Irreconcilable Differences

A few years ago, Belgium famously had no elected government for more than 600 days, as politicians negotiated a coalition agreement. Now, reflecting that history of instability, Belgians are seriously discussing splitting the country into Dutch-speaking Flanders in the north and French-speaking Wallonia in the south. “We...

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Fault Lines

Indian voters delivered a rebuke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the country’s massive parliamentary elections, with the leader’s Hindu-nationalist party losing its majority in parliament, the Washington Post reported. The BJP secured only 240 seats in the 543-member lower...

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Scorched Earth

Two whistleblowers accused Standard Chartered, one of the United Kingdom’s largest banks, of conducting billions of dollars in undisclosed transactions for entities linked to Iran and terrorist organizations, according to a New York court filing, the Guardian reported Tuesday. The allegations, which the bank denies, claim...

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Show’s Over

Colombian lawmakers voted to ban bullfighting in the Latin American country, bringing an end to the centuries-old tradition amid increasing controversy and a backlash from animal rights groups, CNN reported. The draft law calls for the banning of the blood sport in three years’ time, to...

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The Mystery of Feathers

Most depictions of dinosaurs feature the fearsome creatures with scaly skin – but that wasn’t always the case. Instead, recent discoveries show that some dinosaurs such as the vicious velociraptor sported feathers. In fact, the prevailing scientific consensus is that modern birds descended from members of...

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