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Trudeau Is Less Liberal Than You Think

Many environmentalists rejoiced when Stephen Harper’s government was thrown out of office in Canada. But Justin Trudeau is no savior.<p>Our inboxes …

Muslim women sound off on 'stupid' niqab debate

Many prominent Muslim women in Canada say they have heard enough of the niqab debate and are ready for federal leaders to shift their sights toward …

Fossilized Human-Sized Sea Scorpion Found In Meteorite Crater

If you sea scorpion, say scorpion<p>If you think scorpions are scary today, be very glad that you weren't around 467 million years ago. Today, these stealthy stingers are found on land, but back then, scorpion ancestors ruled the seas.<p>In a study published today in <i>BMC Evolutionary Biology</i>, scientists …

IT'S OFFICIAL: Canada is in recession

The economy shrank in the second quarter of 2015, making it the second quarterly contraction in a row.<p>Gross domestic product in Canada fell at a 0.5% annualized rate in the quarter.<p>In the first quarter the economy shrank by 0.8%.<p>Statistics Canada, the national statistics agency, revised the …

Kentucky Can't Just Fire The Clerk Who Won't Give Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples

The benefits of being an elected official.<p>The defiant Kentucky clerk who has doubled down in her determination not to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples can't be fired for refusing to do her job.<p>On Tuesday, after the U.S. Supreme Court turned her away, Rowan County clerk Kim Davis again …

Stephen Harper, who won by an uncomfortably small margin in the last election, has passed laws that may keep voters who oppose him from the polls<p>Acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood faced censorship in the national press late last week for her satirical take on Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s …

Government

Don't fear the scale: Why you may want to weigh in daily

Stepping on the scale can be more daunting than hauling yourself out of bed to make a 6 a.m. spin class. But if you're trying to lose weight, it's probably worth it. "A scale should be as important as your toothbrush," says David Levitsky, PhD, a professor of nutrition and psychology at Cornell …

The apparent discovery, based on scans of King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber, could yield treasure beyond what was found in his famous resting place<p>Hidden doorways in the ancient Egyptian tomb of King Tutankhamun may lead to the long-lost resting place of Queen Nefertiti, a scientist has …

Ancient History

9 Sleep Mistakes You're Probably Making After 9PM

It's one thing to make sleep a priority and another to actually achieve those blissful seven to nine hours of unadulterated shut-eye.<p>Your ability to fall asleep at a reasonable time, <i>stay</i> asleep and wake up feeling well-rested the following morning depends on the steps you take <i>hours</i> before your head …

Rand Paul points to Ku Klux Klan in citing aversion to 'Ground Zero mosque'

Rand Paul, the Republican presidential candidate, invoked the Ku Klux Klan on Tuesday to explain why he opposed the construction of a Muslim community center – pejoratively known as the “Ground Zero mosque” – near the site of the September 11 attacks in lower Manhattan.<p>During an appearance on the …

Rand Paul

Bangladesh,South and Central Asia,World news,Freedom of speech,Blogging,Censorship,Digital media,Atheism<p>Ananya Azad among the writers concerned for their safety after murder of three men who criticised intolerance and religious fundamentalism<p>Ananya Azad is no stranger to assassination attempts. The …

Extremism

Vladimir Katriuk, alleged Nazi war criminal, dies in Canada

The second most wanted man on the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s list of Nazi war criminals has died at 93 after a long illness, his lawyer has said.<p>News of Vladimir Katriuk’s death emerged several hours after the Canadian Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs said Ottawa should take the necessary steps …

Russia

The Women Who Face More Traumatic Brain Injury Than NFL Players

Thirty years ago, Kerri Walker, now a coordinator for a domestic violence shelter in Phoenix, found herself inexplicably driving down the left side of the road into oncoming traffic. “It felt totally normal,” she said, recalling how she was oblivious to the danger. Walker escaped an accident that …

Iowa Republican: I don’t have to know what “LGBTQ” means to know that I’m against it

Republican State Rep. Greg Heartsill worries that support materials for queer youth are “obscene”<p>An Iowa state legislator who has essentially been on a crusade to promote stigma among LGBTQ youth admitted last week that he doesn't actually know what "LGBTQ" means.<p>State Rep. Greg Heartsill was an …

Melting glaciers are revealing the mummified bodies of soldiers, ancient icemen, and long-lost adventurers

Throughout the ages, ice and snow mummified the bodies of those who met their unfortunate end in a glacial snowbank. Take, for instance, frozen bodies that poked through a glacier on Mexico’s highest mountain earlier this year. They are suspected to be two climbers who went missing in 1959.<p>As …

Malaysian police arrested in investigation over migrant mass graves

Residents near a series of mass graves containing bodies of migrants from Myanmar told The Daily Telegraph that police and local politicians were known to be complicit in people smuggling<p>Malaysia has arrested corrupt police officers and is investigating “all officials” over suspected links to a …

No exit: For female jihadis, Syria is one-way journey

PARIS (AP) — When three British schoolgirls trundled across the Syrian border; when a pregnant 14-year-old ran away from her Alpine home for the …

Doctors' Secret Language for Assisted Suicide

In most states, where euthanasia is illegal, physicians can offer only hints and euphemisms for patients to interpret.<p>SAN FRANCISCO—Physician-assisted suicide is illegal in all but five states. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen in the rest. Sick patients sometimes ask for help in hastening …

Medicine

Don't dismiss the link between smoking and suicide, researchers warn

To the long list of ways that smoking can kill you, experts should add one more cause of death – suicide.<p>So say some sharp-eyed readers of the New England Journal of Medicine.<p>In February, the trio spied a report in the journal that examined more than 100,000 deaths among smokers and former smokers …

Top Bush Era CIA Official Just Confirmed the Iraq War Was Based On Lies.

Twelve years after George W Bush initiated the illegal invasion of Iraq, ostensibly under the premise of preemptive self-defense, a stark majority — …

Germany drops war crimes case against former SS soldier due to dementia | Reuters

HAMBURG (Reuters) - Germany will not prosecute a former Nazi SS soldier who allegedly helped kill more than 300 people in Italy during World War Two because he has dementia and is unfit to stand trial, prosecutors said on Thursday.<p>Hamburg state prosecutors have ended their investigation into the …

From the archive, 28 May 1987: The trial of Klaus Barbie

The question before the court was a simple one. Was the man in civilian clothes who led the notorious raid on the Jewish children of Izieu in 1944 the same man who now occupied the dock, 43 years later, in Lyons courthouse?<p>Were the 44 child victims rounded up that day and trucked away to …

Barbie

This Self-Powered, Eco-Friendly Tiny House Lets You Dwell Anywhere On Earth

If you've ever wished you could post up on a mountaintop forever, then meet your new home.<p>Ecocapsule is a tiny, 86 square-foot living capsule that, as soon as next year, will enable owners to live virtually anywhere. Each mobile pod comes with sleeping space for two, a mini kitchen, a fully …

Was this the world's first murder victim?

Modern forensic techniques show the victim was probably killed by two blows to the head before being tossed into a cave 430,000 years ago<p>According to The Bible, Abel was the world's first murder victim, killed at the hands of his brother Cain.<p>But now archaeologists have discovered a skull dating …

Anthropology

Mutant Bacteria Will Test You For Disease And Color Your Pee Accordingly

Colorful pee is easy to see<p>From sophisticated imaging tools to cancer-sniffing dogs, researchers are constantly seeking better ways to detect disease, which could lead to earlier and more effective treatment. In recent years, genetically manipulated bacteria seemed like promising indicators, but …

Different Species of Human Ancestor Lived Near Lucy, Scientists Say

Lucy and her kin weren't the only human ancestors to live in modern-day Ethiopia 3.3 million years ago, scientists say. They report that a different species, similar but not identical to Lucy's, was living nearby during the same time frame.<p>The study, appearing in this week's issue of the journal …

East Africa