Romanian witch tax caps off a big year for witches

Recently, the Romanian government passed what people are calling a “witch tax.” The tax applies to  people who are employed as witches and fortune tellers, who must now pay income taxes and into government pension funds. There seems to have been a lot of witch related media over the past year. Curses and praises alike
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An endangered species: Jaguars in North America

Jaguars once lived and roamed about in the southern United States and close to the tip of South America. However, now they are down to nearly half that range from that of a hundred years ago. Every year thousands of jaguars were killed by hunters for their pelts up until the mid-1970s. An estimated 50,000
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Kingston Jamaica declares monthlong state of emergency

In Kingston, Jamaica, an outbreak of violence connected to a drug cartel has led to officials declaring a monthlong state of emergency. The unrest started when the U.S. State Department requested the extradition of Christopher “Dudus” Coke. Some are pointing to the unrest as proof of government corruption. Others are saying this situation is a

Hoki Fish : Fearing Fillet-o-Fish Follies

Most people have never heard of, much less seen a Hoki fish – at least, not until it’s blended, breaded, and on a bun. However, this ugly little fish has been the center of a very big environmental controversy. Two of sustainability’s biggest players are locked head-to-head, one saying the Hoki fish is environmentalism’s equivalent
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Domodedovo Airport explosion from possible suicide bomber

In Russia’s Domodedovo Airport, explosion and a  possible suicide bomber has attacked the baggage claim area. Initial reports say that more than 30 people have been killed and hundreds injured. Domodedovo Airport is the busiest airport in Moscow. Domodedovo Airport explosion In the middle of the afternoon at Domodedovo Airport’s international arrivals terminal, a large

Traveling to Europe warned against in terror alert

On Sunday, Oct. 3, the United States government issued a terror alert and travel advisory. American citizens that are set to travel abroad are being urged to be cautious of potential threats while traveling in Europe. Similar advisories have been issued by Japan and the United Kingdom. The events behind the terror alert warnings took

Britain Prime Minister Gordon Brown says bigoted, sparks fly

Incumbent Prime Minister of Great Britain Gordon Brown was campaigning for upcoming elections, and he recently committed a serious gaffe.  After a short impromptu debate with a constituent, one Gillian Duffy, he called her a bigoted woman once he got back in his car — with the microphone still on.  The resulting fallout of the

Matthew Hoh Resigns | Shocks Superiors

First known resignation from Afghan War Mathew Hoh, a 36 year old in the employ of the State Department in the Foreign Service, has resigned his from his position, working as a diplomat in Afghanistan, resigned earlier this month citing a complete loss of justification of the continuing war in Afghanistan.  He is the first
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Chinese vase causes sensation after enormous sale price

A Chinese vase recently sold at auction in Britain has caused a sensation. The vase became the most expensive ever sold, fetching more than 53 million pounds or $85 million. The vase is likely from the late 18th century, and it was discovered in an attic. Chinese vase found in attic The family that sold
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We are not Alone in Hoping for Economic Recovery

We are not Alone in Hoping for Economic Recovery Good for All In times of hardship, we tend to pull in and focus only on ourselves. Isolationism worked for a time in the past, but all economies are now global economies. No country functions as an island anymore. Consequently, economic recovery needs to be global
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507 Carat Diamond Could Fix Finances For Mining Company

Petra Diamonds strikes pay dirt An independent diamond mining company near Pretoria, South Africa, has found a 507 carat diamond. The large stone was found in the Cullinan Mine last week. After a rough year in the diamond business, Financial Times reports this discovery could single-handedly improve the finances of Petra Diamonds. Even though the
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Fear of Suez Canal closure drives up price of crude oil futures

Crude oil futures spiked Friday as violent anti-government demonstrations roiled Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and Yemen. Of particular concern is the besieged government in Egypt, which controls the Suez Canal. The Suez canal is a main artery for the shipment of oil from the Middle East to the Western Hemisphere. Egyptian unrest threatens oil supply Fears
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Irish vote on tough austerity measures to trim budget

The Irish vote on the country’s austerity measures is being closely watched. The Republic of Ireland is receiving a bundle of bailout loans, similar to Greece, and austerity measures have to be implemented. The aim is to free up several billion euros. Irish vote on cuts of billions of euros The Irish budget vote is being
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Northern Ireland | Irish terrorism still persists

Hostilities and conflict in Northern Ireland have been around for so long that its people have forgotten the root cause of it. John Soule, a political scientist studying this ongoing conflict, declared that the conflict can be considered a ritual wherein both sides are locked in a dance and cannot get out. Using observations and
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Bangkok explosion | Bangkok grenade attacks heighten tension

Thursday evening, the capital of Thailand was rocked with several grenades; the Bangkok explosion is serving only to worsen tensions between anti-government red shirt protesters, government troops and pro-government “no color” protesters. The Bangkok explosion started when at least five M-79 grenades were shot into the business district of the heavily populated city. The government
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Google in China | Google stands up for net neutrality

Google is the nearly indisputable king of internet searches; last month alone, it claimed 72.11 percent of all searches in the U.S., according to HitWise. It makes sense, then, that Google would be trying to break into China, where the number of internet users exceeds the entire population of the U.S., according to the McKinsey

Neanderthal diet more sophisticated than previously thought

A recent discovery was made that is altering the view of the Neanderthal diet. Neanderthals, ancient relatives of modern humans, apparently cooked and ate vegetables quite often. Ancient humans and related species are not thoroughly understood, but diet gives incredible insight into daily life. Eat like a Neanderthal with more veggies It was recently discovered