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Afghanistan: Taliban warned against targeting former security forces: US and allies "deeply concerned" about human rights abuses against former Afghan security forces.
Pope condemns treatment of migrants in Europe: Visiting a camp in Greece, Francis called on Europe to take responsibility for the situation.
Chris Cuomo: CNN fires presenter over help he gave politician brother: The star TV host is sacked over efforts to help his brother defend himself against sexual harassment claims.
Rescuers race to find survivors of Indonesia eruption: At least 13 people are dead and dozens injured after Mt Semeru erupted on Indonesia's Java island.

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Cargill beef-processing plant in High River, Alta. narrowly avoids strike action: cargill reopens covid

Union workers at Cargill's beef-processing plant in High River, Alta. — one of Canada's largest — have voted in favour of a new labour contract, narrowly avoiding a worker strike. 


Canadian field hockey players heading home from South Africa after travel exemption granted: Field hockey team

Canadian field hockey players stuck in South Africa due to COVID-19 travel restrictions are set to finally depart on Dec. 8 after receiving a travel exemption from the Canadian government.


Would national vaccine mandates work in Canada? Experts aren't sure: HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/AUSTRIA-PROTESTS

With European states turning to mandatory national vaccination regimes to deal with record COVID-19 infections, experts in Canada say that while science and the law may back the Liberal government if it chose to follow suit, it might not be the panacea the public is hoping for.



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How Do You Solve a Moon Mystery? Fire a Laser at It: Researchers have used reflective prisms left on the moon’s surface for decades, but had increasingly seen problems with their effectiveness.

This Star Looked Like It Would Explode. Maybe It Just Sneezed: The mysterious dimming of the red supergiant Betelgeuse is the result of a stellar exhalation, astronomers say.

How 14 Elephant Seals Assisted an Antarctic Ice Study: Mapping currents in the Southern Ocean is vital to monitoring climate change, but hard to conduct. So scientists turned to seals for help.

It’s Always the Summer of the Shark: Even during a pandemic, we cannot get the white shark out of our minds. Despite the rare attack, experts say humans have little to fear.

Could Owl and Crocodilian Tears Lead to a Cure for Your Dry Eyes?: By studying the numerous ways animals keep their eyes wet and healthy, scientists hope to help address human vision problems.


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The oldest known human art is also the oldest known human attempt to record Nature.  This painting is 34,000 years old and was found in the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave, which is the subject of Werner Herzog’s film: Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Herzog used a 3D camera to capture how the shapes of the walls were incorporated into the paintings.



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