Month: December 2013

When death is near

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Two cheers for human rights

Source: BBC Human rights are important, but they will never be a solution to ending conflict, writes John Gray. When we hear reports of nightmarish atrocities being committed in Syria, it’s easy to respond by thinking these horrors could be prevented if only the country had a government that respected […]

Diabetes risk gene ‘from Neanderthals’

By Paul RinconScience editor, BBC News website Neanderthals interbred with humans and their genes are scattered among us today Continue reading the main story Related Stories Neanderthal genes ‘survive in us’ Ancient humans interbred with us Neanderthals ‘could speak like us’ A gene variant that seems to increase the risk […]

Diabetes risk gene 'from Neanderthals'

By Paul RinconScience editor, BBC News website Neanderthals interbred with humans and their genes are scattered among us today Continue reading the main story Related Stories Neanderthal genes ‘survive in us’ Ancient humans interbred with us Neanderthals ‘could speak like us’ A gene variant that seems to increase the risk […]

Questions to ask for New Year

Source: CNN So I invite you, whatever your stage of life, to explore these questions. Ask them of yourself. Talk with family and friends about them. Write and share your reflections. Feel free to adapt and revise the questions to suit your circumstances. And let us know on Twitter what the experience […]

Tourist trips to the Moon by 2043?

Source: CNN (CNN) — Imagine the delight at unwrapping your Christmas present in 2043 and discovering you’ve been gifted a trip around the Moon. It may seem a little far-fetched right now but it could become a reality if space companies like Virgin Galactic realize their aspirations over the next 30 years or […]

A Murder in Makkah

Source: Dawn. The authorities at the Saudi Hospital where they finally found him said they had found his body in a rubbish heap near an industrial area in Arafat. The young Pakistani men who had been looking everywhere for him since his disappearance a day or so ago did not […]

When in Delhi

Source: Dawn Finally, Delhi is going to have a government by the Aam Aadmi Party with outside support of the Congress. But the government formation has turned out to be primarily an exercise by the three protagonists — the AAP, the BJP and the Congress — in calling one another’s […]

S. Sudan govt ‘ready for truce’

JUBA: South Sudan’s government has agreed to an immediate cease-fire after nearly two weeks of heavy fighting with rebels, East African leaders announced Friday. They also gave Machar and President Salva Kiir four days to hold face-to-face talks and halt fighting, pledging unspecified “further action” if the civil war continued. […]