It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
- e. e. cummings
Syrian forces kill 23 rebels in town near Damascus
Government forces stormed a rebel-held town outside Damascus Tuesday after days of fierce fighting, killing at least 23 fighters according to an activist group and a rebel spokesman.
In Aleppo, a Japanese TV reporter was killed Monday while covering the fighting in Syria's largest city. She was the first foreign journalist to die in the city since clashes between rebels and regime forces erupted there almost a month ago.
Damascus and its suburbs have witnessed a dramatic spike in fighting over the past month two months. And regime forces were further stretched when a major battle for control of the northern city of Aleppo erupted around the end of July. Before that, the fighting had been concentrated outside the big cities during the 17-month-old uprising.
Ecuadoreans March In Quito Supporting Asylum To Assange
Hundreds of Ecuadoreans held a rally in the country's capital Quito on Monday in support of their government's decision granting political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that prompted a standoff with the United Kingdom, media reports said.
Rally participants hailed President Rafael Correa for his courageous decision to grant political asylum to Assange who feared that he could be transferred to the United States after his extradition to Sweden to face charges of sexual misconduct.
Assange, an Australian national, has earned the wrath of the United States following WikiLeaks' 2010 release of tens of thousands of classified U.S. military documents and diplomatic cables.
Burma pressed to free remaining political prisoners
Saw Hlaing has been sentenced seven times by Burma’s military-style courts and has spent more than 14 years in jails across the country.
During his most recent term behind bars — some 6½ years — his wife died, so too his father, his son became a man and his daughter gave birth to his first grandchild.
But the former right-hand man of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says he is one of the lucky ones. “There are many more people in prison and they must be released immediately,” he said
Shoot dead Osama bin Laden for $325: Former SEAL recreates compound so people can copy raid on Bin laden complex
The grisly demise of Osama bin Laden has been immortalised on the TV screen and in computer games, and now it has been brought to the world of experience days.
In St. Paul, Minnesota, ex-Navy Seal, Larry Yatch, offers people the chance to participate in a re-enactment of the Seal raid that killed Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani hideout.
After being kitted out in a flak jacket with a paintball gun, participants practice their aim by shooting at a target.
Court blocks provisions in immigration laws, lets some controversial ones stand
An appeals court on Monday sided with the federal government in blocking several provisions in Alabama and Georgia's controversial anti-illegal immigration laws, while allowing other key parts of those laws to stand.
Advocacy groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center applauded the decisions, with National Immigration Law Center executive director Marielena Hincapie saying in a statement they "should send a strong message that state attempts to criminalize immigrants and their loved ones will not be tolerated."
Still, while three judges from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did strike down more challenged provisions than they allowed in a pair of rulings, officials from both Alabama and Georgia pointed out that the vast majority of their states' immigration laws remain valid.
Would-be Samaritans in New Jersey restrain victim as thief gets away with cash, gold chain
Police say a thief got away after two good Samaritans grabbed the wrong person on a northern New Jersey street.
The Samaritans were driving down a street in Plainfield when they saw what appeared to be a man assaulting a woman early Monday.
Semen has direct effect on female brain
A newly-discovered protein in the semen of all mammals - including humans - prompts females to ovulate through a direct effect on the brain.
Surprisingly, it's the same molecule that regulates the growth, maintenance, and survival of nerve cells - nerve growth factor (NGF) which is found primarily in nerve cells throughout the body.
Study shows obesity weighs heavily on the brain
Being obese in middle age is a known risk factor, not only for heart disease, but for dementia.
But in recent years, there’s been some suggestion that the so-called “healthy” obese, those whose obesity is not accompanied by other risk factors like high glucose or high cholesterol, don’t have an increased risk of heart disease or other health conditions. What wasn’t known, however, was whether the healthy obese are also safe from the more rapid decline in cognitive function.
Now, researchers in Europe have answered this question. According to a new study, published in the journal Neurology, obesity in and of itself increases the speed of mental decline over time. There is no "healthy overweight" when it comes to preserving your mind.