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World’s Most Famous Clock Falling Silent for 4 Years

August 14, 2017 |

A familiar sound in London won’t be heard for four years after next week: Big Ben is going in for renovations. The giant clock in Elizabeth Tower will chime at noon on August 21, then fall largely silent until 2021, reports the Guardian . The bongs, however, will sound on special…
Newser

World’s Oldest Man Dies at 113

August 12, 2017 |

He survived Auschwitz, ran a confectionery business, and recently took over as the world’s oldest man, per Guinness World Records. On Friday, Yisrael Kristal died in Haifa, Israel, at age 113, just one month shy of his 114 th birthday, the BBC reports. Kristal, who was born in Poland, lost…
Newser

Samsung Topples Intel as World’s Biggest Chip Maker

July 31, 2017 |

Samsung Electronics, the company best known for its smartphones and televisions, has taken the title of world’s largest chip maker by revenue, knocking Intel from a perch it held for nearly a quarter-century.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia

John Janick’s journey from DIY label head to managing the world’s biggest artists

July 28, 2017 |

John Janick started a music label out of his dorm room. Now, he’s the CEO of Interscope Records
L.A. Times – Business

On Desolate ‘Roof of Africa,’ the World’s Priciest Diamonds

July 23, 2017 |

The world’s highest mines, found in an area known as the Roof of Africa in the tiny nation of Lesotho, hold diamonds that are so prized they go for $ 2,000 a carat—20 times the world average of $ 100. But the excavation of these extremely precious gems is dangerous…
Newser

CNN

The people fighting the world’s harshest abortion law

July 10, 2017 |

El Salvador’s ban on abortion is one of the toughest in the world, but for the first time in 20 years, there are signs the law could be weakened.
CNN.com – RSS Channel – Regions – Americas

Colombia OKs What May Be World’s First Legal ‘Throuple’

July 3, 2017 |

“We want to make what’s intimate, public.” So says 23-year-old Victor Hugo Prada, who is gearing up to marry the two loves of his life after Colombia agreed to legalize a three-way union between Prada and his two boyfriends—perhaps the first such legalized “throuples” union not only in the…
Newser

How Earthquakes Are Rattling a Farm Town Atop One of the World’s Richest Gas Troves

June 25, 2017 |

To limit earthquakes, the Dutch government has for years been imposing increasingly strict production limits at Groningen, Europe’s biggest gas field, and is now proposing another 10% cut.
WSJ.com: What’s News Europe

CNN

Is Mexico the world’s second most dangerous country, as Trump says? That depends

June 25, 2017 |

President Donald Trump rankled Mexico again, this time calling it the second deadliest country in the world. Mexico quickly countered, saying Trump’s claim is wrong. So who’s right?
CNN.com – RSS Channel – World

TMZ

World’s Ugliest Dog Contest 2017 Crowns Winner, Neapolitan Mastiff Named Martha

June 24, 2017 |

The top dog at this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog contest was also huge — a 125 lb. Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha … but she had some tough competition. The 29th annual contest held in Petaluma, CA featured 14 of the world’s ugliest canines, who…

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