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Last week, it was reported that texts dating back to 1300 BCE showed evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder.
 
Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University made this discovery while translating ancient Mesopotamian texts, according to the BBC. Previously, the first historical mentions of PTSD were accredited to the Greek historian Herodotus, who lived in the 400s…

The Islamic State group executes Japanese Hostage

The Islamic State Group released a photo accompanied by an audio clip depicting the beheading of 42-year-old Haruna Yukawa on Saturday, Jan. 24.

It is unclear when Yukawa and 47-year-old Kenji Goto, another Japanese hostage, were captured by the Islamic State group. They were not reported missing until the Islamic State group posted a ransom…

Candidates planning for 2016

Although there are still nearly two years until a new president takes office, many figures in electoral politics are already preparing for the election. The presidential election of 2016 is already heating up. However,  no major potential candidates have officially announced their bid for the White House.
 
All eyes remain on Hillary Rodham Clinton.…

SCOTUS to hear gay marriage cases

 
By the end of June 2015, the Supreme Court will reportedly decide if individual states are legally allowed to ban same-sex marriage.
 
On Friday, Jan. 16, the Supreme Court accepted several cases from same-sex couples in Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan after an appeals court in Cincinnati, Ohio upheld the states’ right to…

Al-Qaida takes credit for attacks on Paris magazine

 
An al-Qaida sect located in Yemen claimed responsibility on Wednesday, Jan. 14 for the attacks that took place throughout France at a satirical magazine, a printing business and a Jewish supermarket, according to CNN. Seventeen people were killed over the course of the first week of January.
 
Brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi carried…

Obama tightens cyber laws after hacks

 
Recent hacks on both Sony Pictures and the Pentagon’s official Twitter and YouTube accounts have led President Obama to call for tighter legislation regarding cyber security in the United States.
 
According to The Washington Post, this marks the government’s latest attempts at stopping the increasing number of cyber attacks on America’s corporations and…

U.S. relaxes trade restrictions in Cuba

The United States government removed travel and trade restrictions involving Cuba on Friday, Jan. 16. These restrictions have been in place since the 1960s.
 
Ordinary tourism is still banned. However, the new rules enacted by President Obama will make it easier for Americans to visit the country, particularly for business purposes, according to The…

Fuselage from missing AirAsia flight located

 
The Indonesian government revealed on Wednesday, Jan. 14 that its search team had located the fuselage of the wrecked AirAsia flight QZ8501 in the Java Sea, according to CNN.
 
The airline made international headlines on Sunday, Dec. 28 after one of its planes went missing during its course from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore.…

DNA findings question Tudor lineage

After two years of research, the bones found in a Leicester, England parking lot were determined to be those of the missing King Richard III. However, the bigger surprise is that the DNA analysis casts an uncertain light on the legitimacy to the throne of his descendants.
 
The bones were found in August 2012…

Russian economy facing imminent decline

 
Russia is facing economic woes as the nation’s borrowing costs have reached their highest levels in five years. The financial crisis stems from recent economic sanctions from Western nations put on Russia, costing the state $40 billion, as well as remarkably reduced oil prices.
 
Anton Siluanov, Russia’s economic minister, said at a speech…

Anger-fueled protests rock the United States

 
 
Citizens of all races and creeds have taken to the streets to protest – both peacefully and violently – against the recent killings of unarmed black men, as well as the decisions not to charge the white police officers that killed them.
 
Protestors marched with signs during the first week of December. Gathering…

Warning: Dystopia approaches

My favorite genre in literature and film used to be dystopian fiction.
 
I have read George Orwell’s “1984” countless times and every time was mystified by the concept that our government was slowly turning into the ominous Big Brother.
 
I have always been fascinated with the allegory presented in Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New…

Iran initiates missile launch against ISIS

 
Iran is joining in America’s fight against the Islamic State in eastern Iraq through a series of missile strikes.
 
According to CBS, the U.S. military is aware of the airstrikes throughout Iraq’s Diyala province, and the airstrikes are in coordination with Iraqi troops on the ground.
 
Iran has experienced a more prominent…

Revenge porn law implemented in California

 
 
Los Angeles native Noe Iniguez, 36, was the first person sentenced to jail under California’s new “revenge porn law” after posting a photo of his topless ex-girlfriend on her employer’s Facebook page.
 
In the context of this law, “revenge porn” refers to posting an intimate photo of someone on the Internet with the…

Pennsylvania gunman charged with terrorism

Matthew Eric Frein, a self-claimed survivalist who shot and killed one Pennsylvania state trooper and injured another, was charged with two counts of terrorism on Thursday, Nov. 13.

Frien, who was captured near Tannersville, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 20, 2014 after a seven week manhunt, told police he planned the attack to “wake people up,” according…

Obama supports democracy in Myanmar

 
After the wide loss of Democrats in the midterm elections, President Obama has shifted his focus to foreign policy. In his recent trip to Asia, the president spent three days in Myanmar, meeting with national leaders and hoping to finally get the struggling democracy-to-be on its feet.
 
According to The Washington Post, this…

Obama announces executive action on immigration

 
During the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia on Sunday, Nov. 16, President Obama announced plans to sign an executive order on immigration allowing approximately five million undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation.
 
The implications of this executive action could have numerous political implications leading up to the 2016 presidential election and beyond.
 
According…

43 Mexican students allegedly killed due to conspiracy

 
 
The bodies of 43 Mexican students who went missing in September have been found, according to a statement from Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam during a press conference on Friday, Nov 7. According to the Washington Post, the students were shot, burned in a dump and thrown into a muddy river.
 
The…

Republicans gain hold of Senate after midterms

 
 
Republicans reclaimed control of the Senate following the midterm elections on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

A number of key Senatorial races that were predicted to be close contests ended in significant Republican victories. Among those was the battle for Kentucky, featuring Republican Mitch McConnell and Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

According to Politico, McConnell won…

Girl power, activate!

 
 
I grew up in a world without gender roles.
 
As a child, I was never told that there were things I could not do because I was a female.
 
I was not told that I had to keep my clothes neat at recess, or that I could not play tag or…

Ebola continues to ravage Africa

 
 
As the spread of what is largely considered the deadliest virus continues globally, President Obama asked Congress on Wednesday, Nov. 5 for $6.18 billion to go toward containing Ebola and putting an end to the epidemic.
 
The number of Ebola cases has risen sharply over the past few weeks in Sierra Leone,…

Ottawa gunman allegedly connected to Syrian extremist

 
 
The gunman who shot and killed a reservist guard on Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the Canadian capital of Ottawa may have extremist ties, according to the Canadian foreign minister.
 
Michael Zehaf-Bebeau shot and killed Nathan Cirillo, 24, outside of the National War Memorial before stealing a car at gunpoint and driving to the…

Colorado shooter attempts to postpone trial

 
 

Defense attorneys for James Holmes, who opened fire in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater in 2012, asked the judge on Tuesday, Oct. 21 to postpone Holmes’ trial.
 
Holmes’ attorneys argued that the Dec. 8 trial date did not allow enough time to properly review Holmes’ completed sanity examination. Holmes is charged with…

U.S. experiences isolated Ebola cases

 
 
As the Ebola virus continues to sweep through West Africa, a few isolated cases have begun to appear in the United States, raising concerns throughout the country about quarantines and protocol for potentially infected people.
 
Dr. Craig Allen Spencer recently returned to the U.S. after treating Ebola patients in Guinea. He was placed…

Washington Post legend Ben Bradlee dies

 
Ben Bradlee, the executive editor of The Washington Post during its groundbreaking Watergate reporting that led to the resignation of Richard Nixon, died on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at his home in Washington, D.C., according to The Washington Post.  Bradlee was 93.
 
Bradlee has been described as the “last lion-king of newspaper editors,” by…