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Apocalypse Pig: The Last Antibiotic Begins to Fail

I mentioned on Monday that this past week was intended by the CDC, WHO and other health authorities to be a global awareness week for antibiotic resistance. Alarming news that came out of China at the end of the week certainly created new awareness of resistance, but possibly not what the …

‘They can’t track us down’ – hackers who cracked CIA Director Brennan’s email to RT

Part of a mysterious group of young hackers who stole confidential and work-related information from CIA Director John Brennan have spoken to RT, …

U.N. leader visits Israel, Palestinian territories amid tensions

<b>Jerusalem (CNN) —</b> U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Jerusalem on Tuesday in an attempt to de-escalate tensions that have produced a spate of killings and retaliations between Israelis and Palestinians, demonstrating a diplomatic balancing act with no easy end in sight.<p>Over the past …

Israel

Russia's intervention in Syria brings Obama's dilemma to the fore

After a tentative and diffuse approach to the country’s civil war, the US grapples with whether to cut its losses as questions over the possibility of cooperation and a post-Assad future grow increasingly complex<p>An aggressive Russian military intervention in Syria has placed Barack Obama’s policy …

Middle East

Calcium From Supplements or Dairy Doesn't Strengthen Bones, Study Finds

A new study should put the final nail in the coffin for any lingering beliefs that calcium supplements are good for you.<p>The new study finds that people over 50 don’t get stronger bones either by taking supplements or from eating extra servings of calcium-rich foods such as dairy products.<p>The …

Wellness

Russia launches first airstrikes in Syria

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Claiming to target ISIS, Russia conducted its first airstrikes in Syria, while U.S. officials expressed serious doubts Wednesday about what the true intentions behind the move may be.<p>According to the Russian Defense Ministry, warplanes targeted eight ISIS positions, including …

Middle East

Why the Taliban takeover of Kunduz is a big deal

<b>(CNN) —</b> The loss of the major city of Kunduz to the Taliban is a stunning reversal for the Afghan government, deepening worries about the ability of its security forces to take the fight to the Islamic militants.<p>Afghan officials vowed to quickly drive the Taliban back out again from the northern …

Afghanistan
Immigration

Russia forgot to send toothbrush with first woman in space

Dr Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, realised she did not have her toothbrush upon reaching orbit<p>It’s happened to the best of us. You open your suitcase only to find you have forgotten to pack your toothbrush.<p>But while most of us could pop to a nearby shop, spare a thought for Russian …

Space Exploration

Benjamin Netanyahu considers using live sniper fire against stone throwers

Israeli leader asks attorney general whether it is legal to deploy the same means in East Jerusalem and Israel as the army uses in the West Bank<p>Israeli police could be allowed to open live sniper fire against stone-throwers after Benjamin Netanyahu requested advice on whether the move would be …

#IStandWithAhmed: Musicians show solidarity with boy arrested for making a clock

Pharrell Williams, Janelle Monáe and Questlove among those who shared online support for 14-year-old schoolboy Ahmed Mohamed<p>Ahmed Mohamed has had quite a week. The 14-year-old boy was arrested for bringing a homemade clock into school on Wednesday, and has been on the receiving end of a flood of …

Social Media

#IStandWithAhmed Hashtag Protests Arrest of 9th Grader Who Brought Clock to School

Twitter users are coming to the defense of Ahmed Mohamed, a Muslim teenager in Texas who was arrested earlier this week after a teacher thought the …

Social Media

I remember the day... I confronted Boko Haram | Africa

Jefferson (not his real name) jumped off the truck and flung his bulky frame onto the sand and shrubs beneath him. He raised his head and scoured the terrain. The 30 soldiers who had just arrived alongside him were taking fighting positions - some diving, others crouching.<p>They were in Mongonu, a …

Africa

'Living fossil' or no, this strange, rare fish has a lung

Here's a breathtaking finding: Scientists say they've discovered an ancient vestigial lung in the coelacanth, a lobe-finned fish that's related to the ancient swimmer that went on to evolve into all tetrapods, humans included.<p>The find, described in the journal Nature Communications, helps to fill …

West 'ignored Russian offer in 2012 to have Syria's Assad step aside'

Exclusive: Senior negotiator describes rejection of alleged proposal – since which time tens of thousands have been killed and millions displaced<p>Russia proposed more than three years ago that Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, could step down as part of a peace deal, according to a senior …

Middle East

Syria needs political solution, not military intervention – Corbyn

Military action in Syria will only lead to civilian deaths, says Labour Party leadership favorite Jeremy Corbyn, who insists there must be a political solution to the crisis.<p>Speaking to RT subsidiary Ruptly, the Islington North MP said he has called for an international political conference …

Obama warns Russia against helping arm Syrian government

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama warned Russia Friday against doubling down on its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, casting a recent buildup of Russian military equipment and personnel in Syria as an effort to prop up the embattled leader.<p>"The strategy they're pursuing right now …

Middle East

New Pluto images confirm it as a world of mysteries

New close-up images of dwarf planet Pluto have ‘scientists reeling’ because of the bewildering variety of surface features revealed.<p>As celestial bodies go, Pluto is far more surprising than anyone could have expected.<p>“Pluto is showing us a diversity of landforms and complexity of processes that …

Solar System

Seven members of 'terrifyingly depraved' paedophile gang jailed

Judge tells men who abused babies and young children while hiding behind veil of respectability that their actions were ‘contrary to all humanity’<p>Seven members of a paedophile gang involved in the rape and abuse of babies and young children have been jailed for a total of 78 years.<p>The British gang …

Sociology

ISIS Debuts New Currency In Lengthy Propaganda Video

The latest propaganda video from the Islamic State militant group is a 55-minute feature touting the creation of a purported new currency, one that -- somewhat impractically -- consists largely of gold and silver coins.<p>Released Saturday through al Hayat, the militant group's media wing, the video …

Mockups
Genetics
World History

Rocket with Denmark's first astronaut lifts off to space station

The Soyuz spacecraft carrying a three-man crew blasts off from Kazakhstan, heading to the International Space Station<p>A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying a three-man international crew, including Denmark's first astronaut, roared off on Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, beginning a …

Gaza
Gaza

Rain Forest Hero Plants Over 30,000 Trees to Save the Amazon

Middle East