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Israel’s oil drilling in Golan criticised

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Source: aljazeera.com

By: Creede Newton and Patrick Strickland

Southern Golan Heights  Heavily subsidised Jewish-only settlements, large Israeli military areas and tanks dot the rolling green hills in this part of the Golan Heights; Syrian territory occupied by Israel since the 1967 Middle East war.

In addition to the ubiquitous signs warning of landmines, remnants of Syrian life are everywhere; bombed-out homes, dilapidated schools, crumbling hospitals. Most of the region’s indigenous Syrians – an estimated 90,000 Christians, Muslims and Druze – were expelled from the 70 percent of the Golan Heights under Israeli control.

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Amazing Graphics Show How Much Fruits Have Changed Since Humans Started Growing Them

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Source: businessinsider.com

If someone handed you a peach 6,000 years ago, you might be surprised: the sour, grape-sized lump you’d be holding would hardly resemble the plump, juicy fruit we enjoy today.

Throughout the 12,000 years or so since humans first developed agriculture, the foods we eat have undergone drastic transformations. Farmers have found ways to select for different traits when breeding plants, turning out generations of larger, sweeter, and juicier crops.

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Christopher Columbus was discovered in 1492

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By: Abdullah Hakim Quick

In actuality he was lost and bumped into the Americas on his way to India. We should not celebrate “Columbus Day” as a time of discovery but a day of mourning over the millions of indigenous people who died during the subsequent conquest. May Almighty Allah, the Creator, the Great Spirit bring peace and justice back to the land and cure the mental and physical wounds of the oppressed people!

Gaza – Israel Conflict: Numbers Behind The Destruction In Gaza (Video)

info-pictogram1 It’s been a little over two weeks since the Gaza – Israel ceasefire. The United Nations has just released a report detailing what the 50 day war has cost Gaza so far, including the death toll.

MAP: EARTHQUAKES SINCE 1898 (IMAGE)

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Map by John M Nelson

O.J. Simpson Says He’s Converting To Islam

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Source: politicalblindspot.com

By: M.B. David

The imprisoned football legend and movie star says that he has found a new faith in the Nevada prison, where he has been living since 2008. O.J. Simpson’s sentence stems from charges of kidnapping and armed robbery in relation to an incident where he claims he was taking back memorabilia that he was never fully paid for.

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Praying In The Rubble Of Gaza (Video)

info-pictogram1 The Al-Sousi mosque in Gaza City is just one of the many buildings be destroyed in Gaza since the Israel Gaza 2014 conflict began. Palestinian officials say at least 69 mosques have been destroyed and another 150 damaged. AJ+ checks the scene at Al-Sousi at prayer time.

Israel bars Amnesty, Human Rights Watch workers from Gaza

Israel has been refusing to allow employees of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to enter the Gaza Strip in order to conduct their own independent investigations into the fighting, using various bureaucratic excuses.

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By: Amira Hass

Source: http://www.haaretz.com

Both human rights organizations have been trying to obtain permission from the Civil Administration to enter Gaza since July 7. Two different reasons have been cited for the refusals: The first is that the Erez border crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip is closed and no entry permits are being granted until further notice; the second is neither group is registered with the Social Affairs Ministry as a humanitarian aid organization.

In fact, Erez was open throughout most of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, which began on July 8. Among others, journalists, United Nations employees and Palestinians needing medical care or returning from abroad (with special permits), were allowed to pass through.

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Floods batter southwestern China

Heaviest downpour since records began dumps 305mm of rain in Nanchuan district in three days, official news agency says.

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Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/

Downpours have battered a large area of southwestern China, triggering flash floods, cutting off power supplies and disrupting transport in some parts, state media has reported.

Sanquan township in Nanchuan district, Chongqing, has received 305mm of rain in the past three days, the heaviest downpour since records began, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday, citing meteorological authorities.

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