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Syria strikes: Draft Senate resolution allows Obama 90 days for military campaign

Senate foreign relations committee agrees on attacks while ruling out ground troops as president’s push for action against Assad regime gathers momentum in Congress US senators will begin a series of votes on Wednesday to authorise a 90-day window for US military action against Syria, as the Obama administration’s campaign…

Cleveland kidnapper and jailed rapist Ariel Castro found hanged in prison

Ariel Castro, the Cleveland kidnapper who held Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Georgina “Gina” DeJesus hostage for almost a decade, took his own life tonight according to a report from CNN. Last month, Castro was sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 1,000 years. He pleaded guilty to 937…

Maher tells Jay Leno: I feuded with Donald Trump because he was ‘this insufferable racist’

Bill Maher cleared up his reasons for getting into a public squabble with Donald Trump in an interview with Tonight Show host Jay Leno on Tuesday, dismissing Trump’s contention that their feud began because Maher was upset Trump wouldn’t appear on Maher’s Real Time. “Like I could give a damn…

Jon Stewart: The ‘red line’ Syria crossed is actually a ‘d*ck-measuring ribbon’

Returning to the familiar sight of the U.S. threatening to attack a Middle Eastern country, Jon Stewart dismissed the posturing surrounding a possible military strike against Syria on The Daily Show on Tuesday. “Oh, right — we have to bomb Syria because we’re in seventh grade,” Stewart said. “And the…

Soot resolves paradox in climate science, scientists say

The Industrial Revolution could be to blame for an Alpine glacial retreat that is inconsistent with the Little Ice Age conditions during which it took place, according to a new paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A team of researchers has now pinned the…

European men grew 4.4 inches since 1870

The average height of European men rose by 11 centimetres (4.4 inches) between 1870 and 1980, an unprecedented spurt linked mainly to better health, a study published on Monday says. The estimate is garnered from military, medical and other records from 15 countries for young adult males aged around 21.…

Everyone’s talking about ‘Molly’ — a deadly designer drug

Everybody is talking about Molly, but few aside from the young, hip and famous knew who she was until the death of two people at a New York music festival this weekend. The sweet-sounding name belongs to an Ecstasy-like designer drug that is being blamed for the deaths of Olivia…

Iron supplements found not to increase risk of malaria

Global health experts have warned against giving iron supplements in areas where malaria is rampant, but a study Tuesday found no rise in cases of the mosquito-borne disease among children who took iron. However, hospital visits for severe diarrhea episodes were significantly higher among children in Ghana given extra iron,…

Oxford researchers determine timeline for rise of Egypt’s early dynasties

Archaeologists drawing on a wide range of tools said on Wednesday they had pinpointed the crucial time in world history when Egypt emerged as a distinct state. Experts have wrangled for decades as to when turbulent upper and lower Egypt were brought together under a stable, single ruler for the…

Lesbian married couple says South Carolina’s marriage equality ban makes them ‘legal strangers’

A South Carolina couple is suing in federal court to challenge the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, arguing that it treats them as “legal strangers” for not recognizing their union, even though they were legally married in another state. “Those opinions were expressed at a date that’s quite awhile ago,”…

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