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The Guardian Angel of Guatemala: Profiles by VICE

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Published on 7 Jul 2014 Check out all the Profiles by VICE here: http://bit.ly/1oC1nAS By day, Dr. Jorge Chiu is a cardiothoracic surgeon. By night, he volunteers as a paramedic to help the violence-ridden streets of Guatemala City. There’s no telling what he’ll be dealing with on any given night. One moment Dr. Chiu will be dealing with a house fire—the ... Read More »

Alan Missen Oration: Michael Kirby at the Melbourne Writers Festival

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Liberty Victoria is proud to announce the Alan Missen Oration with Michael Kirby Dear MembersThe Melbourne Writers Festival program has been released and tickets are now on sale.Liberty Victoria, with the support of the Alan Missen Foundation, is the proud sponsor of the Alan Missen Oration to be delivered this year by Michael Kirby AC CMG on Friday 22 August at 5.30 pm at ... Read More »

Heather Barnett: What humans can learn from semi-intelligent slime

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Published on 17 Jul 2014 Inspired by biological design and self-organizing systems, artist Heather Barnett co-creates with Physarum polycephalum, a eukaryotic microorganism that lives in cool, moist areas. What can people learn from the semi-intelligent slime mold? Watch this talk to find out. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where ... Read More »

Afghan conflict: 15 killed in ‘Taliban attack’ on buses

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Suspected Taliban gunmen have killed 15 people who were travelling by road in the central Afghan province of Ghor. The attackers stopped two minibuses overnight, ordered the passengers out and shot them dead, according to the province’s police chief. The victims – including three women and a child – were from the minority Hazara community, which has been targeted by ... Read More »

Fifteen civilians shot dead in Afghanistan

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Suspected Taliban fighters stop two vehicles in Ghor province, killing the passengers in apparently sectarian attack. Suspected Taliban gunmen stopped two vehicles in central Afghanistan and shot dead 15 passengers at the side of the road, police in Ghor province have said. Only one man escaped after the gunmen held up two vehicles on a road in the province and ... Read More »

Old Scores and New Grudges: Evolving Sino-Japanese Tensions

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The deterioration in relations between China and Japan has spiraled beyond an island sovereignty dispute and risks an armed conflict neither wants. A November regional summit is a fence-mending opportunity – if the two countries’ leaders rise above nationalism and manage multiple flashpoints. Politically viable options to bridge the wide gap on the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute remain elusive. New frictions ... Read More »

Dozens placed in quarantine after China plague death

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Part of a city in north-west China has been sealed off and dozens of people placed in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said. The man died in Yumen city, Gansu province, on 16 July. A total of 151 people had been placed under observation and 10 checkpoints were blocking off part of the city, Xinhua ... Read More »

40 Trees in 1: The Tree with 40 Kinds of Fruit

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This tree is a little peculiar to look at. It’s because this isn’t an ordinary tree, one might argue that it’s actually closer to 40 trees all wrapped up into one. Indeed, when this tree is in full bloom (as shown in the picture), you can find about 40 different types of fruit on its branches, from peaches to plumbs, ... Read More »