Middle East

Ant colonies help evacuees in disaster zones

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  An escape route mapping system based on the behavior of ant colonies could give evacuees a better chance of reaching safe harbor after a natural disaster or terrorist attack by building a map showing the shortest routes to shelters and providing regular updates of current situations such as fires, blocked roads or other damage via the smart phones of ... Read More »

Jordan ‘targets vehicles crossing from Syria’

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Jordanian warplanes have targeted and destroyed several vehicles trying to cross the border from Syria, the Jordanian military has said. A statement said the “camouflaged” vehicles tried to enter from a rugged area. When warning shots were ignored, the fighter jets opened fire, it added. Photographs given to the BBC showed two unmarked pick-up trucks riddled with bullets, one of ... Read More »

Jesus Lived in a Police State

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“There is no evidence that Jesus himself openly advocated violent actions. But he was certainly no pacifist. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but the sword” (Matthew 10:34 | Luke 12:51).” ― Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Those living through this present ... Read More »

Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey (1 of 4)

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Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey: Joanna starts her epic adventure at the Parthenon in Athens, which was made by the ancient Greeks two and a half thousand years ago. She then travels around the southern region of Greece from Athens to the Peloponnese, looking at different mythical and historic sites created by this great civilization. Read More »

Mardin elects 25-year old Christian woman as mayor

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MARDIN, Turkey — A 25-year-old student has burst onto the political scene in Turkey as the first Christian woman to govern a metropolitan city in this predominantly Muslim republic. Summary: Februniye Akyol, a 25-year-old Syriac Christian and a political novice, was elected co-mayor of Mardin, thus becoming the first Christian woman to lead one of Turkey’s 30 metropolitan municipalities. Put ... Read More »

The 10 tech commandments to avoid digital shame

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With the help of our readers and GuardianWitness, we’ve compiled some handy tips on how to avoid everlasting shame in the modern world – where reply all, browser history and autocorrect just seem out to get you Technology may have introduced us to a brave new world where anything is possible. Unfortunately, it’s also increased our capacity to make utter ... Read More »

Syrian government blocking aid to millions of refugees

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I recently traveled to the Bab Al-Salam camp in northwestern Syria, so why couldn’t the aid trucks? My journey from the Turkish border to this makeshift site housing more than 16,000 displaced Syrians took only 10 minutes on foot. Yet, when I arrived at the camp, the absence of basic assistance couldn’t have been clearer. Children were playing in and ... Read More »