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A year of bombing in Syria stirs little debate among Russians

Veteran Russian opposition activist Sergei Davidis was among 300 people who showed up at a protest in Moscow against the start of the Kremlin’s Syria bombing campaign. But that was pretty much the last demonstration. “As far as I know there haven’t been any other events dedicated specifically to the ...

Sep 29, 2016

Dutch take 'Pokemon Go' makers to court as gamers flood beaches

Dutch authorities are taking the U.S. makers of “Pokemon Go” to court, after the company failed to meet pleas to stop hordes of fans flocking to protected beaches. Since the game was launched in The Netherlands, thousands of fans have been crowding the vast, ...

Smog Free Tower opens in pollution-prone Beijing

Sep 29, 2016

Smog Free Tower opens in pollution-prone Beijing

In a city where smog routinely blankets the streets, a Dutch artist has offered an eccentric solution: a 7-meter metal structure that takes in smog and expels cleaner air. Daan Roosegaarde’s Smog Free Tower opened Thursday on a small, grassy lot in Beijing’s famed ...

Famine could claim 75,000 children in Nigeria, U.N. warns

Sep 29, 2016

Famine could claim 75,000 children in Nigeria, U.N. warns

As many as 75,000 children will die over the next year in famine-like conditions created by Boko Haram if donors don’t respond quickly, the U.N. Children’s Fund is warning. That’s far more than the 20,000 people killed in the seven-year Islamic uprising. The severity ...

Sep 29, 2016

Israeli archeologists find taboo toilet at ancient Jewish shrine

Israeli archaeologists have discovered a stone toilet while excavating a Jewish shrine at an ancient city gate, they said Wednesday, evidence that a biblical king tried to stamp out worship there. King Hezekiah deliberately defiled the eighth century B.C. shrine at the door to ...

Sep 29, 2016

Scientists fix fractures with printed synthetic bone

Scientists in the United States have successfully treated broken spines and skulls in animals using 3-D-printed synthetic bone, opening the possibility of future personalized bone implants for humans to fix dental, spinal other bone injuries. Unlike real bone grafts, the synthetic material — called ...

Sep 29, 2016

Americas becomes first region to eliminate measles

The Americas has become the first region in the world to be free of measles, following a 22-year vaccination drive against the disease, which continues to infect tens of thousands of people globally, the Pan American Health Organization said on Tuesday. The milestone was ...

Long-lost Inca altar is found beside river in Peru

Sep 29, 2016

Long-lost Inca altar is found beside river in Peru

Workers doing cleanup along a river in southern Peru stumbled upon part of a pre-Hispanic, Inca-era altar believed to have been long-lost, the Culture Ministry said Wednesday. About 35 percent of the altar — weighing around 20 tons and decorated with detailed carving — ...

Biggest foe of Boko Haram refugees hunger, not violence

Sep 29, 2016

Biggest foe of Boko Haram refugees hunger, not violence

Living conditions for people uprooted by Boko Haram violence and seeking refuge in camps and towns across northeast Nigeria are more deadly than the conflict between the Islamist militants and the army, Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Wednesday. Hunger and malnutrition are widespread among ...

Sep 29, 2016

Pentagon: Tests confirm no mustard agent in Iraq attack

The Pentagon says that an Islamic State rocket that hit a military base used by hundreds of U.S. troops in northern Iraq did not contain any sulfur chemical agent, as initially feared. U.S. officials had said that an oily substance found on a fragment ...

MH17 crash inquiry backs suspicions of Russian link: U.S.

Sep 29, 2016

MH17 crash inquiry backs suspicions of Russian link: U.S.

The United States welcomed Wednesday the preliminary results of a criminal inquiry into the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine, saying it supported Washington’s suspicions of Russian involvement. The United States was quick to blame Russian-backed separatists after the Malaysia Airlines jet was shot ...