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The Nightmare Of Grocery Shopping In Venezuela

For Caracas housewife Anny Valero, today is grocery day — whether she likes it or not. Here's why: It's Monday, and if Valero doesn't go now, she'll have to wait four more days to buy food.<p>In Venezuela, government supermarkets sell price-controlled food, making them far cheaper than private stores. …

Venezuela

Russia flying Iranian weapons shipments into Syria, sources say

Russia has helped Iran deliver weapons into Syria twice a day over the past 10 days, western intelligence sources tell Fox News.<p>Those sources say Russian cargo planes transported the weapons. The planes were spotted earlier this month on the tarmac at the Russian air base in Latakia, Syria's …

Islamic State planning mass attack on Britain, warns head of MI5

Andrew Parker says current level of threat from homegrown jihadis the highest he has seen in a career spanning 32-years<p>Islamic State terrorists are planning mass casualty attacks in Britain the head of MI5 has warned.<p>Andrew Parker, director general of the security agency, said threats from …

Obama administration supports trans student's discrimination lawsuit

In a historic show of support for transgender civil rights, the Obama administration filed a legal brief in federal appeals court backing a …

UK academics boycott universities in Israel to fight for Palestinians' rights

British and Israeli governments condemn pledge by 343 professors and lecturers who criticise what they call ‘Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land’<p>More than 300 academics from dozens of British universities have pledged to boycott Israeli academic institutions in protest at what they call …

Indonesia's fires labelled a 'crime against humanity' as 500,000 suffer

Haze has caused havoc, with schools in neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia shut down, flights grounded and events cancelled<p>Raging forest fires across Indonesia are thought to be responsible for up to half a million cases of respiratory infections, with the resultant haze covering parts of Malaysia …

Indonesia

Aggressive mosquitoes carrying deadly diseases found in California

Unusually aggressive mosquitoes carrying deadly diseases have been found in many parts of California, including Los Angeles and Orange counties, health officials warn.<p>The two invasive species of mosquitoes spotted in California — the Asian tiger and yellow fever mosquito — can transmit infectious …

American Catholics Clash With Church Over 'Sins,' Survey Finds

U.S. news<p>The Catholic Church teaches that premarital sex, gay marriage, contraception, and divorce are wrong — but a major survey ahead of Pope Francis' trip to the United States finds that much of his American flock does not agree.<p>The new poll by the Pew Research Center reveals that Americans who …

Christianity

US murder rate sees sharp increase in 2015

<b>Murder rates have increased sharply across the US in 2015, with at least 30 cities reporting a rise in violence.</b><p>Experts say factors may vary from city to city, but no-one really knows what has caused the trend, which was first identified this summer.<p>The latest figures obtained by the New York Times …

Video shows deputies shooting San Antonio man whose hands were raised

San Antonio officials expect to conclude their investigation this week into the fatal shooting of a Texas man who appeared to have his hands up when he was fired on by sheriff's deputies during an encounter captured on video.<p>Civil rights advocates expressed outrage Tuesday over the shooting and …

Justice

Japan eyes defense budget hike to fortify island chain facing China

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s Ministry of Defense is seeking a fourth straight annual military budget hike to help fortify the country’s far-flung island chain in the East China Sea, close to ocean territory claimed by Beijing.<p>Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) reviews members of Japan Self-Defense …

China and Russia are cross-indexing hacked data to target U.S. spies, officials say

Foreign spy services, especially in China and Russia, are aggressively aggregating and cross-indexing hacked U.S. computer databases — including security clearance applications, airline records and medical insurance forms — to identify U.S. intelligence officers and agents, U.S. officials said.<p>At …

Security

Utah man dies of bubonic plague in fourth US death this year

Fourth fatality out of 12 cases adds up to highest death rate in 15 years, but health authorities say risk remains very small overall

China arrests Christians who opposed removals of crosses

Human rights lawyer and church activists understood to be among people detained after Communist party campaign to take down religious symbols<p>Chinese security forces have launched a roundup of church activists who opposed a Communist party campaign to remove crosses.<p>“At least nine people I know have …

Iranian, Russian ministers present united front on Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — The foreign ministers of Russia and Iran said after talks in Moscow that their two countries have a united position on Syria, with both …

Bangkok Bomb Blast Revives Fears of Political Violence

Explosion appeared to take place in front of popular Erawan Shrine<p>BANGKOK—A bomb placed inside a shrine in Bangkok’s main shopping district exploded during the evening rush hour Monday, killing at least 20 people and reviving fears of a return to the political violence that has plagued Thailand for …

Thailand

'Helicopter Parenting' Hurts Kids Regardless of Love or Support, Study Says

Evan Kafka for TIME<p>Photo-illustration by Evan Kafka for TIME<p>Photo-illustration by Evan Kafka for TIME<p>Photo-illustration by Evan Kafka for TIME<p>Evan …

UN says Israel, not Iran, North Korea or Syria worst violator of human rights

What country deserves more condemnation for violating human rights than any other nation on earth? According to the U.N.’s top human rights body, that would be Israel.<p>Last week, Israel was the U.N.’s number one women’s rights violator. This week it is the U.N.’s all-round human rights …

Bunkr Is Now The Definitive PowerPoint Alternative Designed For The Web

Bunkr is a French startup that keeps reinventing itself. After making a big splash by promising the PowerPoint killer we’ve all been waiting for and struggling to raise a seed round, it is now starting from scratch again and rethinking from the ground up its presentation service.<p>Bunkr now takes …

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BPA and 'BPA-free' alternative linked to fetal brain changes

Fetal exposure to Bisphenol A, as well as to the widely marketed alternative Bisphenol S, may cause "real and measurable" changes in the development of a brain region that plays a key role in fear, impulse-control, obesity and early puberty.<p>Canadian researchers have found in animal studies that …

Neuroscience