobile-first world, but now thinks the future centers around AI. The centerpiece of Google’s AI-first strategy is Assistant. You’ll find it everywhere …

Android News

A Harvard doctor says these are the best exercises for your body

If you think running a marathon is the quickest way to a rock-hard body, I-Min Lee, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has news for you: That classic feat isn't as good for your body as it seems.<p>Instead of long-distance running, which can be hard on your joints and digestive system, …

Netflix is releasing 29 new originals this month starting today – here’s the full list

Netflix subscribers have a heck of a month to look forward to in October, with tons of great new content set to be added to Netflix’s …

'A new way to study our universe': what gravitational waves mean for future science

You wait 100 years for a gravitational wave and then four come along at once. Or so it must seem to those who spent decades designing and building the exquisite instruments needed to sense the minuscule ripples in spacetime that Albert Einstein foresaw in his 1915 theory of general relativity.<p>The …

Physics

Scientists now think they know how life as we know it began

Humanity has long wondered where we came from, or why life itself even exists in the first place. It’s the ultimate question for many, and countless …

Meteorites

Why Are Yawns Contagious?

Every person yawns. So do many other vertebrate animals, including snakes, dogs, cats, sharks, and chimpanzees. While yawning is contagious, not …

29 of September 2017's best streaming debuts on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, and more

Say goodbye to summer and hello to a bounty of streaming delights.<p>September is somewhat of a transitional month in the realms of film and TV, the former of which is shifting from summer-blockbuster mode to awards-season mode, while the latter is returning from summer break. But it’s a <i>great</i> month …

Android Oreo will look like Android Nougat for almost everyone

We've all had a good long look at Android Oreo. A few have been using it for the life of the beta and are running it on their phone right now, but …

U.S. warns South Sudan: Continued chaos is not acceptable, aid may be pulled

The top U.S. official for humanitarian aid has delivered a stern warning to South Sudan's president that the Trump administration is reexamining its policy toward one of the world's poorest and most dangerous countries as the African nation slides into lawlessness. WAU, South Sudan —<p>Mark Green, the …

In Lebanon, Syrian Refugees Met With Harassment And Hostility

A neat row of potted plants, all in bloom, greets visitors at the entrance of the Jassem family home in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. Inside, decorative tassels dangle from the ceiling, with a golden-colored cloth on display. Children play around foam mattresses resting on a clean-swept concrete floor.<p>It …

North Korea: Kim Jong Un watches 'H-Bomb' loaded on new missile

<b>Seoul, South Korea (CNN) —</b> Hours before North Korea announced it had tested a hydrogen bomb, its state-run news agency had a stark message for the world: We've developed a more powerful nuclear weapon and we can make as many of them as we want.<p>Pictures of leader Kim Jong Un inspecting the new …

Mueller's investigation just got a boost — and another Trump associate may be in its crosshairs

News on Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller has obtained a letter drafted by President Donald Trump that details his reasons for firing then-FBI director James Comey has likely bolstered the progress of the Russia investigation, and may have landed another close Trump confidant in its …

Yakuza Revolution: From Bruisers to Boy Scouts?

Two years after the Yamaguchi-gumi split, it’s no longer business as usual for Japan’s crime syndicates. But police suspect a …

Japan

Here are the paths of the next 15 total solar eclipses

August's total solar eclipse won’t be the last time the moon cloaks the sun’s light. From now to 2040, for example, skywatchers around the globe can …

The Adult Brain Can Regenerate Neurons in an Unexpected Area, Says New Study

Whoa!<p>Scientists have discovered for the first time that adult mouse brains produce new cells in the amygdala, a finding that could eventually lead to …

DeVos throws lifeline to 800 college programs Obama found questionable

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced a change to an Obama-era rule Thursday that borrower advocates say will put students at risk of …

Al Franken Not Impressed By Bannon Firing: ‘The Problem With This Administration Is Trump’

The Democratic senator from Minnesota explained to Bill Maher why the problems won’t stop now that Trumps chief strategist Steve Bannon is gone.<p>Back …

‘Shocking’ conditions await civilians fleeing ISIS in Syria

BEIRUT — Fleeing terror in the Islamic State’s last Syrian strongholds, tens of thousands of civilians have become stranded in harrowing conditions across barely functional displacement camps.<p>As the militant group’s grip in Syria crumbles and U.S.-backed forces push through its de facto capital, …

Pentagon's Mattis again seeks to reassure U.S. allies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis travels to the Middle East and eastern Europe next week to play the increasingly familiar role of reassuring allies that the United States is committed to them despite mixed messages from President Donald Trump.<p>U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, …

Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova: Authoritarianism is spreading like 'sexually transmitted diseases'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Pussy Riot's Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova, who was imprisoned for protesting Russian President Vladimir Putin, says "democracy is being eroded" by leaders like President Donald Trump.<p>"We've seen the authoritarian tendencies is parading all around the world as sexually transmitted …

Russia

Floods affect 16 million in Nepal, India and Bangladesh

Flood levels reach record highs in South Asia with more than 400 dead and hundreds injured and missing.<p>More than 16 million people have been affected by monsoon flooding across the South Asian countries of India, Nepal, and Bangladesh - putting huge numbers at risk of disease, hunger, and …

Berlin police tighten security for neo-Nazi march after Charlottesville attack

Up to 1,000 neo-Nazis from Germany, Hungary and the Czech Republic are expected to march through Berlin this weekend to commemorate the death of Adolf Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess.<p>Authorities say a counter-demonstration opposing the rightwing extremism has also been registered.<p>While Berlin police …

Rights & Freedoms

Maryland removes Dred Scott ruling author's statue

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A statue of the U.S. Supreme Court justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to …

The trailer for Cara Delevingne and Alicia Vikander's new film deemed "too racy" for TV

First thing' first- here's the list of A-list actors who star in Cara Delevingne's forthcoming film, Tulip Fever: Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, …