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The Caliphate's Kids: Sick Children Bear the Brunt of Post-IS Chaos
The Caliphate's Kids: Sick Children Bear the Brunt of Post-IS ChaosThe last pocket of Islamic State may have been dislodged over the weekend, but the extremist group has left behind hundreds of children. They are the group's weakest and most innocent victims -- and in urgent need of medical care.

Women's Rights: Trial Casts Light on Hardline Approach in Saudi Arabia
Women's Rights: Trial Casts Light on Hardline Approach in Saudi ArabiaThree Saudi women are currently on trial in Riyadh, charged with espionage and conspiracy. The truth is that the women merely advocated for women's rights. They have reportedly been tortured in a case that has cast light on the kingdom's new hardline approach.

Brexit Chaos: Theresa May's Days Are Numbered. Now What?
Brexit Chaos: Theresa May's Days Are Numbered. Now What?Even if British Prime Minister Theresa May's last attempt to get her much-maligned withdrawal agreement through parliament succeeds, she is unlikely to keep her job. But whoever comes next probably won't manage to defuse the crisis.

The Emergence of Homo Sapiens: 'Those Who Obeyed the Rules Were Favored by Evolution'
The Emergence of Homo Sapiens: 'Those Who Obeyed the Rules Were Favored by Evolution'British anthropologist Richard Wrangham believes our humanity began with the murder of a tyrant. In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, he explains why homo sapiens are so murderous, while also being among the most peaceful species.

An Epidemic and a War: Doctors Face Two Enemies in Fight Against Ebola
An Epidemic and a War: Doctors Face Two Enemies in Fight Against EbolaThe second-largest outbreak of Ebola in history is ravaging the Democratic Republic of Congo. But as humanitarian organizations and the Congolese government struggle to fight the virus, they find themselves thwarted by the very people they are trying to help.

Cursed and Sold: Voodoo Spells and Forced Prostitution in Germany
Cursed and Sold: Voodoo Spells and Forced Prostitution in GermanyVirtually all the Nigerian women forced into prostitution in Germany were bound to their madams through a bizarre voodoo curse. One year ago, the spiritual leader Oba Ewuare II issued a countercurse in the hope of putting a stop to human-trafficking in the region. Has it helped?

The Climate Activist vs. the Economics Minister: 'My Generation Has Been Fooled'
The Climate Activist vs. the Economics Minister: 'My Generation Has Been Fooled'Luisa Neubauer, the German face of the global movement spurred by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, debates the student climate strikes with German Economics Minister Peter Altmaier.

Brexit Delay: 'Why Would We Extend These Discussions?'
Brexit Delay: 'Why Would We Extend These Discussions?'Any Article 50 extension delaying Britain's withdrawal from the EU would come with its own set of problems. There is plenty of disagreement among the remaining 27 EU member states on how long the delay should be.

Theresa May's Brexit Disaster: The Prime Minister of Humiliation
Theresa May's Brexit Disaster: The Prime Minister of HumiliationDespite facing one embarrassment after the other, British Prime Minister Theresa May continues to plow ahead, seemingly undeterred. It's becoming increasingly clear that she is the main impediment to solving the Brexit mess.

Aerospace Turbulence: Boeing's Unsuccessful Attempt to Avert a Crisis
Aerospace Turbulence: Boeing's Unsuccessful Attempt to Avert a CrisisBoeing has been the undisputed leader in the aviation market in recent years, with Airbus struggling to keep up. But the crashes of two Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft could invert the industry's pecking order.

Fast, Expensive and Politically Polarizing: Germany Prepares to Auction Its 5G Frequencies
Fast, Expensive and Politically Polarizing: Germany Prepares to Auction Its 5G FrequenciesAn auction of Germany's 5G transmission frequencies is poised to earn the state billions and finally put the country on the digital map. But big network providers are making a fuss about certain rules and regulations -- not to mention all the American fearmongering about the Chinese.

Chancellor Speculation: Merkel May Be in Office Longer Than You Think
Chancellor Speculation: Merkel May Be in Office Longer Than You ThinkAngela Merkel has led the current grand coalition government in Berlin for a year now. There has been considerable speculation recently that she may not last through her fourth term. But there is more to suggest she will remain in office than step down.

Flirting with Disaster: Brexit Vote Moves Britain Closer to the Brink
Flirting with Disaster: Brexit Vote Moves Britain Closer to the BrinkThe British parliament voted Tuesday to obstruct one of the last remaining ways to an orderly Brexit. This is partly due to the intransigence of members of parliament, and partly due to Prime Minister Theresa May's hamfisted negotiating tactics.

Two Crashes in Five Months: What's Wrong with Boeing's 737 Max 8?
Two Crashes in Five Months: What's Wrong with Boeing's 737 Max 8?Boeing's new airplane has only been around for two years and already two 737 Max 8s have crashed, killing 346 people. The disasters may be attributable to a design flaw that emerged when engineers began cutting corners.

Patronizing, Frustrating and Divisive: The Shortcomings of Merkel's European Policies
Patronizing, Frustrating and Divisive: The Shortcomings of Merkel's European PoliciesGermany had an historic opportunity to forge a more integrated Europe with French President Emmanuel Macron. Instead, it hesitated, dithered and ultimately missed its chance under Chancellor Angela Merkel. History will judge its failure unfavorably.

Risk of No Deal Brexit Grows 'Significantly': EU Politicians Believe Withdrawal Agreement Is Dead
Risk of No Deal Brexit Grows 'Significantly': EU Politicians Believe Withdrawal Agreement Is DeadMany in Brussels have reacted with frustration, anger and disappointment following British parliament's second vote against the withdrawal deal negotiated between Theresa May and the EU. They say there is no room left for compromise with London.


Michael Avenatti, lawyer who challenged President Trump, charged with extorting Nike, embezzlement and fraud
Michael Avenatti, lawyer who challenged President Trump, charged with extorting Nike, embezzlement and fraudFederal prosecutors filed extortion and conspiracy charges against Avenatti in New York. He was charged in Los Angeles with embezzlement, fraud.        

Apple goes big on premium services: Apple TV+ streaming, News+, Arcade and new credit card
Apple goes big on premium services: Apple TV+ streaming, News+, Arcade and new credit cardBacked by Hollywood stars and original content, Tim Cook & Co. go all in on streaming. Will consumers subscribe to the new offerings?        

There is only one perfect NCAA tournament bracket left entering Sweet 16
There is only one perfect NCAA tournament bracket left entering Sweet 16A bracket titled "Center Road" in NCAA.com's "Bracket Challenge" still has yet to be busted, accurately predicting each of the first 48 games.        

President Trump says Mueller acted honorably, despite months of criticism
President Trump says Mueller acted honorably, despite months of criticismPresident Donald Trump said Monday that special counsel Robert Mueller acted honorably in his investigation into Russian election interference        

Norway wants to know why cruise ship sailed in stormy weather, forcing air evacuation
Norway wants to know why cruise ship sailed in stormy weather, forcing air evacuationNorwegian officials began investigating why a cruise ship was sailing in stormy weather when it developed engine trouble that triggered an evacuation.        

British Airways apologizes to travelers after flight lands 525 miles away from destination
British Airways apologizes to travelers after flight lands 525 miles away from destinationA British Airways flight from London to Germany accidentally took off in the wrong direction, landing 525 miles away in Scotland.        

Analysis: With Mueller report in, nothing's over. But for Trump, everything has changed
Analysis: With Mueller report in, nothing's over. But for Trump, everything has changedOnly highlights of Mueller's report are out, and investigations into Trump continue. But the political landscape has shifted. USA TODAY's analysis.        

Opinion: Johnny Manziel's AAF debut was strangely compelling because he didn't lead winning drive
Opinion: Johnny Manziel's AAF debut was strangely compelling because he didn't lead winning driveJohnny Football was the protagonist we all expected he would be, and then he didn’t actually win the game for the Express. But fans didn't care.        

Father of Sandy Hook victim latest apparent suicide after deadly school shootings
Father of Sandy Hook victim latest apparent suicide after deadly school shootingsThe father of one of the 20 first-grade students killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook School shooting was found dead of an apparent suicide Monday.        

German family, stakeholders in Krispy Kreme, Panera Bread, to donate $11M over Nazi past
German family, stakeholders in Krispy Kreme, Panera Bread, to donate $11M over Nazi pastThe Reimann family, whose JAB Holding Co. controls Krispy Kreme and Panera Bread, will donate $11 million after learning of its ancestors' Nazi past.        

Fallon gives reasons to support Democratic candidates over Biden in Best of Late Night
Fallon gives reasons to support Democratic candidates over Biden in Best of Late NightWhy aren't candidates currently in the race more popular than the former vice president? Perhaps the pollsters aren't asking the right questions.        

Lindsey Graham wants to investigate Obama-era Justice Department, FBI inquiries into Trump
Lindsey Graham wants to investigate Obama-era Justice Department, FBI inquiries into TrumpSenate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham plans to investigate possible Justice and FBI abuses in probing Donald Trump's presidential campaign        

The definitive ranking of all 67 'Game of Thrones' episodes
The definitive ranking of all 67 'Game of Thrones' episodesFrom epic battles to annoying side characters, we rank all 67 episodes (to date) of HBO's "Game of Thrones" from worst (anything in Dorne) to best (Red Weddings, great battles, Hodor).        

Toxic toads infested a Florida neighborhood. Here's what to know about cane toads.
Toxic toads infested a Florida neighborhood. Here's what to know about cane toads.Toxic cane toads invading a Palm Beach Gardens neighborhood in Florida have been known to kill dogs with poison and to cause irritation in humans.        

March Madness: Ranking the Sweet 16 teams based on national title ability
March Madness: Ranking the Sweet 16 teams based on national title abilityBreaking down the national title chances for the Sweet 16 teams -- from Gonzaga to Virginia Tech.        

27 weird products you can buy on Amazon (that are actually worth it)
27 weird products you can buy on Amazon (that are actually worth it)From foot peels to tongue cleaners, these weird products on Amazon are also some of the most ridiculously useful ones you’ll ever find.        


DesktopLinux.com acquired ...
DesktopLinux.com's publisher, Ziff-Davis Enterprise, has been acquired by a Californian company -- as yet undisclosed, but rumored to be Foster City-based QuinStreet. Future plans for the site have not yet been announced ... At this point, the future of DesktopLinux.com is uncertain. What we can say

Red Hat unveils 10-year support plan
Red Hat has extended the life cycle of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 and 6 from seven to 10 years, with RHEL 6 now supported through 2020. Meanwhile, Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman left Red Hat rival SUSE to join the Linux Foundation as a fellow.

KDE 4.8 adds adaptive power management, new windowing tricks
Version 4.8 of the KDE desktop environment and software bundle was released, featuring improved, adaptive power management and new windowing layouts. KDE 4.8 is also faster and more stable, and offers new features like Qt Quick-based Plasma widgets and the KDE Telepathy IM framework, says the community.

Ubuntu 12.10 will bypass menus via predictive search
Canonical unveiled a search-oriented Head-Up Display (HUD) interface that will debut in Ubuntu 12.04. Aiming to reduce dependence on menus and eventually replace them with the help of gesture and voice interactions, HUD could find its way into future versions of Ubuntu designed for smartphones and TVs.

Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Arch Linux patch Linux kernel exploit
Canonical, Red Hat, and Arch Linux have released patches that fix a vulnerability in Linux kernels 2.6.39 and above that enable attackers to gain system root access. The distro patches followed a kernel patch to fix the vulnerability, but proof-of-concept exploit code examples have already been posted.

'Cinnamon' GNOME 3 fork now 'fully stable' with version 1.2
The Linux Mint team announced a "fully stable" version of its "Cinnamon" fork of GNOME 3.x. Available for several major Linux distributions, Cinnamon 1.2 is more customizable than GNOME 3.x, restores much of the GNOME 2.x interface, and adds features such as desktop effects and layout options.

Linux gains share on enterprise servers -- and desktops, too
Linux jumped to 1.4 percent desktop market share from 0.97 percent in July, according to Net Applications. Meanwhile, a Linux Foundation survey on enterprise Linux says 79.8 percent of organizations are planning to increase their Linux deployments, citing affordability, technical features, and security as Linux advantages.

Linux Foundation tips 2012 schedule, sends LinuxCon to San Diego
The Linux Foundation posted a calendar of its 2012 conferences. These include the Linux Kernel Summit, which will be held Aug. 26-28 in San Diego, where it will be co-located with the larger LinuxCon North America event and the Linux Plumbers Conference, both held Aug. 29-31.

Linux 3.2 goes bigtime on file systems, improves thin provisioning
Linus Torvalds announced the release of the Linux 3.2 kernel, featuring file-system enhancements such as support for Ext4 block sizes up to 1MB, and faster Btrfs scrubbing. Linux 3.2 also adds some process scheduler improvements, better thin provisioning support, and new Wi-Fi, graphics, and DSP drivers.

CentOS and Oracle release their Red Hat 6.2 clones
A week after releasing CentOS 6.1, the CentOS project launched version 6.2 of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) clone, while Oracle released its own RHEL 6.2 variant with Oracle Linux 6.2. Meanwhile, Red Hat unveiled a beta of RHEL 5.8, and announced strong third-quarter earnings.

CentOS turns 6.1, still trails Red Hat by a lap
CentOS 6.1 has arrived to bring the features of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 to those who can live without a Red Hat subscription. CentOS 6.1 offers non-proprietary improvements found in RHEL 6.1, including virtualization performance optimizations, enhanced development tools, and some YUM package management enhancements.

How to replace Ubuntu 11.10's Unity desktop with good ol' GNOME
Ubuntu users who dislike the Unity desktop environment have other alternatives besides sticking with "Maverick Meerkat" or jumping ship to another distro. An illustrated DeviceGuru tutorial shows how to load the GNOME Fallback mode on Ubuntu 11.10 and configure it to provide a GNOME 2.x-like experience.

Red Hat 6.2 scales up on multicore platforms
Red Hat revised its enterprise-focused Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) distribution with claims for greater performance and scalability on multicore platforms. RHEL 6.2 also offers enhancements in resource management, high availability, storage and file system performance, and identity management, says the company.

Linux Mint 12 ships as distro's popularity soars
The Mint project released the final Linux Mint 12 ("Lisa"), which offers "MGSE" extensions to GNOME 3.2 that let users create a more GNOME 2.3x-like environment. Based on Ubuntu 11.10 and Linux 3.0, Linux Mint 12 features upgrades to Firefox 7.0, LibreOffice 3.4.3 and Thunderbird 7.0.1.

OpenSUSE 12.1 ships with GNOME 3.2, SystemD, Snapper, Go tools
The OpenSUSE project released OpenSUSE 12.1, featuring Linux 3.1, GNOME 3.2, KDE 4.7, plus support for KDE's "OwnCloud" cloud platform. OpenSUSE 12.1 introduces the SystemD configuration utility and Google's Go programming language, and integrates a Btrfs-based "Snapper" tool for rolling back system updates and configuration changes.

Linux Mint 12 RC1 adds GNOME 2.x-like extensions to GNOME 3.2
Linux Mint 12 ("Lisa") RC1 was released, based on Ubuntu 11.10 and Linux 3.0. RC1 offers GNOME 3.2 -- but augments it with "MGSE" extensions designed to let users customize a GNOME 2.3x-like desktop environment -- and Mint also supplies a GNOME 2.x clone called MATE.