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Someone Drowns Every 90 Seconds

It's one of the top 10 killers of kids and young adults, but a new WHO report says that drowning remains a "neglected public health issue" that's still happening with alarming frequency around the world, Scientific American reports. The study points out some startling statistics: More than 40 people die,...

In a Year, ISIS Made $35M in Ransom Cash

ISIS has received between $35 million and $45 million in ransom payments in the past year, a UN expert monitoring sanctions against al-Qaeda said yesterday. Kidnapping for ransom "continues to grow," per Yotsna Lalji, who offered this for comparison: an estimated $120 million in ransom was paid to terrorist groups...

Flesh-Eating Maggots Removed From Man's Head

What could possibly be worse than a tapeworm in the brain ? Maggots in the nose, possibly. The Independent recounts a horrific-sounding case out of Mumbai, India, where a man underwent a two-hour procedure to have 50 maggots taken out of his nose and sinuses. The medical term for the...

Horses, Rhinos Have Roots in Ancient India

Back when the Indian subcontinent was still an island—before it joined what is now the rest of Asia—it was home to ancestors of today's horses and rhinoceroses, a new study suggests. Both modern animals are members of a biological order known as Perissodactyla, or "odd-toed ungulates," so named...

Turkish President: Men, Women Aren't Equal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set off a new controversy today, declaring that women are not equal to men—comments that are in violation of the country's constitution, according to one lawyer. Addressing a meeting in Istanbul on women and justice, Erdogan said men and women are created differently, that...

Vast Trove of Nazi Art Headed to Swiss Museum

A Swiss museum today confirmed that it will accept a priceless collection of long-hidden art bequeathed to it by German collector Cornelius Gurlitt, but it said it will work with German officials to ensure any pieces looted by the Nazis from Jewish owners are returned. German authorities seized 1,280...

500 Dead Sea Lions Wash Up on Beach

It could be pollution, a fatal illness, or even intentional poisoning by local fishermen. But while the cause may still be disputed, the fact that 500 dead sea lions ended up on a Peruvian beach is not. Both young and old sea lions were found rotting on Anconcillo beach about...

Ancient Canyon Found Buried Deep in Tibet

A very old and very deep canyon lies alongside the Yarlung Tsangpo River in southern Tibet, near the eastern end of the Himalayas, and its recent discovery is prompting geologists to rethink a popular model currently used to explain how the gorges of the Himalayas came to form so quickly...

No Deal as Iran Nuke Talks Head to Overtime

World powers made headway on Iran's nuclear program over the weekend, but not enough to make tonight's midnight deadline: Talks, however, look like they'll be extended for seven more months, with a "well-placed" US diplomat telling the AP this morning that they're near an agreement on that front. The new...

Newborn Dumped Down Drain Incredibly Survives

A 30-year-old Australian woman reportedly told police she knew that tossing her newborn into a stormwater drain would lead to the boy's death. Except, unbelievably, it didn't. The unnamed woman has been charged with attempted murder after the child was found early yesterday by cyclists who heard a noise emanating...

Tourist Fined $25K for Scrawling on Colosseum

A Russian tourist has been hit with an eye-watering $25,000 fine for doing what visitors have done for thousands of years: leave their mark on Rome's Colosseum. The man was caught in the act of inscribing a 10-inch tall letter "K" on a wall inside the ancient building, reports...

Putin: I Won't Be President for Life

Vladimir Putin has said he won't remain Russia's president for life and will step down in line with the constitution no later than 2024, according to an interview with a Russian news agency. Staying in office beyond that would be "detrimental for the country and I don't need this," he...

US to Iran: Last-Minute Nuke Talks Won't Work

The US told Iran today that it's time to consider extending nuclear talks, in the first formal recognition by Washington that frenzied last-minute diplomacy may not be enough to seal a deal by a rapidly approaching deadline. A senior US official says that with the Monday evening cutoff date a...

No. 1 Birth Control? Female Sterilization

The practice of sterilization as a family-planning method is facing scrutiny after 13 women died following such procedures in India. But female sterilization is actually the most common form of birth control, with some 223 million women undergoing the procedure in 2009, NPR reports. A reproductive health expert tells NPR...

Suicide Bomber Kills 45 at Afghan Volleyball Match

A suicide bomber attacked a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan today, killing at least 45 people. Dozens more were wounded when the bomber, who was on foot and mingling with the crowd, detonated his explosives, said a rep for the governor of Paktika province. He said the attack happened during...

Airline Tweaks Flight Number After Psychic Predicts Doom

A psychic last week predicted that Brazilian airline TAM's flight JJ3720—a Sao Paulo-to-Brasilia flight set for Wednesday—would develop engine problems and crash. What's perhaps unusual about this story is TAM's response: Citing "indispensable information," the airline changed the flight's number to JJ4732, reports AFP. Jucelino Nobrega da Luz,...

Hitler Painting Sells for $162K

The work of one of Europe's most infamous onetime struggling artists sold for $162,000 at auction yesterday, nearly three times its expected sales price. The watercolor depicting Munich's old city hall is rather unremarkable but for the "A. Hitler" signature on the bottom left; it's one of some 2,...

Japan Earthquake Collapses Homes; At Least 22 Hurt

A strong earthquake has struck a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics, knocking down at least 10 homes in a ski resort town and injuring more than 20 people, officials say. The magnitude-6.8 earthquake hit near Nagano city shortly after 10 pm at a...

Town Opposes 'Hermaphrodite' Winnie the Pooh

Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie the Pooh—because of the bear's unclear gender and immodest clothing. The matter was debated in a closed-door meeting weeks ago in the central Polish town of Tuszyn, but didn't get much media attention in...

Obama Allows Bigger Combat Role in Afghanistan

The US still plans to wind down its mission in Afghanistan by the end of 2016, but the troops who remain in the country until then are going to be doing more fighting than previously planned, reports the New York Times. President Obama has quietly approved a broader mission with...

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