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Author Compares Women in Traditional Marriages to Prostitutes on TV Panel Show



SYDNEY — On Australian panel show Q&A, author Jane Caro caused a stir when she said women in traditional marriages could be considered prostitutes.

During the all-female panel discussion on Monday night, the thought leaders were asked for their views on prostitution as a conscious choice in the Western world.

The question stemmed from an interview with former journalist Amanda Goff on television show Sunday Night, during…

Iceland’s Bardabunga Volcano Puts on Breathtaking Lava Display



The Bardabunga volcano in Iceland continues to put on quite a show, with lava pouring out of a gash, or fissure, in the ground

The latest fissure eruption, which began on Sunday, could go on for weeks, if not longer. It may also lead to a greater hazard — an explosive eruption that sends large clouds of ash into the air and melts glacial ice, causing flooding.

Such ash clouds are hazardous to modern jet aircraft, and…

Man Who Inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge Is Now a Father



The 29-year old man who inspired the world to raise millions of dollars for ALS research through the Ice Bucket Challenge now faces a different kind of challenge: parenthood.

Pete Frates and wife Julie Frates welcomed the birth of a 7 pound, 8 ounce baby girl named Lucy Fitzgerald Frates on Sunday morning, according to Boston television station WCVB.

The new parents made the announcement on their Facebook page Read more…

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Space Sex Geckos Dead on Reentry, Russia Reveals



The five heroic sex geckos sent into space on July 19 to study sexual reproduction in zero gravity died before returning to Earth on Monday, Russian officials said

It is unclear what they died of, or whether the intrepid geckos ever mated in space. Their tiny, partially mummified bodies were found within their enclosure aboard the small Foton-M4 spacecraft at the conclusion of their mission

“All geckos, unfortunately, died,” the Russian Space Agency said in a statement. “The date and…

West Indian Day Parade Kicks Off in New York



The annual West Indian Day Parade kicked off Monday in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The parade is the culmination of the West Indian American carnival, a multi-day event that celebrates Caribbean and South American heritage representing several countries including Haiti, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and Belize.

The carnival has a long history in New York City, dating back to celebrations in Harlem in the 1920s.

UK Government ‘Deplores’ Israeli Move to Claim Palestinian Land



The British government on Monday said it “deplores” a decision by Israel to claim a large swath of privately owned Palestinian land near Bethlehem.

Israel’s decision to expropriate almost 1,000 acres in the West Bank, first announced on Sunday, is the biggest such claim in 30 years, according to Peace Now, an Israeli group that monitors settlements

“This is a particularly ill-judged decision that comes at a time when the priority must be to…

What Your TV Weather Forecast Will Look Like in 2050



Climate change can seem like a distant problem, with little relevancy to our daily lives

But an unconventional public awareness campaign aims to change that by imagining what a typical weather forecast might look like in the year 2050 as the effects of global warming become more pronounced

Ahead of the high-level UN Climate Summit in New York on September 23, the World Meteorological Organization, a…

Americans Held in North Korea Ask U.S. for Assistance



PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller said they expect to face trial within a month. But they said they do not know what punishment they could face or what the specific charges against them are. Kenneth Bae, who…

Implanted Sensor Could Monitor Glaucoma and Prevent Blindness



Scientists have proposed a way to monitor glaucoma using a tiny device implanted in the eye. Readings from the device could be monitored by a smartphone. The technology could help prevent some people from going blind.

Glaucoma describes a group of eye diseases in which there is progressive damage to the optic nerve. This nerve connects the retina to the brain, and damage to it causes a person to lose peripheral vision.

What makes glaucoma a dangerous disease, however, is that this sort of…

Ukraine: Pro-Russian Rebels Fire on Border Guard Vessel



KIEV, Ukraine — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Hours later, Ukraine said a border guard vessel operating in the Azov Sea was attacked by land-based forces. Pro-Russian rebels have recently opened a new offensive along the seacoast.

Putin’s comment, made to national TV network Channel 1, said Ukraine should “hold…