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The Paradox of the Elephant Brain

The most interesting possibility to me, however, is that the African elephant might not have all the prefrontal neurons in the cerebral cortex that …

The Brain

Kremlin urges international action to combat cyber crime

Cyber attacks like the one which hit Russia and other countries on Tuesday underline the need for a concerted international action to fight cyber crime, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.<p>Tuesday's cyber attack caused no serious problems at a corporate or state level in Russia, …

World News

UK's May says 120 failed fire tests in apartment blocks show wider issue

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday that 120 apartment blocks had failed fire tests in the wake of a blaze that killed 79 people at Grenfell Tower in London.<p>May said the test failures showed that there was a wider fire safety issue that was the result of failures over many …

World News

CUSTOM FULL TEXT Transparency, Public Relations and the Mass Media

This book is about media transparency and good-faith attempts of honesty by both the sources and the gate-keepers of news and other information that …

Public Relations

Paddington Bear author Michael Bond dies aged 91

Author’s latest story featuring marmalade-loving bear from Peru was published in April<p>Michael Bond, the creator of the beloved children’s character Paddington Bear, has died at 91.<p>Bond published his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, about the marmalade-loving bear from Peru, in 1958.<p>The author, …

Illustration

European Union extends Russia sanctions until Jan 2018

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union formally extended its economic sanctions on Russia on Wednesday, a widely expected step that keeps restrictions on business with Russian energy, defense and financial sectors until Jan. 31, 2018.<p>The sanctions were imposed in July 2014 following Russia's …

Russia

Philippine Muslims fear Marawi fighting may deepen communal discord

MARAWI CITY, Philippines/MANILA (Reuters) - When a small army of militants allied to Islamic State took over parts of Marawi City in the southern Philippines last month, many of the country's Muslims were alarmed.<p>Although the Christian-majority Philippines has endured bouts of insurrection by …

Asia

Exclusive: China's CNPC suspends fuel sales to North Korea as risks mount - sources

BEIJING (Reuters) - China National Petroleum Corp has suspended sales of fuel to North Korea over concerns the state-owned oil company won't get paid, as pressure mounts on Pyongyang to rein in its nuclear and missile programmes, three sources told Reuters.<p>It's unclear how long the suspension will …

North Korea

'Profound implications' if Northern Ireland parties fail to agree deal: Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - There would be "profound and serious" implications if parties in Northern Ireland failed to agree on the creation of a new executive to govern, Britain's minister for the province said on Wednesday.<p>A power-sharing agreement between Irish nationalists and their pro-British rivals …

Northern Ireland

CUSTOM FULL TEXT The Moral Compass of Public Relations

The civic and moral responsibilities of public relations are hotly contested topics. While many researchers call for focusing on ethics in public …

Search begins in Pakistan for two missing on world's ninth-highest mountain

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani rescuers were searching on Wednesday for a Spanish man and an Argentinian who went missing on a notoriously treacherous Himalayan peak known as "Killer Mountain", an official said.<p>A ground team began searching for Alberto Zerain Berasatei from Spain and Mariano …

List-Worthy

Britain to heal business wounds over Brexit with new advisory group

| LONDON<p>Britain will set up a new Brexit advisory group bringing together business leaders and senior ministers to hear the views of major companies, many of which have felt ignored over the government's stance on leaving the EU.<p>But the move stops short of the regular direct access to the prime …

Brexit

UK Politics

London's Mayor Sadiq Khan takes questions in the London Assembly.<p>by <i>megan.revell</i> 6/22/2017 7:25:56 AM<p>Reuters UKLarge amounts of business investment is being postponed because of uncertainty over the future outcome of Brexit negotiations so Britain should seek clarity as early as possible over a …

Brexit

Euro, bond yields drive higher on ECB scale-back bets

LONDON (Reuters) - The euro hit a 1-year high on Wednesday and German 10-year Bund yields continued to rise after doubling the previous day, as bets grew that the European Central Bank is readying to scale back its 2-trillion-euro stimulus programme.<p>It was a lively start to European trading. The …

United States

A General Theory of Oblivion review – a new perspective on Angola

José Eduardo Agualusa’s prize-winning novel shows us Angolan independence through the eyes of a woman who has barricaded herself into her apartment<p>Based on a true story, Angolan author Agualusa’s beautifully sprawling and poetic novel, translated by Daniel Hahn, about a Portuguese woman who walls …

Books

One-off £1.6m boost for libraries leaves long-term future in question

Seven library organisations are to receive four-year Arts Council England grants, against a backdrop of continuing cuts in local government support<p>Campaigners have given a cautious welcome to new Arts Council England (ACE) support for short-term public library projects, but questioned whether the …

Libraries

China launches new class of naval destroyer

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's military on Wednesday launched a new type of domestically-built destroyer, state media said, the latest addition to the country's rapidly expanding navy.<p>The 10,000-tonne warship was launched at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, the official Xinhua news agency said, …

South China Sea

Immigrants find a voice in NYC phone booths

FIRST AIRED: June 28, 2017<p>Nice work! Enjoy the show!<p>You’re busy. We get it.<p>Stay on top of the news with our Editor’s Picks newsletter.<p>Unsubscribe at …

Hong Kong 2017

Facing revolt on healthcare bill, U.S. Senate Republicans delay vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leaders postponed a vote on a healthcare overhaul on Tuesday after resistance from members of their own party, and President Donald Trump summoned Republican senators to the White House to urge them to break the impasse.<p>The delay put the future of a …

U.S. Congress

Eyeing election, Russia's Putin stages visit to voter's rundown home

IZHEVSK, Russia (Reuters) - In a stage-managed gesture of benevolence a year ahead of a presidential election, Russia's Vladimir Putin flew 1,200 km (750 miles) to call in on a woman living in squalor and ordered her to be rehoused immediately.<p>Putin's carefully-choreographed trip to the woman's …

Russia

Top 10 Shakespearean stories in modern fiction

Countless books have the Bard’s dramas at their core. From Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk to Withnail and I, here are some of the best<p>Some years ago, I went to see a production of King Lear and read a theory in the programme that he married twice. Regan and Goneril were the children of his first marriage …

Books

Helicopter attacks Venezuela court, Maduro denounces coup bid

CARACAS (Reuters) - A Venezuelan police helicopter strafed the Supreme Court and a government ministry on Tuesday, escalating the OPEC nation's political crisis in what President Nicolas Maduro called an attack by "terrorists" seeking a coup.<p>The aircraft fired 15 shots at the Interior Ministry, …

Venezuela

Some would-be immigrants left in limbo after Supreme Court travel ban order

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Without close family in the United States, Elly and her husband had few options for getting permission to immigrate to America from Iran. So when they won a U.S. government lottery last September for a so-called "diversity visa" allowing them to resettle in the United States, …

Immigration

From Prague to Mongolia, wild horses return to the steppes

GREAT GOBI B, Mongolia (Reuters) - A quarter-century-old project to repopulate the steppes of Mongolia with wild horses was kept alive as four animals made the long trip back to their ancestral home from Prague Zoo.<p>Driven to extinction in their homeland in the 1960s, the Przewalski's horses …

Wildlife

Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human by Vybarr Cregan-Reid – review

Why running transforms us, reconnecting us with our bodies and the natural world<p>While running barefoot on Peckham Rye in London, Cregan-Reid passed a boy who turned to his mother and asked: “What’s that man running away from?” Although he quipped in reply “old age!”, he realised the question was a …

Books

Now is not the time to raise interest rates - BoE's Cunliffe

| LONDON<p>Bank of England Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe on Wednesday signalled that now is not the time to raise interest rates, siding with his boss Mark Carney in a deepening split between officials on the need for higher borrowing costs.<p>Speculation mounted last week that Governor Carney's grip on …

Brexit