ISIS' reign of terror has left permanent stain on Mosul

ISIS' reign of terror has left permanent stain on Mosul

These were common scenes experienced by Mosul’s residents under nearly three years of ISIS rule. But Sunday, Iraqi forces declared the city free from the grip of ISIS and its regime of terror. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in what he described as the “liberated city of Mosul” on Sunday and congratulated “the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people in achieving this great victory.” And yet, skepticism remained with state TV reporting that ISIS militants were still holding out in one neighborhood of the city. While the Iraqi-led coalition…

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Research raises hopes for gonorrhea vaccine

Research raises hopes for gonorrhea vaccine

Scientists say the results provide fresh inspiration for developing a specific vaccine against the STD, which causes about 78 million new cases worldwide each year. “The emergence of completely drug-resistant gonorrhoea is a major concern,” Dr. Helen Petousis-Harris, lead author of the new study and a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland, wrote in an email. She explained that “even moderate protection” against the sexually transmitted disease could have significant impact because the bacteria that cause it “are very tricky.” They develop resistance to drugs by transferring genes in…

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CBS claiming debts of $843 million from Network Ten

CBS claiming debts of $843 million from Network Ten

Production company CBS International has emerged as the single largest creditor to Network Ten after submitting a claim of $843 million with the broadcaster’s administrators. Altogether Ten owes secured creditors $129 million and has accumulated losses of $1.3 billion. Ten’s audience report for first half of 2017 reveals overall audience share of 28.6 per cent. Shows like Have You Been Paying Attention? have increased audience share year on year. Photo: TenLocal production companies for some of Ten’s most popular shows have been listed as unsecured creditors and are collectively owed tens…

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Could a fist bump ever replace the humble handshake?

Could a fist bump ever replace the humble handshake?

Posted July 11, 2017 08:00:00 Photo: Handshakes are an easy way for germs to spread. (Unsplash: Russ Ward) Related Story: Common illness could be deadly in ‘post-antibiotic era’, expert warns Related Story: Modi dodges notorious Trump handshake with a hug Former US president Barack Obama likes to use them, and they have been shown to spread far fewer germs than the traditional handshake, but could a fist-bump greeting ever become the accepted norm? In 2014, two researchers from Aberystwyth University in Wales compared the quantity of bacteria transferred by handshaking,…

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Mom becomes target of a neo-Nazi troll storm

Mom becomes target of a neo-Nazi troll storm

Deleting one message just created space for another to take its place. Then came the tweets and the email messages. The volume was overwhelming. The content: vile and terrifying. Gunshots rang out from voice mails. Emails and texts read: “I hope you die,” “Kill yourself,” “We will take pleasure in your pain.” Tanya Gersh found herself buried in an avalanche of hate, one she had not seen coming and one that focused on one fact: She’s Jewish. Gersh was called a “bitch,” “a worthless c**t,” and told countless times she…

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