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Colombian FARC Rebels Release American Hostage Unharmed

Latin America’s oldest left-wing guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC, released an American hostage over the weekend that CNN reports being captured back in June. “We are pleased to have facilitated his release so he can be reunited with his family,” commented Jordi Raich, head of the International Committee for the Red Cross delegation in Colombia. …

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Canadian Travel Scam Turns Australian Couples into Drug Mules

The Australian reports that a Perth couple were conned into being drug mules by a bogus Canadian travel agency. It all looked legit, at least on the surface. A 72-year-old man and his 64-year-old wife entered a sweepstakes for a bargain holiday to Canada, and ended up back in Australia with 3.5kg in crystal meth rocks instead of their original …

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Sultan of Brunei Moves Sharia into Law

As unlikely as it looked that any of the United States would implement Sharia law (in spite of people who believed it possible), other nations seem more willing. The AFP reports the tiny nation of Brunei, noted as the third wealthiest Muslim nation in the world for its rich oil and gas exports, has just seen its equally-wealthy monarch, Sultan …

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Study: Pollen Tells Us What Killed Bronze Age Civilizations

The New York Times reported that a recent study of pollen may explain the sudden collapse of what were, at the time, highly successful civilizations like the Egyptians, the Babylonians, and the Hittites. 3200 years in the distant past, Tel Aviv was a major trading center in Israel, Ramses II ruled over a vast Egyptian empire, and many other cultures …

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Justice Dept. Brings New Charges in 2007 Blackwater Shooting

The AP via ABC News reported yesterday that the U.S. Justice Department has brought charges against four ex-contractors from Blackwater Worldwide over a 2007 shooting that left between 14 and 17 civilians dead. Although the four contractors involved had been previously charged in 2008 with manslaughter and weapons violations, those charges were dropped when a federal judge ruled the Justice …

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UN Security Council Votes In New Members, Causes Controversy

The AP via the Washington Post reported today that Saudi Arabia, Chad, Nigeria, Lithuania, and Chile were voted onto the United Nations Security Council. None of the countries were opposed on the floor because, for the first time in several years, none of the races were contested. In the first round of voting, Lithuania received 187 votes, Nigeria and Chile …

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Malala: Better Off Without A Nobel?

When Malala Yousafzai was passed over for a Nobel Prize, an ABCNews story noted Irish betting magnate Paddy Power’s odds for her as an 8/15 favorite mere days before the prize would go to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Other betting favorites included transgender Wikileaker Chelsea Manning (25/1) and U2 frontman Bono (100/1), but ABC’s piece did …

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Biologist Discovers New Species of Tick… Up Nose

ScienceDaily reported that American biologist Tony Goldberg regularly travels to Kibale National Park in western Uganda to watch how infectious diseases travel throughout the wilds, but something he did not anticipate was finding an undiscovered species of tick up his nose. A Wisconsin native and familiar with his local tick population, he’d never heard of anyone having a tick in …

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Higgs Boson Team Wins Nobel Prize for Physics

LiveScience and Reuters both report that Peter Higgs of Britain and Francois Englert of Belgium have been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for physics yesterday. Their prediction of the Higgs boson’s existence helps to explain how the stars and planets formed from elementary matter. LiveScience managing editor Jeanna Bryner said that early Nobel forecasts were predicting the win for Higgs …

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China Issues “Guide for Civilized Tourism”

In China, general etiquette just became a law, specifically when you’re planning to travel. CNN reports that a massive tourism law went into effect on October 1 that aims to combat the perception of Chinese travelers behaving unpleasantly. The law takes effect as the internet and world media circulated a viral story of a Chinese teenager vandalizing an ancient Egyptian …

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Islamists Continue Worldwide Offensive

As the news spread of coordinated U.S. Navy SEAL strikes against Islamist leaders on either side of the African mainland, Islamists elsewhere were launching attacks of their own. Iraq was rocked by a series of suicide bombings this weekend, Reuters reports. One bombing involved a truck loaded with explosives that was driven into a primary school playground in the northern …

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Navy SEALs Somalia Assault Raises Strategic Questions

Yesterday, Navy SEAL Team Six raided an al-Shabaab HQ in Barawe, Somalia. Although none of the SEALs were killed in the assault, a series of conflicting reports about the raid’s target were released, some of which claiming the individual was captured while others were claiming he died in the firefight. The raid was aborted as a failure. Despite conflicting reports, …

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