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Middle east

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2 mentions4 hours ago
From now on the French foreign ministry will be calling it Daesh, the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS and IS. He said: “This is a terrorist group and not a state. I do not recommend using the ...

Natural Disasters Displaced 22 Million People Last Year, 3 Times More Than War

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Flood victims wade through receding flood waters as they walk back after collecting relief material in village Teing near Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Military specialists blew up dikes in central Pakistan to divert swollen rivers and save cities from raging floods that have killed ...

Why Rick Scott's Facing a Tea Party Revolt in Florida

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Rick Scott was a tea party darling when he squeaked out a victory in 2010 to become governor of Florida with the help of an army of grassroots conservative activists. Four years later, Scott, facing a tight reelection race, is having trouble rallying his former soldiers to his ...

This Republican Tried To Stop North Carolina From Apologizing For A Racist Massacre. He’d Like Your Vote, Please.

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4 mentions18 hours ago
In 1898, furious that a mixed-race coalition had swept the city's municipal elections, white supremacists burned down a black-owned newspaper in Wilmington, North Carolina; overthrew the local government; and killed at least 25 black residents in a week of rioting. It was one of the worst single incidents ...

Three Extreme Anti-Abortion Measures Voters Could Approve In November

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States have approved more anti-abortion measures during the past three years than during the entire preceding decade. And this fall, voters themselves will also have the chance to decide whether to approve or block extreme anti-abortion ballot initiatives in three states. Ballot measures in Colorado and North Dakota ...

How the NRA Degrades and Objectifies Women

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4 mentions1 hour ago
Recently the National Rifle Association has aimed to boost its appeal among women. Last year it launched its "new and improved" NRA Women's TV Network, and it has hired several accomplished female gun enthusiasts as official NRA News commentators. Women were a focus at its annual meeting in ...

This map shows all the countries that have declared independence from the United Kingdom

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2 mentions1 day ago
Scots will head to the polls on Thursday to vote on a referendum that could make Scotland an independent nation, making the 307-year-old United Kingdom not so united anymore.There's been a scramble to convince the country's 4.2 million registered voters to vote "no," after a major poll last ...

Scientists Find 'Direct Link' Between Earthquakes And Drilling Wastewater Process

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16 mentions10 hours ago
This picture from Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 shows the aftermath of what was at the time the strongest earthquake to strike Colorado in more than 40 years. In research published Tuesday, USGS scientists cite “clear evidence that the earthquake sequence was induced by fluid injection.” A team of ...

Exclusive: Syria reveals more chemical weapons facilities to watchdog - sources

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THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Syria has revealed a previously undeclared research and development facility and a laboratory to produce the poison ricin to the global chemical weapons watchdog, diplomatic sources told Reuters. Syria has detailed three new facilities to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) ...

A New Government Report Shows More Coal Plants Are Retiring Than Previously Thought

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6 mentions18 hours ago
The government’s watchdog agency has concluded that more coal plants will retire by 2025 than it previously thought. In 2012, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) looked into the intersection of market forces and upcoming regulations for coal plants and concluded 2 to 12 percent of the country’s coal ...

Louisiana Governor Hedges On Climate Change As His State Disappears Into the Sea

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6 mentions14 hours ago
WASHINGTON, DC—Louisiana Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Bobby Jindal (R) unveiled a new energy plan Tuesday that called for increasing on- and off-shore oil drilling and gas fracking, rolling back environmental protections, and completely withdrawing from the United Nations climate negotiation process. Jindal has long been vague ...

This Changes Everything: Naomi Klein Is Right, Unchecked Capitalism Will Destroy Civilization

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8 mentions12 hours ago
Best-selling progressive journalist Naomi Klein has an important new book out, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate.” The author of “No Logo” and “The Shock Doctrine” now “tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth,” ...

Europe

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2 mentions2 days ago
Text byBenjamin DODMANFollow bendodman on twitter You’d think the French would be quietly revelling in the humbling of their oldest foe – or at least hailing the prospect of independence for their “auld ally”. But among the Parisians basking in the long-awaited sunshine this week many had not ...

Bobby Jindal: "I'm Not an Evolutionary Biologist"

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4 mentions22 hours ago
At a breakfast event today, a journalist reportedly questioned Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal about whether he believes in evolution. This is pretty pertinent. Several years ago Jindal signed into law the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act. The law, according to the National Center for Science Education, "invites lessons ...

How Indoor Air Pollution Kills Millions -- And How Solar Could Help Save Them

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Indoor air pollution kills more people around the world every year than HIV and malaria combined — but solar power might be the key to solving the problem. As Brad Plumer reported Monday at Vox, a recent report by the Lancet Respiratory Medicine shows that around 3 billion ...

Chinese envoy says North Korea's Kim Jong Un may visit Beijing: Yonhap

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2 mentions11 hours ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could go to China on his first foreign trip since taking power, China's ambassador to South Korea said on Wednesday, according to a report from South Korea's Yonhap news agency. The 31-year-old leader assumed power after his father, Kim ...

Rand Paul to Appear at Event Featuring Neo-Confederate Aide He Had to Fire

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2 mentions20 hours ago
This week, the Ron Paul-led Campaign for Liberty hosts its fourth annual Liberty Political Action Conference, and the speaking list features a roster of well-known Republican politicians and libertarian activists. The biggest draw of this year's LPAC will undoubtedly be Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who each day inches ...

Why Is Gay Porn So Popular in Pakistan?

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2 mentions19 hours ago
Earlier this month, the Pew Research Center published results of a public survey of gay tolerance in 39 countries worldwide. The numbers are fairly unsurprising: While a high proportion of respondents in Western Europe and North America answered "yes" to the question "Should society accept homosexuality?" few respondents ...

The United States Has The Largest Prison Population In The World -- And It's Growing

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Both in raw numbers and by percentage of the population, the United States has the most prisoners of any developed country in the world — and it has the largest total prison population of any nation. That didn’t change in 2013. After several years in which the prison ...

Ahead of independence vote, Britain pledges state funding to Scotland

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EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Britain promised to guarantee Scotland high levels of state funding, granting Scots greater control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday's vote on independence. With polls showing the decision on the fate of the United ...

It's Hard to Say It, But US Policy Toward Terrorist Ransom Demands Is Probably Right

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2 mentions17 hours ago
Rukmini Callimachi's story in the New York Times today about the anger and frustration of James Foley's family over their treatment by the US government is heartbreaking. Foley was among dozens of hostages being held by ISIS, but one of the few to be murdered. Why? Because the ...

This GOP Benghazi Hearing Is Actually Worth Having

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5 mentions1 day ago
Benghazi! It's back. On Wednesday, the select committee on Benghazi set up by House Speaker John Boehner—who yanked this conservative crusade from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and handed it to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)—will stage its first public hearing. In a surprising move that might disappoint right-wingers yearning ...

GOP Moderates' Secret Confession: We Were Afraid to Vote Against Extreme Abortion Bill

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4 mentions1 day ago
In the hours before Missouri Republicans overrode Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto and passed one of the harshest abortion bills in the country, a handful of Republican women—party activists, a local officeholder, and operatives who support abortion rights—drove to Jefferson City and begged lawmakers to reconsider. When cornered,

The Demise of a Group Backing Moderate Syrian Rebels Is a Bad Sign for Obama's Anti-ISIS Campaign

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Last week, President Barack Obama outlined his plan for expanding military action against ISIS, the murderous Islamic extremist group that controls territory in Iraq and Syria. His beefed-up campaign includes increased funding previously announced (up to $500 million) to train and arm supposedly moderate rebels in Syria who ...

Black Lung Among Coal Miners At Highest Level In 40 Years

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4 mentions19 hours ago
Rates of a deadly form of black lung are the highest they’ve been in 40 years among Appalachian coal miners, according to federal experts. Scientists from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health published a letter Monday in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine ...

Why March in the Biggest Climate Change Demonstration Ever?

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2 mentions1 day ago
On Sunday, September 21st, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, and one of the largest political protests in many years in New York. More than 1,000 groups are coordinating the ...

Angry Mob Tosses Ukrainian Politician Into the Trash

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4 mentions19 hours ago
One of Kiev’s prominent politicians is full of rubbish — or rather, the rubbish is full of him. Vitaly Zhuravsky, once a member of former President Viktor Yanukovich's Party of the Regions and now a member of the Economic Development Party, came face-to-face with an angry mob outside ...

Largest City In Vermont Now Gets All Its Power From Wind, Water And Biomass

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12 mentions2 days ago
Water flows through the Winooski One hydro-electric plant in Winooski, VT. The Burlington Electric Department’s recent purchase of the facility, located in the Winooski River between Burlington and the city of Winooski, enabled it to reach 100 percent renewable power. The 42,000 people living in Burlington, Vermont can ...

How the media shafted the people of Scotland

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2 mentions17 hours ago
Perhaps the most arresting fact about the Scottish referendum is this: that there is no newspaper – local, regional or national, English or Scottish – that supports independence except the Sunday Herald. The Scots who will vote yes have been almost without representation in the media. There is ...

Study Links Water Contamination To Fracking Operations In Texas And Pennsylvania

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Faulty casing and cementing in gas wells has contaminated drinking water in Texas and Pennsylvania, according to a new study. The study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences but has not yet been made public, looked at cases of water contamination in ...

NASA: Hottest August Globally Since Records Began In 1880

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5 mentions2 days ago
A Pakistani youth, cools off under a water supply pipe, during a sudden heavy rain fall after days of scorching temperatures due to a heat wave, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Last month was the warmest August globally since records began being kept in 1880, NASA ...

Top Democrat Urges Radio Stations To Drop Rush Limbaugh After He Suggested 'No Means Yes'

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2 mentions14 hours ago
A top Democrat is calling on radio stations to stop broadcasting the Rush Limbaugh Show after the conservative radio host made headlines for mocking Ohio State University’s new sexual assault policies, which require students to actively and explicitly agree to sexual activity. On his show on Monday, Limbaugh ...

The Gender Wage Gap Didn't Budge Last Year

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2 mentions15 hours ago
The average woman working full time, year round made 78 percent of what a man with similar employment made in 2013, according to the latest data from the Census Bureau, a slight but not statistically different increase from 77 percent in 2012. There hasn’t been a significant increase ...

Republicans Unanimously Block Equal Pay Bill

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After allowing the Paycheck Fairness Act to move forward last week, Senate Republicans turned around on Monday evening and unanimously voted to block the bill, which would ban salary secrecy and tighten rules to try to narrow the gender wage gap. The vote came weeks after the Republican ...

Wealthy L.A. Schools' Vaccination Rates Are as Low as South Sudan's

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5 mentions12 hours ago
When actors play doctors on TV, that does not make them actual doctors. And that does not mean they should scour some Internet boards, confront their pediatricians, and demand fewer vaccinations for their children, as some Hollywood parents in Los Angeles have apparently been doing. The Hollywood Reporter ...

7 Big Food Companies That Say Climate Change Poses A Threat To Their Products

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3 mentions2 days ago
Back in March, popular burrito chain Chipotle made news when ThinkProgress reported that climate change could threaten its guacamole supply. That report was based on a statement Chipotle made in its annual report to its investors, filed with the Securities Exchange Commission. Chipotle took issue with the story,

FACT SHEET: U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

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4 mentions23 hours ago
As the President has stated, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the humanitarian crisis there is a top national security priority for the United States.In order to contain and combat it, we are partnering with the United Nations and other international partners to help the Governments of ...

There's Still A Lot Of Work To Be Done In The Fight Against Hunger

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2 mentions19 hours ago
The world’s malnourished population has declined in the last few years, according to a recent United Nations report, but much work remains to be done to strengthen food security globally. According to the report, compiled by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the proportion of the ...

In A Warmer, More Acidic Ocean, Algae Is One Organism That Will Be Able To Adapt And Survive

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4 mentions2 days ago
An aerial view of an Emiliania huxleyi bloom off the southern coast of Devon and Cornwall in England in 1999. One ocean organism could end up being more resilient to climate change than previously thought, according to a new study. The study, published Sunday in Nature Climate Change,

Southern California Heat Wave Forces Schools To Cancel Outdoor Activities

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4 mentions22 hours ago
Two paddle boarders cool off in the water during the ongoing Southern California heat wave, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Huntington Beach, Calif. Southern California is roasting in triple-digit temperatures and forecasters say the heat wave will continue at least another day. Following an excessive heat warning, the ...

The Untapped Power of Solar Data

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Last year, the global solar industry surpassed 100 gigawatts of cumulative installed capacity, and it is quickly approaching 100 gigawatts of annual deployment. While solar has rapidly scaled up in the past ten years, there are several hurdles to clear before solar can make its way into the ...

Chris Brown's New Album Is As Awful As He Is

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2 mentions20 hours ago
Chris Brown appears at a probation progress hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court after he pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (AP) Because art is made by humans and humans have a tendency to be flawed at best and criminally violent at worst,

Large blast kills at least one in Afghan capital as smoke rises above city

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2 mentions1 day ago
KABUL (Reuters) - A huge explosion rattled windows in Afghanistan’s capital early on Tuesday, sending a plume of white smoke rising above eastern Kabul and killing at least one person, a witness said. The blast tore through cars on the main airport road near the U.S. Embassy, leaving ...

How the media shafted the people of Scotland

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4 mentions5 hours ago
Perhaps the most arresting fact about the Scottish referendum is this: that there is no newspaper – local, regional or national, English or Scottish – that supports independence except the Sunday Herald. The Scots who will vote yes have been almost without representation in the media. There is ...

The Supreme Court May Be About To Save—Or Destroy—Gay Marriage

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2 mentions2 days ago
Supporters of gay marriage have been on a roll: In the past year, federal courts across the country have nullified same-sex marriage bans in more than a dozen states. Yet these victories are complicated by the lack of a national legal standard on gay marriage: For now, it ...

New Campaign Reminds Americans That Sex Trafficking is Happening In Their Backyard

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2 mentions23 hours ago
More than 100 nonprofits are joining forces to tackle an issue they say often goes overlooked in the United States: the forced prostitution and human trafficking of American children. Although sex trafficking is often framed as an issue of concern in other countries — it’s the fasting growing ...

How to make Isis fall on its own sword

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6 mentions22 hours ago
Degrade and destroy? The west should try to disrupt the canny militants into self-destruction, because bombs will only backfire The Islamic State (Isis) is without question a very brutal extremist group with origins in the insurgency of the United States occupation of Iraq. It has rapidly ascended to ...

A Massive Hurricane Just Slammed Into Cabo

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2 mentions2 days ago
Up until now, the records set by the stunning 2014 Eastern Pacific hurricane season have been mostly academic. The storms have been strong and numerous, but they've been out at sea off the west coast of Mexico, and haven't caused much damage. That changed today, however, with Hurricane ...

Why Gun Control Groups Have Moved Away From an Assault Weapons Ban

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2 mentions2 days ago
The morning after the Sandy Hook shootings, Shannon Watts, a mother of five and a former public relations executive, started a Facebook page called "One Million Moms for Gun Control." It proved wildly popular and members quickly focused on renewing the federal ban on military style assault weapons.

17-Year-Old In Coma After Being Tased, Dropped To The Pavement By Police Officer

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A 17-year-old Missouri teen was put in a medically-induced coma for brain injuries received during a struggle with a police officer. Witnesses allege that Bryce Masters’ head hit the pavement after he was handcuffed and dropped on the ground by Officer Tim Runnels. Masters was pulled over by ...
 

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