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Golan crossing point to reopen Monday: US

UN peacekeepers stand on a watchtower in the Israel-Syria border Quneitra crossing area of the annexed-Golan Heights The United Nations, Israel and Syria reached an agreement to reopen the Quneitra crossing in the Golan Heights on Monday, the United States announced Friday, urging the two Middle East countries to…

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US, rights groups say UN Rights Council vote lets abusers in

UNITED NATIONS — Human rights groups and the United States said U.N. Human Rights Council elections Friday gave abusive countries a seat at a table where they should be called out, as nations including the Philippines and Eritrea won an uncontested election. Eighteen countries, ranging from India to the Bahamas to Denmark, were chosen in a U.N. General Assembly vote. ...

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Skull Believed To Be From Youngest Diplodocus Ever Found

Scientists have discovered what is believed to be the smallest skull belonging to a Diplodocus, telling us more about how these giant dinosaurs grew. Published in the journal Scientific Reports, an international team of paleontologists investigated the skull found in Montana in 2010. It is thought to belong to a young Diplodocus (nicknamed Andrew after philanthropist Andrew Carnegie) that lived ...

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Israeli Politicians Condemn Marriage Of Jewish Actor To Arab Newscaster

Several prominent Israeli politicians said Thursday that the marriage of an Arab and Jewish celebrity couple jeopardized both the state of Israel and the Jewish people, Newsweek reports. The couple, Jewish actor Tzachi Halevi and Israeli Arab news anchor Lucy Aharish, had been together for four years but kept their relationship secret, knowing it would spark a backlash. Halevi, 43, ...

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Study Finds C-Section Rates Have Nearly Doubled Worldwide Since 2000

The number of women delivering babies via cesarean section has nearly doubled worldwide since 2000, to about 21 percent, new research shows, CBS News reports. That’s significantly higher than the 10 percent to 15 percent considered medically necessary, researchers said. When complications develop, C-sections can save the lives of mothers and their babies. But the surgery is not risk-free and ...

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‘Huge Concentrations’ Of Toxins Found In Soil Around Deadly London High-Rise Fire Site

Toxins that may have long-term health implications for the survivors of London’s Grenfell Tower, and thousands of people who live and work nearby, have been identified in the preliminary findings of a study led by one of the world’s leading toxicology experts, the Guardian reports. Early results of the study by Professor Anna Stec prompted her to privately urge Public ...

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Hardliners Force Indian Meat Shops To Close During 9-Day Hindu Festival

Indian Hindu hardliners are forcing meat sellers to shut shops in a New Delhi suburb that is home to global outsourcing firms, saying they must respect the feelings of majority Hindus celebrating a nine-day festival, Reuters reports. The drive against the mostly Muslim shopkeepers in Gurgaon during the Navaratri festival is the highest profile campaign since Hindu vigilantes targeted people ...

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Hard-Line Italian Official Calls For 9 p.m. Curfew For ‘Little Ethnic Shops’

Italy’s hard-line interior minister and deputy prime minister sparked outrage on Thursday after announcing a proposed amendment to his security decree that would force “little ethnic shops” to close by 9 p.m., CNN reports. Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy’s far-right League party, announced the proposal during a Facebook Live on Thursday, arguing that foreign-owned grocery shops have become “meeting places ...

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