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Berlin attack: Police say lorry crash ‘probably terror attack’

German police are investigating a “probable terrorist attack” after a man ploughed a lorry into a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48. BBC They have detained the driver, who security sources reportedly say is an Afghan or Pakistani asylum seeker. He arrived in Germany in… Berlin attack: Police say… Read More »

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte should be investigated for murder over killing claim, UN says

The UN’s human rights chief has asked Philippines authorities to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte for murder after he claimed to have killed people while he was a regional mayor. ABC Philippine judicial authorities “must demonstrate their commitment to upholding the rule of law and their independence from the executive by launching a murder investigation”, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights… Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte should… Read More »

Imagine Economics as an Evolutionary Science

What might an evolutionary perspective mean for the future of economics? Geoffrey Hodgson Evonomics In 1898, the great American institutional economist Thorstein Veblen published an article entitled: “Why is economics not an evolutionary science?” By “evolutionary”, Veblen explained that he meant an economics that took full account of the impact of Darwinism on the social and behavioral… More than a century has passed, and since 1898 there has been a… Imagine Economics as… Read More »

American democracy is being derailed. Can faith be restored?

Not all votes or voters are treated equally – many are thwarted and undermined at every turn The Guardian Richard Wolffe Now that the electoral college has formally selected the next president of the United States, it’s worth taking a deep breath and asking: what kind of democracy do we live in? The will of the people ought to… American democracy is being… Read More »

Mobile phones, wifi and power lines

What is non-ionising radiation? Non-ionising radiation is a specific type of radiation. Cancer Research UK Most non-ionising radiation has less energy than ionising radiation, this means it doesn’t have enough energy to change our cells in the same way as ionising radiation. Non-ionising radiation is used in a wide range of communications, electronic and other devices, including mobile phones, radio and TV. Different types of non-ionising radiation – such as microwaves, radio frequency waves and electromagnetic fields – are linked with ... Read More »

South Sudan: Rearranging the Chessboard

President Salva Kiir has played a weak hand well since his main rival was forced out of Juba in July. ICG To avoid new flare-ups in South Sudan’s three-year-old civil war, Kiir and regional states should step up their work on a… South Sudan: Rearranging… Read More »

Berlin attack: security intelligence has limits in preventing truck-borne terror

The Christmas market truck assault in Berlin, which has left 12 dead and dozens injured, is a disturbing echo of the truck-borne attack on Bastille Day celebrants on the Nice promenade in July. The Conversation John Blaxland How could such events be allowed to happen? Why weren’t intelligence agencies in Germany and France able to stay one step ahead of the perpetrators? After all, we have become used to… Berlin attack: security intelligence has… Read More »

Missing MH370: Investigators looking in the wrong place

Investigators conclude MH370 site is unlikely to be found in area crews focused on for two years. Al Jazeera International investigators hunting for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have admitted after combing the Indian Ocean for two years search crews were likely looking in the wrong place. Tuesday’s conclusion raises the… Missing MH370: Investigators looking… Read More »

Christine Lagarde: IMF boss to remain despite negligence over state payout to businessman

International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde has been found guilty of negligence for failing to challenge a 400 million euro ($575 million) state arbitration payout to a business tycoon in 2008 when she was French finance minister. ABC Despite the ruling, the judges imposed no punishment, citing her preoccupation at the time with the global financial crisis. She had denied the… Christine Lagarde: IMF boss to… Read More »

The surprising origins of famous Christmas carols

The familiar tunes never fail to get us in the festive mood – but many of them have remarkably un-Christmassy roots, writes Mark Forsyth. BBC Mark Forsyth The Christmas carol service was invented in Truro in 1880 by a chap called Edward WhiteBenson. The story goes that on… The surprising origins of… Read More »

Armageddon in 2017: Ancient omen predicts conflict that will bring ‘THE END OF THE WORLD’

A CALAMITOUS conflict in 2017 will create “the End of The World” according to an ancient ritual using the blood of an Italian patron saint. Express Aletha Adu Italy’s Catholic Church perform a global miracle three times a year which declares the safety of the world, using San Gennaro’s blood, the patron Saint of Naples known globally as Saint Janarius. In January and September, the religious… Armageddon in 2017: Ancient omen predicts… Read More »