North Korean Prisons Are Worse Than Nazi Concentration Camps, Says Holocaust Survivor

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Trump says Sen. Gillibrand 'would do anything' for campaign cash after she calls for his resignation

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Daredevil 'Rooftopper' Plunges To His Death From Chinese High Rise

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Charge dropped for 'It's OK To Be White' commentator

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A Roy Moore victory would put Senate GOP in a tough spot

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Meghan Markle's former Toronto rental hits the market

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Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire

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Mario Batali Advocated Doing 'The Right Thing' Weeks Before Being Accused Of Misconduct

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After NYC Blast, Former NYPD Officer Shows What to Do If You're Caught in Subway Terror Attack

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Charles Jenkins, American Held By North Korea For 40 Years After Defection, Dies At 77

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Brain doctor: President Trump may be suffering from a ‘degenerative brain disorder’

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France Awards Climate Scientists With 'Make Our Planet Great Again' Grants

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Sandy Hook families post video on how to spot signs of potential mass shooting

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There Are Huge Obstacles To Casting A Ballot In Alabama's Special Election

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MSC Seaside named best new ship of 2017 by Cruise Critic

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Iran will treat jailed aid worker as Iranian citizen: foreign ministry

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39 Amazing Chicken Thigh Recipes

39 Amazing Chicken Thigh Recipes


Oxford Researchers Make Startling Discovery About Ancient St. Nicholas Relic

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Dying polar bear roams iceless land for food in 'soul-crushing' video

Dying polar bear roams iceless land for food in 'soul-crushing' videoHeartbreaking footage of a starving polar bear desperately searching for food on iceless land highlights the “real face of climate change”, conservationists say. Photojournalist Paul Nicklen said his team were moved to tears as they captured the struggling animal’s battle to stay alive on Canada’s Baffin Island last summer. The “soul-crushing” scene, captured by marine conservationists SeaLegacy, shows the emaciated bear searching an abandoned Inuit camp for sustenance. “My entire SeaLegacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear,” explained Mr Nicklen. “It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy. This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death. Polar bears are listed as vulnerable due to a “loss of sea ice habitat from climate change” Credit: AP “When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of the global population of 25,000 bears dying in this manner. There is no band aid solution. There was no saving this individual bear. People think that we can put platforms in the ocean or we can feed the odd starving bear. “The simple truth is this - if the Earth continues to warm, we will lose bears and entire polar ecosystems. This large male bear was not old, and he certainly died within hours or days of this moment. But there are solutions. We must reduce our carbon footprint, eat the right food, stop cutting down our forests, and begin putting the Earth-our home-first.” His colleague Cristina Mittermeier said it was “one of the hardest shoots we have ever had to do”. “Through tears, we were able to capture this footage with the hope of awakening people to the realities of a climate change future,” she said. Polar bears are the poster child for climate change  Credit: AP SeaLegacy said though it couldn’t say with 100 per cent certainty what had caused the bear to starve to death, the group added: “We do know that he didn’t have any visible wounds and that he was not an old bear. “Many of you have asked whether we could have saved this individual bear, but the hard truth is that he was on his last legs and his muscles had atrophied beyond repair. It would also have been illegal to feed him, to approach him, or to do anything to ease his pain.” The group warned an increasing number of polar bears are likely to die in this way “as a result of our warming climate”. “As global temperatures rise, the amount of multi-year sea ice in the Arctic shrinks. Polar bears depend on that ice to travel large distances and to hunt for their food. Without sea ice this will become a common scene across the Arctic,” they said.  The World Wildlife Fund says polar bears are vulnerable due to a “loss of sea ice habitat from climate change”. A study published last year by University of Washington researchers found that polar bears across the Arctic are facing a shorter sea ice season, a surface they depend on for hunting, travelling and breeding.


White House Slamming Media’s Mistakes Is Height Of Hypocrisy

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Pistorius injured in prison brawl over phone

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Republicans Are Rushing Toward a Deal on Their Tax Plan That Would Reduce the Rate for Top Earners

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In photos: The best Christmas markets in Europe of 2018

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The Latest: Homeland Security watching Alabama election

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War-scarred neighborhoods in Ukraine's rebel-held Donetsk

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Hopper From 'Stranger Things' Wore A Holiday Sweater And Became A Meme

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How To Tell If You Have A Cold Or Allergies

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U.S. not granting loan relief to defrauded students: inspector general

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PolitiFact's Lie Of The Year: Donald Trump And 'This Russia Thing'

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U.S. Citizen Escapes from Notorious Prison in Bali

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Tasmanian tiger was 'doomed by poor DNA' long before it was wiped out by hunting, scientists say

Tasmanian tiger was 'doomed by poor DNA' long before it was wiped out by hunting, scientists sayScientists in Australia have mapped the genetic sequence of the extinct Tasmanian tiger, raising hopes of reviving the species, whose last survivor died in a zoo in the city of Hobart in September 1936. The landmark study of the Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, was based on examination of DNA from a female pup that had been preserved in ethanol at a museum since 1909. Andrew Pask, a researcher from the University of Melbourne, said that establishing a blueprint of the thylacine’s entire genetic code was the first step in trying to bring back the species through cloning. “As this genome is one of the most complete for an extinct species, it is technically the first step to ‘bringing the thylacine back’,” he said.  “We are still a long way off that possibility. We would need to develop a marsupial model to host the thylacine genome, like work conducted to include mammoth genes in the modern elephant.” Tasmanian tigers became extinct on the Australian mainland about 3,000 years ago but survived on the island state of Tasmania. The species was hunted by European settlers who believed the animals threatened their sheep and who were encouraged by a government bounty of £1 per carcass. Tasmanian tigers or thylacines photographed at Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart in Australia's Tasmania state in 1918 Credit:  AFP / TASMANIAN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY The last known creature died in captivity in 1936, though the species was not officially declared extinct until 1982. But the genome study revealed that the sandy-coloured marsupial may have become extinct even if humans had not settled in Tasmania. The sequencing found that the thylacine had little genetic diversity, making it harder for it to survive changes in environmental conditions. "They were actually in pretty bad genetic shape and it wasn't because of their isolation on Tasmania. It was a longer-term decline in their history," Dr Pask said. “We certainly made them go extinct — there's no question about that. But we now know even if [thylacines] were still around today they'd probably be in the same genetic dire circumstances as the Tasmanian devil [a local species that is under threat]." The Tasmanian tiger has a somewhat mythical status in Australia and there is still frenzied speculation about whether it may have survived in the wild. There have been regular reported sightings, though most experts believe that the creatures that are spotted are probably feral dogs and that the thylacine is unlikely to have survived. Recent unconfirmed sightings in the state of Queensland prompted a fresh search which has so far proven fruitless. The study found that the genetic health of the thylacine became compromised about 70,000 to 120,000 years ago, an era which coincided with an ice age. The Tasmanian species became  isolated when the island was cut off from the mainland due to rising seas about 14,000 years ago. On the mainland, the species became extinct due to extreme weather and drought, according to a study released earlier this year. Experts said it could take some years – and billions of dollars - to revive the species. "We still have a way to go to get the technology and to get that at a reasonable cost," Christy Hipsley, from Museums Victoria, told Channel Seven. However, Dr Pask said he believed humans have a moral obligation to try to revive the species. "I think we were responsible for hunting [the species] to extinction - in that case, we almost owe it to the species to bring it back," he said. The findings were published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.


Ryan Lizza fired by The New Yorker for alleged sexual misconduct

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The Saudi-UAE Alliance Could Be Weaker Than It Appears

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AP: Rohingya methodically raped by Myanmar's armed forces

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At 65

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5 Things That Truly Don’t Matter When You Buy Your First House

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Japan picks 'North' as 2017 symbol amid N. Korea threat

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14 Awesome Kitchen Gifts That Are Under $25

14 Awesome Kitchen Gifts That Are Under $25


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Calls On Trump To Resign Over Sexual Assault Allegations

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U.S. judge warns of mistrial in Nevada rancher Bundy's trial

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Alabama: Roy Moore's wife says he can't be antisemitic - he has a Jewish lawyer

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Why China Plans to Invade Taiwan

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Authorities: 2 dead after school bus fire in western Iowa

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Turtles trapped in plastic forced to drag lethal cargo through seas until they die, study finds

Turtles trapped in plastic forced to drag lethal cargo through seas until they die, study findsHundreds of marine turtles die every year after becoming entangled in rubbish in the oceans while others are forced to live attached to debris bigger than their own bodies, a new study has found. A world-wide survey of 106 marine experts by the University of Exeter found that 91 per cent of the entangled turtles are found dead with many having suffered serious wounds which have amputated limbs or chocked them to death. Others that survived are forced to drag huge mounds of disgarded rubbish or debris with them until they die, experts said.  The throwaway plastic we use for just minutes can turn into a floating trap for marine creatures that lurks in our oceans for centuries.Greenpeace UK's head of oceans Will McCallum The survey found that more than 1,000 turtles each year are being killed after becoming tangled up in lost fishing nets,  plastic twine and nylon fishing line, as well as six pack rings from canned drinks, plastic packaging straps, plastic balloon string, kite string, plastic packaging and discarded anchor line and seismic cable.  Turtles were also discovered entangled in discarded plastic chairs, wooden crates, weather balloons and boat mooring line. Leatherback turtle entangled in fishing ropes which increases drag Credit: Kate Charles  Professor Brendan Godley. Professor of Conservation Science and Director of the Centre for Ecology & Conservation at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus and the lead author warned that as plastic pollution increases more and more turtles are likely to become entangled. “Plastic rubbish in the oceans, including lost or disgarded fishing gear which is not biodegradable, is a major threat to marine turtles," he said. "We found, based on beach strandings, that more than 1000 turtles are dying a year after becoming tangled up, but this is almost certainly a gross underestimate. Young turtles and hatchings are particularly vulnerable to entanglement. "Experts we surveyed found that entanglement in plastic and other pollution could pose a long term impact on the survival of some turtle populations and is a greater threat to them than oil spills.  "We need to cut the level of plastic waste and purse biodegradable alternatives if we are to tackle this grave threat to turtles’ welfare.”  Hawksbill turtle entangled in fishing material constricting shell growth, Kaeyama Island, Japan Prof Godley urged beach-goers walking over Christmas to collect plastic debris before it is washed back out to sea. "It is something that can make a concrete difference, if everyone out on their Christmas walk picked up the rubbish they find on the beach." The Exeter University research team, which included two research students Emily Duncan and Zara Botterell who work in conjunction with Plymouth Marine Laboratory, surveyed experts who rescue and rehabilitate stranded turtles in 43 countries, to find out if they had discovered turtles which had been tangled up. Drowned Green turtle entangled in ghost nets in Uruguay  They also found 23 reports of entangled turtles in peer-reviewed publications, magazines, newspapers and reports. 84 per cent of the 106 experts surveyed, said they had found turtles tangled in rubbish, in the Atlantic, Pacific Caribbean, Mediterranean and Indian ocean coast. Although they found more than 1,000 entangled turtles, they believe the real number is far higher because many animals will decay at sea. Greenpeace UK's head of oceans Will McCallum said: "Nearly all species of turtle are endangered and yet research like this shows that the threats from human activity are only getting worse. "The throwaway plastic we use for just minutes can turn into a floating trap for marine creatures like whales and turtles that lurks in our oceans for centuries. "If UK ministers are truly feeling inspired after watching Blue Planet II, then a good place to start would be stopping plastics getting into the ocean by pushing ahead with plans for a deposit return scheme." The research was published in the journal Endangered Species Research.


Tig Notaro Says It’s A ‘Huge Relief’ To Have Louis C.K.'s Name Off Her Show

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Amnesty accuses Europe of 'complicity' in abuse of Libya migrants

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Opioid crisis strains foster system as kids pried from homes

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50 World Leaders Gather In Paris For Climate Summit. Trump Was Not Invited.

50 World Leaders Gather In Paris For Climate Summit. Trump Was Not Invited.On Tuesday, the two-year anniversary of the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement, 50 world leaders planned to gather in the French capital to attend an invite-only climate change conference hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, the World Bank and the United Nations.


How to Make a Holiday Coconut Cooler

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The Rape and Murder of a 6-Year-Old Girl in India Has Reignited Outrage

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North Korean Prisons Are Worse Than Nazi Concentration Camps, Says Holocaust Survivor

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Trump says Sen. Gillibrand 'would do anything' for campaign cash after she calls for his resignation

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Daredevil 'Rooftopper' Plunges To His Death From Chinese High Rise

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Charge dropped for 'It's OK To Be White' commentator

Charge dropped for 'It's OK To Be White' commentatorSTORRS, Conn. (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped a breach of peace charge filed against a conservative commentator over a confrontation he had with protesters at the University of Connecticut as he prepared to give a speech titled "It's OK To Be White."


A Roy Moore victory would put Senate GOP in a tough spot

A Roy Moore victory would put Senate GOP in a tough spotA victory for Roy Moore means the Senate majority leader will be able to hold onto his slim two-vote majority, but the former judge brings to the Senate a toxic mix that few Senate Republicans are keen to accept.


Meghan Markle's former Toronto rental hits the market

Meghan Markle's former Toronto rental hits the marketPerhaps Meghan Markle was always meant to be a royal.


Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire

Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfireAn out-of-control California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 700 homes in its path of destruction crept closer to the upscale hillside community of Montecito on Tuesday despite calmer winds that slowed its progress. The Thomas Fire, which broke out on Dec. 4 near the community of Ojai, has since traveled 27 miles (43 km) to become the fifth-largest blaze in state history. It has blackened more than 366 square miles (948 square kilometers) in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, an area larger than New York City.


Mario Batali Advocated Doing 'The Right Thing' Weeks Before Being Accused Of Misconduct

Mario Batali Advocated Doing 'The Right Thing' Weeks Before Being Accused Of MisconductMario Batali, who stepped down from his restaurant group on Monday after four women accused him of sexual misconduct, spoke out in support of women’s equality at an event in October.


After NYC Blast, Former NYPD Officer Shows What to Do If You're Caught in Subway Terror Attack

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Charles Jenkins, American Held By North Korea For 40 Years After Defection, Dies At 77

Charles Jenkins, American Held By North Korea For 40 Years After Defection, Dies At 77Charles Jenkins, a former American soldier who defected across the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea in 1965 and was held by the totalitarian regime for 40 years, died in Japan on Monday at the age of 77.


Brain doctor: President Trump may be suffering from a ‘degenerative brain disorder’

Brain doctor: President Trump may be suffering from a ‘degenerative brain disorder’For years -- perhaps even decades, Donald Trump has been known for being brash, outspoken and easily confrontational.


France Awards Climate Scientists With 'Make Our Planet Great Again' Grants

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Sandy Hook families post video on how to spot signs of potential mass shooting

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There Are Huge Obstacles To Casting A Ballot In Alabama's Special Election

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MSC Seaside named best new ship of 2017 by Cruise Critic

MSC Seaside named best new ship of 2017 by Cruise CriticMSC Seaside was named best new ship of the year Tuesday in the annual awards handed out by Cruise Critic, the cruise website.


Iran will treat jailed aid worker as Iranian citizen: foreign ministry

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39 Amazing Chicken Thigh Recipes

39 Amazing Chicken Thigh Recipes


Oxford Researchers Make Startling Discovery About Ancient St. Nicholas Relic

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Dying polar bear roams iceless land for food in 'soul-crushing' video

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In photos: The best Christmas markets in Europe of 2018

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Oxford Researchers Make Startling Discovery About Ancient St. Nicholas Relic

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Dying polar bear roams iceless land for food in 'soul-crushing' video

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In photos: The best Christmas markets in Europe of 2018

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Tasmanian tiger was 'doomed by poor DNA' long before it was wiped out by hunting, scientists say

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Ryan Lizza fired by The New Yorker for alleged sexual misconduct

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The Saudi-UAE Alliance Could Be Weaker Than It Appears

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AP: Rohingya methodically raped by Myanmar's armed forces

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At 65

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Japan picks 'North' as 2017 symbol amid N. Korea threat

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14 Awesome Kitchen Gifts That Are Under $25

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Calls On Trump To Resign Over Sexual Assault Allegations

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Alabama: Roy Moore's wife says he can't be antisemitic - he has a Jewish lawyer

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39 Amazing Chicken Thigh Recipes

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Dying polar bear roams iceless land for food in 'soul-crushing' video

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Tasmanian tiger was 'doomed by poor DNA' long before it was wiped out by hunting, scientists say

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Ryan Lizza fired by The New Yorker for alleged sexual misconduct

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AP: Rohingya methodically raped by Myanmar's armed forces

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At 65

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Japan picks 'North' as 2017 symbol amid N. Korea threat

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Authorities: 2 dead after school bus fire in western Iowa

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Turtles trapped in plastic forced to drag lethal cargo through seas until they die, study finds

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Amnesty accuses Europe of 'complicity' in abuse of Libya migrants

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50 World Leaders Gather In Paris For Climate Summit. Trump Was Not Invited.

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In photos: The best Christmas markets in Europe of 2018

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Ryan Lizza fired by The New Yorker for alleged sexual misconduct

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Authorities: 2 dead after school bus fire in western Iowa

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Turtles trapped in plastic forced to drag lethal cargo through seas until they die, study finds

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Amnesty accuses Europe of 'complicity' in abuse of Libya migrants

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Opioid crisis strains foster system as kids pried from homes

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50 World Leaders Gather In Paris For Climate Summit. Trump Was Not Invited.

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