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‘Sickening’: Rights groups slam WHO for appointing Zimbabwe’s Mugabe a goodwill ambassador

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) decision to name Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe a “goodwill ambassador” has been met with condemnation by human rights and medical groups. The 93-year-old Zimbabwean leader was given the position, which is bestowed on personalities who highlight “important health issues,” at a WHO conference on noncommunicable diseases (NCD) in Montevideo, Uruguay. READ MORE: Britain ‘turned blind eye ...

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Iraqi forces clash with Kurds moving closer to regional capital Erbil (VIDEO)

Iraqi and Kurdish forces have clashed in the town of Altun Kupri on the border of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, security official said, as Baghdad continues its offensive in the wake of a controversial referendum on Kurdish independence. Iraqi security and pro-government militias descended on Altun Kupri, which lies some 50 km (30 miles) to the south of the Kurdish ...

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9.7mn-yo ape teeth puzzle scientists, challenge timeline of human species

Published time: 20 Oct, 2017 21:19 Ancient ape teeth dating back more than 9 million years and discovered in Germany last year are raising questions about the timeline of human evolution. The two teeth, discovered in sediment of the Proto-Rhine River, are of an ape species whose remains have never before been observed in Europe. Understood to belong to one ...

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NGO publishes names of 2,300+ RT guests, labels them ‘useful idiots who undermine Western democracy’

An NGO called the European Values Think-Tank has published a report on RT featuring an extensive list of US and European public figures who have been accused of “undermining western democracy” just by appearing in RT shows. The report, claiming to be an “overview of RT’s editorial strategy and evidence of impact,”  comes with an Excel list of 2,327 people who ...

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Modern day slavery? Haribo ingredients sourced by workers under ‘inhumane’ conditions – documentary

Germany’s prominent confectionery producer Haribo is in hot water after a documentary reported that workers extracting ingredients for the company’s iconic gummy bears are doing so under conditions “which can be called slavery.” The allegations against the company, which produces over 100 million sweets every day, were made in a documentary called Markencheck (“brand check”). The program – conducted by the ...

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Armchair astronauts: Walk desolate Mars trails with new NASA VR (VIDEO)

Published time: 20 Oct, 2017 16:21 Edited time: 20 Oct, 2017 16:22 Wannabe astronauts can now follow in the track prints of the Mars Curiosity Rover and traverse the desolate landscape of the Red Planet, with a new virtual reality experience created by NASA. Mankind’s spacefaring efforts may not yield the first daring Mars explorers for many decades. However, through ...

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Air Berlin plane blocked from take-off over unpaid bills

Published time: 20 Oct, 2017 17:10 An Air Berlin flight was grounded in Reykjavik over the airline’s unpaid airport charges. The Icelandic aviation authority would not allow the plane to take off without paying its bills. Cash-strapped Air Berlin, one of Germany’s largest airlines, filed for insolvency in August after shareholder Etihad announced it would no longer be providing financial ...

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US admission on Al-Nusra’s chemical weapons – 'preemptive move before investigation results'?

Published time: 20 Oct, 2017 16:32 The US’ admission Al-Nusra linked militants use chemical weapons in Syria could be an attempt to preempt the investigation into the Khan Shaykhun incident by saying “the US government never denied this,” says security analyst Charles Shoebridge. The US State Department has admitted terrorists are using chemical weapons in Syria when referring to the ...

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Germany concerned over ISIS children returning from war zones

Children returning from war zones controlled by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria and Iraq could grow up to be a new generation of jihadists, the chief of German intelligence has warned. Some 950 people from Germany have left to join IS, 150 of whom have died, according to the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV). However, ...

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At least 30 killed in suicide bombing at Kabul mosque

Published time: 20 Oct, 2017 14:07 Edited time: 20 Oct, 2017 14:59 A suicide bomber killed at least 30 people in a Shiite mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, a senior security official told local media. The attack took place inside the Imam Zaman mosque in the western Dasht-e-Barchi part of Kabul, during Friday night prayers. At least 45 people ...

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