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South Sudan troops killed 50 civilians by suffocation - report

South Sudan suffocated civiliansSouth Sudan's government troops killed about 50 civilians last October by stuffing them into a shipping container in baking heat, a report has said.

The document by the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), which oversees the country's ceasefire, said the incident took place in Unity State.

The government has not commented on the claim - the latest reported atrocities in more than two years of war. Thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced since then.


UK Approves Embryo 'Gene Editing'

UK Gene EditingUK scientists have been given the go-ahead by the fertility regulator to genetically modify human embryos.

It is the first time a country has considered the DNA-altering technique in embryos and approved it.

The research will take place at the Francis Crick Institute in London and aims to provide a deeper understanding of the earliest moments of human life.


Lumber Liquidators sentenced in wood import scheme

Lumber LIquidator finedA federal judge on Monday sentenced Lumber Liquidators to $13.15 million in penalties and five years of probation after the company acknowledged it was guilty of illegally importing wood from forests that are home to endangered species.

As part of the settlement reached in October, Lumber Liquidators will also accept additional oversight in the form of independent audits and an environmental compliance plan.


WHO declares Zika virus an global public health emergency

WHO declared emergency over Zika virusThe World Health Organization on Monday declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus to be an international public health emergency as the disease linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil spreads rapidly.

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told reporters an international coordinated response was needed, although restrictions on travel or trade were not necessary.


Alex Baer: Mulling Day

mulling dayWelcome to your Day of Rest, aka A Brief Opportunity to Catch Your Breath Before You Have to Jump Back On the Hampster Wheel.  Me, I prefer to call this Mulling Day -- the only 24-hour period in which the long list of Haftas takes a breaks, and something from the Wanna pile gets to slip into the mix.

The trick in life, of course, is to minimize your Haftas and maximize your Wannas -- a truth known by the ancients, which is to say, known by Trump, by Clinton, and by your boss, for example, and by any hyper-hormonal teenage spawn in your roaring, throbbing, pulsating vicinity.


Gallup poll: Donald Trump is most unliked candidate in 25 years

Donald Trump least liked candidateA new Gallup poll finds billionaire Donald Trump the most un-liked candidate in 25 years. Or in the parlance of poll takers, he has the highest unfavorable ratings since Gallup began taking the poll.

Three out of five Americans -- or 60 percent -- have an unfavorable view of Trump in the latest two-week average of all of the candidates running in the 2016 presidential race. The percentage is easily the highest of all the candidates and the highest since Gallup began asking the question in 1992.


Pacific storm leaves 150,000 without power, kills one

Pacific storm leaves man without powerA strong Pacific storm battered Southern California with high winds Sunday, killing one man and leaving 150,000 without power.

An 80-foot tall tree fell and smashed a car, killing the driver in San Diego, while high winds sometimes more than 100 mph whipped the region, from the mountains north of Los Angeles to San Diego, knocking down power lines. Heavy rain flooded some streets and brought up to six inches of snow in the mountains.


At Least 65 Dead In Suspected Boko Haram Attack In Nigeria

Nigeria massacreAt least 65 people were killed during an attack by Islamist militant group Boko Haram near Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, a Reuters reporter said after counting bodies at a hospital morgue.

The remains of a dozen victims were burnt beyond recognition in Saturday's attack when militants opened fire on residents, set fire to houses and targeted a crowd with suicide bombers, security and medical officials said.


Obama to pay first visit to mosque as president

Islamic Society of BaltimoreThe White House announced plans for President Barack Obama to visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Wednesday.

The visit will be Obama's first visit to a mosque as president.

"The President will hold a roundtable with community members and deliver remarks, where he will reiterate the importance of staying true to our core values," a White House official said in a statement. "Welcoming our fellow Americans, speaking out against bigotry, rejecting indifference, and protecting our nation's tradition of religious freedom."


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