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Iceland decriminalises blasphemy after Charlie Hebdo attack

Reykjav - Iceland's parliament on Friday voted widely in favour of decriminalising blasphemy, in the name of freedom of expression in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.The bill was adopted after 43 of 63 members of parliament voted in favour.

Barack Obama sings 'Amazing Grace' at funeral of slain reverend

U.S. President Barack Obama did something no other sitting president of his country has likely done before when he sang "Amazing Grace" at the eulogy for a friend murdered last week by a racist young white man. Obama led thousands of mourners in song.

Humpback whale tangled in nets survives after dramatic rescue

A juvenile humpback whale in waters off Powell River in B.C. became tangled in the ropes of a prawn fisherman's nets over the weekend and almost died because of it. It was rescued in a lengthy operation by fisheries officials.

10,000 dogs, and cats, cruelly killed at dog meat fest in China

British comedian Ricky Gervais is among those appalled by the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, and he's asking for the public's support in ending it. Each year the fest kills some 10,000 dogs and almost as many cats by barbaric manners, before eating them.

Senator hopes to end whale and dolphin captivity with legislation

A Canadian senator has introduced a bill to phase out the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity. Capturing and keeping cetaceans is a practice in Canada that meets with ongoing controversy but if passed the bill may finally end that.

Canadian teenager charged with the murder of a cat

A 17-year-old boy in Canada has been charged with the killing of a cat. The cat's family mistakenly allowed it to get out of their Owen Sound, Ont. home in late May and days later found it in a garbage can in a park. It had been murdered.

Cute Prince George and Princess Charlotte photo going viral

The Royal Family have released the first photos of the new royal siblings, Prince George and his new baby sister, Princess Charlotte, together. There are three photos up on the Kensington Palace twitter feed, each showing a pair as cute as buttons.

Passionate Mind: From hair stylist to web designer and dream job Special

There are no shortages of careers in our world but the trick is to find the one that challenges you, the one you are the most passionate about. It took two decades for Jeanette Duguay to do that but she managed it and now she's not looking back.

Op-Ed: On learning to control and express emotions in healthy ways

There are many events in our world for us to get emotional about and recently while undergoing trauma I recalled past reading and work I'd done on my feelings. On having more choice with regard experiencing emotions and on increasing my emotional health.

Review: Indie Artist Karen Stever shares new Blackguard video and vision Special

Independent Artist Karen Stever releases her third video "Blackguard" from the Idiot Savant collection. Stever shares her ever growing creative vision with the Digital Journal.

Maui's dolphin of New Zealand nearly extinct, humans at fault

The world's smallest dolphin, the Maui's dolphin, is on the verge of extinction. Some analysts now put the number of surviving Maui's dolphins at under 50, with only 10 of those mature females.

Ireland may become first to legalize gay marriage by popular vote

Ireland surely is not the country many, if any, would have picked to become the first to legalize gay marriage by a popular vote. Catholic and conservative Ireland? But that is the way things could shake down as the Irish vote on Friday to do just that.

At last Costa Concordia cruise ship gutted, ready for scrapping

It has been a long journey for the Italian cruise liner, the Costa Concordia, but at last the ship is ready to be jettisoned to the scrap heap of history. After the tragedy of Jan. 13, 2012 the vessel has finally been gutted and is ready for scrapping.

Alzheimer's study finds link between diabetes and dementia

A study from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has found a link between diabetes and Alzheimer's Disease. A high-level of blood sugar glucose increases levels of a protein called amyloid, a cause of Alzheimer's, researchers found.

Black bears have close call with tourists blocking bridge

Montana Parks and Wildlife posted a video reminding tourists that although they may want to, no one should ever get too close to a bear.

Iceland facing meat shortage amid veterinarian strikes

Iceland is on the brink of a meat shortage as the nation's meat processing industry has ground to a halt due to a veterinarian strike. Veterinarians have been on strike since April 20, and are demanding higher wages.

Big Numbers: In U.K. 74% of men, 64% of women overweight by 2030

Time to jettison the bangers and mash? Researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO) made a rather large claim this week: the number of overweight and obese people in the U.K. is growing. So much, they warn, it could be out of control by 2030.

College student caught on video putting Windex in roommates food

A student at the University of South Carolina is facing criminal charges after she was allegedly caught on a hidden camera secretly poisoning her roommate's food.

100 bodies dug up in remote Nepal trekker's village, more to come

The body count continues to rise over a week after the devastating earthquake in Nepal. On Monday officials found an entire village wiped out. Rescuers and volunteers only reached the small village of Langtang Sunday and what they discovered was horrific.

Op-Ed: 'Floyd Mayweather fears Manny Pacquiao' nonsense ends with win

So many times and from so many people we've heard the refrain that Floyd Mayweather was afraid to fight Manny Pacquiao. Boxing fans and boxing 'experts' alike have trotted out that tired cliche since 2009. Afraid? Really? PLACE LOUD BUZZER SOUND HERE.
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