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Photo of rescued gorilla in arms of caretaker wins wildlife photo of the year award

A heartfelt picture of a young gorilla embraced by her rescuer was chosen as the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice …

Wildlife

Homophobic video warns Russians of dangers of not voting

Video seeks to boost turnout at presidential election by playing on homophobia and xenophobia<p>Russians who don’t vote in next month’s presidential elections risk seeing their country transformed into a gay-friendly state where people in their 50s are eligible for military conscription, a homophobic …

Russia

US and Chinese officials ‘scuffled over nuclear football’ during Trump Beijing visit

Donald Trump's security staff scuffled with Chinese officials over the emergency nuclear codes during a visit by the US president to Beijing, media reported.<p>The tussle began when a US secret service agent carrying a suitcase with the nuclear codes - known as the 'nuclear football' - was blocked …

China

Saturn’s tiny moon ‘has far bigger oil and gas reserves than Earth’

A tiny moon orbiting Saturn contains oil and gas reserves many times bigger than all known reserves on Earth, a NASA probe has shown.<p>The Cassini …

Astronomy

The 20 greatest cities to visit in spring

John Keats was not a man given to effusive bursts of happiness, Witness his brooding “Ode to a Nightingale”, written in the growing warmth of May 1819, but lost to an opening line of: “My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains my sense/ As though of hemlock I had drunk”. And yet even this most …

Travel

Jupiter's Great Red Spot may have only 10 to 20 years left before it dies

Get a good look at Jupiter's Great Red Spot while you can. The giant storm as we know it today is shrinking, and it might fade into memory within your lifetime.<p>NASA's $1 billion Juno probe took stunning photos of the Great Red Spot in July 2017 — the closest images we've ever gotten of the giant …

Astronomy

Ambulance crew receive angry note on vehicle because they left it in a residential parking space on 999 call out

An ambulance crew were allegedly abused by a resident who left angry note on their emergency response vehicle saying “I don’t give a s*** if the whole street collapsed” - after they parked it in a residential bay/<p>Paramedics were left stunned after finding a note demanding they moved their ambulance …

Sociology

Kosovo celebrates 10 years of independence, Serbs boycott

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The Kosovo Assembly, or Parliament, convened in a special session Sunday to celebrate the country's 10 years of independence — a ceremony boycotted by the country's ethnic Serb lawmakers.<p>Speaker Kadri Veseli pledged that "the second decade of independence would be focused on …

Europe

“Black Panther” and the Invention of “Africa”

The Maison des Esclaves stands on the rocky shore of Gorée Island, off the coast of Senegal, like a great red tomb. During the years of its operation, the building served as a rendezvous point for slavers trafficking in a seemingly inexhaustible resource: Africans, whose very bodies became the …

Ryan Coogler

Trump's defense budget is a wishlist for a massive military buildup — these are the planes, ships, and missiles he wants

President Donald Trump's fiscal budget request for 2019 includes $686 billion for defense spending.<p>While Trump has pushed for a larger military since he was campaigning for president, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said more recently that the "real growth" in the military buildup begins with the …

Military

Awaken, Poland, Before It’s Too Late

Poland’s lurch into illiberalism and rewritten history, following the well-trodden Hungarian path toward the curtailment of democracy, is the most alarming political development in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall almost three decades ago.<p>Without Poland’s brave leadership and the Solidarity …

Europe

The Peculiar Position of India’s Third Gender

MUMBAI, India — When Lord Rama was exiled from Ayodhya and his entire kingdom began to follow him into the forest, he told his disciples: “Men and women, please wipe your tears and go away.”<p>So they left. Still, a group of people stayed behind, at the edge of the forest, because they were neither …

India

Gender dysphoria present in boys' speech from age five

Boys with gender dysphoria already speak differently by the age of five, pronouncing words in a more girlish manner, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers in the US, looked at a group of 90 youngsters who had been brought to a gender clinic by parents because they were their children were behaving …

University of Minnesota

Family grieves Philippine maid found dead in Kuwait freezer

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The body of a Filipino housemaid found stuffed in a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait was flown home to her grieving family Friday, as attention focused on the plight of millions of mostly poor Filipinos toiling abroad.<p>As Joanna Daniela Demafelis' remains were …

Asia

The U.S.-China trade deficit figure is misleading

The figure reported in the Feb. 7 Economy & Business article “Trade deficit with China hits record high of $375 billion” was quite misleading, for it failed to take account of the fact that many products imported from China contain components from other countries and are treated as of Chinese …

China

Florida shooting: The pupils and heroic teachers who never made it home

At least 17 staff and students have died after a 19-year-old former student opened fire at a Florida high school.<p>A further 15 people are being treated in hospital, doctors said. At least three of those remain in a critical condition.<p>The 19-year-old suspect in the shooting, Nikolas Cruz, has been …

Nikolas Cruz

Kimmel writer quotes every GOP lawmaker’s post-Florida ‘thoughts and prayers’ tweet — and how much money they took from the NRA

As Republicans begin heaping “thoughts and prayers” on the families of the 17-plus people killed in Wednesday’s deadly shooting at a high school …

Thom Tillis

Cisco: We're moving our $67 billion cash pile to the U.S.

Another mountain of money is being brought home to American shores following the new tax law -- and much of it will end up in the pockets of investors.<p>Tech company Cisco (CSCO) said Wednesday it plans to repatriate $67 billion in foreign profits in the coming months.<p>The Silicon Valley firm, which …

CNN

Mnuchin's wife says she's 'super duper' sorry

The wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says she's "super duper" sorry for her past social media posts. CNN's Jeanne Moos has the details.

Steven Mnuchin

The To-Do List Method That Finally Got My Life In Order

Who knew graph paper could make such a difference?<p>You’ve probably heard by now about the life-changing magic of a functional to-do list. <i>You’ll be</i> …

Productivity

U.S. Senate showdown over 'Dreamer' immigrants seen Thursday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan Senate plan to protect young illegal immigrants from deportation and pour billions of dollars into border security appeared headed toward a Senate showdown on Thursday as wary Democrats signaled that a solution could be close.<p>The new bipartisan plan would protect …

Immigration

How far can a plane fly if both its engines fail?

In 2001 a plane carrying 293 passengers and 13 crew lost power in both its engines over the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.<p>Unbeknown to the pilots of Air Transat Flight 236, the aircraft bound for Lisbon had been leaking fuel ever since it left Toronto six hours earlier. Having lost the first of two …

Airplanes

Jacob Zuma Resigns as South Africa’s President

JOHANNESBURG — President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, a master tactician who survived a string of corruption scandals and harsh court judgments during his nearly nine-year presidency, agreed on Wednesday night to step down, repudiated by the governing African National Congress Party, threatened by a …

South Africa

A.N.C. Tells Jacob Zuma to Step Down as South Africa President

JOHANNESBURG — Top leaders of South Africa’s governing party ordered President Jacob Zuma to step down on Tuesday, saying that his continued presence was eroding the “renewed hope” felt since the election of new party leaders in December.<p>Ace Magashule, secretary general of the African National …

South Africa

Conservatives lash out at GOP spending binge

NEW YORK (AP) — The GOP is the party of fiscal responsibility no more.<p>That's according to some conservatives who are grappling with a Republican-backed spending binge that threatens to generate trillion-dollar deficits for years to come while staining a cherished pillar of the modern-day Republican …

Barack Obama

There's an Absolutely Massive Lava Dome Lurking Underneath Japan

Here's what that means.<p>An ancient underwater volcano responsible for one of the largest known super-eruptions in history looks to be busy making …

Geology

We visited the chunk of preserved fatberg on display in London — and it's about as gross as you would expect

Back in September large chunks of the internet were captivated by the story of a 130-tonne "fatberg" which was discovered in the sewers of east London.<p>The slimy lump of coagulated fat, oil, wet wipes, diapers, and so forth took several weeks to dismantle via a combination of pickaxes, high-pressure …

Museum of London

John Hancock Center skyscraper losing its iconic name

The John Hancock Center is getting a name change, nearly a decade after another of Chicago’s most beloved skyscrapers — the Sears Tower — switched identities and caused a civic uproar.<p>Owners of the 100-story John Hancock Center said the building’s namesake, the insurance company that built the …

Skyscrapers

Olympics medal count: Track all the 2018 winners with this live interactive map

The action is heating up in Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the 2018 Winter Olympics, and if you don’t have time to watch it all on NBC—or stream it online when possible—you can still follow along and keep track of the winners. Esri, a spacial analytics and mapping software firm, created a series of …

Data Visualization