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CDC: U.S. suicide rate highest in 30 years

Suicide rate up in USThe suicide rate in the United States continued its 30-year rise in 2014, growing in nearly every demographic group in the country, according to a new report.

The rate of people dying suicide each year has inched up by 24 percent since 1999 with increasing speed, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


'There's always an Intifada inside [Israeli] prisons'

Israeli prisons holding Palestinian prisonersAnger is building up among Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, with several inmates on long-running hunger strikes in a number of prisons and clashes erupting in the Nafha jail in southern Israel.

Rights groups have warned that the health of a hunger-striking jailed Palestinian has plummeted as his fast hits 51 days.

Sami Janazrah, 43, launched his hunger strike on March 3 to protest against being held in solitary confinement and administrative detention, a practice in which Israel jails Palestinians on "secret evidence" without charges or trial.


World Leaders to Sign Climate Agreement on Earth Day

Earth Day 2016Leaders from 130 nations are gathering at the United Nations to sign the historic climate deal reached in Paris last December.

The signing happens on the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. Since 1970, every year people around the world observe the day by doing different activities to clean up the environment.

On April 22, 1970, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson organized the first Earth Day with a “national teach-in on the environment.”


Meet The Women Going On The Back Of The $10 Bill

Susan B. AnthonyThe $20 bill isn’t the only banknote set to get a feminist makeover. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced Wednesday that in addition to replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 note with Harriet Tubman, the $10 bill will feature five leaders of the women’s suffrage movement.

The five women — Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth — will be honored on the new $10 bill, which will still feature Alexander Hamilton on the front.

Here’s a little background on each of the women who will soon have a place on American cash.


Justice Department appears open to interrogation suit

Dept. of JusticeThe Justice Department has signaled that it won't try to block a lawsuit arising from the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques, leaving the door open for a court challenge over tactics that have since been discontinued and widely discredited.

Lawyers call the government's stance unprecedented, but also a recognition that a once-secret program is now largely out in the open. They say it's the first time the Justice Department has not sought, as its first step, to dismiss a lawsuit over the interrogation program by arguing that its mere existence is too secret to discuss in court. Judges have previously accepted that assertion, turning aside cases about a program that was designed to extract intelligence from suspected militants captured overseas.


International Super Star Prince Dead at 57

Prince deadThe artist known as Prince has died ... TMZ has learned. He was 57.  Prince's body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning.

Multiple sources connected to the singer confirmed he had passed.

The singer -- full name Prince Rogers Nelson -- had a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. But he appeared at a concert the next day to assure his fans he was okay. His people told TMZ he was battling the flu.


Pakistan polio: Seven killed in anti-vaccination attack

Pakistan polio attackSeven Pakistani policemen, three of whom were guarding polio workers, have been killed in Karachi, officials say.  Eight gunmen on motorcycles fired at a group of three police guards and later at a van containing four officers, officials told the Pakistan Tribune.

Islamist militants oppose vaccination, saying it is a Western conspiracy to sterilise Pakistani children.  In January, 15 people were killed in a bomb attack on a vaccination centre in the south-western city of Quetta.


Deaths on collapsed Rio de Janeiro bike path deal safety blow to Olympic host

Collapse of Rio bicycle pathA newly built elevated bike path has collapsed into the sea in Rio de Janeiro, killing at least two people and damaging the city’s credibility as an Olympic host.

A huge wave swept away a 50-metre stretch of the Tim Maia ciclovia, which opened four months ago at a cost of 44.7m reais ($12.6m).

Local media said at least five people were on the path when it crashed down into the sea. One person has been rescued and two bodies have been recovered. Authorities say it is too early to give a complete list of casualties.


Rape victim could be punished under Brigham Young University’s ‘honor code’

Brigham Young UniversityStudents rallied outside Brigham Young University on Wednesday to protest the school’s treatment of sexual assault victims, calling for revisions to the Mormon university’s “honor code”, religious bylaws through which rape victims can be punished for having consumed alcohol or had a member of the opposite sex in a bedroom.

The protest follows outrage over the rape case of sophomore Madi Barney, 19, who reported to Provo, Utah, police that she was raped in her off-campus apartment during a date.


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