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Quarantines have been imposed on the sick and contagious for thousands of years. We look at the use — and abuse — of this strategy to stop the spread of disease.Read More

Israel's foreign minister says diplomacy is "more complicated than ... furniture from Ikea." His Swedish counterpart responds that diplomacy, like Ikea furniture, needs "a partner ... [and] a manual."Read More

Why are infectious disease costumes even a thing? It's actually a relatively new development in Halloween history, but there are precedents. See: Plague Doctor mask, Venice.Read More

There's supposed to be a ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine, but in Donetsk there's been a continuing fierce battle for control of the city's airport. Meanwhile, anti-Ukrainian separatists are holding elections on Sunday to support their demands for an independent stateRead More

U.S. groups on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate are increasingly finding new places to advocate, as other countries debate greater rights — or harsher crackdowns — for LGBT people.Read More

In order to save the Amazon, it's not enough for deforestation to stop; areas that have been denuded also need recuperation. A Brazilian research scientist has released a report with the World Wildlife Fund that suggested actions to curb the effect of humans on the world's largest rainforest.Read More

How Much Does It Cost To Run A Caliphate?

Thu, October 30, 2014 8:40pm

The self-proclaimed Islamic State is known as the world's richest terrorist organization, but the group is having to pay for services to the areas they are controlling in Syria and Iraq. U.S. analysts and officials say the financial burden of the group's territorial ambitions could ultimately lead to ISIS' demise.Read More

As peshmerga troops start to arrive in the Syrian border town, some Syrian insurgents say that reinforcement is needed more urgently in Aleppo — which is nearly encircled by government forces.Read More

The 19th U.S. president didn't leave much of a legacy at home. But in Paraguay, he's a hero, credited with helping save the nation after a disastrous war with its South American neighbors.Read More

The risk of developing tuberculosis soars when someone has diabetes. The threat of a double pandemic is a challenge for the medical profession, where different docs typically treat each disease.Read More


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