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Astrophysicists Believe They've Found Another Earth-Like Planet in a Nearby Star System

Hope for Exoplanets<p>Last year, the Trappist-1 system was discovered, and it reignited humanity’s hope of finding planets that could one day (or …

The eclipse: From ancient paganism to American history, it's been a thing

Nothing reminds us that we are on a celestial island surrounded by the abyss like watching our planet's energy source turn into a gaping black …

Thomas Jefferson

If You Take Ibuprofen Often, Read This

There’s a conventional wisdom around the fact that over-the-counter drugs, which don’t require a prescription, are relatively safe. After all, if …

Stephen Hawking: 'I wouldn't be here without the NHS'

Stephen Hawking has said he is worried about the future of the NHS, in a speech critical of government policy and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.<p>The Cambridge University scientist, who publicly backed Labour in the election, accused Mr Hunt of "cherry-picking" evidence to support his policies.

26 Travel Hacks That Will Help You Get Through the Airport Faster

Flying doesn't have to be stressful.<p>Flying can be stressful, expensive, and exhausting — but it doesn’t have to be.<p>We’ve rounded up the best tricks …

Pennsylvania teacher dies after 'laughing too hard' and falling off balcony in Mexico

A Pennsylvania school teacher vacationing in Mexico died Monday when she fell off a roof-top balcony -- because she was laughing too hard.<p>Sharon Regoli Ciferno, 50, a teacher at Charles A. Huston Middle School in western Pennsylvania, was with her daughter at a friend’s house in Mexico when she sat …

GOP Sen. Bob Corker: Trump Hasn’t Demonstrated ‘Stability,’ ‘Competence’

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) delivered a stinging rebuke of President Trump on Thursday, telling reporters in his home state that the president has yet to …

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Breaks Down Trump’s Horrible Summer

The CNN anchor slowly read off all the insane things that have happened in the Trump administration over the past four weeks.<p>When you see it all …

1 million South Sudan refugees now in Uganda, UN says

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The number of South Sudanese refugees sheltering in Uganda has reached 1 million, the United Nations said Thursday, a grim …

Turning To VPNs For Online Privacy? You Might Be Putting Your Data At Risk

Worried about Internet companies snooping on your online browsing? You might turn to something called a virtual private network to protect your privacy. But researchers say these networks can themselves be insecure.<p>Earlier this year, the federal government rolled back rules that would have …

Privacy

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

HAA, Bhutan — India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a golf course — all testament to India’s enduring role defending this tiny Himalayan nation.<p>Earlier this summer, China began extending …

Why NASA is sending bacteria into the sky on balloons during the eclipse

It has to do with life on Mars<p>As the Moon blocks the Sun’s light completely next week in a total solar eclipse, more than 50 high-altitude balloons in over 20 locations across the US will soar up to 100,000 feet in the sky. On board will be Raspberry Pi cameras, weather sensors, and modems to …

Man drives himself to hospital with nail in his heart

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man who doctors say came perilously close to death after accidentally shooting a nail into his heart while working on …

Obama's Response to the Charlottesville Violence is the Most Liked Tweet of all Time

Former President Barack Obama’s Twitter response to the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend is officially the most liked tweet …

Fox News, Daily Caller delete posts encouraging people to drive through protests

Months before a man allegedly turned his vehicle into a weapon and plowed through a group of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, an article that made the rounds in conservative media encouraged readers to do something similar.<p>Originally published by The Daily Caller and later syndicated or …

Rights & Freedoms

London's Big Ben to fall silent for four years

<b>London (CNN) —</b> Big Ben will fall silent next week for four years as "major conservation works" are carried out on the tower which houses the bell, UK Parliament announced Monday.<p>The chimes emanating from the bell, one of London's most famous attractions, have kept time in the British capital for …

A Top Lawyer Has Asked The Supreme Court To Hear A Major Death Penalty Case

In a new filing, Neal Katyal is asking the high court to consider Arizona’s death penalty law — and whether the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.<p>WASHINGTON — One of the country’s top lawyers is asking the Supreme Court to take up a case that could reshape — or even end — the death penalty …

Half a Million People in Yemen Had Cholera in 2017. That's the Worst Outbreak Ever Recorded in a Single Year

More than half a million people in Yemen are believed to have been infected with cholera since the start of this year amid the worst outbreak of the …

Sierra Leone mudslides: Urgent plea for help as death toll rises

<b>Sierra Leone needs "urgent support" for thousands of people hit by mudslides and massive flooding in the capital, the country's president says.</b><p>Ernest Bai Koroma said entire communities had been wiped out and that the "devastation was overwhelming us".<p>Nearly 400 people have been killed and hundreds …

Leader’s comments come after US defence secretary warned North Korean missile attack ‘could escalate into war very quickly’<p>Kim Jong-un appeared on Tuesday to signal a pause in the escalating war of words with Donald Trump, saying he was prepared to watch US actions in the region “a little more” …

North Korea

Saudi Arabia 'seeks Iraq's help' to mend ties with Iran

The government of Saudi Arabia has sought the help of Iraq's prime minister to mend relations between Riyadh and Tehran, according to news reports.<p>Citing Qasim al-Araji, Iraq's interior minister, the Iraqi satellite channel Alghadeer reported that Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi …

No sign of Zimbabwe's Grace Mugabe in South Africa court

<b>Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe has so far failed to appear in a South African court over an assault case despite officials saying she would do.</b><p>South African police said in the late afternoon they did not know where Mrs Mugabe was.<p>A 20-year-old South African woman has accused Mrs Mugabe of …

Judge Won't Guarantee Payment for El Chapo's Private Lawyer

The drug lord known as El Chapo can hire a high-profile lawyer, but the judge overseeing his case won't guarantee he gets paid.<p>Joaquin Guzman, who has been represented by public defenders, wants private attorney Jeffrey Lichtman to take over. But Guzman's assets are frozen, and there's a risk that …

That Time Trump’s Father Was Arrested At A KKK Rally

Today, Donald Trump continues to claim ignorance with regard to the harm caused by white supremacy movements.The post That Time Trump’s Father Was …

We desperately needed change in Kenya’s politics. And we didn’t get it

After a gruelling campaign Kenya’s anticipated election has come to an end with provisional results showing an almost unassailable lead for the incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta, beating his long-time rival and opposition leader Raila Odinga and gaining 54% of the vote (above the 51% needed to …

Africa

The Hoods Are Off

The “Unite the Right” gathering wasn’t a Klan rally at all. It was a pride march.<p>In July 2017, the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society invited members of the press to a private conference to discuss a sensitive pair of items from the organization’s collection: a pair of robes that might …

Weekend Roundup: Democracy’s Faltering Steps In Africa

Elections in Rwanda and Kenya yield mixed results. In South Africa, cronyism wins the day.<p>The first two weeks of August have been big ones for Africa. Rwanda and Kenya held elections, and South African President Jacob Zuma survived yet another no-confidence vote in parliament.<p>In Rwanda, President …

Nine men shot dead in Nairobi's Mathare slum: security source | Reuters

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Nine young men were shot dead overnight in post election violence in Nairobi’s Mathare slum and have been brought to the city morgue, a security official told Reuters on Saturday.<p>Anti riot policemen deploy to disperse demonstrators, supporting opposition leader Raila Odinga, in …

Death toll rises amid Kenya's rioting over disputed vote

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In an escalation of Kenya's deadly election violence, police on Saturday fired live ammunition at rioters and used tear gas on …

Kenya Death Toll Rises Amid Postelection Clashes

Opposition reiterates claim that election was rigged in favor of President Uhuru Kenyatta<p>NAIROBI, Kenya—At least 11 people, including a 9-year-old girl, were killed late Friday and Saturday in violent street battles between Kenyan police and supporters of the opposition that lost Tuesday’s …

Africa