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These Fascinating Maps Show The Origin Of Words We Use All The Time

U.S. playwright Rita Mae Brown said: "Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."<p>That quote comes to mind looking at these fascinating European etymology maps of various commons words posted by reddit user sp07, which provide a kind of …

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Central African Republic leader says chaos is over

<b>Relative calm has returned to the streets of the Central African Republic (CAR) capital Bangui after weeks of sectarian clashes, with banks, offices and markets re-opening.</b><p>The country's interim leader said the days of looting and revenge attacks were over.<p>The city has been riven by sectarian …

Africa

Less Than 50 Percent of Americans Trust the Government to Do its Job

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Less than 50 percent of Americans trust the government to handle international and domestic …

Remote Antarctic Trek Reveals A Glacier Melting From Below

Scientists watching Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier from space have noticed with some alarm that it has been surging toward the sea.<p>If it were to melt entirely, global sea levels would rise by several feet.<p>The glacier is really, really remote. It's 1,800 miles from McMurdo, the U.S. base station …

U.N. finds 'clear and convincing evidence' of Syria chemical attack

UNITED NATIONS --<p>U.N.inspectors say there is “clear and convincing evidence” that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in an attack last month in Syria that killed hundreds of people.<p>A report from the inspectors says "the environmental, chemical and medical samples we have …

Middle East

Shooting rampage at Navy Yard in D.C. leaves 13 dead

WASHINGTON — A civilian contractor and military veteran with a valid base entry pass went on a shooting rampage at a U.S. Navy command complex building Monday, killing 12 people before being shot dead himself, authorities said.<p>Aaron Alexis, 34, a contractor from Fort Worth, was identified by …

Yemen Child Marriage Law: Human Rights Minister Wants To Set Minimum Age At 18

Following reports that an 8-year-old girl in Yemen was killed after having intercourse with her 40-year-old husband, the nation's human rights minister is looking to pass a law banning child marriage.<p>Hooria Mashhoor asked Yemen's parliament to pass a law outlawing the practice, BBC reported. She …

Iran appears to loosen restrictions on Facebook and Twitter

After four years of intricate and widespread filtering, Iran today loosened restrictions on both Facebook and Twitter, allowing open access to the servers. Previously, the services had only been accessible using a VPN or redirecting service outside the country, and many on Twitter commented this …

Top Afghan Female Police Officer Slain

A respected female police officer in southern Afghanistan died Monday after being shot by two gunmen on a motorbike. The killers escaped.<p>Al Jazeera reported that Sub-Inspector Negara was buying grass for her lambs on Sunday when she was shot in the neck. Negara, who like many Afghans uses only one …

Ghost Army: The Inflatable Tanks That Fooled Hitler

The Allies saved thousands of lives by embracing the artistry of war.<p>These props -- "advanced technology" as advanced technology -- were amazingly effective, doing what all good theater props will: setting a believable scene. The Ghost Army, some 1,100 men in all, ended up staging more than twenty …

In Damascus, A View Of Syria's War Turned Inside Out

Many years ago, the president of Syria, Hafez al-Assad, approved the construction of a new presidential residence on a mountainside above Damascus.<p>Assad never occupied the building, saying his successor should take it. When his son Bashar Assad became that successor, he didn't move into the house, …

Report: An Angry Russia Will Deliver Missiles To Syria

The European Union's decision to end its embargo on arming the opposition in Syria has been followed by sharp criticism from Russia's foreign ministry and word that Russia will follow through on plans to deliver anti-aircraft missiles to President Bashar Assad's military.<p>According to the BBC, …

Israel simulates chemical weapons attack

Israel simulated a chemical weapons attack as part of its annual civil defence drill, against a backdrop of tensions on its borders with Syria and Lebanon.<p>In the city of Holon, south of Tel Aviv, 150 troops evacuated civilians to a field hospital set up in a sports stadium and "contained" the area, …

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