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There's a new threat to endangered rhinos in South Africa
Like poaching, it could make some people very rich. Unlike poaching, it's legal.
These time-lapse GIFs of Earth are terrifying, courtesy of NASA
The Aral Sea is almost completely dried up. The Amazon rainforest is still going away at scary rates. And the Earth is getting seriously hot.
Britain’s Big Society is smaller than you may think
The UK’s Conservative leaders are overhauling the welfare system with austerity and promises of tax cuts. But as the economy is booming for the fortunate, the poor are getting poorer.
Threats to the post-war order are fueling a European malaise
New leaders at the EU and NATO are facing unprecedented challenges at home and abroad.
Gay in Aceh? Brace for 100 lashes in front of a jeering crowd
The Indonesian province is also now authorized to punish homosexuality with 100 months in jail or 1,000 grams of gold.
Massive Mongolian mine endangers nomads’ water and way of life
Due to a Western mining company's mistake, grazing land is disappearing. Wells are drying up. Plants that survived years of drought now are withering. Herds of camels are dying.
31 presumed dead after Japan volcano erupts
Hikers, including children, were admiring the autumn foliage at the peak of the volcano when it unexpectedly erupted.
This chart shows how incredibly cheap India's mission to Mars was
It cost India less to go to Mars than it cost to make the movie 'Gravity.'
Tragedy hits the Himalayas
An avalanche swept away two European climbers, while a veteran Japanese mountaineer plunged to his death.
Alibaba.com: Supermarket for torture devices?
Alibaba may be Wall Street’s wunderkind, but for dictators searching for thumb cuffs and shock devices, it's a great place to shop.
Water in your bottle might be older than Sun: study
Up to half of the water on Earth, including the water in your bottle, is likely older than the solar system itself, a new study said Thursday.
This new hyperrealistic graphics engine will change the world ... if it's real
Or it could just end up benefiting the US military industrial complex.
An astounding amount of Ebola's economic impact is completely avoidable
The deadly disease isn't hurting West African economies so much — but fear is.
Just how desperate is Ukraine's crisis?
Ukrainians know they must overhaul their government to have a chance of saving their crashing economy and fending off Russia. Whether their leaders can pull it off is another matter.
Q&A: How close is an international treaty to stop climate change?
Peru’s Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, who's chairing the United Nations climate mega-conference in Lima this month, sheds some light.
Awesome... the world's worst carbon polluting nations are skipping this week's UN Climate Summit
China, India, Russia, and Japan have better things to do, apparently. Like emitting record levels of carbon dioxide.
All the people march for climate change
The 'People's Climate March' in New York has been endorsed by more than 1,400 organizations.
How Mexico’s cartel crackdown smashed its iron industry
A government offensive against the Knights Templar cartel has had the side effect of leaving thousands of miners out of work.
How Europe's counter-Putin policy could go terribly pear-shaped
After the little green men, Putin's new weapons against the West: little yellow fruit.
With its green cred under fire, Peru is hosting UN climate talks
The South American country warmed up for the mega-conference in Lima to negotiate a new Earth-saving climate treaty by rolling back its own environmental safeguards.
Costa Rica deports a German caught smuggling over 400 frogs and reptiles in takeout containers
The (mostly) living bounty included 184 frogs, 42 lizards, nine snakes and 203 tadpoles in plastic to-go containers headed for Europe.
Venezuela’s president is bullying a Harvard professor
Nicolas Maduro is fuming over a Kennedy School economist’s suggestion that his policies favor Wall Street over his own country.
#IndyRef: ‘Scotland will never, ever be the same’
Scotland finally has its chance to seize independence. Will it take it? Nobody here feckin knows.
Scotland’s other big vote: Letting women into one of pro golf’s oldest boys’ clubs
The storied Royal & Ancient Golf Club voted Thursday to accept women into their ranks. But the decision's about money, not equality.
Why deflation is so terrifying for Europe
Fear of a downward price spiral is reviving the specter of Europe's dark times.
Brazil's environmentalist presidential candidate is now courting big agriculture
Longtime green activist Marina Silva has even come out in favor of genetically modified crops, sending a message that conservation and agribusiness can thrive together.
Oddly enough, Moscow is becoming ‘European’
Even with that whole ‘new Cold War’ thing, the former Soviet capital is undergoing a European-style facelift.
5 interesting things we learned from the man in charge of Uruguay’s weed
Interview: Drug czar Julio Calzada tries to set the record straight on the little South American country's bold but mysterious marijuana experiment.
This is how companies should commemorate the anniversary of 9/11
Don’t do it.
In South Korea, real business gets done in brothels and karaoke joints
Now, the country’s tax office is cracking down on this sleazy billion-dollar corporate write-off.
These charts show you just how bad Ebola has gotten in West Africa
The worst-ever outbreak of the deadly virus has so far killed more than 4,500 people.