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Aleppo Satellite Images Reveal Destruction Wrought By Syria War (PHOTOS)

(532) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 9:16 AM

In July 2012, Fighters loyal to embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad launched a full-scale assault to recapture the northern city of Aleppo, which had fallen into rebel hands. In a banner headline, pro-government newspaper Al Watan predicted the fight would be the "mother of all battles" for...

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U.S. Embassies And Consulates Closed This Week (MAP)

(75) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 2:49 PM

On Sunday, the U.S. announced it would keep 15 of its embassies and consulates around the world closed for the coming week and will shut down an additional 4 embassies in Africa. Last Friday, the State Department issued a global travel alert and closed 21 diplomatic...

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China Could Loosen One-Child Policy

(80) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 10:27 AM

China may be about to propose a major reform to its one-child policy.

An official at China's National Health and Family Planning Commission told Xinhua news agency that the country is currently considering allowing couples to have a second child if at least one of the parents has...

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World's Most Paid Vacation Days: Europe Guarantees Most Paid Leave For Workers

(253) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 4:16 PM

It's August again and in Europe that means "out of the office" messages, "closed" signs, and desolated streets. August 1st marks the unofficial start of summer vacation in Spain, France and Italy, and even in times of economic crisis, most employees are dead-set on taking their summer days....

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Syria Rebel Council Bans Croissants In Aleppo As Forbidden By Islam

(290) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 10:51 AM

As forces loyal to embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are launching continuing assaults on Aleppo, some fighters in the city have set their sights on a new enemy: croissants.

A religious judicial council in Aleppo has issued a fatwa clarifying that croissants are forbidden under...

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David Cameron Gave Mixtape To Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin At G8 Summit

(2) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 12:25 PM

David Cameron gave a mixtape to his fellow G8 leaders at their summit in June, and High Fidelity it is not.

The themes of the meeting in Northern Ireland were tax evasion and transparency, but the 10-song playlist had no clear unifying theme. In fact, the...

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Okinawa Battle Flag Returned To Japan After 68 Years

(563) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 11:52 AM

World War II has its fair share of famous flags, but none have a story quite as emotional as Herb McDougall's.

The Asahi Shimbun reports that McDougall was 19 when he took part in the Battle of Okinawa and found a version of Japan's national flag...

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Atlas, Oldest Commercial Shipwreck In Great Lakes History, Discovered Near Oswego (PHOTOS)

(211) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 1:54 PM

What do you get when you combine a limestone-filled schooner, almost 300 feet of water and an underwater remote operated vehicle? Nothing less than the oldest documented commercial shipwreck ever discovered in the Great Lakes.

According to the Associated Press, the remains of the Atlas, a double-masted, 52-foot...

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UK 'Porn' Filter Will Also Block Violence, Alcohol, Terrorism, Smoking And 'Esoteric Material'

(504) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 9:15 AM

The United Kingdom's new internet filters promise to block much more than just pornography, according to a report by the digital advocacy organization Open Rights Group.

Last week, Prime Minister David Cameron announced online porn would soon become automatically blocked in order to "protect children and...

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Chinese Couple Fights Naked On Street In Dongguan (VIDEO)

(67) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 10:18 AM

In the course of any romantic relationship, there comes a time when one or both partners simply need to get something off their chest. For two fiery lovebirds in China, that something was their shirts.

According to The Nanfang, drivers and pedestrians on a street in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, were...

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Child Marriage In Nigeria: Viral Video Mocks Yeriman, Country's Child Marriage Superhero

(36) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 11:40 AM

Is this Nigeria's newest superhero? Let's hope not.

In a YouTube video for his "What's Up Africa?" series, Nigerian-British vlogger Ikenna Azuike hails the arrival of Yeriman, a muscle-bound hero who protects the rights of Nigeria's "over-50 males who think it's OK to marry a 13-year-old girl."

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Viking Jewelry Found At Denmark Farm Suggests Ancient Royal Settlement

(181) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 11:45 AM

The excavation of a farmstead on the Danish island of Zealand has uncovered much more beneath the soil than mere roots and seeds. At the Vestervang farm near Kirke Hyllinge, the Danish Journal of Archeology reports, scientists from the Roskilde Museum have discovered the remains of a 1,300-year-old...

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North Korea Mass Game: Photos Show Striking Celebration Of Korean War 'Victory'

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 10:22 AM

North Korea's mass games have returned, and there is truly nothing like them. For five nights a week from now until September 9, thousands of North Koreans will fill Pyongyang's May Day stadium to perform songs, choreographed dances, and gymnastics, according to the Associated Press. As photographer Werner...

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British Line Of Succession: Where Will The Royal Baby Fall? (INFOGRAPHIC)

(189) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 2:18 PM

From the day he or she is born, the first child of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton will be third in line to the British throne.

Royal lineage in Britain is guided by the principle of primogeniture, a system that puts the eldest child first in line for succession....

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China's Jiboazhai Museum Closed After Artifacts Discovered To Be Fake

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 2:08 PM

China is known worldwide for its pandas, its cranes, and unfortunately, its forged goods. According to a UN report, 70 percent of the world's counterfeit goods produced between 2008 and 2010 originated from China. The forgeries have found their way into markets and stores around the world, and...

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Global Corruption Report 2013: World's Biggest Countries For Bribes, According To Transparency International

(423) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 11:00 AM

If you paid a bribe sometime in the last year, you are not alone. According to a new survey by corruption watchdog Transparency International, more than a quarter of people worldwide paid a bribe when dealing with public services in the past 12 months.

Transparency International's 2013 Global...

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Egypt Celebrations, Protests Mark Removal Of President Mohamed Morsi By Army (PHOTOS)

(135) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 4:51 PM

Egyptians took to the streets en masse Wednesday to express their feelings about the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. Opposition demonstrators gathered in Tahrir Square and outside the Presidential Palace in Cairo to celebrate the Army's move, setting...

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Bolivia Protest Descends On French Embassy To Express Anger Over Evo Morales Plane Diversion

(141) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 2:03 PM

Angry Bolivians descended on the French Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday to protest unconfirmed reports of France allegedly rerouting the plane of President Evo Morales to Austria on Tuesday, according to ITV. The Local reports that approximately 100 protesters burned French flags and threw stones...

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Is Edward Snowden Protected By International Law?

(72) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 10:46 AM

In a lot of ways, Edward Snowden is no different from any other millennial. He likes pizza, sometimes says stupid things on the internet, and can’t stand to be separated from his computer. Unlike most people his age, Snowden's computer is full of classified...

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