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Germany still has to recover from ‘intellectual decapitation’ in World War II

Germany on Friday marked 80 years since mass book burnings by the Nazis, as officials said the country had yet to recover from its self-inflicted “intellectual decapitation”. On May 10, 1933, less than four months after Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, his followers burned thousands of books by leading writers…

U.S. monitors: Carbon dioxide in atmosphere hits historic high

The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has broken above 400 parts per million for the first time in human history, US monitors announced Friday, indicating that climate change has reached a new high. The data showing that the average C02 was 400.03 as of May 9 was posted…

Prince Harry honors fallen U.S. soldiers

Prince Harry, in the dress uniform of his British army regiment, paid tribute Friday to US soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan on day two of a US tour dedicated in good part to war veterans. With white-gloved hands behind his back, he strolled alone through rows of white headstones…

Malcom X’s grandson Malcolm Shabazz killed in an apparent robbery attempt in Mexico

Malcolm Shabazz, the once-troubled grandson of Malcolm X, was killed in Mexico this week. While a statement was first issued via Twitter and Facebook by Shabazz family friend and public relations professional (for whom Shabazz once worked) Terrie Williams, Talking Points Memo’s Hunter Walker confirmed it separately with Shabazz’s friend…

Cambodia on track to eliminate new HIV infections by 2020

Cambodia is on track to become one of the few countries in the world to successfully reverse its HIV epidemic and may eliminate new infections by 2020, the World Health Organization said Friday. The Southeast Asian nation has reduced its HIV prevalence rate from a 1998 peak of 1.7 percent…

Comedy lampooning the rich the highest-grossing film in Mexican cinema history

How the mighty have fallen in Mexico — at least on movie screens and in social media. A comedy lampooning the rich has become the highest-grossing film in Mexican cinema history, with five million moviegoers laughing at the story of a construction tycoon fooling his spoilt children into a life…

UPDATE: ‘Very serious’ ammonia leak outside International Space Station

[This story was updated at 7:24 AM ET.] Russian and US space experts were scrambling to address a “very serious” ammonia leak outside the International Space Station that may require astronauts to perform an emergency spacewalk, a Russian official said on Friday. “Indeed, they have a serious defect, very serious,”…

Woman rescued alive from Bangladesh garment factory rubble: TV

A woman was pulled alive Friday from the ruins of a garment factory complex in Bangladesh more than 16 days after it collapsed and killed over 1,000 people, live television footage showed. The miraculous rescue came shortly after emergency officials announced that the woman called Reshmi had been located under…

Brazilian woman shot in mouth with spear gun survives

A young Brazilian woman was accidentally shot in the mouth with a spear gun, with the projectile punching out the back of her neck but she survived, a doctor said. Elisangela Borborema Rosa’s husband was cleaning the underwater fishing device when it went off. It punctured her pharynx, broke two…

Video of bicycling bear attacking monkey sparks outrage in China

A viral video of a bear attacking a monkey after the two fell off their bicycles at a Chinese zoo has sparked outrage among animal rights activists, but an official on Friday defended the show. A minute-and-a-half long video surfaced this week showing the bear biting and clawing the monkey…

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