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‘In Australia, beds are burning. So are entire towns, irreplaceable forests and endangered and precious animal species such as the koala.’

The brown skies I observed in the Blue Mountains this week are a product of human-caused climate change. Take record heat, combine it with unprecedented drought in already dry regions and you get unprecedented bushfires like the ones engulfing the Blue Mountains and spreading across the continent. It’s not complicated. Read more»

Here are 10 of the most haunted places around the world to help you get your spook on. Read more»

A WWI Memorial in Netherbury, England

Later this week, the world will mark 100 years since the assassination of an Austrian prince in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo dragged the great powers of the time into a conflict they called "the war to end all wars." Read more»

If any of these 6 teams wins in Brazil, Germany could claim a share of the credit. Read more»

Governments and big corporations can read the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but not you. Here are 6 ways it could change the world. Read more»

Meet putnisite, the world's newest mineral

It's purple and pretty and composed of cube-like crystals just 0.5 mm in size. But what really makes putnisite, the world's newest mineral, truly unique is that nothing like it has ever been discovered before. Read more»

Australia, Scotland and Finland tightened their gun laws following mass shooting tragedies. GlobalPost takes a closer look. Read more»

As Obamacare divides Washington, let's not forget how many countries are doing health care better than we are. Read more»

An Australian anthropologist plans to lead an expedition to the Wessel Islands off the coast of northern Australia in July to excavate a site where five ancient African coins were found. Read more»

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that Mexico has officially been invited to enter into discussions over an emerging free-trade pact after being left out of the initial dialogue. Read more»

An Australian study has found you are more likely to get a good night sleep if you share your bed with a pet rather than another person. Read more»

A bill to regulate online schools might create an unintended consequence: grade inflation. Read more»

Mexicans claimed they reached a world record number of people dressed as zombies Sunday, when nearly 10,000 people staggered through Mexico City, dripping with fake blood, rotting plastic flesh and smudged mascara. (with videos) Read more»

A report out Monday — that that nearly 60,000 foreigners are in Australia unlawfully — should give pause for thought. It's not the 4,700-odd "boat people" accepted by Canberra each year. These illegals are (mainly) Americans, Britons, Chinese, Malaysians and South Koreans. Read more»

Qantas Airways has grounded its fleet of aircraft over a labor dispute, barring all domestic and international flights on the Australian airline. Read more»

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