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Addressing 'fake news' through sound science

For any person used to a reasoned and balanced interpretation of facts, the 'fake news' era is of great concern. To combat misinformation, researchers have proposed a new international non-governmental organization.

Five things to know about Finland

Helsinki - Finland, a former Russian Grand Duchy, celebrates the 100th anniversary of its independence on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe's political roller-coaster: What we know

Harare - Former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa has taken over as Zimbabwe's new leader, ending strongman Robert Mugabe's 37-year reign and the country's worst political crisis since independence.

Zimbabwe crisis: What we know

Harare - Zimbabwe was thrown into its worst political crisis since independence when strongman Robert Mugabe refused to resign despite a military takeover, mass street protests an impeachment bid.

Zimbabwe crisis: What we know

Harare - Zimbabwe is locked in one of its worst political crises since independence with strongman Robert Mugabe refusing to resign despite a military takeover, mass street protests and his dismissal from the ruling ZANU-PF party.

New York City truck attack: what we know

New York - Eight people died when an assailant acting in the name of the Islamic State group drove a pickup truck along a New York City bike path Tuesday in the city's worst terror attacks since September 11, 2001.

British election: what you need to know

London - Marred by two terror attacks during the campaign, Britain's snap general election on Thursday will decide who shapes the United Kingdom's future as it leaves the European Union.

London attack: What we know

London - Seven people were killed in a terror attack in the British capital on Saturday when a van smashed into pedestrians on London Bridge before three assailants went on a stabbing spree.The attackers were shot dead by the police at the scene.

London attack: What we know

London - Seven people were killed in a terror attack in the British capital on Saturday night when a van smashed into pedestrians on London Bridge before three assailants went on a stabbing spree.The trio were shot dead by the police at the scene.

Cyberattack: major cyber attacks over the past 10 years

Paris - A huge range of organisations and companies around the world have been affected by the WannaCry ransomware cyberattack, described by the EU's law enforcement agency as "unprecedented".

The OPCW: ridding the world of chemical weapons

Den Haag - Russia criticised the world's chemical weapons watchdog for not sending experts to the site of an alleged chemical attack in Syria, saying it was "unacceptable to analyse events from a distance".

US strike in Afghanistan: What is the 'Mother of All Bombs'?

Kabul - The United States has dropped a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb, otherwise known as the 'Mother of All Bombs', on an Islamic State stronghold in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province.

Russia metro blast: What we know

Sanktpeterburg - Fourteen people have died and dozens more injured in a blast on the Saint Petersburg metro system that authorities said was an "act of terror" carried out by a suicide bomber.

Who's who in Dutch politics

Den Haag - Twenty-eight parties and 1,114 candidates, the highest number since World War II, will compete in the Dutch elections on March 15, chasing 150 seats in the lower house of parliament.

Brexit: What we know

London - Britain is set to become the first European Union member to leave the bloc following a referendum last year in which a majority voted for Brexit.

Hot Docs Podcast Festival brings Science Vs to Toronto

The inaugural Hot Docs Podcast festival was a definite success. Fans of podcasting flocked to the Hot Docs cinema on Bloor St. over the weekend to enjoy the wide range of programming on offer.

French church attackers pledged allegiance to IS: What we know

Paris - Two jihadists who attacked a French church and brutally murdered a priest had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, a video showed Wednesday.

Priest murdered in French church attack: what we know so far

Paris - An elderly priest had his throat slit in a church in northern France on Tuesday after two men stormed the building and took hostages.

Attacks in Germany: Four strikes in a week

Berlin - Germany is reeling after a spate of bloody attacks in the south of the country in the last week.

Turkey in facts and figures

Paris - Turkey's army launched a coup attempt on Friday in a country that has seen three full military coups since 1960.

Brazil's Petrobras corruption: a multi-layered scandal

Rio De Janeiro - The Petrobras corruption scandal rocking Brazil could see iconic leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva end up behind bars -- and even help bring down his successor President Dilma Rousseff.

Bomb attacks in Turkey since 1982

Istanbul - Following is a list of the worst bomb attacks in Turkey since 1982:-- August 7, 1982: A bomb at Ankara airport followed by a gun battle leaves 11 dead and 63 injured.

Facts take a back seat in White House race

Washington - It is campaign season, and facts are taking it on the chin.Republican Donald Trump's claim that Arab Americans cheered during the September 11, 2001 attacks is just the latest in a string of falsehoods from US presidential candidates.

Pollard spy saga: The basics

Washington - Jonathan Pollard, who has spent 30 years in prison for passing US secrets to Israel, is being released on parole Friday, ending a saga that bitterly divided two close allies. Here is the background on the case:Who is Pollard?

Facts and figures on Sunday's Greek vote

Atenas - Nearly 10 million Greek voters head to the ballot box on Sunday for the third time this year to elect a government already bound to apply economic reforms set out in a three-year EU bailout.

Europe's borderless Schengen area: Key facts

Brussels - Europe's borderless Schengen area, which started taking shape 20 years ago, is under new pressure with Germany's reintroduction of temporary border controls to tackle a record influx of refugees.

Ebola: Three questions about the killer virus

Conakry - The highly contagious Ebola virus, which has killed almost 11,300 people in west Africa since December 2013 and has fuelled global alarm, is among the most dangerous ever identified. - Where did it come from?

Riddle of missing flight MH370 has confounded experts

Paris - In what remains one of the biggest mysteries in the history of civil aviation, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014 without a trace.

Key sticking points in Greece debt clash

Brussels - After five months of fraught negotiations and with Greece inching towards default, the clash between Athens and its European and IMF creditors has narrowed down to a few key sticking points.

Key sticking points in Greece debt clash

Brussels - After five months of fraught negotiations, the clash between Greece and its European and IMF creditors has narrowed down to key sticking points with Athens finally showing signs of being willing to budge.
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