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The Roman road across Africa: 16 beautiful sites associated with the empire


NASA Solar Probe Will Touch The Sun

In untold ways, humanity remains as clueless about our own star as it was a generation ago. But that should change soon after the projected July 2018 launch of NASA’s Solar Probe Plus (SPP) — a $1.5 billion spacecraft that will travel closer to its surface than any previous man-made object.<p>Nearly …


What to Know About the Paris Climate Change Conference

More than 100 heads of government and 40,000 other attendees are meeting on Nov. 30 for the launch of the two-week United Nations conference on …


Exclusive: ISIS in Sinai held back by Egypt's Bedouins

<b>The Sinai Peninsula, Egypt (CNN) —</b> The Sinai Peninsula is the new front line in the battle against ISIS.<p>But the men defending Sinai aren't soldiers or police. They are Bedouin tribe members, who say they have stopped the terror group without firing a shot.<p>"They are not Muslims," says Sulieman El …

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Russia's allies may boycott Rio 2016 if there is a ban but it's a price worth paying, says UK Athletics chief

Exclusive: Ed Warner thinks a Cold War-stye boycott of the 2016 Games if there is an expulsion is likely but the IAAF has to punish 'miscreant nature'<p>World sport was braced on Tuesday night for a Cold War-style Olympic boycott if Russian athletes were banned from competing at the Rio Games next …


France arrests 'Islamic State' supporter for plotting Toulon naval base attack

A Frenchman with links to the 'Islamic State' militant group in Syria has been arrested. French authorities said the man was plotting to attack …


Nasa planning ‘Earth Independent’ Mars colony by 2030s

Humans will be living and working on Mars in colonies entirely independent of Earth by the 2030s, Nasa has said.<p>The US space organisation today released its plan for establishing permanent settlements on the red planet, setting out in detail plans to create ‘deep-space habitation facilities’ which …

What Elephants Can Teach Us About Cancer Treatment

For many years, Dr. Joshua D. Schiffman, a researcher at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, drove past Utah’s Hogle Zoo on his …


The Cyber Activists Who Want to Shut Down ISIS

Somewhere in Europe, a man who goes by the name “Mikro” spends his days and nights targeting Islamic State supporters on Twitter.<p>In August 2014, a Twitter account affiliated with Anonymous, the hacker-crusader collective, declared “full-scale cyber war” against ISIS: “Welcome to Operation Ice …

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McLaren in meltdown as Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso refute claims they have decided to stay

Despite Ron Dennis' declarations in Japan he has persuaded Briton out of retirement that is far from the case while Spaniard's future is also uncertain<p>McLaren were in complete meltdown on Sunday <b>as Ron Dennis insisted Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso would stay for next season</b>, only for both …

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Early exit for England in Rugby World Cup could cost economy tens of millions

If the host team fails to progress in the competition, pubs, shops and even on the stock market could be hit<p>With England’s prospects in the Rugby World Cup teetering on the edge, it is not just Chris Robshaw and his men desperately hoping for a revival in fortunes.<p>If the host team fails to progress …

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West Bank mosque torched in apparent attack by Israeli extremists

A Palestinian mosque was set alight in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday and graffiti in Hebrew at the scene suggested the attack was carried out by a far-right Israeli group, officials said.<p>No one was hurt in the overnight attack in Al-Jaba'ah village near Bethlehem, during which the mosque's …



A New Antibiotic That Resists Resistance

The British chemist Lesley Orgel had a rule: Evolution is cleverer than you. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have repeatedly proven him right.<p>Since humans started making antibiotics for ourselves in the 1940s, bacteria have evolved to counteract our efforts. They are now winning. There are strains of …

SAS sent in to Iraq as US troops land on Mount Sinjar

David Cameron has suggested that British helicopters could be used within days as US forces deploy to herald start of rescue operation<p><b>Iraq crisis: live</b><p>The SAS is on the ground in Iraq as part of the operation to rescue 30,000 “desperate” Yazidi refugees, it emerged on Wednesday, as US forces landed …

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