Daily Archives: November 19, 2015


Russia allies with France to counter IS group

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Jewish teacher stabbed by ‘IS group supporters’ in France

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Assad rejects Syria transition deadline


Assad rejects Syria transition deadline

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34867215

‘Islamist’ kills two Bosnian soldiers


‘Islamist’ kills two Bosnian soldiers

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34866890

Balkans to limit migrant intake


Balkans to limit migrant intake

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34867239

IS propaganda kicked off Telegram


IS propaganda kicked off Telegram

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34872045

Five die in Palestinian attacks


Five die in Palestinian attacks

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34868651

US House votes to restrict refugees


US House votes to restrict refugees

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34870724

Costa Rica arrests Syrian migrant


Costa Rica arrests Syrian migrant

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-34875390

Trump ‘not opposed to Muslim database’


Trump ‘not opposed to Muslim database’

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34873057

More Mexican migrants returning home


More Mexican migrants returning home

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34874315

Europe ‘must wake up’ to terror threat


Europe ‘must wake up’ to terror threat

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34875999

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House passes bill curbing entry to Syrian refugees, ignoring Obama veto threat


http://news.yahoo.com/house-gop-bill-bolster-checks-syrian-refugees-084327089–politics.html

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House passes bill curbing entry to Syrian refugees, ignoring Obama veto threat

today’s holiday: Great American Smokeout


Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society encourages nonsmokers to “adopt” smokers on this day and support them as they go through withdrawal from nicotine—a drug that is said to be as addictive as heroin. Schools are particularly active in observing the Smokeout, teaching young people that the easiest way to avoid the health problems associated with smoking is never to start. Other organizations also sponsor programs and activities designed to increase public awareness of the hazards to which both smokers and those who breathe their smoke are exposed. More… Discuss

quotation: “It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance…” Henry James


It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance…and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.

Henry James (1843-1916) Discuss

today’s birthday: Ferdinand Marie, Vicomte de Lesseps (1805)


Ferdinand Marie, Vicomte de Lesseps (1805)

A French diplomat and engineer, Lesseps conceived the idea of the Suez Canal while serving in Egypt. He supervised the construction and achieved world renown for the project. In 1878, he became president of the company formed to construct the Panama Canal, but lack of funds forced the project into bankruptcy amid charges of corruption. He was brought to trial for misappropriation of funds and sentenced to prison but was later cleared. What monument did Lesseps present to the US in 1884? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Jay’s Treaty Signed (1794)


Jay’s Treaty Signed (1794)

When unsettled controversies with England in the aftermath of the American Revolution threatened to involve the US in another war, President George Washington named Chief Justice John Jay as an envoy for the negotiation of a treaty. The agreement, concluded in 1794 and known as Jay’s Treaty, averted war between the two nations, solved many outstanding issues, and opened 10 years of largely peaceful trade in the midst of the French Revolutionary Wars. How was the treaty received in the US? More… Discuss

Cannibalism


Cannibalism

Evidence of human cannibalism suggests that the practice began thousands of years ago. Cannibalism, eating the flesh of the members of one’s own species, is practiced ritually in some cultures, though in Western society people tend to turn to cannibalism only in situations of extreme starvation or when they are mentally ill. Historically, the Aztec Empire is the most famous example of a cannibalistic society. What country was once known as the “Cannibal Isles”? More… Discuss

word: stevedore


stevedore

Definition: (noun) One who is employed in the loading or unloading of ships.
Synonyms: dock worker, dock-walloper, docker, dockhand, loader, longshoreman, lumper
Usage: As the stevedore worked, he dreamed of the day he would be able to leave the docks behind and see the world from the deck of a ship. Discuss.

‘Islamist’ kills two Bosnian soldiers


‘Islamist’ kills two Bosnian soldiers

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34866890

IS claims two more hostage killings


IS claims two more hostage killings

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34860261

Anti-Apec protests take place in Manila


Anti-Apec protests take place in Manila

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-34864978

Suspected mastermind of Paris attacks Abaaoud died in police raid : prosecutor


http://news.yahoo.com/suspected-mastermind-paris-attacks-abaaoud-died-police-raid-123852996.html

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Suspected mastermind of Paris attacks Abaaoud died in police raid : prosecutor

Assad rejects Syria transition deadline


Assad rejects Syria transition deadline

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34867215

Suspected Paris attacks ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud killed in St-Denis raid – latest news


Suspected Paris attacks ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud killed in St-Denis raid – latest news

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Belgian raids in Paris attacks probe


Belgian raids in Paris attacks probe http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34866820

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