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For Leopards in Iran and Iraq, Land Mines Are a Surprising Refuge

SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq—Few parts of the world look more hostile to big cats than the rugged wilderness that flanks the northern Iran-Iraq frontier. Laced with land mines and roamed by packs of dedicated poachers, it's an environment seemingly calculated to imperil even the most fleet-footed animal. Yet ... Continue reading »

Amnesty International | Russia: Burning down homes after Chechnya clashes appears to be collective punishment

Authorities in Russia must urgently investigate the burning down of at least five houses believed to belong to the relatives of 11 men blamed by the authorities of carrying out an armed attack in the Chechen capital, Grozny, Amnesty International said after news emerged today of the “collective puni ... Continue reading »

New York Magazine Story Of Teen Who Earned $72 Million Trading Stocks Was Made Up

2. Updated – December, 16, 2014 11:11 a.m. New York magazine issued an apology to its readers. “We were duped. our fact-checking process was obviously inadequate; we take full responsibility and we should have known better,” the statement reads. The story claimed the senior at Stuyvesant High School ... Continue reading »

Jewish angels and Roman gods: The ancient mythological origins of Christmas

Many Americans have heard that December 25 was a birthday of Roman gods long before it was chosen to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Some people also know that our delightful mélange of Christmas festivities originated in ancient Norse, Roman and Druid traditions – or, in the case of Rudolph, on Madis ... Continue reading »

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