Spike in conflicts sees 'global peace' eroding fast

Jun 19, 2014

Spike in conflicts sees 'global peace' eroding fast

World peace has deteriorated steadily over the last seven years, with wars, militant attacks and crime reversing six earlier decades of gradual improvement, a global security survey reported Wednesday. Conflict in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan and the Central African Republic in particular helped drag ...

Poll: Americans split on Bergdahl prisoner swap with Taliban

Jun 8, 2014

Poll: Americans split on Bergdahl prisoner swap with Taliban

Americans are deeply divided over whether the Obama administration did the right thing by swapping five Taliban leaders to win the freedom of prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan, according to Reuters/Ipsos survey released on Friday. Americans strongly agree the United States should ...

Porn could affect men's brain size, German research hints

May 30, 2014

Porn could affect men's brain size, German research hints

Researchers have found less gray matter in the brains of men who perused large amounts of sexually explicit material. The research, which appeared Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, could not determine if pornography actually caused the brain to shrink, however, and the authors ...

May 13, 2014

'Sea too blue, waiter too tasty': oddest hotel gripes

An overly handsome waiter, a snoring girlfriend and the sea being too dazzlingly colorful are among bizarre complaints lodged by hotel guests, a survey showed Monday. Online travel search company Skyscanner Ltd. asked 400 employees of international hotels for their most memorable customer grumbles ...

Global press freedom at worst ebb in a decade

May 2, 2014

Global press freedom at worst ebb in a decade

World press freedom has hit its lowest level in a decade after a regression in Egypt, Turkey and Ukraine and U.S. efforts to curb national security reporting, a watchdog says. A report issued Thursday by Freedom House, which has conducted annual surveys since 1980, ...

Apr 24, 2014

One-third of Canadians were abused as kids: study

Almost one-third of Canadians experienced physical or sexual abuse at home during childhood, according to a study that warned of a link to mental disorders and suicide. Tracie Afifi of the University of Manitoba led the research into data on mental health from 2012 ...