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Europe’s first lesbian-only cemetary to open in Berlin

‘Her-storic’ lesbian-only cemetery opens in German capital (via AFP) What may be Europe’s first lesbian-only burial place opened Sunday in a forested Christian Lutheran graveyard in the German capital. The final resting place will give gay women a place to share in the afterlife, said Astrid Osterland of Safia, an…

Oil CEO to Congress: Fight Russia by lifting 40-year ban on U.S. crude exports

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lifting the 40-year ban on U.S. crude exports is the fastest way the American drilling boom could be used to bolster energy security in Europe and Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression, the CEO of the biggest operator in North Dakota’s vast oil…

Obama secret agents sent home from Europe after boozing

Three Secret Service agents tasked with protecting US President Barack Obama during his visit to Amsterdam this week were sent home after a night of drinking, with one found passed out in a hotel hallway, a newspaper reported. The three agents have……

Nazi terror and China’s transformation in focus at Berlin film festival

The Nazi terror in Europe and the dramatic transformation of contemporary China will dominate screens at next month’s Berlin international film festival, organisers said Tuesday. More than 400 new productions including star-driven Hollywood productions, gritty independent films and eye-opening documentaries will be shown at the 64th Berlinale, as the event…

Solar eclipse to sweep Africa, Europe and the U.S. on Sunday

Solar eclipse to sweep Africa, Europe, US on Sunday (via AFP) A rare solar eclipse will sweep across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States on Sunday as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. The round shape of the Earth explains why…

Drink it while you can: Study points to looming global wine shortage

Attention wine lovers: savor every last sip, as researchers say there may be a global shortage looming. Wine prices could shoot up because of a fall in production and growing thirst for wine among Chinese and Americans, Morgan Stanley research said in a report Wednesday. World production peaked in 2004,…

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…

Thousands attend funeral for 38 Italian train crash victims

Thousands attended a funeral Tuesday for the 38 victims of a coach crash in Italy as the country mourned the dead in one of Europe’s worst road accidents. Flags flew at half-mast and shops stayed shut on a national day of mourning as investigators probed why the coach plunged off…

PRISM: Europe reacts to U.S. surveillance revelations with anger

By Georgina Prodhan and Claire Davenport VIENNA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europeans reacted angrily on Friday to revelations that U.S. authorities had tapped the servers of internet companies for personal data, saying they confirmed their worst fears about American Web giants and showed tighter regulations were needed. The Washington Post and the…

Why did the Neanderthals die out?

A major conference in London this week will reveal the results of five years’ research on why Homo sapiens emerged triumphant in the survival battle of the humans The puzzle is one of the greatest surrounding our species. On a planet that bristled with different types of human being, including…

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