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Senate hearing: Russian meddling did not stop at the election
“The Senate intelligence committee opened its first public hearing on Russian meddling in the US election Thursday with calls for nonpartisanship, citing ongoing foreign interference that threatens “the heart of our democracy…” (CNN)

Federal judge in Hawaii extends ruling halting travel ban indefinitely
“A federal judge in Hawaii granted the state’s request for a longer-term halt of the revised travel ban executive order Wednesday…” (CNN)

Coyne: Micro-terrorism emerges as new threat in wake of Ottawa, Quebec attacks
“Since Sept. 11, 2001, authorities across the West have been bracing themselves for the second act, the big kill, the spectacular slaughter of hundreds or even thousands at a time. And though many attempts have been made, they have by and large been successfully intercepted. The worst terrorist attack on western soil since then was the London Transport bombings of 2005, which killed 56…” (

Ryerson University president apologizes for student film that portrays Niagara Falls as a slum
“NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — The president of Ryerson University in Toronto has apologized to Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati for a student film depicting the city in a harsh light.

The four-minute documentary As Niagara Falls is listed as a “Ryerson University Production” on the Facebook page of its student filmmakers, known collectively as Mayday Pictures…” (

Rio de Janeiro Registers Spike in Violence in February 2017
“RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Data released by Rio de Janeiro’s Instituto de Segurança Publica – ISP (Public Security Institute) shows that February of 2017 was one of the most violent months in the state’s history, with violent death rates increasing by 28.1 percent and vehicle thefts by 40.3 percent in relation to February of 2016..” (The Rio Times)

Death Toll has Reached 162 from Yellow Fever in Brazil
“SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Health officials in Brazil continue to monitor closely the current outbreak of yellow fever in several states in the country. The latest data from the Ministry of Health shows over 2,000 suspected cases and at least 162 reported deaths. The outbreak is already considered the largest in Brazil since 1980, when the Ministry began gathering data…” (The Rio Times)

First Tehran marathon: ‘Let’s build bridges, not walls’
“Over a thousand runners from more than 50 countries including the US, UK expected to join 42km April 7 race in Iran…” (Al Jazeera)

Egypt ‘one of the biggest prisons for journalists’
“One hundred days after the arrest of Mahmoud Hussein, Egyptian authorities continue to crackdown on the media…” (Al Jazeera)

Arab Summit: ‘Arabs lost confidence in their leaders’
“Arab leaders are convening near the Jordanian Dead Sea for the 28th annual summit of the Arab League, as the region faces distressing turmoil and political challenges…”
(Al Jazeera)

BBC urged to stand firm against accusations of Brexit bias
“More than 80 senior politicians have written to the BBC urging it to stand firm against allegations of bias over its Brexit coverage…” (The Guardian)

Poorest UK families struggle to put food on the table, survey finds
“One in four low-income households struggles to eat regularly or healthily because of a lack of money, according to the first substantial survey into the scale of food insecurity in the UK…” (The Guardian)

The World’s Largest Solar Geoengineering Study Is About to Be Launching in the US
“Scientists are ready to send aerosol injections 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) up into the stratosphere to assess the technique’s feasibility as a technical fix for global warming…” (Science Alert)

This Palaeontologist Says We Might Have Been Wrong About Dinosaur Sexes
“When it comes to identifying which dinosaur remains come from a male or a female, palaeontologists often rely on the size and shape of the bones.

But one palaeontologist thinks researchers might have been a little hasty in their assessments, claiming that a lack of evidence supporting sex differences in many previously studied dinosaurs could mean we have it all wrong…” (Science Alert)



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