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Hawaiians battle telescope threatening ‘sacred volcano’

Astronomers had planned to celebrate the groundbreaking on the biggest telescope in the world in Hawaii last week. But activists opposed to its construction had other ideas. Read more...

Photo of ‘American soldier fighting with IS group’ is fake

In this low-quality photo, a fighter for the Islamic State group (IS) bears a tattoo that says “United Sates Army”. The photo rapidly went viral; however, it isn’t real. This manipulated image is just one example of many online efforts to try to get people to believe that the United States is behind the rise of the IS group. Read more...

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White cop fatally shoots black teen, reviving protests in St. Louis


Hundreds of protesters took to the streets Wednesday night in St. Louis after a white police officer shot and killed an 18-year-old black teenager. While the circumstances of this shooting are still being investigated, it has raised the spectre of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, just 16 miles away. The unarmed black teenager’s death in August had sparked weeks of protests. Read more...
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'Graphic' Muslim Day Parade displays confuse some in NYC


This year’s annual Muslim Day Parade in New York City featured local community leaders and Girl Scouts marching, but included a mannequin hanging from a noose, women locked up in a cage and a man on a golden chariot whipping others dressed in military garb, to the surprise of some onlookers. Read more...

Gay youths help one another by posting coming-out videos online


A disturbing video of a 19-year-old man being physically and verbally abused by his family after admitting he was gay caused a stir in American LGBT social media circles when it surfaced online two weeks ago. But it’s far from the only one – many young LGBT youth are sharing videos of their coming-outs, whether they encounter negative or positive reactions, in an effort to help others muster the courage to come out too. Read more...

Training for the zombie apocalypse: fun, games – and serious skills


Would you survive a zombie apocalypse? Instead of waiting to find out, some people are getting ready by going to zombie preparedness camps, where they learn all the skills they might need to outlive the undead. Read more…
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#IfTheyGunnedMeDown…which photo would the media use?

In the wake of this week's fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri, hundreds of young black men and women have posted photos of themselves to Twitter with the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown. The phrase is shorthand for the question many are asking themselves: If the police gunned me down, which photo of me would the media publish? Read more...

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What's behind the rioting and looting in the US state of Missouri?


For two days, angry mobs have gone on the rampage in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson after police shot and killed a black teenager. According to our Observer, racial tensions that have been simmering away for years are now starting to boil over. Read more...
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