Egypt’s Christians are Fleeing the North Sinai After a Spate of Sectarian Killings — TIME

(ISMAILIA, Egypt)—After Islamic militants barged into his uncle’s house, shot him and his son dead, then looted the place and set it on fire, Said Sameh Adel Fawzy knew it was time to leave. The 35-year-old Christian, who owns a plumbing supply business in Egypt’s troubled northern Sinai town of el-Arish, packed up a few…

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The discovery of a giant neuron could help explain how the brain creates consciousness — Quartz

Nobody yet understands how a collection of mushy cells in the brain gives rise to the brilliance of consciousness seen in higher-order animals, including humans. But two discoveries give scientists vital clues to how human consciousness works. In 2014, a 54-year-old woman went to George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates in Washington, DC, for epilepsy…

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Nigeria’s whistle-blower plan to pay citizens to report corruption is off to a great start — Quartz

Nigeria’s problems with corruption are well-documented. In a bid to buck the trend, Nigeria’s ministry of finance recently decided to try a new approach: allowing citizens who report corruption-related offenses earn a cut from the recovered loot. The hope was that the whistle-blowing policy, put in place two months ago, would provide agencies like the…

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Another former colony wants Germany to pay for its atrocities in Africa — Quartz

Germany’s colonial ghosts are once again haunting the country in the present day. Lawmakers in Tanzania have begun the process to demand compensation from Germany for atrocities committed at the dawn of the twentieth century. The Maji Maji rebellion returned to the spotlight last week after minister of Defense and National Service Hussein Mwinyi announced…

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