Turkey to Remove Evolution from Schools

Turkey has expunged Charles Darwin's theory of evolution from its new national curriculum draft, which will be released after the Eid break, the education ministry has announced. Alpaslan Durmus, the head of the ministry's curriculum board, told educators during an Ankara seminar on June 20 that the ministry had presented the draft to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has approved it. "We have excluded controversial subjects for students at an age [that they are] unable yet to understand the issue's scientific background," he said.

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Paula Radcliffe: Erasing world records would 'punish athletes twice'

Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe says she was "very hurt and frustrated" at plans to erase athletics records set before 2005.

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Mosul battle: Second French journalist dies after mine blast

Veronique Robert was injured while reporting on an advance by Iraqi forces against IS militants.

Couple in terror attack tell of their hope for the future

The doctor is in the house! Handsome Pakistani med student, 26, who needs a room in New York City sends temperatures rising of potential roomates offering to put him up 'Cannibal killer' frat boy accused of murdering and eating two random Florida homeowners said he just wanted to be a 'normal kid again' in tearful phone calls home to his parents as police release their conversations California governor Jerry Brown blocks parole for Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis after board recommended 74-year-old be released for the fifth time Sixteen-month-old Brooklyn toddler dies five days after she 'was viciously beaten unconscious by her dad during a visit on Father's Day' She was asking for it: Bill Cosby juror says he didn't believe Andrea Constand because 'she went up to his house with a bare midriff and incense and bath salts' Married FedEx worker, 31, is charged with the rape and murder ... (more)

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso's grid penalties increase

Fernando Alonso's grid penalties at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix go up to 40 after an engine change before final practice on Saturday.

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Sci-Hub Ordered To Pay $15 Million In Piracy Damages

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Two years ago, academic publisher Elsevier filed a complaint (PDF) against Sci-Hub and several related "pirate" sites. It accused the websites of making academic papers widely available to the public, without permission. While Sci-Hub is nothing like the average pirate site, it is just as illegal according to Elsevier's legal team, who obtained a preliminary injunction from a New York District Court last fall. The injunction ordered Sci-Hub's founder Alexandra Elbakyan to quit offering access to any Elsevier content. However, this didn't happen. Instead of taking Sci-Hub down, the lawsuit achieved the opposite. Sci-Hub grew bigger and bigger up to a point where its users were downloading hundreds of thousands of papers per day. Although Elbakyan sent a letter to the court earlier, she opted not engage in the U.S. lawsuit any further. The same is true for her fellow defendants, associated with Libgen. As a result, Elsevier asked the court for a default judgment and a permanent injunction which were issued this week. Following a hearing on Wednesday, the Court awarded Elsevier $15,000,000 in damages, the maximum statutory amount for the 100 copyrighted works that were listed in the complaint.

World Taekwondo Federation changes name over 'negative connotations'

The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) changes its name to World Taekwondo because of the "negative connotations".

World Taekwondo Federation changes name because of 'negative connotations'

The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) changes its name to World Taekwondo because of the "negative connotations".

India launches PSLV rocket with 31 satellites

New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 24, 2017

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched on Friday PSLV-C38 rocket on a mission to send 31 satellites, including India's Cartosat 2 and NIUSAT satellites along with 29 foreign nano satellites, into orbit, ISRO said in a press release.

"India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 40th flight (PSLV-C38), launched the 712 kg [0.7 tonnes] Cartosat-2 series satelli

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