Terrorists murder western hostages, Japan is dealing with an unwelcome gift from China, and just what the heck was Stonehenge all about, anyway? Click that “Read More” button and find out:
Britain, Italy, and Greece are all admitting that a Nigerian Islamist group killed seven of their citizens. “Ansaru”, an offshoot of Boko Haram, was holding the westerners hostage. The insurgents are promising to release gruesome video footage to back-up the claims.
Tokyo and many other Japanese cities are choking under a cloud of dust blown in from Mongolia. But coming along for the ride is a thick layer of particulate air pollution from China’s smoke-belching heavy industries around Beijing.
Today is the 2 year anniversary of the 11 March 2011 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, which in turn caused the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. Memorials will be held throughout the country at the exact moment the quake struck in 2011.
Eight people are dead in an apartment fire in the German town of Backnang, which is near Stuttgart. Seven of the dead are children. The victims are Turkish, although for now officials are saying there’s no indication of the fire being deliberately set or part of a racist attack.
Three former heads of state are urging the U.S. to drop the War on Drugs already. The former presidents of Brazil, Colombia and Switzerland note that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency insists other countries crack down on drugs, while American opinion is changing with more states and municipalities moving to decriminalize small amounts of Marijuana. Many American police officials say they’re wasting time and resources on something they’ve never been able to control.
Stonehenge: Some think it’s a giant temple to the Sun, other believe it’s an ancient grave. New research indicates it was a lot of things. Cremated remains excavated from the site are 500 years older than the mysterious giant stone towers. Ancient animal bones excavated there show that Stonehenge was used as a gathering place for huge feasts. In fact, so many animal bones were found that one Uni professor speculates the prehistoric parties were like the “Glastonbury festival and a motorway building scheme at the same time.”