The only good nation is imagination.

The only good nation is imagination.

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How the mafia is causing cancer

How the mafia is causing cancer

When doctors in rural Italy began to see a surge in cancer cases, they were baffled. Then they made the link with industrial waste being dumped by local crime syndicates. Ian Birrell learns about the tragic consequences. A few days before I visited the rather scruffy Hospital of Saint Anna and Saint Sebastian in Caserta, a boy aged 11 arrived complaining of headaches. Doctors feared the worst – and sure enough, the case was rapidly diagnosed as another child with brain cancer.

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Cecil the lion’s legacy: death brings new hope for his grandcubs

Cecil the lion's legacy: death brings new hope for his grandcubs

The tiny lion cubs bounce down the dusty track alive with curiosity about their new world from their inquisitive faces to the tips of their tails. This new life is a symbol of the surprising good that has stemmed from the tragic death of their grandfather, Cecil. Cecil, killed by US dentist Walter Palmer one year ago, has 13 surviving sons and daughters and 15 known grandcubs so far. They, like Cecil before he died, have survived brushes with death. But the researchers who…

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Hell Sucks

Hell Sucks

There is a map of Vietnam on the wall of my apartment in Saigon, and some nights, coming back late to the city, I'll lie out on my bed and look at it, too tired to do anything more than just get my boots off. The map is a marvel, especially absorbing because it is not real. For one thing, it is very old. It was left here years ago by a previous tenant, probably a Frenchman since the map was made in Paris.

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Ohio’s deadliest tornado hit Lorain, Sandusky 92 years ago on June 28

Ohio's deadliest tornado hit Lorain, Sandusky 92 years ago on June 28

Ninety-two years ago a tornado ripped through downtown Lorain and Sandusky, killing 85 people and causing tens of millions dollars damage, more than a billion dollars in today's dollars. It is the deadliest tornado in Ohio history,

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Climbing the Eiffel Tower + Drone

Climbing the Eiffel Tower + Drone

Visiting the Eiffel Tower just got a new meaning. Extreme drone and POV footage from climbing the world's most famous tower. It's almost impossible to get to the tower illegally (do not try to repeat this) especially in view of recent political developments and the ongoing European Football Championship. Police and national guard are always on duty on the premises of the tower. The shoot was carried out in the rainy season. The level of Seine river broke the 30-year-old record and the wind speed reached up to 6m/s. The poor drone operator not only crashed the drone but also received a pretty big fine.

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