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Saudi Arabia, Iraq look to reopen border after 27 years

Baghdad: Iraqi and Saudi officials on Wednesday inspected a border crossing between their countries to examine how to reopen the frontier, closed for the past 27 years, officials said. The border has been shut to all travellers except Iraqi Muslim pilgrims heading to and from Mecca in western Saudi Arabia since Saddam…

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Saudi Arabia, Iraq look to reopen border after 27 years

Baghdad: Iraqi and Saudi officials on Wednesday inspected a border crossing between their countries to examine how to reopen the frontier, closed for the past 27 years, officials said. The border has been shut to all travellers except Iraqi Muslim pilgrims heading to and from Mecca in western Saudi Arabia since Saddam…

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CubeSat Mission Might Unlock Mysteries Of Venus’ Atmosphere

We might be closer to finding out exactly what’s going on in the complex atmosphere of Venus, now that NASA has just approved funding to develop a concept mission to Venus using a small CubeSat, IFL Science reports The tiny probe will focus on studying the planet using ultraviolet (UV) light. To the human eye, Venus appears covered in featureless ...

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CubeSat Mission Might Unlock Mysteries Of Venus’ Atmosphere

We might be closer to finding out exactly what’s going on in the complex atmosphere of Venus, now that NASA has just approved funding to develop a concept mission to Venus using a small CubeSat, IFL Science reports The tiny probe will focus on studying the planet using ultraviolet (UV) light. To the human eye, Venus appears covered in featureless ...

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Robert E. Lee Was Opposed To Erecting Confederate Monuments

Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee probably would not have wanted the statue of him in Charlottesville, Virginia, that was at the center of last weekend’s violence to have been erected in the first place, according to CNN. Based on his writings, Lee was not a fan of statues honoring Civil War generals, fearing they might “keep open the sores of ...

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Kyrgyz Opposition Leader Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison For Corruption

A court in Kyrgyzstan sentenced opposition leader Omurbek Tekebayev to eight years in prison for corruption and fraud — two months before a presidential election in which he planned to participate in, Reuters reported on Wednesday. The Central Asian republics pro-Russian President Almazbek Atambayev is prohibited from running in the Oct. 15 election and is supporting an ally, the report ...

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Drug Overdose Deaths On Rise Among U.S. Teenagers

The rate of opiod drug overdose deaths among older teenagers in the United States has taken a turn for the worse, a new federal report finds, CBS News reports. The number of drug overdose deaths among 15- to 19-year-olds rose 15 percent for males from 2014 to 2015 and 35 percent for females from 2013 to 2015, according to the ...

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Sierra Leone Begins Burying Mudslide Victims

Sierra Leone began burying hundreds of victims Wednesday after a mudslide swept away homes near the capital — one of Africa’s worst flood disasters in history and now faces the threat of disease, according to Reuters. Hundreds of Freetown civilians lined up to identify relatives falling victim to the mud on Monday in a valley outside of Freetown, the report ...

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Texas Legislature Fails To Pass Transgender Bathroom Bill

The Texas legislature ended its special session early Tuesday without passing a law regulating the use of bathrooms by transgender people — a blow for Gov. Greg Abbott who called the 30-day session mostly to pass the bill, according to The Washington Post. House leaders abruptly adjourned a day early and the Senate followed suit after a combative month with ...

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