Syrian refugee chefs recreate the taste of home in Turkey

Syrian refugee chefs recreate the taste of home in Turkey

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ISTANBUL—The Salloura chain sweets shop was a Syrian institution, famous throughout the region for its fluffy cakes, pistachio baklava and rose-water syrup-soaked, fried dough balls.

Today the Salloura family manages the bakery out of a bustling avenue in Istanbul’s historic Fatih district, where traditional eateries have sprouted up in order to offer cheap, filling and nostalgia-inducing food for the more than 300,000 Syrian refugees who have made this city their home in exile.

“These foods help people to feel connected with their homeland, who in Turkey feel lost,” said Mohammad Ayman as he wraps clotted cream filled pastries into to-go packages for Syrian customers. Read more…

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Philadelphia building transformed into beautiful, ice-encased fortress after fire

Philadelphia building transformed into beautiful, ice-encased fortress after fire

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A Philadelphia-area business that burned on Saturday morning is now an ice castle after brutally cold temperatures froze the water used to battle the blaze

Joe’s Auto Body in Frankford caught fire around 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning, growing into a six-alarm fire that spread to half the block due to high winds. Besides the gusts, the extremely cold temps — from the upper teens to the low 20s — made fighting the fire a challenge for first responders. Three people, including a firefighter, were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries Read more…

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Dr. Jonas Salk tested his polio vaccine on his own family

Dr. Jonas Salk tested his polio vaccine on his own family

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Rows of iron lungs with polio patients are arrayed at the Ranchos Los Amigos Respiratory Center in Los Angeles.

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Before the mid-1950s, polio was one of the most feared diseases in the world. Caused by a virus, it created annual epidemics. The disease hit children the hardest. Once contracted, the virus replicates rapidly and invades the nervous system of the victim. People infected are generally contagious for six weeks, even if they show no symptoms

The disease struck indiscriminately. Even U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was affected, losing the use of his legs after a diagnosis at the age of 39. In 1938, he founded the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, to fund research into a cure. Roosevelt also founded the March of Dimes, a massive public fundraising effort to aid the afflicted and find a cure or vaccine Read more…

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The population Down Under is set to hit 24 million people

The population Down Under is set to hit 24 million people

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Australia might be well known as a sparse continent, but it is about to reach a major milestone.

The country will hit a population of 24 million people on Feb. 16 at 12:51 a.m. AEDT, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

“We’ve reached a population of 24 million sooner than we expected, as predicted 10 or 15 years ago,” Andrew Howe, a demographer at the ABS told Mashable Australia.

Unfortunately, there is no official 24 millionth person Down Under, as it’s based on estimates. The population number is worked out by a total population increase of one person every 1 minute and 31 seconds, which is an estimate that takes into account births, deaths and overseas migration. Read more…

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Hashtags and anti-Viagra bill used to fight Kentucky's restrictive new abortion laws

Hashtags and anti-Viagra bill used to fight Kentucky’s restrictive new abortion laws

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Love is in the air this weekend in a lot of places, but in Kentucky, abortion rights supporters are mounting a cheeky campaign to fight back against recently passed state laws that strengthen abortion restrictions across the state

The story starts two weeks ago when Kentucky’s State Senate passed an “informed consent” bill that requires a woman seeking an abortion to have a consultation with her doctor 24 hours prior to the procedure. The measure tweaks a pre-existing law that most women were able to satisfy by listening to a pre-recorded message via phone, according to Louisville’s Courier-Journal Read more…

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South Korea cuts off power and water to jointly run factory park with the North

South Korea cuts off power and water to jointly run factory park with the North

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PAJU, South Korea — South Korea has cut off power and water supplies to a factory park in North Korea, officials said Friday, a day after the North deported all South Korean workers there and ordered a military takeover of the complex that had been the last major symbol of cooperation between the rivals.

It is the latest in an escalating standoff over North Korea’s recent rocket launch that Seoul, Washington and their allies view as a banned test of missile technology. The North says its actions on the Kaesong complex were a response to Seoul’s earlier decision to suspend operations as punishment for the launch. Read more…

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Former prime minister: A 'low, steady hum of racism' permeates Australia

Former prime minister: A ‘low, steady hum of racism’ permeates Australia

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Love him or hate him, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has long demonstrated a sincere frankness when it comes to racism and Indigenous issues in his home country.

Rudd returned to Sydney — he now resides in New York as President of the Asia Society Policy Institute—to speak of the “low, steady hum of racism” that remains in Australia at a Friday event commemorating a historic apology he delivered eight years ago to Australia’s Indigenous people for the “indignities” they faced since European settlement more than 200 years ago.

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Mario Woods died of at least 20 gunshot wounds, autopsy shows

Mario Woods died of at least 20 gunshot wounds, autopsy shows

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Mario Woods, the San Francisco man whose fatal shooting by police was recorded in a harrowing video posted to social media in December, suffered at least 20 gunshot wounds and had a combination of drugs in his system at the time of his death, autopsy results showed Thursday

Woods, 26, died from 20 gunshot wounds to his back, head, buttocks, legs and hands, with an additional “probable gunshot graze wound” to his cheek, according to the autopsy report released by San Francisco Chief Medical Examiner Michael Hunter.

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9-year-old Iron Boy saves the day in Sydney, steals every heart

9-year-old Iron Boy saves the day in Sydney, steals every heart

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Meet your new favorite superhero: Iron Boy. The New South Wales Police and Make-A-Wish Foundation teamed up to help Domenic, who is battling cystic fibrosis, live out his dream of being a superhero on Thursday. “Let’s get down to business,” he said after he was briefed at police headquarters about his first mission in Parramatta, according to 9 News.

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Diplomats agree to 'nationwide cessation of hostilities' in Syria

Diplomats agree to ‘nationwide cessation of hostilities’ in Syria

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has reported that diplomats meeting in Munich as part of the International Syria Support Group have agreed to work with Syrian parties to implement a “nationwide cessation of hostilities.”

Kerry said early Friday that the target is to implement the ceasefire in a week’s time.

Kerry says a long-term ceasefire in Syria depends on parties to its civil war engaging in “genuine negotiation,” adding that “the objective is to achieve a durable long-term ceasefire at some point in time.” He acknowledged that differences remain over the future of Syrian President Bashar Assad but said “you have to be at the table to deal with that.” Read more…

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