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Why conspiracy theorists won’t give up on MH17 and MH370

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A huge criminal investigation is underway in the Netherlands, following the downing of flight MH17. Ten Dutch prosecutors and 200 policemen are involved in collecting evidence to present at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. The investigation may take time to find the real perpetrators, but that hasn’t stopped conspiracy theorists from speculating. Human beings are pattern-seeking creatures. We ... Read More »

Support our red-haired cousins, the orangutans, before it’s too late

Orphaned orangutans in Borneo. Rickina and Rocky’s mothers were probably killed by poachers. Photograph: Thomas Burns/International Animal Rescue

As orangutans are added to a list of the world’s 25 most endangered primates, we are discovering that these great apes are more like humans than we supposed Tuesday is International Orangutan Day. This year it follows hot on the heels of exciting genetic results from Sumatra made public at the International Primatological Society’s biannual conference on Sunday which suggest ... Read More »

If You Think This Woman Is Enjoying A Nice Swim In The Pool, Think Again

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A tiny indoors swimming pool? No, not quite. The woman pictured in a dazzling pool of water is actually a painting by Venezuela-based artist Gustavo Silva Nuñez. Nuñez creates hyperrealistic paintings of swimmers floating and splashing about. His mind-boggling works are so close to reality, it looks like the canvas will come to life and leave you soaking wet. www.facebook.com ... Read More »

Jihadists vs. Brotherhood: Signs of dispute emerge in Libya

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Commenting on start of dispute between advocates of political Islam and jihadists, political analyst believes key rift line concerns principle of democracy. BENGHAZI – Splits between jihadists and less extreme Islamists are appearing in Benghazi, cradle of the Libyan uprising, as jihadists achieve success on the ground and the Islamists try to organise, analysts say. Islamists of good standing, seen ... Read More »

Elephant poaching deaths reach tipping point in Africa

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Africa’s elephants have reached a tipping point: more are being killed each year than are being born, a study suggests. Researchers believe that since 2010 an average of nearly 35,000 elephants have been killed annually on the continent. They warn that if the rate of poaching continues, the animals could be wiped out in 100 years. The work is published ... Read More »

‘Darfur: The Genocide the World Got Tired of’

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On August 5, 2014 the displaced persons of El Salam camp in South Darfur were brutally assaulted by military and security forces of the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party regime in Khartoum. Tens of thousands of civilians, mainly women and children, were terrorized during this ferocious operation; a great many were beaten, humiliated, and robbed. Dozens were arrested, only to ... Read More »

Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe enters Zanu-PF politics

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The wife of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has entered politics after being endorsed to become head of the ruling Zanu-PF party’s women’s league. Grace Mugabe, 49, will take over the role in December at the party’s annual congress. The BBC’s Brian Hungwe in Zimbabwe says the post will allow Mrs Mugabe to sit on Zanu-PF’s powerful politburo. There has been ... Read More »

Clint Smith: The danger of silence

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Published on 15 Aug 2014 “We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t,” says slam poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the ... Read More »