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Historian Tom Holland was one of those who tweeted Charlie Hebdo's cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in the wake of the deadly attack on the magazine's office. Here he explains the ramifications of defending free speech. Religions are not alone in having their martyrs.
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In the mid-1960s, Australian athlete Reg Spiers found himself stranded in London with no money to buy a plane ticket home. Desperate to get back to Australia in time for his daughter's birthday, he decided to post himself in a wooden crate. "I just got in the thing and went.
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Later this year, the UN is expected to adopt the World Bank's ambitious target of ending extreme poverty by 2030. It would mean that for the first time, everyone in the world would able to afford a refrigerator and other goods that would make life a bit easier...
An Air Canada aeroplane has "exited" the runway while landing at Halifax airport, the airline says. All 132 passengers on board the A320 Airbus have left the plane, with 25 taken to hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries...
There is further, compelling evidence that Ganymede - the largest moon in the Solar System - has an ocean of water beneath its icy crust. The new data comes from the Hubble Space Telescope, which has been studying how auroral lights dance around the satellite of Jupiter.
Two years ago, perhaps 4,000 or 5,000 merchants in the world accepted Bitcoin, says Nicolas Cary, co-founder of Blockchain, now there are more than 100,000. His company, which offers a popular electronic wallet for storing Bitcoins, now has three million users - plus a London headquarters.
Patience Mthunzi is off to the TED conference in the Canadian city of Vancouver this week hoping, among other things, to raise money for a project that could lead to medicines being delivered via laser rather than pills.
What I'm responding to is non-specific, merely second hand information I've received because people talk to me. What I've heard -- from multiple sources -- is that my withdrawal from the community is a sign that Drupal itself is decaying or failing...
A video published on Wednesday shows a senior official at New York State’s Cornell University advising an undercover investigative journalist on how to start and fund a pro-ISIS and Hamas club on campus.
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So now we know. Facebook has decided to reveal exactly what it does or does not allow its users to post. Breastfeeding is ok but buttocks are not, it seems.
The French authorities have used new powers to block five websites, which they claim condone terrorism, without a court order. Internet service providers have 24 hours to comply.
For decades "passive" tracker funds that mirror stock market indexes have been shown to outperform ones actively managed by humans. And now so-called 'robo investors' - algorithm-based systems that manage investments on our behalf - are soaring in popularity with the public...
The Germanwings co-pilot thought to have deliberately crashed his Airbus in the French Alps, killing 150 people, predicted "one day everyone will know my name", his ex-girlfriend says. In an interview with Germany's Bild newspaper, she recalled a comment Andreas Lubitz made last year...
Almost one in 10 of Europe's native wild bees face extinction, according to the most comprehensive expert assessment so far. The European Red List, drawn up by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, found 9.2% of nearly 2,000 species are threatened with extinction...
A million properties across England could in future be heated by water from rivers, canals and the sea, the government says. The Department for Energy calculates this is the potential of a technology known as the water source heat pump.
After completing some record-breaking swims in Antarctica, Lewis Pugh flew to Moscow to discuss ocean conservation. The UK athlete and campaigner wanted to meet the Russian Minster of Defence to discuss the creation of a new marine reserve around the Ross Sea.
Farmers in developing nations bear the "major brunt" of natural disasters yet only receive a small percentage of post-disaster aid, says a UN report. The Food and Agriculture Organization assessment said the sector experienced almost a quarter of the cost of damage caused by natural disasters...
Many administrators have added an entry to the text sent to every visitor that includes the writer's name. Instructions about how to include it in software for more than a dozen server operating systems are being shared widely online...
It's a seemingly innocent pastime. But experts warn that feeding ducks bread is not just bad for the bird's health - it can damage entire ecosystems, says Justin Parkinson. Throwing crumbs of stale bread in a pond or river is a ritual of family days out dating back to at least the 19th Century...

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