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Africa's 'political and social fabric' at risk because of Ebola, says David Cameron

The Prime Minister has written to Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, and the 27 leaders in the European council to urge them to 'significantly step up our collective response' to the crisis<p>David Cameron has demanded that European leaders "step up" and dramatically increase …

Pakistani schoolgirls inspired by Malala Yousafzai's Nobel award - video

Nobel peace prize laureate visited Pakistani town of Mingora, where she was shot by militants in 2012<p>Published: 31 Mar 2018<p>At 17, campaigner Malala, the schoolgirl the Taliban could not silence, becomes youngest Nobel peace prize recipient<p>Published: 10 Oct 2014<p>Nobel peace prize recipient meets …

Reports of Witchcraft-Related Child Abuse On the Rise in London

LONDON — Kevani Kanda was just six years old when her family accused her of being a witch. She was being molested by a relative and the trauma made her wet the bed and sleepwalk.<p>But instead of trying to find out what was wrong, Kanda's family were convinced she was possessed by an evil spirit. For …

MPs to vote on recognising Palestine as a state

<b>MPs are to take part in an historic vote in Parliament that will call on the government to recognise Palestine as a state.</b><p>Labour backbencher Grahame Morris will present the motion on Monday as MPs return to the Commons.<p>The motion has the full backing of the Labour shadow cabinet, the BBC has been …

Vladimir Putin 'unlikely' to meet with Tony Abbott at G20, says Kremlin

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, is “unlikely” to seek bilateral talks with Tony Abbott following his “shirtfront” comment and his office will wait for a “more diplomatic and pleasant occasion” to communicate with the Australian prime minister, according to the Kremlin.<p>In a statement to …

Malala Yousafzai Is the Youngest-Ever Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

<b>Malala Yousafzai</b> won the Nobel Peace Prize today. Yousafzai is the seventeen-year-old girl from Pakistan who, almost two years ago exactly, when she was fifteen, was shot in the head by the Taliban while riding a bus to school. Yousafzai recounted the events in a book she published last year, at …

Apple begins rollout of redesigned iTunes Store ahead of OS X Yosemite launch

Apple has started rolling out a redesigned version of the iTunes Store for users running iTunes 12 less than a week ahead of what’s expected to be the launch of OS X Yosemite. The new storefront takes design cues from the iTunes and App Store home pages on iOS devices, featuring a flattened, …

Hackers Access At Least 100,000 Snapchat Photos And Prepare To Leak Them, Including Underage Nude Pictures

Underground photo-trading chat rooms have been filled in recent weeks with hints that something big was coming. Thursday night it finally arrived: A third-party Snapchat client app has been collecting every single photo and video file sent through it for years, giving hackers access to a 13GB …

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MH370 Investigation Needs Shakeup, Says Emirates Airline CEO

In an interview with the German newsweekly Der Spiegel, Emirates Airline CEO Sir Tim Clark is unusually candid in his criticism of the ongoing MH370 investigation, promising to “continue to ask questions and make a nuisance of myself, even as others would like to bury it.”<p>As the search for the …

Many Retailers Hesitant About Offering Support for Apple Pay

Though Apple is launching Apple Pay with a number of high-profile retail partners including Macy's, Disney, Whole Foods, Sephora, Walgreens, and Staples, among others, there's a long list of retailers who have decided not to offer Apple Pay in their stores.<p>Walmart and Best Buy, for example, have …

The New Habit Challenge: Create A Better To-Do List

Making a simple list isn’t the best way to get things done. Next week we’ll test more effective approaches to organizing our days.<p>Tons of successful leaders laud the to-do list as the key to more organized, productive, and focused days, but is there a right way and a wrong way to do your to-do?<p>The …

What The Greatest Self-Help Books Of The Last Decades Can Teach You In 7 Minutes

As a writer, I’m fortunate to connect with authors and experts all over the globe who have vitally important messages to share. While each of these experts sees the world in his or her own very unique way, and shares a special filter or perspective on life, progress and success, when you peel the …

Hell in the Hot Zone

As the Ebola epidemic rages, two questions have emerged: How did the deadly virus escape detection for three months? And why has a massive international effort failed to contain it? Traveling to Meliandou, a remote Guinean village and the likely home of Patient Zero, Jeffrey E. Stern tracks the …

Measure Backward, Not Forward

<i>James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>We often measure our progress by looking forward. We set goals. We plan …

Illustrator Creates Doodles That Interact With Their Surroundings

French art director and illustrator David Troquier, who goes by Troqman, has an impressive sense of humor. He creates scrapbook doodles and places …

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A beginner's guide to drills and bits

<b>Steve Hoefer</b> returns with another guide to some of the things that make civilized life possible.<p>There are a dizzying number of ways to put a hole in …

iPhone 6 Review: It’s a Winner

In my view, the iPhone 6 is the best smartphone on the market, when you combine its hardware, all-new operating system, and the Apple ecosystem whose doors it opens.<p>After stubbornly resisting for years, Apple has finally joined the big-screen smartphone movement with its two latest models, the …

50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year – in pictures

Natural History Museum’s new book released on Wednesday marks five decades of the WPY competition, celebrating the art of wildlife photography. Started in the 1960s, the 160 prize-winning and commended images represent 50 years of different times, styles and specialisms – showcasing some of the …

The Scottish referendum in nine key numbers

307 years - how long the union has been in existence<p>The Act of Union was signed in 1707 by the parliaments of both England and Scotland to make the two kingdoms into one. The two countries had shared a monarch for 104 years before the act was passed after James VI (of Scotland, he was James I of …

How Crayola Crayons Are Made

There are 120 different colors of Crayola Crayons.<p>23 shades of red, 20 greens, 19 blues, 16 purples, 14 oranges, 11 browns, 8 yellows, 2 grays, 2 coppers, 2 blacks, 1 white, 1 gold and 1 silver. The Crayola factory in Easton, Pennsylvania makes 12 million crayons a day in a variety of the shades we …

10 best apps to train your brain

Whether it's to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.<p>"Stress and anxiety are among the most pressing and far-reaching public health problems we face," says …

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The 7 Most Important Fitness Tracker Measurements

How they work and what healthy data looks like<p>In early 2015, Apple will release its first major product since 2010 -- a health tracker dubbed Apple Watch -- that will reportedly log a litany of biometric information using 10 different sensors. The wrist device has the same aesthetic as the Nike …

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India's Modi seeks to crown global sales pitch with U.S. tour

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in the United States on Friday aiming to woo corporate titans and crown a burst of investment-focused diplomacy, while marking a personal victory for a man who was for years unwelcome in the country.<p>Prime Minister …

US moves closer to banning landmines

The US has promised to destroy its stockpiles of anti-personnel landmines, and comply with an international prohibition treaty in all areas except the "No Man's Land" on the Korean Peninsula.<p>Barack Obama said on Tuesday that his administration would take another step towards complying with the …

Humble Bundle for PC and Android 11 is now available

If you are in the mood for more than ten Android, PC, Mac and Linux drm-free games from everyone’s favorite Humble Bundle crew, now is your chance. Humble Bundle for PC and Android 11 is now available, including Surgeon Simulator and the brand new Anomaly Defenders.<p>Humble Bundle for PC and Android …

Japanese company plans space elevator by 2050

Researchers heading into space in the not-too-distant future could be travelling by elevator rather than rocket if Japanese construction giant Obayashi Corporation has its way. The company announced two years ago that it has the capacity to build a space elevator -- and have it up and running by …

Samsung Gear S Headed To The U.S. This Fall

Samsung has announced that their latest smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S will be headed to the U.S. this fall, the device will be available with all of …