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Iran Hangs Woman Despite World Appeals

An international campaign to spare an Iranian woman from hanging seemed to be working over the last month, with authorities granting Reyhaneh Jabbari a temporary stay. Today, though, the message on the campaign's Facebook page reads, "rest in peace," reports the Guardian. Iran's official IRNA news agency says the 26-year-old...

ISIS Used Chlorine Against Iraqi Cops: Report

On the heels of reports that ISIS militants are learning to fly fighter jets, Iraqi officials say the group has also used chemical weapons—specifically, chlorine gas. Eleven Iraqi police officers were hospitalized on Sept. 15 after being poisoned by the stuff, according to doctors, and the officers say ISIS...

Bystander to Dying Soldier in Canada: 'You're a Good Man'

Immediately after Canadian soldier Nathan Cirillo was shot yesterday, a handful of bystanders ran to his aid. One was lawyer Barbara Winters, whose account is told at Macleans and in an interview with the CBC. As the team of strangers performed CPR and tried in vain to save the 24-year-old,...

What the Queen's First Tweet Said

Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet —though not from a personal Twitter account, and it's unclear if she even personally wrote it. Today's course of events: While opening a new gallery in central London's Science Museum, the 88-year-old monarch removed a glove and used an iPad to tweet...

Why the Fight for Kobani Matters

It's a safe bet that most Americans had never heard of the town of Kobani, Syria, a few weeks ago. Now, however, a common school of thought seems to be, "As Kobani goes, so goes the war on ISIS." In an editorial today, the New York Times declares that the...

Historian: Shroud of Turin a Medieval Prop

You can add one more name to the list of those claiming the Shroud of Turin dates only to medieval times. According to British historian Charles Freeman, Jesus' supposed burial cloth—believed by many to show his image after crucifixion—is a 14th-century prop that was likely used during an...

Easter Islanders Not as Isolated as Thought

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is such a remote speck of rock in the Pacific Ocean that it has been nicknamed "navel of the world." Yet a review of genetic data of 27 natives suggests the islanders made contact with outsiders hundreds of years before the first Europeans arrived from...

Ottawa Attack: Lawmakers Made Flagpoles Into Spears

If gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau had made it as far as a caucus room during his attack on Canada's Parliament, he would have had numerous spear-wielding Conservative lawmakers to deal with. An MP tells the Globe and Mail that after gunfire was heard, lawmakers snapped more than a dozen flagpoles to...

Man Crawls 3 Days for Help After Car Crash

A Malaysian man seriously injured in a car accident crawled through the jungle for three days before happening upon an isolated village, authorities say. The man, identified as Nicholas Andrew, showed up at the village on Wednesday after the car he was driving sped off a highway in central Malaysia...

Sweden Calls Off Hunt for Mystery Sub

Swedish authorities say they have called off their weeklong search for a suspected submarine in the Stockholm archipelago. Military authorities have ordered naval and amphibious forces to end their hunt for the submarine, though some ground forces will remain involved. Last Friday, Sweden's military launched its biggest anti-submarine operation since...

Poignant Cartoon Moves Canada

A cartoon that ran in Canada's Chronicle Herald today is the toast of social media, reports Mediaite. The drawing by Bruce MacKinnon depicts Cpt. Nathan Cirillo, who was fatally shot yesterday while guarding the nation's War Memorial. In the cartoon, a soldier from the statue is seen kneeling on the...

Highest Ice Age Camp Found in Andes

Archaeologists who found ancient settlements high up in the Peruvian Andes were surprised to learn that humans were there between 12,000 and 13,000 years ago. At nearly 3 miles above sea level, that makes them the "world's highest known Ice Age settlements," in the words of Reuters. It...

Pope Francis: Let's Abolish Life Sentences

That Pope Francis spoke out today against capital punishment is no big surprise. But he made headlines by coming out against life sentences as well, reports the Guardian. In a speech to the International Association of Penal Law, the pope urged all "people of good will" to fight for the...

Chocolate-Maker ISIS Decides to Change Name

A 90-year-old chocolate company in Belgium got tired of its name of Italo Suisse last year and settled on what it thought was a sure winner: ISIS. Then along came the extremist group Islamic State, known by various names, including, of course, ISIS. "Had we known there was a terrorist...

Boko Haram Kidnaps 25 More Girls

Skeptics took a we'll-believe-it-when-we-see-it approach to the news that Boko Haram had struck a deal to release the 200 or so abducted girls in its custody. A week later, those skeptics are looking like the smart ones. Not only have no girls been set free, but Reuters reports that the...

Heartbroken Woman Lives in Chinese KFC for a Week

Some people drown their sorrows in chocolate. For one Chinese woman, chicken wings were apparently the thing. Via Central European News, Yahoo UK! has the story of Tan Shen, a 26-year-old who found herself at a 24-hour KFC in China’s southwest Sichuan Province after being dumped by her boyfriend. She...

'Vampire Grave' Found in Bulgaria

An archaeologist in Bulgaria has found what he calls a "vampire grave" from the 13th century—so named because the middle-aged gent inside the coffin had a stake driven through his heart, reports UPI. That, of course, is the age-old and evidently successful way to keep someone from returning from...

Saudi Gunman Kills One American, Wounds Another

A gunman in the capital of Saudi Arabia today killed one American and wounded another after opening fire at a gas station, reports the Guardian. The unidentified victims worked for a US defense contractor called Vinnell Arabia, and the shooting initially set off fears that it was a terror strike...

Home Buyers Pay Extra $120K for Family's Cat

It's difficult to put a price on a family's love for their cat, unless you're in Australia, where $122,000 seems to do the trick. A buyer bid that amount over the asking price for a home valued at about $2 million—as long as the owners threw in their...

The 7 Grimmest Numbers Tied to Ebola

Recent news on the Ebola outbreak paints a bleak portrait of the disease by numbers: 70%: The current death rate from the disease, the World Health Organization again confirmed today. That's an increase from the initial 50% cited by WHO, the AP reports. 10,000: The number of new Ebola...

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