Going, Going, Gone

Kazakhs overwhelmingly voted in favor of decentralizing government, reducing the power of the president, rescinding former president Nursultan Nazarbayev's status as "Leader of the Nation," and banning his family from official positions. "We have shown that we are united in building the new, just Kazakhstan," President...

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Caught in the Middle

President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance secured the lead in France’s first round of parliamentary elections but faces a tough challenge in the final round against the leftwing bloc of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Financial Times reported Monday. Results showed that Macron’s “Ensemble” (Together) and the Mélenchon’s red-green New...

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Sticks and Stones

Japanese lawmakers passed a bill Monday that would make online insults punishable by prison terms and steep fines, legislation considered a major step in tackling cyberbullying in the country, Kyodo News reported. The new rules come two years after the death of Hana Kimura, a 22-year-old...

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A New Weapon

European authorities are grappling with reports of unknown assailants injecting needles and syringes into unsuspecting victims, warning such cases are on the rise and difficult to trace, the Washington Post reported. The offense, known as "needle spiking," is an injection given without consent or knowledge, usually...

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Headbangers Redux

Giraffes didn’t evolve long necks for feeding but for fighting and attracting mates, according to new research. A research team studied the remains of a giraffe ancestor known for having a shorter neck and a hard skull capable of delivering powerful head-butts, the New York Times...

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