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The face to ward off evil spirits

The face to ward off evil spirits | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Andrew Graham-Dixon went on a tour of the Royal Academy's bronze show to see an ancient face to ward off evil spirits and a mask famously excavated by an archaeologist who insisted on working in his underpants.
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When the State gets it wrong, innocent people die — I was almost one of them

When the State gets it wrong, innocent people die — I was almost one of them | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, Governor Asa Hutchinson issued execution dates for eight men on death row, all to be carried out over the course of ten days. He didn’t care that there’s a chance at least two of…
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Joining of Hands: Handfasting in Medieval and Modern Society

Joining of Hands: Handfasting in Medieval and Modern Society | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Handfasting is common practice in Neopagan circles. Many believe this practice dates back to the pagan Celts, but does it really?
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UK risks being ‘wiped off the map with nuclear counterstrike’ – Russian senator

UK risks being ‘wiped off the map with nuclear counterstrike’ – Russian senator | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The UK, which recently said it could launch a preemptive nuclear strike “in the most extreme circumstances,” runs the risk of being “wiped off the face of the Earth,” the deputy head of a Russian upper house committee said.
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Construction for US base relocation in Okinawa continues amid protests (VIDEOS)

Construction for US base relocation in Okinawa continues amid protests (VIDEOS) | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Construction for a new US military base on the Japanese island of Okinawa has taken another step forward, despite ongoing protests against the heavy American military presence and crimes committed by servicemen.
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UN must lead battle against ‘pandemic’ of fake news & disinformation – Russian FM spokeswoman

UN must lead battle against ‘pandemic’ of fake news & disinformation – Russian FM spokeswoman | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The UN should create a set of international rules to help stop the pandemic of fake news and Cold war-style disinformation, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said during a session of the UN Committee on Information in New York.
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Kim Dotcom asks New Zealand police to grill FBI chief over ‘data theft’

Kim Dotcom asks New Zealand police to grill FBI chief over ‘data theft’ | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, wanted by the US over the now-defunct file-sharing website Megaupload, has formally reported FBI Director James Comey to the New Zealand police, requesting that they urgently question him over the “theft of data” by the agency.
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CIA chief Pompeo ‘declares war on free speech’ – Assange

CIA chief Pompeo ‘declares war on free speech’ – Assange | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Julian Assange has accused Mike Pompeo of declaring war on free speech while seeking vengeance for the exposure of CIA’s dirty secrets and backtracking on his earlier stated admiration of WikiLeaks’ work until it turned against his personally.
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UC Berkeley reverses course, re-books canceled Ann Coulter speech

UC Berkeley reverses course, re-books canceled Ann Coulter speech | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - The University of California, Berkeley, which canceled a speech by Ann Coulter over what the school said were security concerns, on Thursday rescheduled the event after the conservative commentator said she would show up and speak anyway. U.C. Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said the
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U.S. charges Russian arrested in Spain with operating spam botnet

U.S. charges Russian arrested in Spain with operating spam botnet | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Peter Yuryevich Levashov, 36, was indicted on Thursday by a grand jury in Bridgeport and charged with causing intentional damage to a protected computer and wire fraud, among other counts, the Justice Department said in a statement. Last week the Justice Department announced it had launched an effort
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Trump condemns anti-Semitism on Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day

Trump condemns anti-Semitism on Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
U.S. President Donald Trump said anti-Semitism should be defeated and called the Holocaust the "darkest chapter of human history" in a video address on Sunday, following two missteps by his administration regarding statements about genocide during World War Two.
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Teacher accused of kidnapping to face federal charges in Tennessee

Teacher accused of kidnapping to face federal charges in Tennessee | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A former Tennessee schoolteacher accused of abducting a 15-year-old girl and taking her on a multistate odyssey that included sexual abuse before the pair were found in California will be returned to face federal kidnapping charges in Nashville. Tad Cummins, 50, appeared in U.S. District Court in Sacramento
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WTO lets Mexico slap trade sanctions on U.S. in tuna dispute

WTO lets Mexico slap trade sanctions on U.S. in tuna dispute | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Mexico can impose annual trade sanctions worth $163.23 million against the United States after winning a dispute over trade in tuna fish, a World Trade Organization arbitrator ruled on Tuesday. Mexico's economy ministry said it planned immediate action to initiate the trade sanctions. The sanctions
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Trump administration to review dozens of U.S. national monuments

Trump administration to review dozens of U.S. national monuments | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday will order a review of national monuments created over the past 20 years with an aim toward rescinding or resizing some of them - part of a broader push to reopen areas to drilling, mining and other development. The
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Ex-teacher accused of having sex with 4 students, 2 at the same time

Ex-teacher accused of having sex with 4 students, 2 at the same time | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
In an interview with investigators, Robertson said that she didn't make the boys use protection because she couldn't have children anymore.
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Why Judges Always Break The Nibs of Their Pens After Sentencing Someone To Death? (8 pics)

Why Judges Always Break The Nibs of Their Pens After Sentencing Someone To Death? (8 pics) | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
As rare as it is, death sentencing does occur from time to time. After a death sentence is given, a judge will break the nib of his pen. 1. Death Sentence Is Not That Common Photo: greenvilledisabilitylawyer.net Death sentence is the last measure of dealing with severe crimes. It is a rare form of sentencing, … Continue reading
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‘Unprofessional and lying’: Lavrov slams US claims of Russia arming Taliban

‘Unprofessional and lying’: Lavrov slams US claims of Russia arming Taliban | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Washington’s recent accusations that Moscow supplies the Taliban with weapons are unprofessional and baseless, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, adding that the US has not provided any evidence.
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‘Nothing but fake news:’ Kremlin dismisses claims Russia-linked hackers 'targeted Macron campaign'

‘Nothing but fake news:’ Kremlin dismisses claims Russia-linked hackers 'targeted Macron campaign' | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Moscow has dismissed allegations suggesting it is involved in cyber attacks against the campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.
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Twitter goes wild over reported death penalty for 'atheism' in Saudi Arabia

Twitter goes wild over reported death penalty for 'atheism' in Saudi Arabia | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia has reportedly sentenced a young man to death for apostasy. The news has stirred up Twitter users, with some expressing sadness and sorrow, while others praised the move.
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ISIS leaders ‘negotiate merger’ with other terrorist groups – FSB head

ISIS leaders ‘negotiate merger’ with other terrorist groups – FSB head | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and other terrorist groups are changing their tactics, moving fighters to Afghanistan, Yemen and Africa in order to set up a new large-scale terrorist network, the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service has stated.
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Virginia governor spares convicted murderer from execution

Virginia governor spares convicted murderer from execution | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Governor Terry McAuliffe told a news conference on Thursday that he was halting the execution of Ivan Teleguz, 38, over concerns that false evidence might have influenced the jury, but was not granting a full pardon. "Because the sentencing phase of Mr. Teleguz's trial was flawed, I must commute
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North Dakota's 'water protectors' bring their pipeline story to film

North Dakota's 'water protectors' bring their pipeline story to film | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
By Jill Serjeant NEW YORK (Reuters) - They call themselves "water protectors" and describe the Dakota Access pipeline ferrying crude oil across America as "the black snake." In "Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock," the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and those who flocked to
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Russian lawmaker's son gets 27 years prison in U.S. hacking case

Russian lawmaker's son gets 27 years prison in U.S. hacking case | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - The son of a Russian lawmaker was sentenced on Friday by a U.S. federal court to 27 years in prison after being convicted of a cyber assault on thousands of U.S. businesses, marking the longest ever hacking-related sentence in the United States. Roman Seleznev, 32, was found guilty last
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Up in Smoke: Marijuana activists cuffed after lighting up at U.S. Capitol

Up in Smoke: Marijuana activists cuffed after lighting up at U.S. Capitol | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Two dozen red-hatted protesters gathered on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Monday to call for easing federal marijuana laws, but police snuffed out the party by arresting four of them after they lit up joints. The activists, who carried marijuana-leaf flags and a sign saying "Let DC Tax and
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Officer says 'minimal but necessary force' used on United passenger

Officer says 'minimal but necessary force' used on United passenger | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
One of the police officers who forcibly removed a passenger from a United Airlines flight said "minimal but necessary force" was used in the incident that became a public relations disaster for the carrier, according to a report released by the city. Video recorded by other passengers showed
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Former Trump adviser Flynn likely broke law with Russia trip: lawmakers

Former Trump adviser Flynn likely broke law with Russia trip: lawmakers | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn likely broke the law by failing to get permission to be paid for a trip to Russia in 2015, the leaders of a House of Representatives committee said on Tuesday. During the visit, Flynn, a retired lieutenant general who advised Donald Trump'
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