Bills Coming Due

Ghana is pressing the African Union (AU) to leverage the worldwide African diaspora to bolster the case for reparations for the trans-Atlantic trade in slaves, reported Yen, a Ghanaian news outlet. It is “important for the self-worth and self-confidence of descendants of enslaved people,” it...

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Truth in Teeth

Cavemen, it turns out, ate their veggies, too, a new study shows. Long thought to mainly subsist on a protein-based diet, researchers have found that the Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers who lived 15,000 years ago in what is now Morocco actually ate more vegetables than meat. In fact, these Late...

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Hearing the People

Chilean truckers staged protests in the mining region near the capital of Santiago recently. The drivers demanded that the government of leftist President Gabriel Boric take action to reduce violent crime in the country. Murder rates decreased slightly last year, but in 2022, they spiked by...

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Push-Pull

The governments of Spain, Ireland and Norway said on Wednesday they would recognize a Palestinian state on May 28, a move they argue will promote peace, and one they hope will end the humanitarian crisis resulting from Israel’s war with Hamas, the Associated Press reported. The...

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Mission Impossible

The first of Kenya’s special forces police arrived in Haiti’s capital this week, as part of a United Nations-backed international force with the mission to stabilize the security situation in the Caribbean nation after years of political crisis, violence and a partial takeover of the...

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Shaping Emotions

Beluga whales are known as the “canaries of the sea” because of their chattiness, expressed through whistles, chirps and squeals. But now, a new study has found that they also express themselves using a squishy bump on their foreheads known as “melon.” In essence, as Science News...

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Shuffling the Deck

Leaders meeting at the 33rd Arab Summit in Bahrain recently denounced “Israel's obstruction of ceasefire efforts in the Gaza Strip and … the occupation forces’ persistence in expanding their aggression against the Palestinian city of Rafah, despite international warnings of the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of...

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Island Fury

Thousands of Taiwanese protested outside the country’s parliament Tuesday against a new bill by opposition parties that would give the legislature extraordinary powers to question anyone, a move that would make it difficult for newly-elected President Lai Ching-te to govern, the Guardian reported. The draft law...

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Blood-Gate

The British prime minister apologized after revelations emerged that the UK government covered up a scandal in which the state-run National Health Service knowingly exposed tens of thousands of people to deadly diseases including HIV through contaminated blood for decades, Al Jazeera reported this week. Launched...

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Label Wars

Peruvian LGBTQ groups protested in the capital Lima this week after the country’s health ministry classified transgender identities as “mental health problems,” a move that advocates fear will make transgender people targets of aggression, NBC News reported. Last week, President Dina Boluarte signed a supreme decree...

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Planet Hell

In the Star Wars movie, “Revenge of the Sith,” the final battle pitting the two main characters, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, takes place on the hellish planet of Mustafar, mainly covered by volcanoes and magma. Now, scientists discovered a similar planet 66 light years away...

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Ruled Out

South Africa’s constitutional court ruled Monday that former President Jacob Zuma cannot run in the upcoming May 29 parliamentary elections, a decision that is likely to increase political turmoil ahead of the crucial vote, Voice of America reported. The top court said the former anti-apartheid leader...

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No Moon Unit Here

Germany’s upper house of parliament approved a new reform that would relax strict rules on family names, including allowing parents to give their children hyphenated last names, the Associated Press reported over the weekend. Current naming rules require parents to give their children one of their...

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Isolated and Defended

Modern humans settled on the islands of today’s Papua New Guinea some 50,000 years ago, where they later interbred with the Denisovan hominids that occupied Asia for tens of thousands of years. While the Denisovans became extinct, their DNA is present in modern-day Papua New Guineans...

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