Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Month: June 2018

Global Religious Freedom Takes Its Biggest Hit In Over A Decade

Christians around the world face mounting political and social pressure over their beliefs, as government restrictions, nationalist parties, and harassment aimed at minority faiths continues on a global upswing. Religious antagonism saw its biggest surge in over a decade in 2016, with the world’s two biggest faith groups—Christians and Muslims—ranking

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In Western Europe Christians Are Less Religiously Committed Than American ‘Nones’

The Story: A new survey finds that while most people in Western Europe consider themselves to be Christians, they are less religious than ‘nones’ (i.e., atheists, agnostics, and religiously unaffiliated) are in America. The Background: Pew Research finds that most adults surveyed in Western Europe still consider themselves to be Christians—even if they seldom

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Preparing For The Asteroid Apocalypse

Among Earth’s natural disasters—hurricanes, floods, earthquakes—the one humans probably ponder least is asteroids, huge objects zipping through our solar system at ludicrous speeds. Federal officials call an asteroid or comet collision “low probability, but high consequence,” NASA-speak for it will probably never happen, but if it does we’re toast. With that in mind, the U.S. and

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Chatham House: 2018 Risks And Opportunities In International Affairs

There is a sense that the established order in global affairs is shifting. The rules, norms and institutions that have governed state-to-state relations and international policymaking for decades are being challenged by phenomena that include diminished US leadership, a more assertive China, political populism and technological change. The ‘destination’ remains

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The Grus Constellation

Grus is a constellation in the southern sky. Its name is Latin for the crane. It is one of twelve constellations conceived by Petrus Plancius from the observations of Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman. Grus first appeared on a 35-cm diameter celestial globe published in 1598 in Amsterdam by Plancius and Jodocus Hondius and was depicted in Johann Bayer’s star atlas Uranometria of 1603. French

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The Safest Places Around The World

Gallup’s 2018 Global Law and Order report offer leaders an update on the progress countries are making toward achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of “promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies” and highlights those countries that are in need of dire change. This report reveals the answers to the following questions

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19 Places To Visit In Outer London

Time Out is a British travel magazine published by Time Out Group. Time Out started its publication in 1968 and had expanded its editorial recommendations to 108 cities worldwide. It was first published as a London listings magazine by Tony Elliott, who used birthday money to produce a one-sheet pamphlet, with Bob Harris as co-editor. The London edition of Time

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Halesia Tetraptera

Halesia tetraptera, commonly known as the common silverbell or mountain silverbell is a species in the family Styracaceae, native to the southeastern United States. It is cultivated as an ornamental tree. It is a small deciduous tree growing to 10 m tall. The leaves are ovate to lanceolate, 5–16 cm long and 4–7 cm broad. The flowers are 1–2.5 cm long, with a four-lobed white corolla. The fruit is

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