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African ancestors used insect-repellent beds: study

Prehistoric people who lived in what today is South Africa discovered certain plants’ medicinal properties and made bedding and mats from insect-repelling leaves, researchers said Friday. An international team, led by Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, discovered several fossilised beds in a well-known rock shelter on a cliff in Sibudu in…

Bradley Manning contradicts official accounts of his confinement

In a recent interview, the soldier accused of leaking documents to secrets website WikiLeaks disputed an official account of the conditions of his confinement. US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning told Firedoglake’s David House that claims that he is allowed exercise, proper bedding and access to news are simply…