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A New Alphabet Book With Dozens of Offbeat Drawings for Every Letter
A is for Zebra helps kiddos work on their vowel sounds while providing an esoteric, slightly cheeky, and fascinating review of 20th century culture. The post A New Alphabet Book With Dozens of Offbeat Drawings for Every Letter appeared first on WIRED .

Yazidis used as Isis sex slaves: claim
Islamic State (Isis) jihadists separated virgin women from the Yazidi minority sect in Iraq to take as sex slaves, according to a group that monitors Isis in Syria.This month, Isis' English-language online magazine Dabiq confirmed...

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Karachi confuses people ? sometimes even those who live in it. The capital of Pakistan?s Sindh province, it is the country?s largest city ? a colossal, ever-expanding metropolis with a population of about 20 million (and growing).



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Consumed by Islamic State, Iraq's Anbar province a key battleground again

A member of the Iraqi security force searches a man at a checkpoint in RamadiBy Ahmed Rasheed, Saif Hameed and Ned Parker BAGHDAD (Reuters) - In recent weeks, the world has watched the battle to save Syria?s border town of Kobani from Islamic State. But the radical jihadists have for longer been engulfing another strategically more vital target - Iraq?s western Anbar province and its road to Baghdad. The vast desert region - where Sunni tribes rose up in 2006 and 2007 to drive out al-Qaeda with the Americans - has throughout 2014 been parcelled up, city by military camp, before the Iraqi government and U.S. forces could act. ...




Pistorius jailed for five years for killing girlfriend Steenkamp

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Pistorius enters a police van after his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in PretoriaBy Joe Brock PRETORIA (Reuters) - Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ending a trial that has gripped South Africa and the world. As judge Thokozile Masipa read out her decision on Pistorius' Sept. 12 culpable homicide conviction, the 27-year-old, whose downfall has been likened to that of American football star O.J. Simpson, stood resolutely in the dock. ...




U.N. chief says moving ahead with Gaza war inquiry

A Palestinian man looks out of his heavily damaged house at neighbouring houses which witnesses said were destroyed during the Israeli offensive, in the east of GazaUNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Tuesday he was setting up an investigation into attacks on United Nations facilities during Israel's recent war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and the use of U.N. sites to store weapons. The world body has said that tens of thousands of dwellings were damaged or destroyed in 50 days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants, and 108,000 people are homeless in a long impoverished, isolated territory. In one incident, more than a dozen people were killed at a U.N. school during an Israeli shelling. ...




Sweden gets two new sightings, as hunt for undersea intruder goes on

Swedish corvette HMS Stockholm patrols Jungfrufjarden in the Stockholm archipelagoSTOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's military is working on two new observations that could be evidence of suspected "foreign underwater activity" near the country's capital, a senior naval officer said on Tuesday. Swedish forces have been scouring the sea off Stockholm since Friday, after what the military called three credible reports of activity by foreign submarines or divers using an underwater vehicle. The vessels were unidentified, but Swedish during the 1980s the Swedish navy from time to time hunted suspected Soviet submarines in its waters. ...




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Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

FILE - This May 18, 2013 file photo shows Hannah Hooper, left, and Christian Zucconi of Grouplove performing as part of Party in the Park at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Grouplove's, ?Ways to Go,? was the most viral track on Spotify, from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/RobbsPhotos/Invision/AP, file)The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Sept. 1 to Sunday, Sept. 7 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.




Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, musician Robin Thicke performs during Macy's Passport presents Glamorama 2012 at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Thicke's "Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)" was the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Sept. 1 to Sunday Sept. 7 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.




'Orphan Black' star Tatiana Maslany eyes stage

FILE - In this June 19, 2014 file photo, actress Tatiana Maslany arrives at the Critics' Choice Television Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Second Stage Theatre said Tuesday, Oct. 21, that Maslany will appear beside Tony Award nominee and ?The Newsroom? actor Thomas Sadoski in Neil LaBute?s world premiere ?The Way We Get By.? he play will be directed by Leigh Silverman, who was nominated for a Tony Award last season for her direction of ?Violet.? Previews begin May 12. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? Tatiana Maslany, the star of "Orphan Black," will be finding a temporary home on an off-Broadway stage.




From Kors to DVF, fashion mourns de la Renta

FILE - This Sept. 11, 2012 file photo released by Starpix shows designer Oscar de la Renta, right, and model Karlie Kloss backstage before the presentation of the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 collection sponsored by Revlon at Fashion Week in New York. The designer, a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike, has died. He was 82. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab, file)NEW YORK (AP) ? Fun, sunny, romantic. Oscar de la Renta approached fashion and life on those terms, but there was more, so much more, those who loved and admired the designer say.






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Wall St. extends bounce-back; S&P above key levels

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rallied on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 on track for a fourth straight session of gains boosted by strong corporate results, including Apple's. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones were up more than 1 percent while the Nasdaq rose more than 2 percent, boosted by better-than-expected results from several major tech companies. The S&P 500 has gained more than 6 percent from its session low last Wednesday, when the benchmark was down nearly 10 percent from its intraday record. ...




Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow as jet hits snow plow

Christophe de MargerieBy Vladimir Soldatkin and James Regan MOSCOW/PARIS (Reuters) - Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic and outspoken chief executive of the French oil company Total , was killed when his private jet hit a snow plow as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night. His death leaves a void at the top of one of the world's biggest listed oil firms at a difficult time for the industry as oil prices fall and state-backed competitors keep them out of some of the best oil exploration territory. ...




New Total boss must overhaul exploration strategy, pursue cost cuts

View of French oil giant Total headquarters in the financial and business district of la Defense in Courbevoie near ParisBy Michel Rose PARIS (Reuters) - The sudden death of Total's top executive may make it even trickier for the French oil major to overhaul its expensive exploration strategy while simultaneously cutting costs to please shareholders as oil prices fall. Total had recently taken the unusual step of naming an outsider to devise a new strategy after a costly three-year drive to increase drilling spending failed to yield significant results - the main blot on Christophe de Margerie's legacy. ...




Coca-Cola announces growth plan as profit falls 14 percent

Coca Cola cans are seen at a concession inside the Dunas arena soccer stadium in NatalBy Anjali Athavaley (Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co on Tuesday announced new cost-cutting measures and a timeline for selling its bottling operations after its quarterly profit slumped 14 percent and the world's largest beverage maker struggles to find growth amid a soft market for soda. The Atlanta-based company said it would hand back, or refranchise, about two-thirds of its North American bottling territories by the end of 2017, and a substantial portion of the remaining territories no later than 2020. ...




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Poles apart? Antarctic sea ice hits record high while the Arctic's keeps melting
Antarctica Icebound Ship

It's a real polar puzzle ? why sea ice is on a general decline in the Arctic when it hit a record high in the Antarctic this year. Scientists say it is all part of climate change.



YouTube video shows strength of Alberta bear
Bear in Youtube video

Alberta Parks has posted a video showing a bear tossing around a large and heavy trap.



Foreign scientists call on Stephen Harper to restore science funding, freedom
US Canada Arctic Survey

Hundreds of scientists around the world are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to end "burdensome restrictions on scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists."



YouTube video shows B.C. grizzly chewing on GoPro camera
Knight Inlet grizzly GoPro footage

A filmmaker who has been collecting footage of grizzlies in Knight Inlet, on B.C.'s west coast, recently had one of his cameras snatched by a curious bear.



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Vaccines, Medical Oxygen, and Helping the Ebola Crisis
Whitefish, MT / ACCESSWIRE / October 21, 2014 / The Ebola outbreak has caused 4,555 deaths with 9,216 confirmed cases in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States, according ...

FEAPET reclama centros de referencia en todas las CCAA para las personas afectadas por polio y síndrome post polio
La Federación Española de Asociaciones de Polio y Efectos Tardíos (FEAPET), con motivo del Día Mundial de la Polio, el próximo 24 de octubre, ha reclamado la creación de centros de referencia en todas las comunidades autónomas para la atención personalizada de aquellas personas afectadas por la polio.

Ebola causing spike in demand for hospital gear

licensed clinician Roseda Marshall, of LiberiaBALTIMORE (AP) ? Manufacturers and distributors of impermeable gowns and full-body suits meant to protect medical workers from Ebola are scrambling to keep up with a surge of new orders from U.S. hospitals, with at least one doubling its staff and still facing a weekslong backlog. Many hospitals say they already have the proper equipment in place but are orderi Zoroastrians.info: Error - Zoroastrian
 
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