New Round of Ukraine Talks to Be Held in Belarus

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MOSCOW — With a new round of talks on easing the crisis in Ukraine about to start, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called on the participants to push for a cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops and separatist forces.

The talks between the so-called contact group are being held Monday in Minsk, the Belarusian capital.

Speaking to students at Moscow State Institute of International Relation, Lavrov said the priority of the talks should be reaching agreement on an immediate unconditional cease-fire.

A representative of the Russia-backed separatists, Andrei Purgin, told the Interfax news agency that their priority was to win recognition of their independence in eastern Ukraine, which has a large Russian-speaking population. He said they also were willing to discuss the exchange of prisoners and a temporary cease-fire. Read more...

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There Are No Descendants Left From the First Eskimos

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Ancient human DNA is shedding light on the peopling of the Arctic region of the Americas, revealing that the first people there did not leave any genetic descendants in the New World, unlike previously thought.

The study's researchers suggest the first group of people in the New World Arctic may have lived in near-isolation for more than 4,000 years because of a mindset that eschewed adopting new ideas. It remains a mystery why they ultimately died off, they added.

The first people in the Arctic of the Americas may have arrived about 6,000 years ago, crossing the Bering Strait from Siberia. The area was the last region of the New World that humans populated due to its harsh and frigid nature. Read more...

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Australia Government Buys Bombproof BMW Fleet for G20 Summit

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SYDNEY — The Australia Prime Minister has ordered a fleet of bombproof BMWs to protect leaders during the G20 summit this year.

The $6.2 million fleet can withstand AK47 fire, attacks with explosive devices or armour-piercing weapons.

"The optimised-armour plates are made from an incredibly strong special steel, and fit the bodywork of the car like a second skin," car manufacturer BMW said on their website. "And reducing the number of components also increases the level of protection for the occupants, as there are far fewer potential points of vulnerability." Read more...

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With its own livestreaming technology and popularity with big Twitch users, Google doesn’t need to own Twitch (Peter Bright/Ars Technica)

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With its own livestreaming technology and popularity with big Twitch users, Google doesn't need to own Twitch  —  Google doesn't need Twitch for game streaming  —  When it comes to the game and e-sports streaming scene, Twitch is the 800-pound gorilla.  But when it comes to online video as a whole …

Perez Hilton Apologizes and Removes Nude Images of Jennifer Lawrence

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Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has apologized on his Twitter account and removed the nude images of Jennifer Lawrence and Victoria Justice from his website, perezhilton.com. The private photos of these and many more celebrities have been leaked on the internet after an alleged iCloud hack

Hilton first replaced the uncensored nude photos on his site with censored versions, but then changed his mind and removed the photos altogether

"No, I haven’t been forced to do so or been contacted by their reps, but I am removing those uncensored photos of JLaw and Victoria Justice," he wrote in a tweet. "Upon further reflection and just sitting with my actions, I don't feel comfortable even keeping the censored photos up. I am removing them," he later added Read more...

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