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Syrian Christians fear rise of jihadist rebels

In Wadi al-Nassara, a valley in western Syria dotted with Christian hamlets, residents have hung white silk ribbons to mourn war victims and pray the army will defeat its jihadist foes. Portraits of “martyrs” who died in the 29-month conflict between government forces and rebel fighters such as the radical…

The fight to investigate Detroit’s 11,000 forgotten rapes

Detroit’s reputation precedes it: its economic decline and apparent decay regarded as a warning sign for modern civilisation. But one Motor City native isn’t buying this narrative. “Detroit is a wonderful place,” enthuses Kym Worthy. “Yes, it’s half the size it once was, and yes it has had its share…

‘The U.S. effect’: Researchers encouraged to report exaggerated or eye-catching results

Scientists who study human behaviour are more likely than average to report exaggerated or eye-catching results if they are based in the United States, according to an analysis of more than 1,000 research papers in psychiatry and genetics. This bias could be due to the research culture in the US,…

Meteor that exploded over Russia may have skimmed the Sun

The meteor that injured over 1,500 people when it exploded and showered debris over Russia in February may have had a close shave with the Sun earlier, researchers said Tuesday. A study of its composition showed the space rock had undergone “intensive melting” before entering Earth’s atmosphere and streaking over…

Women in Argentina sue for $54 million over faulty breast implants

About 300 women with faulty PIP breast implants have filed suit seeking $54.7 million in damages from three European companies, their attorney said Monday. “We have filed a class-action suit against France’s Poly Implant Protheses (PIP), Germany’s TUV Rheinland (quality control) and German insurer Allianz,” Virginia Luna told reporters, warning…

United Nations to question U.S. over spying allegations

The United Nations will approach the US government over a report by a German magazine that US intelligence spied on video conferences by top UN officials, a spokesman said Monday. “We are aware of the reports, and we intend to be in touch with the relevant authorities on this,” a…

Ken Ham responds to ‘secularists’ who mocked Creation Museum lightning incident

The fact someone was zapped by lightning at Kentucky’s Creation Museum shows “we all need salvation,” according to Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis. The founder of the Creationist-themed museum has responded to those poking fun at the incident, which occurred last week. “It has been quite amazing (and in…

John Kerry: Syria guilty of ‘a moral obscenity’

Washington warned Syria on Monday it would face action over the “moral obscenity” of a chemical weapons attack, as UN inspectors braved sniper fire to gather evidence about the incident. Speaking amid reports that Washington and its allies are preparing to launch a punitive cruise missile strike on Syrian targets,…

Sen. Patrick Leahy calls on Eric Holder to testify about federal marijuana policy

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will hold a hearing on the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws next month, and he hopes Attorney General Eric Holder will be there to testify. “It is important, especially at a time of budget constraints, to determine whether it is the…

Veterans memorial at center of church and state fight damaged by bomb

A veterans memorial involved in a dispute over the separation of church and state was vandalized with an improvised explosive device over the weekend. The Vietnam War Memorial in Mingus Park in Coos Bay, Oregon appears to have only suffered superficial damage from the blast. The memorial, which features a…

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