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Frowny Face: Politician Moves to Ban Gay Emoji in Russia

August 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Russia's Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communications is investigating complaints from a Russian senator who thinks emoji depicting people in “non-traditional” sexual relationships are corrupting his country's family values.

The Senator, Mikhail Marchenko, claims the emoji, found on social media sites like Facebook, violate a 2013 law against so-called "gay propaganda," according to a report by the Russian newspaper Izvestia. That law gives authorities the power to block or censor websites that it says “promote homosexuality.”

Marchenko claims emoji like "Two Men Holding Hands" denies "family values" and shows "disrespect for parents and other family members."

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Hubble Telescope Captures Image of Dying Star

August 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Matej Novak(NEW YORK) -- A picture is worth a thousand words, and NASA's Hubble telescope captured the death throes of a dying star, a process it says has taken tens of thousands of years.

The photo, posted to the NASA website this week, shows the star radiating wisps of blue and orange light. The European Space Agency says that a cloud of gas ejected from the star left its core exposed.

The result, The ESA says, is gas energized by ultraviolet light and radiating an array of colors. Similar colors are seen in the Ring Nebula.

Planetary nebulae general last about 10,000 years, The ESA adds, before the central star cools and turns into a white dwarf, fading from view.

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Second Victim Dies From Jerusalem Pride Parade Attack

August 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- A second victim has died in a spate of violent attacks by Jewish extremists in Israel.

Shira Banki, a 16-year-old Israeli, succumbed to her wounds after being stabbed by an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man on Thursday at Jerusalem's gay pride parade.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government will have "zero tolerance towards Jewish extremists" following two deadly attacks that have raised concerns here that a fringe of ultra-nationalists are growing more violent.

Netanyahu vowed again to find and try the suspected Jewish settlers who on Friday torched a West Bank home and burned a Palestinian toddler to death.

The manhunt by police and IDF forces is ongoing but so far, no arrests.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered his security forces to prevent revenge attacks.

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Police Using Pepper Spray on Migrants Attempting to Cross Channel Tunnel

August 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Riot police in France are using pepper spray on migrants who attempt to get into the United Kingdom from the French side of the Channel Tunnel.

The measure was employed after hundreds of migrants attempted to storm the perimeter fences of the cross Channel Tunnel while chanting "open the border."

The tunnel is a 30 mile rail link beneat the English channel.

It's the main point of entry for thousands of migrants who scale or cut fences to hop on freight trains and trucks bound for Britain.

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Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force Apologizes for Story About Jericho the Lion, Says He’s ‘Alive and Well’

August 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force has apologized after claiming that a lion named Jericho, which they said was the "brother" of Cecil, was shot and killed by a hunter, and now says the lion is "alive and well."

"I would like to sincerely apologise for my last report where I stated that Jericho had been killed," Johnny Rodrigues, Chairman for the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, said in a statement Sunday. The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force is not an official government agency.

"I have now discovered that he is alive and well. The cubs are also doing well," Rodrigues said.
Rodrigues said that the story began with a phone call from a journalist who told him that Jericho had been killed.

"I was completely devastated by this news and I tried to confirm it," he wrote in the statement.
After trying the research center in Hwange, "I eventually got through to one of the wardens in Hwange who confirmed to me that Jericho had been killed," he wrote. "A couple of other people also confirmed the story."

But the story proved to be false.

"I don't know why I was given this story and I feel very embarrassed about it," he wrote. "Bear in mind, I live 900km away from Hwange so I couldn't go and check for myself so I had to trust the people on the ground."

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, the government authority on wildlife in Zimbabwe, said Sunday that Jericho is living and being monitored by Brent Stapelkamp of the Lion Research Project. It released a photo of Jericho as of 7:06 a.m. on Sunday feeding with the pride.

The authority also clarified that Jericho is a ‘coalition' partner to Cecil -- unrelated males who team up to defend their territory -- not a blood-related sibling, after the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force described Jericho as Cecil's "brother."

Oxford University Department of Zoology/WildCRU, whose study lion was Cecil, also said that Jericho is alive and well. The department also mentioned that both Jericho and Cecil are not brothers.

On Saturday, Rodrigues told ABC News Jericho was shot and killed Saturday at Hwange National Park.
"It is with huge disgust and sadness that we have just been informed that Jericho, Cecil's brother has been killed at 4pm today," the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said in a Facebook post. "We are absolutely heart broken."

Rodrigues told ABC News Jericho was shot by a hunter and died at 4 p.m. local time, just a half hour after the park put out a statement at 3:30 p.m. announcing a ban on hunting all lions, leopards and elephants.

"The park released the statement at about 3:30, and not even half an hour later I got a phone call that Jericho was killed," Rodrigues said in the statement.


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Zimbabwe Authorities Suspend Hunting Outside National Park

August 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Zimbabwe is trying to get the United States to extradite the Minnesota man who killed the country's favorite lion.

The United States is unlikely to grant the request but the man who killed the lion could face more charges here at home.

The U.S. law that could apply here isn't about the poaching of wild animals overseas, but it's the issue of importing them. If charges are pursued and a conviction made, jail time is possible.

Another lion was rumored to have been shot and killed but has since been found safe and sound in Zimbabwe.

Authorities in Zimbabwe, however, aren't taking any more chances and are instituting new rules int he country.

The Zimbabwe parks and wildlife management authority released a statement saying, "The hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in areas outside the Hwange National Park has been suspended with immediate effect."

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Second Metallic Object Picked Up on Réunion Island

August 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Police in Réunion are reporting a second metallic object has been picked up one the beach.

A plane wing found there last week has been sent to France for testing as it is suspected to be part of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370.

A new, small piece of evidence was discovered near the same area where part of a wing was found on the beach of Réunion Island.

The new piece of debris is being described as a small, metallic object with ideograms and Chinese characters that could identify where the object came from.

Local police say the object has been picked up from the beach and taken away.

It is unclear if the piece will be flown to France for analysis.

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US Ship at Croatian Shipyard Catches Fire

August 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

The USS Mount Whitney destroyer sits in the waters of the Georgian city Poti on September 5, 2008. SEIRAN BAROIAN/AFP/Getty Images(RIJEKA, Croatia) -- A U.S. ship caught fire while undergoing maintenance at a Croatian shipyard on Saturday.

According to the U.S. Navy, the U.S.S Mount Whitney was being worked on at the Viktor Lenac Shipyard since January. That work was intended to extend the service life of the ship through 2039. The fire, the Navy says, was extinguished in under an hour and no one was injured.

The cause of the blaze and the extent of the damage to the ship remains under investigation.

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UNAMI: 1,332 Killed, Over 2,000 Injured in Iraq Violence in July

August 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Marcio Silva/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- The United National Assistance Mission for Iraq says that more than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in acts of terror and violence in July.

UNAMI's monthly press release shows the number of Iraqis killed in attacks last month was 1,332, and an additional 2,108 were injured in those attacks. The figures include 844 civilians killed and 1,616 injured. Baghdad was the site of much of the violence, with 335 fatalities and 756 injuries occurring in that Governorate.

"Since last summer's onslaught by terrorists of the so-called [ISIS]," Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq Jan Kubis says, "Iraq has been living through one of the most difficult phases in its modern history." Kubis called for resolute action to end the "tragic situation."

"The human cost of the conflict and the suffering of the people is enormous and profoundly worrying," Kubis added.

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US Ship at Lithuanian Shipyard Catches Fire

August 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

The USS Mount Whitney destroyer sits in the waters of the Georgian city Poti on September 5, 2008. SEIRAN BAROIAN/AFP/Getty Images(RIJEKA, Croatia) -- A U.S. ship caught fire while undergoing maintenance at a Croatian shipyard on Saturday.

According to the U.S. Navy, the U.S.S Mount Whitney was being worked on at the Viktor Lenac Shipyard since January. That work was intended to extend the service life of the ship through 2039. The fire, the Navy says, was extinguished in under an hour and no one was injured.

The cause of the blaze and the extent of the damage to the ship remains under investigation.

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