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BuzzFeed fires viral politics editor Benny Johnson over plagiarism

Viral politics editor fired for 41 instances of plagiarism after Twitter users brought copying of phrases and sentences to light The news and entertainment website BuzzFeed has fired one of its most prominent writers for plagarism after finding he had copied sentences and phrases “word for word” from other sites.…

The number of ‘hot days’ are on the rise: See your city

This is the warmest time of year in most of the U.S. And if we continue to pump heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, it’s going to get even warmer — not only in the summer, but throughout the year.…

US monitoring Ebola outbeak in Nigeria, aiding effort to stop spread

US officials are closely monitoring the outbreak of deadly Ebola virus which has now reached Nigeria, and is working with governments and aid groups to try to stop the spread. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those fighting the virus,” Will Stevens, spokesman for the State Department’s Africa bureau, told…

Gaza death toll rises over 1,000 as bodies are recovered

The toll in Gaza rose above 1,000 dead on Saturday as more than 1,000 bodies were pulled from the rubble of homes throughout the coastal enclave during a truce, medics said. The grim milestone came on the 19th day of a conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement, during…

A cosmic two-step: the universal dance of the dwarf galaxies

Over the last few years we’ve been studying the orbits of dwarf galaxies and we expecting to find them buzzing at random around large galaxies. But looking out into the universe, we see some dwarfs undertaking an orderly dance with others, in coherent, well-defined orbits. Such orbits are completely unexpected…

Gaza ceasefire reveals full extent of Israeli destruction

Palestinians appear dazed by level of damage as they check homes, retrieve possessions and search for bodies of relatives Thousands of people in Gaza have ventured out from homes and shelters during a 12-hour ceasefire to find that whole streets and neighbourhoods have been destroyed in the last week. Israel…

Susan Sarandon reveals past sexual relationship with David Bowie

Thelma and Louise co-star says they got together just over 30 years ago when working on the horror film ‘The Hunger’ Susan Sarandon has spoken of a sexual relationship she had with David Bowie just over 30 years ago, describing the singer as “worth idolising”. The Thelma and Louise co-star…

Apple iPhones allow extraction of deep personal data, researcher finds

Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees, the company acknowledged this week. The same techniques to circumvent backup encryption could be used by law enforcement or others with access to the “trusted” computers to which…

FBI found bomb-making cache in Tucson rampage gunman Jared Lee Loughner’s home: LA Times

Jared Lee Loughner, who killed six people and shot former Arizona lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords in a 2011 rampage, kept bomb-making components in a safe in his bedroom, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files released to the newspaper showed that agents and sniffer dogs,…

UN warns of world inaction as South Sudan famine looms

op UN aid chiefs have begged donors to increase efforts to stave off looming famine in South Sudan, where a third of the population are in crisis after months of war. Nearly a million children aged under five face acute malnutrition, the World Food Programme (WFP) and UN children’s agency…

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