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China Unveils $12 Billion in Extra Aid For Africa

BEIJING - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang unveiled extra aid for Africa totaling at least $12 billion on Monday, and offered to share advance technology with the continent to help with development of high-speed rail, state media reported.<p>Li pledged the additional funding in a speech at the Organisation …

Africa

Obama to heckler: You're screwing up my speech

North Korea publishes awful things about Obama

It's an article that almost escaped notice: A "screed" published by the Korean Central News Agency that was, unlike most of its pieces, not translated into English.<p>But blogger Josh Stanton spotted it, and what follows under the headline "Divine retribution for the juvenile delinquent Obama!" is …

El Salvador: meet the women who dare to challenge the anti-abortion state

El Salvador's strict abortion laws mean a woman can be charged with homicide for suffering a miscarriage. But a high-profile case that drew global condemnation may prove a catalyst for change<p>Cristina Quintanilla was 18 years old in October 2004 when, seven months pregnant with her second child, she …

Facebook Provides Opportunity for Lesson in Gender Identity

A few months ago I was filling out an online customer survey. Under "gender," in addition to "male" and "female," there was a third option: "other." I thought that was impressive. Then Facebook came along and added 50. Bravo, Facebook, bravo.<p>This is huge progress for transgender rights, but it also …

The Midwest Is Running Dangerously Low on Propane

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Midwest is running so low on propane that at least two states have declared a state of energy …

Advice for Guys Who Wear Bras

Guys who wear bras generally do so for one of two reasons. Some simply enjoy wearing women's lingerie. But another group, whose numbers may be increasing, must wear bras to support their swelling breast tissue.<p>Gynecomastia (the medical term for male breast development) reportedly occurs in 15 …

Breast ironing in Cameroon: empowering girls to speak out

Elizabeth Mbu kept her secret for 16 years. Aged 11, her mother kneaded her naked, developing breasts with a hot stone twice a week to stop them growing. "Each time I cried as it was really painful," she says. "I didn't understand what was going on, but it was very difficult to speak about." Her …

Here's How To Banish The Word 'Millennial' From The Internet Forever

photo courtesy of HBO.<p>According to Merriam-Webster, a millennial is a person who was born in the '80s and '90s, also known as a member of Generation …

The Story About Kim Jong-un Having His Uncle Eaten By 120 Wild Dogs May Have Started With A Satirical Tweet

Do you remember when People's Daily, a Chinese Communist Party newspaper, mistakenly believed that a satirical Onion article naming Kim Jong Un the Sexiest Man Alive in 2012 was real and published a 55 page slideshow about it? How we laughed.<p>Now the shoe may be on the other foot.<p>Last week, multiple …

Parents of Calcutta gang-rape teenager: 'We were abandoned by everyone'

Aged 16, she was gang-raped, and reported it to Calcutta's police. After doing so, she was gang-raped again as punishment. Then she was burnt alive, dying on New Year's Day. Dean Nelson talks to her family<p>When she heard the knock on the door, the 16-year-old girl was waiting to hear if she’d been …

India

Hyperrealistic Self-Portraits by Eloy Morales

Spanish painter Eloy Morales creates large hyperrealistic oil paintings of himself with smears of paint and shaving cream across his face. This messy addition causes light to catch and reflect in unusual ways. Eloy patiently works through tiny sections at a time, filling in paint and blending as he …

Art

Scientists discover a naturally occurring hormone that blocks marijuana buzz

A group of scientists from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research may have discovered the buzzkill in hormone form. It's called Pregnenolone, and a new study suggests it may be released as a natural response to counteract the mental effects of marijuana. Researchers discovered the …

Why Philips Flattened The Light Bulb

Introducing the SlimStyle, a pancake-shaped light bulb that represents the LED industry’s latest attempt to court skeptical consumers.<p>Yesterday, a federal ban on production of 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs went into effect, forcing consumers to switch to more efficient (if less aesthetically …

Netflix is testing multiple new subscription plans, like 3 streams for $9.99

Netflix likes to run small tests of features and packages before it offers them widely (like its new unified UI), and that includes the "1 SD stream for $6.99" some have started seeing recently. Another offer currently in testing covers the hole between the standard $7.99/month offer that provides …

Debt, no degree: Bills mount for ex-college students who never reached the finish line

This past April, facing the prospect of three 20-page papers due in the same week, Indiana University East student Harmony Glenn had a panic attack in the school library.<p>“I couldn’t breathe, and my chest felt tight,” she said. “I was asking myself, ‘Do I push forward…or do I cut my losses?’”<p>Glenn, …

Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in January

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. <b>Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in January:</b><p>Celebrate the coming of a new year <i>and</i> the oldest folk festival in the U.S. at the <b>Philadelphia</b> <b>Mummers Parade</b> (January 1). Local clubs take to the streets to compete in one of …

What To Expect From Samsung In 2014

CES is typically Samsung's moment to show off its new TVs. Last year, we saw a few new models that have 4K screens, or what some call "Ultra HD."<p>4K screens have about 4,000 pixels across, versus the 1080 pixels across on most high-end HD TVs today. It may sound like a gimmick, but 4K is so clear …

Raúl Castro: U.S. And Cuba Can Have 'Civilized Relationship'

Cuban President Raúl Castro says the U.S. and Cuba could have a "civilized relationship."<p>BBC Mundo reports that in a rare speech, Castro said that over the past year U.S. and Cuban officials have met to talk about immigration and restarting mail service between the two countries.<p>That proves, Castro …

Water in Ageing Spacesuit Caused Problems for Astronaut

NASA's Mission Control has revealed the problem that prompted the early end of the latest spacewalk: Water in one of the astronaut's 35-year-old …

Report: Half of all supermarket chicken harbors drug-resistant bacteria

A Consumer Reports investigation found potentially dangerous pathogens in nearly all of the chicken it tested<p>Dangerous bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," lurk in nearly all supermarket chicken, an investigation by Consumer Reports revealed.<p>The nonprofit organization tested 300 …

Gov. Christie Signs New Jersey 'DREAM Act' Into Law

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill on Friday that will give some students who are in the U.S. illegally a break on their tuition.<p>Christie inked New Jersey's version of the DREAM Act, which the Republican governor supported in his last re-election bid.<p>The state's Legislature passed the …

People with HIV Can Live as Long as Uninfected Populations

A new study reports that young people with HIV have a life expectancy similar to that of the general population.<p>Researchers of the new study …

Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch 2.0 puts full Android phone on your wrist (pictures)

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Google Pushes White House Petition Demanding The Government Secure A Warrant To Read Your Email

Google is promoting a White House petition calling for reform to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), amending it to require a warrant for the government to read the email of its citizens.<p>In a Google+ post – natch – Google asked its followers if they felt their online missives deserve …

Scary Gun Control Ad Imagines Lanza Walking Into Sandy Hook

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense will release a terrifying new TV commercial as the one-year …

Young, poor black and Hispanic men increasingly the face of HIV/AIDS in America

“There wasn’t even an ad campaign aimed at young black men until last year,” says one sexual health advocate<p>Despite significant progress in preventing and treating HIV in recent years, the number of people nationwide who contract the infection each year remains consistent at around 50,000, and a …