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Anatomy of a lie: How Iran covered up the downing of an airliner

The New York Times pieced together a chronology of those three days by interviewing Iranian diplomats, current and former government officials, ranking members of the Guard, and people close to the supreme leader’s inner circle and by examining official public statements and state media reports.

In Chinese markets packed with wildlife, a stew of emerging viruses

The markets are fixtures in scores of Chinese cities, and now, for at least the second time in two decades, they are the source of an epidemic that has spread fear, taxed the Communist Party bureaucracy and exposed the epidemiological risks that can spawn in places where humans and wildlife converge.

Effects of coronavirus begin echoing far from China epicenter

The repercussions from a mysterious virus that has spread fear and sickened hundreds began reverberating far from its epicenter in central China on Saturday as Hong Kong closed its schools for several weeks, Beijing began limiting bus travel in and out of the capital, and the country’s travel association suspended tour groups of Chinese citizens heading overseas.

‘This is huge’: Locust swarms in Africa are worst in decades

The hum of millions of locusts on the move is broken by the screams of farmers and the clanging of pots and pans. But their noise-making does little to stop the voracious insects from feasting on their crops in this rural community.

Several dead as Iraqi security forces move in on protester camps, firing tear gas, bullets

In the capital, Baghdad, an early-morning assault sent ripples of fear through a central square. In the southern cities of Basra, Nasiriyah, and Diwaniyah, police burned tents and shot at fleeing crowds.

75 years after Auschwitz liberation, fear that ‘never again’ is not assured

Even before the gas chambers were destroyed and the savage toll of years of industrialized mass murder revealed to the world, prisoners at the largest Nazi concentration camp were already repeating two words: Never again.

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//[1].jpg A bicycle safety measure that should be law

One of the most crucial fixes for bicycle safety is a device for trucks that should be mandatory.

Antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes


// A rampant prescription, a hidden peril

Federal data obtained by the Globe show many nursing homes make heavy use of antipsychotic drugs to pacify residents.

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