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Spanish Civil War ruins offer lesson on cost of conflict | Reuters

BELCHITE, Spain (Reuters) - Almost 80 years ago Tomas Ortin fled under the cover of night from his home in the small town of Belchite on Spain’s northern plains to escape with hundreds of others from one of the bloodiest battles of the country’s civil war.<p>The entrance to the ruins of the old …

Mexico's 'Hot Land' is teeming with gangs, and violence there may be about to get worse

On Tuesday, unidentified gunmen reportedly shot down a Mexican government helicopter in the restive southwest state of Michoacan.<p>The downing came amid a series of gun battles between Mexican security forces and members of one of the many gangs operating in the region.<p>The possibility that these …

Cruz, Walker Embrace As Wisconsin Crowd Goes Silent for Palin

Republicans

These Are the 5 Best Pokemon Games Ever

On Feb. 27, 1996, <i>Pokemon</i> appeared on Japanese store shelves for the first time. Players could inhabit a world crawling with animal-like creatures …

Pokémon

Nearly 20% of Trump Fans Think Freeing the Slaves Was a Bad Idea

Donald Trump appears to have high levels of support among the nation’s intolerant population, according to a New York <i>Times</i> deep dive into polling …

Donald Trump

Mysterious skull adds new twist to old legend of Kabul's 'Cruel King'

Nearly everyone here knows the legend. Kabulis recite it at random moments, whenever they catch sight of Sher Darwaza Mountain in the distance. Look closely, they tell visitors, and you will see an ancient wall running along the mountain's edge like the teeth of a saw.<p>This is the Great Wall of …

Archaeology

Egypt: Officials claim mistaken identity after toddler sentenced to life

<b>Cairo (CNN) —</b> Family members of a 3-year-old Egyptian boy who was sentenced last week to life in prison say they feel relieved after receiving assurances from officials that neither the boy nor his father will be arrested.<p>The boy's father, Mansour Qorany Sharara, has returned to the family home in …

Red Carpet

At least 100 bodies found in sewer system under Colombian prison

<b>(CNN) —</b> Colombian authorities are investigating the disappearance and possible dismemberment of at least 100 people whose bodies were allegedly thrown into a sewer system underneath a notorious prison in Bogota.<p>The investigation is focusing on La Modelo, one of Colombia's largest and most …

Human Rights

The radical plan to destroy time zones

Last Summer, North Korea did something a little odd. On the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese occupation, the closed and authoritarian state announced it was permanently turning its clocks back half an hour. The country was creating its own time zone: Pyongyang time.<p>As a plan, it …

Daylight Savings Time

Immigrants' Son Is 1 Of 12 Students Worldwide To Ace AP Calculus Exam

What's 12 divided by 302, 532?<p>It comes out to 0.00003967 or 0.003967 percent. That's the percentage of students in the entire world who took the test and earned a perfect score on the infamously difficult college-level Advanced Placement calculus exam last year.<p>Cedrick Argueta, the son of a …

Tourist murder on Grenada, one of Caribbean's safest islands

Tourists have been warned not to walk alone on isolated beaches on the Caribbean island of Grenada, where an American tourist was killed on Sunday.<p>The 39-year old's body was found on a deserted stretch of sand in the south of Grenada about a mile from where other holidaymakers, including several …

Turns Out Our Solar System Might Have A 9th Planet After All

Sorry, Pluto.<p>Good news, everyone: Our solar system likely has nine planets again, so there’s no reason to forget that number you learned in grade school. The bad news is is that the ninth planet still isn’t Pluto. Instead it’s an entirely new planet, according to a team of astronomers from Caltech …

Astronomy

Litvinenko case: UK inquiry says Putin probably approved ex-spy's killing

<b>London (CNN) —</b> Russian President Vladimir Putin probably approved the operation by Russian agents to kill former FSB spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, a detailed UK inquiry has concluded.<p>Retired High Court Judge Robert Owen, who conducted the inquiry, wrote that he was "sure" that two former …

Russia

WHO declares end to Ebola epidemic after 11,300 deaths

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization declared an end to the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever on Thursday after no new cases emerged in Liberia, …

Briton told horse penis remark 'could have led to war' between Kyrgyzstan and UK

Michael McFeat, now deported from Kyrgyzstan, says police told him sausage comparison could have sparked conflict<p>A British mine worker thrown out of Kyrgyzstan for a remark about a local delicacy has claimed that police warned him he could have sent the country to war with the UK.<p>Scotsman Michael …

Kyrgyzstan

Nepal earthquake survivors face winter's cold

It has been nine months since a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, killing at least 8,000 people and displacing hundreds of thousands of families.<p>Now Nepal's government is facing a new challenge - preparing disaster survivors for winter's cold weather.<p>The government has started distributing $100 …

American couple held in Spain after son's decomposed body found in bed

Body of seven year old found under several blankets and may have been left to decompose for several weeks, police said<p>Spanish police have arrested a US couple after their son’s badly decomposed body was found inside the family flat in the north-eastern city of Girona.<p>The dead boy is believed to …

RSPCA warns rise of 'fad pets' inspired by popular films is leading to widespread neglect of exotic animals

The warning comes as the government announces the online sale of dangerous exotic pets like snakes, lizards and meerkats is to be regulated for the first time<p>The rise of "fad pets" and impulse purchasing following the release of popular films is leading to the widespread neglect of exotic animals, …

Turkish president 'talks man out of jumping off bridge' in Istanbul

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s motorcade stops on Bosphorus bridge where man was apparently contemplating jumping off<p>Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s office says the Turkish president has talked a man out of jumping off a bridge.<p>Television footage on Friday showed Erdogan’s motorcade stopping on Istanbul’s Bosphorus …

Hyatt Is Latest Hotel Brand Hacked After Finding Malware On Its Payment System

Hyatt, the global hotel chain with 627 properties across more than 50 countries, is the latest in its industry to suffer a cyber security attack.<p>In an announcement devoid of specific information or details, the company revealed that it “recently identified malware on computers that operate the …

Cybersecurity

WATCH: Obama Says Trump 'Exploiting' Anger, Fear Among 'Blue-Collar Men'

Donald Trump has gained traction in the Republican primary, according to President Obama, because the boisterous billionaire has found a way to play off American anxieties, especially among "blue-collar men."<p>The president told NPR's Steve Inskeep in an interview late last week that economic and …

No dog-eat-dog politics: Siberian city backs cat for mayor

BARNAUL, Russia (AP) — Tired of the dog-eat-dog politics in their Russian city, the residents of Barnaul say they want a cat to be their next …

Obama Awards Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Barack Obama honored Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, and 15 others with the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest …

Steven Spielberg

Russia condemns Charlie Hebdo for Sinai plane crash cartoons

Editor of French satirical magazine hits back at Vladimir Putin, saying his claim that the cartoons are sacrilegious is absurd<p>Russia has condemned the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing two cartoons about the plane crash in the Sinai desert in which 224 people were killed. One …

Charlie Hebdo

Police union threatens 'surprise' for Quentin Tarantino

Maduro: I'll cut off my mustache if Venezuela doesn't build a million homes by 2016 | Fox News

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has made some bold promises during his time leading his struggling country. Most of the time, he has failed to follow through.<p>But now Maduro is putting his money where his mouth is – or, to be more specific, where his mustache is.<p>The socialist leader promised …

Obama wants nationwide gun laws to fill in gaps left by local efforts

One evening in late August not three blocks from President Obama's Chicago home, someone in a passing car pulled up to a silver Volkswagen and fired several shots through the driver's side window, killing the driver, execution-style.<p>The suspected gang shooting happened close to a playground, an …

Guns

Man sought in vicious stabbing attack on 2 Detroit EMTs

DETROIT (AP) — A man stabbed and slashed two emergency medical technicians who were helping an injured woman along a Detroit street early Tuesday, …

Boeing Creates The World's Lightest Metal

Boeing files a lot of patents. From the filing for a force field to protect planes from blasts mid-air in 2012 to a laser-powered fusion engine earlier this year, these are all patents for potential uses of technology that may or may not become a commercial reality.<p>But earlier this week, Boeing …

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