Monthly Archives: October 2017

Beijing seen poised for fresh South China Sea assertiveness

– By Greg Torode and Ben Blanchard ReutersOctober 31, 2017 1 / 6 Satellite photo shows Chinese-controlled North Island, part of the Paracel Islands group in the South China Sea Satellite photo shows Chinese-controlled North Island, part of the Paracel Islands group in the South China Sea, on September 29, 2017. Planet Labs/Handout via REUTERS More By Greg Torode and Ben

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Spain’s government seeks rebellion and sedition charges against Catalonia’s leaders 

Catalonia’s ousted president has traveled to Brussels and been offered asylum, Spanish authorities said Monday soon after filing charges against him and other regional leaders related to their declaration of independence last week. Spanish prosecutors filed a lawsuit in Madrid seeking rebellion, sedition and embezzlement charges against Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont and others who were dismissed by Spain’s central governme

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New fingerprint algorithm helps ID bodies found decades ago

–DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Just after Thanksgiving Day in 1983, James Downey dropped off his older brother, John, at a Houston bus station, then quickly turned away so neither the police nor a motorcycle gang affiliated with his brother could later demand details about where the bus was headed. For 34 years, he didn’t hear a word about him.

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Algorithm can identify suicidal people using brain scans 

–Nearly a million people worldwide die by suicide every year, and predicting suicide remains difficult, especially because many people feel uncomfortable talking about the issue. In a study published today in the journal Nature Communications, researchers observed the brain activity of two groups of adults — one who had suicidal thoughts and one who didn’t — while they thought about words such as

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Couple Who Survived Las Vegas Massacre Dies in Car Crash 

–Just weeks after surviving the massacre at a Las Vegas music festival, a married Californian couple died together in a fiery car crash, officials and friends said. Dennis and Lorraine Carver died after their vehicle crashed into a metal gate and burst into flames near their home in Riverside County, California, on Oct. 16, according to a statement from the Riverside

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CIA files reveal Adolf Hitler still alive in 1955

– Unsealed documents from the spy agency reveal a US agent was told by a “trusted” source that the Third Reich boss was not dead and hiding out in South America. The suspected Hitler’s picture was even presented to the agent, scanned and sent back to the CIA. It is claimed the Fuhrer didn’t commit suicide in his Berlin bunker, but

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Black Death: Warnings of global outbreak as plague continues to spread in Africa

–Some 1,300 cases of the pneumonic plague, which is transmitted by air, have now been confirmed. An estimated 50 million lives were lost as a result of the Black Death epidemic of the 1300s. And now the deadly disease has spread into more African countries after taking root in Madagascar. Countries affected include South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Comoros,

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