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Exclusive: A US-backed militia runs amok in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Before dawn on June 1, a group of U.S. special forces and Afghan army commandos arrived by helicopter to the east of Alizai, a farming hamlet in Andar district in Taliban-controlled territory in central Afghanistan. They moved from house to house, arresting any fighting-age men ...

Watch Abortion Access Vanish in Texas (GIF)

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Last Friday marked one year since Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) signed into law one of the nation's harshest abortion restrictions. The law, which state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) famously denounced during an 11-hour filibuster, imposes onerous restrictions on abortion clinics that are designed to shut them down.

Twitter Releases Its Diversity Stats. And Boy, Are They Embarrassing.

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Twitter Releases Its Diversity Stats. And Boy, Are They Embarrassing.Twitter today followed in the footsteps of Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and Facebook by releasing statistics on the race and gender of its workforce. The company certainly deserves credit for voluntarily making its diversity stats public, unlike, say, Apple. "Like ...

Science and politics: Hello, Governor

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Anthony Barnosky first thought the e-mail was a joke. As an expert in species extinctions who had just sounded the alarm over looming environmental crises, he had grown used to bizarre messages filling his inbox. There was the creepy e-mail enjoining him to “waste himself” to reduce carbon ...

Glenn Beck Tells Common Core Activists They Shouldn't Mention His Name

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On Tuesday, 40 minutes into Glenn Beck's nationally broadcast "night of action" targeting the Common Core education standards being implemented in schools across the nation, a North Carolina activist named Andrea Dillon announced live that her state's governor had just signed a law directing the board of education ...

How America Finances the Destruction in Gaza—and the Clean-Up

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On Monday, Israeli warplanes fired 182 missiles into Gaza, Israeli ships launched 146 shells into the territory, and Israeli tanks shot 721 shells, with all these attacks striking 66 structures and killing 107 Palestinians (including 35 children), while Hamas launched 101 rockets toward Israel, and 13 Israeli soldiers ...

That Antioxidant You're Taking Is Snake Oil

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Plants can't move. They're sitting targets for every insect, two- and four-legged creature, and air-borne fungus and bacteria that swirls around them. But they're not defenseless, we've learned. Under pressure from millions of years of attacks, they've evolved to produce compounds that repel these predators. Known as phyotochemicals,

Why I Flew to Israel

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Just hours after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration prohibited domestic airlines from flying to Israel this week, I boarded an El Al flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City to Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv to express solidarity with the Israeli people and ...

Lessons From New York: How Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath Is Creating a Smarter Power System

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It’s ironic that a storm -- one that caused widespread blackouts that left millions of Americans in the dark -- is finally helping us see the light.Hurricane Sandy brought devastation and loss to the Eastern Seaboard. The storm exposed the severe vulnerability of our electricity infrastructure and made ...

QBlinks Is A Multi-Use Remote Control And Notification Center For Your iPhone

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Qblinks wants to be the Swiss Army knife of iPhone remote controllers. The Bluetooth LE device, which is currently seeking $35,000 on Kickstarter, can be used to alert you to notifications from different apps on your smartphone; as a camera remote shutter; to activate Siri; play music; and ...

PayPal Expands Its Working Capital Service To UK, Switches From Loans To Cash Advances

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As payments platforms look for more ways to grow their margins and usage among businesses, they continue to push into a wider and deeper range of financial services. In one of the latest moves, eBay’s PayPal is expanding its Working Capital service to the UK. This is its ...

Recession Graduates Grind Away With Low Pay as U.S. Mends

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She and other students who earned diplomas in the aftermath of the deepest U.S. recession since the 1930s are experiencing an earnings hangover that could last a lifetime, even as the labor market heals.Gambrill accepted the first paralegal job she could get after finishing classes at Towson University ...

Meet The Man Branding New York City

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Co.Design has partnered with the Brooklyn design studio Hyperakt to bring you Lunch Talks, a video series of conversations with smart, creative people.--EdsYou see more of NYC & Company's work than you think. The agency is responsible for NYC's official website, NYC's tourism website, the rebranded cab logos,

United Nations Development Programme

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The 2014 Human Development Report 'Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Enhancing Resilience' will be launched on 24 July in Tokyo at 2 PM Tokyo (GMT + 9) / 1 AM New York (GMT - 4), The global launch ceremony will take place at the United Nations University ...


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Following the Girl Summit 28 Too Many will work with a partner to develop a youth focused project which uses our research findings to develop tools and resources for community based action to tackle FGM.Raise the profile of our FGM programmes in 5 countries (Liberia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somaliland ...

Can’t Manage A Standing Desk? Meet Cubii, The Sitting Exerciser

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Sitting down — and the sedentary lifestyle it encourages — is killing you, slowly but surely. The problem is, standing desks aren’t for everyone. Making the switch is a big deal. I love mine but it took a week of pain and suffering to go from seat to ...

Oil Sands Gushing Jobs Mark Divide in Canadian Economy

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Enbridge Inc. pipeline signs stand in the Athabasca Oil Sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on June 19, 2014. CloseEnbridge Inc. pipeline signs stand in the Athabasca Oil Sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on June 19, 2014. The oil- and gas-rich western province was responsible for all ...


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GENEVA (23 July 2014) – Two United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of Nigeria and the international community for a swift and stronger response to the plight of some 3.3 million people displaced in the country due to violence since 2010, one of the highest numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the world.“International support to protect and assist those displaced has remained woefully insufficient and has not kept par with the speedy increase of IDPs in Nigeria”, warned the UN Special Rapporteur on the human ...

Hands On With The Production Version Of The Myo Gesture Control Armband

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Thalmic Labs is a Waterloo-based startup with a very ambitious goal – to change the way we interact with our everyday computing devices. To that end, they’ve developed the Myo armband, a gesture control device that fits around the meaty part of your forearm and detects slight muscle ...

They’re Here: Massive Mayfly Emergence in Wisconsin

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Medical workers killed, injured as Israel targets Gaza health infrastructure

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“The Israelis are using a wide variety of sophisticated modern weapons against a basically naked civilian population,” said renowned Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert in a phone interview with The Electronic Intifada on Tuesday, 22 July.Speaking over the phone from al-Shifa hospital where he is helping to treat the ...

Sleep Deprivation and False Memories

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Author Contributions K. M. Fenn, S. J. Frenda, L. Patihis, and E. F. Loftus developed the study concept and contributed to the study design. Testing and data collection were performed by L. Patihis and S. J. Frenda (Experiment 1) and by K. M. Fenn and H. C. Lewis ...

Ladies! David Lynch's Latest Project Will Give You the Support You Need

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It's been a couple of years since David Lynch has made a film, but that doesn't mean the man isn't busy. He's created his own coffee blend, has appeared on "Louie" and is now behind aline of women's sportswear. Yes, this is happening.READ MORE: 10 Things We Learned ...

The Server Needs To Die To Save The Internet

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Users are also increasingly paying with time and attention, as more ad content — and more adverts masquerading as, infiltrating and degrading content — thrusts its way in front of our eyeballs in ever more insidious ways. Whether it’s repurposing our friends’ photos and endorsements to socially engineer ...

Australia’s Core Inflation Accelerates Faster Than Forecast

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Australia’s core consumer prices gained more than economists forecast last quarter, affirming policy makers’ decision to adopt a neutral interest-rate stance.The trimmed mean gauge of core prices rose 0.8 percent from the previous quarter, the Bureau of Statistics said in Sydney today, compared with the median forecast of 25 economists for a 0.6 percent gain. The consumer price index advanced 0.5 percent from the previous three months, matching economists’ estimates. The currency rose as investors bet Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens is unlikely to cut the record-low 2.5 ...

New Anti-Abortion Legislation Requires Doctors To Scale 18-Foot Wall Surrounding Clinic

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JACKSON, MS—In an effort to make certain that physicians who perform the procedure are fully qualified to do so, a new state law passed Tuesday will require Mississippi doctors to climb an 18-foot wall before entering any medical facility providing abortions.The Clinic Fortification and Physician Excellence Act calls ...

Facebook Says Messenger And Payments Will Eventually “Overlap” But Don’t Hold Your Breath

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Facebook does plan to monetize Messenger through payments, but it’s going to take its time to do it right. Regarding Messenger, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on today’s Q2 earnings call that “over time there will be some overlap between that and payments”. He stressed that “The payments piece will be a part of what drives the overall success” of Messenger and Facebook helping people share with each other and interact with businesses.We shouldn’t expect this to happen too soon, though. Zuckerberg explained that “there’s so much groundwork for us to ...

Facebook Beats In Q2 With $2.91 Billion In Revenue, 62% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.32B Users

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Facebook’s earnings beat projections for the 8th quarter straight with $2.91B in revenue and $0.42EPS in Q2 2014. Still, its share price dipped 0.24% in after-hours trading. Facebook now has 1.07 billion mobile monthly users, and 654 million daily mobile users. That helped it bring in 62% of ...

The Best 401(k)s: Retire at 60 From Conoco With $3.8 Million; Facebook Last

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A first-of-its-kind ranking of 401(k) plans at the 250 biggest companies in the U.S. found that ConocoPhillips and Abbott Laboratories are among those that provide the most lucrative retirement benefits. Among the least generous are Facebook Inc., Inc. and Whole Foods Market Inc. The natural-foods grocer offers ...

The Amazon Fire Phone Is A Shopper’s Delight But Not Much Else

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For the better part of a decade, Amazon has been rolling out e-readers, tablets, and a box that you hook up to your TV while building up a library of content available on all of them. Now they’re hoping they can replace the device you always have on ...

Pseudo-poo! All that glitters isn't fecal gold

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Coprolite? Or copro-might-be-just-a-rock? A problematic specimen from ancient Washington state. Image by Mark A. Wilson, in the public domain.Fossil feces are the stuff of legend. Not only do they have the “gee-whiz-gross” factor, but they also preserve evidence of diet, parasites, and paleoecology in long-dead animals. An paleontological ...

Chart of the Day: When does a woman owe you sex?

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Apparently, there’s an emerging trend of dudes tracking when their partners refuse sex and whining about the “excuses” they use. Hoping to nip this one in the bud, Elizabeth Plank put together a helpful chart to help you determine when a woman owes you sex:While a rampant sense ...

785 of This Year's Unaccompanied Migrants Were Under 6 Years Old

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785 of This Year's Unaccompanied Migrants Were Under 6 Years OldLittle kids, including a troubling number of children age five or younger, make up the fastest-growing group of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the US border in fiscal year 2014. So far this year, nearly 7,500 kids under 13 ...

What Happens If Obama Loses the Halbig Case?

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What Happens If Obama Loses the Halbig Case?So let's suppose the Halbig case goes up to the Supreme Court and they rule for the plaintiffs: in a stroke, everyone enrolled in Obamacare through a federal exchange is no longer eligible for subsidies. What happens then? Is Obamacare doomed?

Google’s $1M Challenge: A Laptop-Sized Solar Inverter

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Back in May, Google announced its Little Box challenge, a $1 million prize for technology that can radically shrink the size and weight of inverters. This week, it opened the contest to applicants, announced the IEEE as a partner, and clarified just how small it’s hoping to get ...

Meet the Suitmaker Who Dresses 6'8" Lebron James

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July 22 (Bloomberg) -- Fashion Designer and Tailor Waraire Boswell discusses haute couture and fashion for NBA stars on “Market Makers.” (Source: Bloomberg)

UNHCR renews call on donors to support Central African Republic refugees

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This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 22 July 2014, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.As the outflow of mostly Muslim refugees continues from the Central African ...

Solar Energy ‘Lighting Up’ Professional Sports

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Rhone Resch July 23, 2014|1 CommentsWhen it comes to clean energy and sustainability, solar looks to be a shoo-in one day for the “green” Hall of Fame. Today, more and more sports teams, sports leagues and sports organizations are embracing the advantages of solar energy. Yesterday, the National ...

Video: Thousands of Chicago protesters demand end to Gaza attacks

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More than ten thousand protesters marched in downtown Chicago on Sunday, following one of the deadliest days in Israel’s ongoing assault on Gaza. This protest was one of many held worldwide demanding an end to Israel’s aggressions against Palestinians.The Chicago coalition of Students for Justice in Palestine opened ...

Inside Anonymous' Cyberwar Against the Israeli Government

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The shadowy hacker collective known as Anonymous has announced it will launch a round of cyber-attacks this Friday against the Israeli government, in retaliation for Israel's ongoing military intervention in Gaza. This onslaught would add to a wave of cyber assaults staged in recent weeks by hackers largely ...

The war in Gaza threatens Egypt too

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Cairo’s efforts to mediate between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, according to conventional wisdom, have largely been dictated by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s animosity toward Hamas. After all, Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Sisi’s government has declared a terrorist organization and regards as ...

France Prepared to Cancel Warship Sale to Russia

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French President Francois Hollande said he’s prepared to cancel the sale of a second Mistral helicopter carrier ship to Russia if the European Union decides to expand its sanctions against Russia.The second ship, due in 2016, hasn’t yet been paid for, making it possible to withhold the sale ...

Foursquare Teases Its Redesigned Recommendation App, New Logo

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After making the interesting decision to split its business and user experience in half, foursquare has today shown off the new version of foursquare proper for the first time.The new foursquare ditches the old logo and the old color scheme and the old way of using foursquare. This ...

Europe To Build Only 192 GW of Wind Power Capacity by 2020

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Alex Morales, Bloomberg News July 23, 2014|0 CommentsLONDON -- Falling power demand and an economic slump in Europe prompted the region’s wind-turbine industry group to cut its forecast for installations through 2020. The 28-nation European Union will probably build a total of 192 gigawatts of wind-energy capacity by the end of this decade, the European Wind Energy Association said in a report released today in Brussels. That’s a sixth lower than the 230 gigawatts the group forecast in 2009 and reiterated two years later. “A cocktail of regulatory uncertainty, ongoing ...

Be Still, My Heart: Beyoncé As Rosie the Riveter

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Be Still, My Heart: Beyoncé As Rosie the RiveterOn Tuesday, Beyoncé, a whisper of perfection in an otherwise cruel and inhumane world, posted this photo of her as Rosie the Riveter to Instagram. Beyoncé has become somewhat of a feminist hero recently, putting overtly feminist lyrics into her ...

Forget the Death Spiral: Electric Vehicles Offer a Major Growth Opportunity for Utilities

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Energy use in the U.S. can be split into two large pies. One pie is electricity use in homes, buildings and industry. The other is transportation, which is powered primarily by liquid fuels like gasoline and diesel.There are some exceptions, as well as a few overlapping categories of ...

Ethiopia Becomes China’s China in Global Search for Cheap Labor

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Ethiopian workers strolling through the parking lot of Huajian Shoes’ factory outside Addis Ababa last month chose the wrong day to leave their shirts untucked.Company President Zhang Huarong, just arrived on a visit from China, spotted them through the window, sprang up and ran outside. The former People’s ...

10 Best Parks According to World Travelers

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Nothing is more delightful than a public park. Fresh air, flowers and greenery are plentiful in these spaces, the perfect place to turn to when the smog of city life gets you down.Cities across the world have put time, money and effort into beautifying their local parks, turning ...

NLGJA awards BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner

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The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association has awarded BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner with its 2014 Journalist of the Year prize, in recognition of his coverage of LGBT policy and the gay rights campaign.Geidner, the site's legal editor, has turned LGBT issues into a full-time beat at BuzzFeed, and ...

Largest aquatic insect in the world found in China

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New species of Megaloptera insect, shown with a chicken's egg for scale. Credit: China News Service/Zhong XinHello, giant friend, and welcome. Please step through the hallowed gates of “World’s Biggest” and join your freakishly long, abnormally bulky peers. Now if you could all just arrange yourselves from largest ...

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