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Life on other planets? Scientists look to Ethiopia first

Scientists have been studying extreme conditions within the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia to see if the conditions there, which mimic conditions on other worlds, could predict life on certain planets.

UN Security Council readies N. Korea missile test reply

New York - UN Security Council diplomats on Thursday warned North Korea to expect a response after Pyongyang's repeated failed attempts to test-fire a powerful ballistic missile, the latest defiance of UN resolutions.

Nigeria, France step up joint fight against Boko Haram

Abuja - Nigeria and France on Thursday signed an agreement on closer military cooperation, including intelligence sharing, to strengthen the fight against Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region.

Op-Ed: Who controls Libyan military more important than attacking ISIS

The Presidential Council of the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Prime Minister Faiez Serraj has asked both the forces of General Khalifa Haftar and those from Misrata to stop their advance towards Sirte to fight the Islamic State.

Mexican journalist dies from two gunshot wounds

Taxco - In the latest attack on Mexican journalists, Francisco Pacheco Beltrán, correspondent for the daily Sol de Acapulco, was found dead of gunshot wounds outside his home in Guerrero State.

SF cop's racist texts released by public defender's office

San Francisco - On Tuesday, the San Francisco public defender released several racist and homophobic text messages allegedly sent by a San Francisco Police officer embroiled in a scandal that has shaken the San Francisco Police Department.

Review: 'In the Shadow of the Hill' gives a voice to Brazil's favelas Special

'In the Shadow of the Hill' feels like it should be some kind of Orwellian fiction — it details a place where police make residents feel less safe all in the name of "pacification."

Apple launches CareKit app platform to help you track your health

Apple has begun to roll out CareKit, a platform for health apps designed to make it simpler for app developers to build care products on iOS. CareKit connects patients with doctors, providing medication and treatment advice directly from a smartphone.

Lego admits 'mistake' in Ai Weiwei bricks row

Copenhagen - Lego billionaire Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen has admitted that the Danish toymaker's refusal to sell bricks to dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was a "mistake".

Atopic dermatitis linked to changes to microorganisms

Atopic dermatitis is a common condition. However, the causes are not fully understood. A new study suggests there are variations with the condition and the collection of microorganisms found in association with the skin.

US, UN condemn Syria hospital bombing in war-ravaged Aleppo

Aleppo - The United States and the United Nations Thursday condemned an air strike on a hospital in Syria's Aleppo, with Washington demanding that Russia restrain its Syrian ally.

Review: Sister Hazel refreshing on 'That Kind of Beautiful' music video Special

Sister Hazel has released their brand new music video for their single "That Kind of Beautiful," and it is quite refreshing.

The company behind 'American Idol' just filed for bankruptcy

Core Media Group, the company behind "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance," has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York.

Venezuela deputies vote to sack minister for food crisis

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition voted Thursday to sack the food minister for shortages in the country's economic crisis and claimed big support for a referendum on driving President Nicolas Maduro from power.

Treetop walkway at UK Arboretum lets you get up close with nature

Tetbury - Visitors to the Westonbirt Arboretum in the UK will be getting a different perspective on nature, now that the Arboretum's new treetop walkway has opened.

Watch Windows 10 upgrade prompt ruin a live weather broadcast

Microsoft's "Upgrade to Windows 10" nagware has been annoying users for months with its insistence that you should install the new OS immediately. Recently, it interrupted a live weather broadcast by deciding an upgrade was required while on air.

Russian artist on trial for torching security service HQ door

Moscow - Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky went on trial Thursday for setting fire to the door of the country's security service headquarters, a charge that risks three years in prison.

Interview: Female magician Jade discusses magic career Special

Jade, one of the world's top female magicians, chatted with Digital Journal about her career in the magic scene. She also touches upon the gender differences in the art of magic.

Forza Motorsport racing onto Windows 10 for free next month

Microsoft has announced that PC gamers will be able to get their first taste of the hit Xbox racing title Forza Motorsport from early May. The company announced Forza Motorsport 6: Apex for Windows 10 earlier this year, an exclusive PC Forza experience.

Police wounded, scores arrested as French labour protests turn violent

Paris - Two dozen police officers were wounded Thursday, three of them seriously, as violence flared in protests across France against a hotly contested labour reforms bill.
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