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North Korea warns of 'abyss of doom' if 'old lunatic' Trump remains president




Exclusive: Undercover teams record grisly remote Faroe Islands whale slaughter

Wrestler had 15 drinks a day, slept with 10,000 women, documentary reveals

What critter has been found hidden in Van Gogh painting?

Germany must legally recognize 'third gender' from birth, top court rules

Lightning strike instantly kills two surfers

'Super mom' Sherri Papini filmed running to safety the morning she was found

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Maldives election: Voting begins in controversial poll
The island nation's Chinese-backed leader seeks another five-year term, with India watching closely.

Iran blames Gulf foes for deadly Ahvaz attack
Iran's supreme leader says "regional US puppets" were behind a gun assault in Ahvaz that killed 25.

Switzerland considers tighter rules on sustainable 'fair food'
In a country where food is already expensive, the people vote on tighter quality control.

Abhilash Tomy: Rescue mission to reach injured Indian sailor
Solo yachtsman Abhilash Tomy is stranded 3,200km off Perth and is immobilised, unable to eat or drink.

Long watch: What drives a mother to cross South America on foot?
The sight of hungry Venezuelan migrants on country roads has become commonplace in South America.

'Cat Grandpa' goes viral for napping with shelter pets
Photographs of Terry Laurmen, 75, napping with his furry friends have been shared thousands of times.

Anthony Joshua stops Alexander Povetkin to retain world heavyweight titles
Anthony Joshua stops Alexander Povetkin in the seventh round at Wembley to retain his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles.

Brett Kavanaugh: Judge accuser agrees to testify next week
Christine Blasey Ford agrees to appear at a Senate panel over the Supreme Court nominee allegations.

Sky: Comcast outbids Fox with £30bn bid for broadcaster
US cable giant wins rare blind auction process set by the UK's Takeover Panel with £30bn offer.

Venezuela crisis: Chinese hospital ship docks for a week
Thousands of patients struggling with the collapse of the health system will receive free treatment.

Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify if terms are 'fair'
A lawyer for the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, of sexual assault told a Senate panel the professor would be willing to testify next week if it provides "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety," an email seen on Thursday showed.

11-year-old Sofia gets new heart and new famous friend
After undergoing heart transplant surgery, 11-year-old Sophia Sanchez on Thursday talked about her second chance at life and her new famous friend, Drake. Colette Luke has more.

EU pushes October Brexit agreement, threatens no deal
European Union leaders will push for a Brexit deal next month but warned Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday that if she will not give ground on trade and the Irish border by November they are ready to cope with Britain crashing out. Anna Bevan reports

NY cardinal appoints judge to review abuse cases
The Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan appointed retired federal judge Barbara Jones to review and advise on how the New York church handles accusations of abuse by clergy. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Multiple fatalities in Maryland shooting: sheriff
Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler says there are "multiple wounded and multiple fatalities" in a shooting at a Rite Aid Distribution Center in Maryland. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Portugal, Ireland woes dominate EU summit
BRUSSELS -- Just on the day EU leaders were hoping to present the final version of their plan to solve the region's debt crisis, their summit in Brussels was overwhelmed Thursday by debate over Portugal's political crisis and Ireland's banking woes.

Moody's downgrades ratings of Spanish banks
MADRID -- Moody's downgraded the debt of 30 Spanish banks Thursday but left untouched the ratings of the country's three largest banks, highlighting the weaknesses in Spain's financial system a day after the government in neighboring Portugal fell.

Markets brush off Portuguese bailout concerns
LONDON -- Markets on Thursday brushed aside mounting speculation that Portugal would soon be tapping a European bailout fund amid hopes that the continent's debt crisis may be about to claim its final scalp - for now.

Japan disaster reminds businesses about insurance
NEW YORK -- It might be inconceivable to small business owners that a disaster hundreds or thousands of miles away could shut them down. But the earthquake and tsunami in Japan have interrupted shipments of parts and finished goods to companies in the U.S., and sent many of them to call their...

Irish economy shrinks for 3rd straight year
DUBLIN -- Ireland's economy shrank in 2010 for the third straight year and the yields on Irish bonds rose to euro-era highs Thursday amid fears that the cost of rescuing the country's failed banks will overwhelm its finances even with the international bailout.

Quote of the Day

Charles Dickens
Pride is one of the seven deadly sins; but it cannot be the pride of a mother in her children, for that is a compound of two cardinal virtues—faith and hope. Discuss

Jerome K. Jerome
An aching head soon makes one forget an aching heart.

William Makepeace Thackeray
Oh, be humble, my brother, in your prosperity! Be gentle with those who are less lucky, if not more deserving.

This Day in History

Merchant Royal Sinks, Taking Cargo of Gold and Silver with Her (1641)
A holy grail of marine salvage, the wreck of the Merchant Royal, one of the most valuable of all time, has eluded treasure hunters for centuries. When the leaky, 17th-century English merchant ship sank in rough weather in the vicinity of the Isles of Scilly and southwestern England, she took with her a fabled cargo of gold, silver, and precious gems worth over a billion dollars today. Among the riches lost in the wreck was the money to pay whom? Discuss

Shaka Zulu Is Assassinated (1828)
A skilled warrior, Shaka established himself as head of the Zulu circa 1816 and soon made them the dominant power in southeastern Africa. He was ruthless before his mother's death in 1827, but after, he became positively savage. He had at least 7,000 people executed for being insufficiently grief-stricken, put to death any couple found to have conceived during the mourning period, and even slaughtered cows so that their calves would know the loss of a mother. Who ultimately assassinated Shaka?

The Brief Battle of Prestonpans (1745)
England's King James II may have been deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688, but he was not without supporters. These supporters, the Jacobites, spent the next six decades unsuccessfully fighting to restore him—and, later, his descendants—to the throne. Their final major attempt, the Forty-five Rebellion, began auspiciously for the House of Stuart, with a victory at Prestonpans, Scotland. The battle was won in mere minutes. How many casualties did the government troops suffer in that time?

Word of the Day

scurvy
Definition: (adjective) Of the most contemptible kind. Synonyms: abject, low-down, scummy, miserable, low. Usage: It was a scurvy trick to play on a helpless old lady, but he was desperate for money and therefore went along with the plan to swindle her out of her life savings. Discuss

faithless
Definition: (adjective) Having the character of, or characteristic of, a traitor. Synonyms: traitorous, treasonous, unfaithful. Usage: They succeeded in overtaking the party of which they were in quest, but concealed their faithless desertion of Scott; alleging that he had died of disease.

concurrence
Definition: (noun) The temporal property of two things happening at the same time. Synonyms: conjunction, co-occurrence, coincidence. Usage: In order that the will of Napoleon and Alexander (on whom the event seemed to depend) should be carried out, the concurrence of innumerable circumstances was needed.

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Researchers try to understand naked mole rats' resistance to cancer
With their pinkish, translucent and wrinkly skin, double-saber buck teeth and black-bead eyes, naked mole rats look like characters in a nightmare from hell. In fact, they do live underground in pitch-dark burrows where their air, from a human point of view, can contain chokingly little oxygen, t...

Doctors try new models to push health insurers aside
Just about everyone agrees that the way we pay for primary care needs fixing. Under the current insurance model, doctors get paid for procedures and tests rather than for time spent with patients, which displeases doctors and patients alike and increases costs. Now some medical practices are side...

Medigap supplemental coverage can be too pricey for younger Medicare beneficiaries
One night three years ago, Joe Hobson finished reading a book, went to sleep and woke up blind. The problem, caused by a rare hereditary disease, forced him to give up his 20-year communications job, along with its generous health insurance. Now 63, the Arlington man is covered by Medicare, the f...

Breathless, but not from asthma

Fish and seafood recipe recommendations
Jennifer LaRue Huget offers some suggestions

Carrie Underwood gets emotional at Walk of Fame ceremony
Carrie Underwood, who shot to fame after winning 'American Idol' in 2005, gets emotional as she receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rough Cut - no reporter narration.

Keira Knightley talks historic gender politics in 'Colette'
Keira Knightley talks about her latest role as the ground-breaking French author Colette and how gender and sexual politics haven't changed much in 100 years. Rough Cut - no reporter narration

Next James Bond film to be directed by Cary Fukunaga
The man behind the first season of U.S. Drama ‘True Detective’ has been announced on Thursday (September 20) as the director of the next James Bond movie, replacing Britain’s Danny Boyle who pulled out of the as yet untitled film last month. Holta Celmeta reports.

Kendall Jenner among the stars at Alberta Ferretti MFW show
The curtain went up on Milan's fashion week on Wednesday (September 19) with a soft-toned and very feminine collection designed by Italy's Alberta Ferretti with urban safari-inspired looks. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Are Bert and Ernie gay? And does it matter?
A new debate about the relationship status of Sesame Street's Ernie and Bert has taken off on social media following a statement by Mark Saltzman, the writer behind both characters, saying that he based them on his own gay relationship. Others involved in the show however say the pair are just good friends and ask, "Does it really matter?".

Powered by the World’s Largest Consumer DNA Network, Ancestry Unveils More Detailed and Precise Ethnicity Estimates Than Ever Before
With more than 30 years of dedicated experience in family history and the world’s largest consumer DNA network, Ancestry gives people the best tools to discover their story. Since our inception, we have been transforming names into family and distant places into home. We unlock stories from the past and inspire people to find their Read More

Embracing Privacy Best Practices for the Industry
As the market leader in consumer genomics, Ancestry recognizes our responsibility to lead by example and set the bar for industry innovation. We empower our customers at every step of their self-discovery journey, and protecting our customers’ privacy is our highest priority. We understand the sensitive nature of the information we handle and our responsibility Read More

Jean Smart: After the Witch Trials
What do you do when the paper trail for your ancestor ends? Jean Smart discovered the answer was to not give up. Jean went on a road of discovery and found that her 8x great-grandmother, Dorcas Galley, was accused as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Shortly after her trial in 1692, Dorcas appeared to vanish Read More

Molly Shannon: Secrets in Irish Marriage Records
Sometimes a simple piece of paper can unlock a deep and tragic story about your ancestors. That’s what happened for Molly Shannon, who went on an emotional journey to trace her 2x great-grandparents, Hugh Cattigan and Bridget Farry. Molly’s adventure led her to Ireland, where she discovered their 1851 marriage certificate. That simple piece of Read More

Ancestry Product Update: Family Group Sheets are Back!
The Family Group Sheet has returned to aid in your research! If you are unfamiliar with a Family Group Sheet (or Family Group Record), it is a view of parents and children in a family, and is designed to show names, dates, and places of birth, marriages, and deaths in an easy-to-read format. It has Read More

Rarely seen: Greenland glacier calves (footage sped up by 1600 percent)
Footage of a half-hour calving of Helheim Glacier in Tasiilaq, Greenland, is sped up by 16 times than the actual event, where approximately 10 billion tons of ice broke off in a rarely documented single event on June 22, 2018.

British artist crafts new portraits from old technology
Artist Nick Gentry turns vintage data storage into portraits and sculptures

Teen pilot lands plane after losing wheel
17-year-old student pilot Maggie Taraska is still coming down to earth after a hair-raising maiden solo flight on Sunday. Shortly after take-off, Maggie had to land again - with one wheel missing.

INSIGHT: Abandoned baby flamingos learn to walk
Baby flamingos, who have been abandoned by their parents, are being trained to walk by their keepers in Prague zoo. The abandoned chicks are taken for daily walks around the zoo, helping them to become socialized so that they will be able to easily reintegrate with the rest of the flock.

On a swing and a run at the British Open Speedgolf Championships
Professional and amateur golfers are judged on the amount of time taken to complete the course - as well as how many shots they take. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Underwater archaeologists make way for Israel's deep-sea gas pipeline
A team of scuba divers have been scouring the seabed where the Leviathan pipeline will be developed, in a bid to preserve relics from the 5,000 year old port of Dor 75 miles off the northern coast of Israel.

China's animation and comics market growing
Homegrown animation and comics industry expected to grow as it becomes a new trend for Chinese fans. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Actor Jeff Goldblum surprises London commuters with piano performance
It is all in the fingers as Actor Jeff Goldblum shows that there is more to his talents than just acting Rough Cut - No reporter narration

A defiant farmer holds out in booming Bangkok
Many have taken offers to part with their land in Thailand's big capital Bangkok, but one man is clinging to a farm he says offers a rare patch of greenery in the Asian metropolis.