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Archaeology fossil teeth discovery in Germany could re-write human history

A 9.7-million-year-old discovery has left a team of German scientists scratching their heads. The teeth seem to belong to a species only known to …

Spain Sets Stage to Take Control of Catalonia in Independence Fight

BARCELONA, Spain — The Spanish government said it would take emergency measures to halt Catalan secessionism in its tracks after the region’s leader warned on Thursday that separatist lawmakers could vote in favor of a declaration of independence, significantly escalating the territorial battle …

Carles Puigdemont

North Korea's 'Hotel of Doom' May Finally Be Opening After Decades of Delay

After 30 years of vacancy, rumor has it that North Korea has resumed work on the so-called Hotel of Doom. New satellite images show cranes and trucks …

North Korea

Afghan Army Unit Nearly Wiped Out as New Taliban Tactic Takes Toll

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan Army unit in the south of the country was almost completely wiped out on Thursday, defense officials said, in an attack by the Taliban that used what is becoming one of the group’s deadliest tactics: packing vehicles captured from security forces with explosives and …

Afghanistan

Magnet fishers discover 45 open safes in German canal

Police called in divers after people fishing with magnets discovered a series of safes submerged in a canal. Documents inside will hopefully reveal …

Crime

Man Found After 137 Days Adrift In Sailboat. And It's Not His First Rescue

One thing you can say about Rimas Meleshyus: He's definitely persistent.<p>"I'm a very determined person," he told the Whidbey News-Times in 2015. "I'm very strong."<p>Meleshyus, who is in his mid 60s, departed Hilo, Hawaii, aboard his 30-foot sailboat Mimsy in June and was rescued a few days ago by the …

Sailing

U.S. carrier patrols off Korean peninsula in warning to Pyongyang

ABOARD USS RONALD REAGAN, Sea of Japan (Reuters) - The USS Ronald Reagan, a 100,000-ton nuclear powered aircraft carrier, patrolled in waters east of the Korean peninsula on Thursday, in a show of sea and air power designed to warn off North Korea from any military action.<p>The U.S. Navy's biggest …

North Korea

Move over America. China now presents itself as the model ‘blazing a new trail’ for the world.

BEIJING — American presidents are fond of describing their nation as a “city on a hill” — a shining example for other nations to follow. But China is now officially in the business of styling itself as another polestar for the world, with a very different political, economic and cultural model.<p>“The …

China

New Zealand names youngest ever female leader

New Zealand is to get its youngest-ever female Prime Minister after a minority party threw its support behind Labour leader Jacinda Ardern.

Jacinda Ardern

Justin Trudeau Cries Over Death of Tragically Hip Frontman

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gets emotional over the death of Gord Downie, the frontman of Tragically Hip.

Justin Trudeau

Al Sharpton slams Trump over alleged comments to widow of slain US soldier

In an interview with FRANCE 24, veteran US civil rights leader Al Sharpton lashed out at President Donald Trump for allegedly making insensitive remarks to the widow of a US soldier killed in an ambush in Niger. Trump denies saying that the slain 25-year-old soldier "knew what he was signing up …

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Xi Jinping's War On Poverty Moves Millions Of Chinese Off The Farm

The bare, plaster walls of Yu Zu'en's new government-issued apartment are adorned with three decorations: An old photo from his years as a soldier, a shelf for his harmonica, and a poster featuring the busts of every Chinese Communist Party Secretary since Chairman Mao. He points to the newest one …

China

As US warns of Cuba attacks, tourists ask: Were we hit, too?

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before.<p>The tourist from South Carolina had cut short his trip to …

Cuba

Did Japan just ban tattoo artists?

<b>Tokyo, Japan (CNN) —</b> Black is a color you won't find on the walls of Ron Sugano's tattoo parlor in the upmarket Meguro district of south-west Tokyo, where quaint geometric houses line quiet streets.<p>Also absent are the laminated pictures of stretched lobe piercings and extreme ink work that are …

Justice

France criticizes Russian stance on Syria toxic gas probe

PARIS (Reuters) - France criticized Russia on Thursday for calling into question an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.<p>Russia has questioned the work and future of the joint inquiry by the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical …

Syria

Salmon Sex Triggers Change In Geographical Evolution Of Watersheds: Study

A group of researchers from Washington State University (WSU) has made a startling discovery about the effects of Salmon sex on the environment they …

Ecology

From the skies, the North Korean capital looks just like the Potemkin village the Kim regime wants it to be

TOKYO — Americans may now be banned from going to North Korea as tourists, but thanks to the power of the Internet, you can now see what it’s like to fly over the showcase capital of Pyongyang.<p>Aram Pan, a Singaporean photographer who has published lots of 360-degree videos from his trips to North …

North Korea

Jacinda Ardern Becomes New Zealand's Youngest Prime Minister in More Than 150 Years

(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) — New Zealand is getting a liberal government under challenger Jacinda Ardern after a small party said Thursday it would …

Jacinda Ardern

Domestic abuse survivor weeps for joy after dentist fixes her broken tooth for free

Kyleigha Scott remembers Christmas in 2014 vividly. It was when she says her ex-boyfriend head-butted her for no apparent reason, breaking her front …

Domestic Abuse

Mother's testimony at France terror trial angers relatives

PARIS (AP) — Relatives of Jewish schoolchildren and soldiers who were killed by a French extremist in 2012 have voiced shock and indignation during the trial of his older brother.<p>Jeers and shouts arose in the courtroom on Wednesday when Abdelkader Merah's defense lawyer asked opposing attorneys to …

France

Greece sees no fiscal impact from deal with U.S. over F-16 jets

ATHENS (Reuters) - A potential deal with the United States to upgrade Greece's F-16 fighter jets is not expected to have a fiscal impact and should not cause concern to the country's EU lenders, Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said on Thursday.<p>U.S. President Donald Trump said …

Greece

Longtime Neo-Nazi reveals he's gay, has Jewish heritage

A Neo-Nazi and National Front organizer in the United Kingdom came out as gay and revealed his Jewish heritage Tuesday, denouncing the far-right groups after 40 years of active membership.<p>Kevin Wilshaw, 58, who joined the National Front in the late 1970s and had been promoting white supremacy since …

Prejudice

North Korean official confident nation could win a war

NBC News' Keir Simmons reports from North Korea on the rhetoric between President Trump and Kim Jong-un and the possibility of war.<p>Up next …

Politics

The rise of a world power that seeks ‘total control,’ and 4 other stories you might have missed

<i>In this occasional series, The Washington Post brings you up to speed on some of the biggest stories of the week. First up: Confidence, control, paranoia mark the Chinese party congress.</i><p><b>The biggest story: The world's likely next superpower</b><p>The 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party …

China

Bergen: No, Trump didn't defeat ISIS

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Tuesday, US-backed forces announced that Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS in Syria, had fallen.<p>President Donald Trump quickly took a victory lap during an interview the same day, stating that ISIS hadn't been defeated earlier because "you didn't have Trump as your president."<p>Is this …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Kurds blame outside world for loss of territories to Iraq

Iraqi Kurds grieve the loss of lands they have had to return to Iraq's control and their shattered dream of independence. As they see it, it isn't …

Iraq

NASA Finds Organic Material On Dwarf Planet Ceres Could Be Locally Produced

NASA's Dawn space probe detected the presence of organic materials on Ceres — a dwarf planet in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter — in …

Space Exploration

Turkey's Erdogan calls on mayors to resign, Hurriyet newspaper says

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called on mayors of three major cities to resign, including the high-profile mayor of the capital, Ankara, the Hurriyet newspaper reported on Thursday, in a push to revitalize his ruling party ahead of 2019 elections.<p>The comments mark …

Turkey

Taliban attacks kill 58, nearly wipe out Afghan army camp

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have killed at least 58 Afghan security forces in a wave of attacks across the country, including an assault that nearly wiped out an army camp in the southern Kandahar province.<p>Spokesman Dawlat Wazir said the attack on the army camp late Wednesday, which …

Pakistan

Blood and Beauty on a Texas Exotic-Game Ranch

UVALDE, Tex. — On a ranch at the southwestern edge of the Texas Hill Country, a hunting guide spotted her cooling off in the shade: an African reticulated giraffe. Such is the curious state of modern Texas ranching, that a giraffe among the oak and the mesquite is an everyday sort of thing.<p>“That’s …

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