As the world focused on Ukraine and Gaza over the weekend, the bloodiest 48-hour period in Syria's civil war went largely unnoticed. More than 700 Syrians were killed on Thursday and Friday, according to an NGO tracking the conflict, providing a stark reminder that a war that has raged for years shows no signs of winding down.
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Among the 298 passengers and crew on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were a number of prominent AIDS researchers, activists, and health workers, according to the International AIDS Society. They were traveling to the International AIDS Conference, which was scheduled to kick off on Sunday in Melbourne, Australia.
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Britain's newly minted foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, called for a "U.N.-led investigation into the facts" of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, saying he was "deeply shocked" by the incident, and noting that an unknown number of British nationals were on board the plane.
The Pakistani government is delivering a harsh new message to the Obama administration: The current chaos in Afghanistan means that the White House urgently needs to re-evaluate its plan to withdraw all American troops from the country by the end of 2016.
According to the gospel of the so-called maker movement -- the cottage industry of 3-D printing enthusiasts and users -- the spread of such printing and design technology is a revolutionary development, one that promises to return ownership to workers of the means of production to laborers. With a printer in every home, every worker becomes a factory owner. And like any good revolution, it's already running into trouble with the law. This week, a Japanese artist was arrested for making and distributing 3-D printed designs of her vagina.