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  • Bedouin Israeli doctor mysteriously turns jihadi
    Bedouin Israeli doctor mysteriously turns jihadi

    HURA, Israel (AP) — He was a quiet whiz kid at the top of his class in Israel, who overcame tough odds in this minority Arab village to become a star medical student and hospital intern.

  • Head of sphinx discovered at mysterious Greek tomb
    Head of sphinx discovered at mysterious Greek tomb

    Thessaloniki (Greece) (AFP) - The head of a near-intact marble sphinx has been discovered in the largest tomb ever unearthed in Amphipolis, northern Greece, the culture ministry announced.

  • 6,000-Year-Old Temple with Possible Sacrificial Altars Discovered
    6,000-Year-Old Temple with Possible Sacrificial Altars Discovered

    A 6,000-year-old temple holding humanlike figurines and sacrificed animal remains has been discovered within a massive prehistoric settlement in Ukraine. It was a "two-story building made of wood and clay surrounded by a galleried courtyard," the upper floor divided into five rooms, write archaeologists Nataliya Burdo and Mykhailo Videiko in a copy of a presentation they gave recently at the European Association of Archaeologists' annual meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. A platform on the upper floor contains "numerous burnt bones of lamb, associated with sacrifice," write Burdo and Videiko, of the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The floors and walls of all five rooms on the upper floor were "decorated by red paint, which created [a] ceremonial atmosphere." [See Photos of the Prehistoric Temple & Animal Remains]

  • Russia says Ukraine should find money to pay for gas within a week

    By Katya Golubkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukraine should be able to find ways of paying for Russian gas supplies within a week, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Wednesday, suggesting a standoff would end once Moscow received financial guarantees from Kiev. The latest round of gas talks between Moscow and Kiev ended late on Tuesday in Brussels with no agreement in a dispute that prompted Russia to cut off gas supplies to its neighbor in mid-June, potentially hurting flows west to the European Union. But while Novak said he was optimistic for new talks on Oct. ...

  • NATO intercepts Russian jets over Baltic Sea
    NATO intercepts Russian jets over Baltic Sea

    HELSINKI (AP) — NATO scrambled fighter jets twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, it said Tuesday amid reports that Russian military activity in the region is increasing.

  • WRONG NUMBER LEADS WOMAN TO THINK SHE'S MET MR. RIGHT

    DEAR ABBY: I met a guy over the phone when he called my number by mistake. After a brief conversation, not particularly polite on my part, the call ended. Forty-five minutes later he called me back, saying he couldn't stop thinking about me. I thought, "Who is this goofball?"Over time, my phone has been "pinging" with messages from him. He has sent his life story, photos and address. He even gave me his Social Security number and told me to run a check on him to see for myself that he's legitimate. We have been talking for eight months and are making plans to meet. ...

  • Man warns Obama 'don't touch my girlfriend.' How did president handle it?
    Man warns Obama 'don't touch my girlfriend.' How did president handle it?

    An apparently jealous man on Monday warned President Obama to stay away from his fiancée.

  • This Ugly Diet and Weight-Related Complication is Crippling Care and Progress

    I've no doubt you've seen it. It complicates the provision of compassionate medical care, sours public discourse, poisons media and editorial discussion, and fuels the food industry's ability to suggest they're partners in health. And it doesn't just affect adults. Cartoons give it to our children, and teachers and homework assignments often reinforce it -- as we go about our business thinking there's nothing wrong.

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