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US Customs Officials Seize Shipment of Human Heads at Chicago Airport

Posted January 15th, 2013 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Customs officials at O’Hare International Airport in the U.S. city of Chicago are holding a shipment of 18 human heads reportedly bound for a U.S. research facility. The local medical examiner’s office says the heads, sent from Rome, were properly preserved, packaged and tagged as human specimens. There is no suspicion of foul play. The […]

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US Customs Officials Seize Shipment of Human Heads at Chicago Airport

Posted January 15th, 2013 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Customs officials at O’Hare International Airport in the U.S. city of Chicago have held up a shipment of 18 human heads reportedly bound for a U.S. research facility. The local medical examiner’s office says the heads were properly preserved, packaged and tagged as human specimens. There is no suspicion of foul play. The Chicago Tribune […]

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Newly Identified Gene Is Part of What Makes Us Human

Posted November 14th, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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What makes us human? An international team of researchers has found a clue: A gene carried only by people – not apes or other animals – appears to have played a crucial role in the rapid evolutionary changes in the human brain that allowed us to use complex tools and language. Reseachers from the University […]

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1,000 Genomes Project Paints Detailed Picture of Human Variation

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Results of a project that has mapped the genetic material, or genomes, of 1,092 individuals from 14 countries will help researchers interpret genetic changes in people with disease. The first phase of the so-called ‘1,000 Genomes Project,’ published in the journal Nature, profiles the rare and common genetic variations in the human species. Scientists believe […]

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Activist Groups Urge Next US President to Focus on Rights

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Human rights groups say the next U.S. president faces several critical challenges in advancing human rights. Those challenges include preventing genocide and atrocities, protecting human rights at home and abroad, fair treatment of immigrants and refugees, and ending gender-based violence. The Freedom House, the Connect US Fund, Human Rights Watch and the Human Rights Working […]

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Senate Panel Approves Sanctions Against Russian Human Rights Violators

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. Senate panel has approved sanctions on Russian officials who violate human rights. The bill, approved by the Foreign Relations Committee, would ban travel visas and freeze the assets of anyone found to be a human rights abuser. But it specifically targets Russian officials responsible for the imprisonment, alleged torture, and death of Sergei […]

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Biomass Study Finds World’s Population 18.5 Million Tons Overweight

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Being fat is not usually considered an environmental problem. But that notion might be changing. A new global study estimates the world’s adult human biomass – the total weight of people living on the planet and suggests that obesity is taking a heavy toll on the world’s energy resources. For years, scientists have tracked the […]

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Rights Group Calls On Russia To End Impunity In North Caucasus

Posted June 21st, 2012 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Rights group Amnesty International has called on Russia to strengthen accountability of law enforcement personnel in the restive Northern Caucasus. In a report issued Thursday, the group says that law-enforcement agencies often pose as much threat to the security of local residents as do armed groups. In a new report called “Circle Of Injustice,” the […]

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US: 17 Governments Complicit in Human Trafficking

Posted June 19th, 2012 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. State Department says 17 countries are doing almost nothing to fight human trafficking and may be complicit in such crimes. In its annual human trafficking report, the State Department calls those 17 nations countries of origin, transit, or destinations for such crimes as sex slavery, forced labor, and recruiting child soldiers. At a […]

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UUS: 17 Governments Failing to Fight Human Trafficking

Posted June 19th, 2012 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. State Department says 17 countries are doing almost nothing to fight human trafficking and may be complicit in such crimes. In its annual human trafficking report, the State Department calls those 17 nations countries of origin, transit, or destinations for such crimes as sex slavery, forced labor, and recruiting child soldiers. At a […]

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