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Today In History: April 16 1917

On this date, Vladimir Lenin returned to Russia to take the reins of the Russian revolution. Although exiled in Siberia and Europe for his revolutionary activities, Vladimir Lenin was able to strengthen his Bolshevik Party through his oratory and literary skill. With Russia plunged into chaos by World War I and the abdication of Tsar Nicolás II, Lenin left Switzerland and crossed German enemy lines to reach St. Petersburg on April 16, 1917. Seven months later, under the leadership of Lenin, the Bolsheviks took power in Russia. He oversaw the creation of the Soviet Union and ruled the first Communist State in the world…
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Ukraine Regains Control of Military Airfield in the East

The President of Ukraine, Olexander Turchynov, said that Ukrainian forces retook control of a military airport in Kramatorsk, in Eastern Ukraine, after fighting against pro-Russian separatists. Earlier, Turchynov had informed the Parliament, that it had begun an operation to evict pro Russians fighters that occupied government buildings in the east of the country. According to various reports, armed with weapons and dozens of police vehicles could be about forty kilometers to the North of Slavyansk. There was also reported an increase in the activity of helicopters in the South of Donetsk.
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US and Ukraine Sign $1 Billion Loan Guarantee

The Secretary of the US Treasury, Jack Lew, and Ukrainian Finance Minister, Oleksandr Shlapak signed Monday in Washington the agreement whereby the United States will help with one billion of dollars to Ukraine with the aim of supporting the reforms for stabilize the Ukrainian economy. The line of loan guarantees, which had already been approved by Congress at the beginning of the month, aims to support a program of reforms proposed by the new pro-European Cabinet and who will have the help of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In the Act of ratification, held at the headquarters of the treasury, Lew underlined that these loan guarantees show "the…
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Traumatic Experiences Can Be Inherited From Parent to Child

Can a traumatic experience, or any change in our lifestyle be transmitted genetically to our children? This phenomenon, called Epigenetic inheritance has been linked in a multitude of diseases, from obesity to psychiatric problems like bipolar disorder where there is a gene that is clearly identified. But up to this date, no mechanism by which this occurs has been identified. A team of scientists from the Institute of Brain Research at the University of Zurich Switzerland, offer the key in the magazine "Nature Neuroscience". Their work suggests that the environment leaves traces in the brain, organs and also in the gametes. And that it is through small fragments of RNA of…
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Today In History: March 21 1804

Promulgation of the Napoleonic Civil Code It was the cornerstone of the great legislative work of Napoleón Bonaparte and one of his great political successes Since General Bonaparte rose to power in France, with the coup of 18 Brumaire (9 November 1799), one of his goals as leader of the country was to achieve France's stabilization after years of turmoil, and war. One of the aspects in which he focused his energy was the ordination of the French legislation, which after years of constitutional changes and legislative work of the revolutionary assemblies had lost coherence and solidity. The culmination of…
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The EU Meets To Discuss Response To Russia

European Union leaders met from 14:30 GMT in Brussels to discuss a new response to block the Russian intervention in the Ukrainian region of Crimea. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said that the EU leaders would agree to new sanctions against Moscow. Merkel said before the Parliament of her country that Russia's actions meant that the G-8 (composed of Germany, Canada, France, United States, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and Russia) no longer existed. Meanwhile, the Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, told the BBC that the EU should offer clear support to Ukraine because the objective of Russia was not Crimea…
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Today In History: March 20 1727

Death of Isaac Newton His enormous prestige earned him the title of Sir and upon his death receiving State honors. He was buried in Westminster Abbey. On March 20, 1727 died the scientist whose theories marked the path of physics to the relativity of Einstein, Isaac Newton. In 1661 he joined Trinity College, Cambridge, where his main mentor would be the mathematician Isaac Barrow. Encouraged by him and by the ideas of Galileo, Kepler and Descartes Newton was given to the study of mathematics. In 1666 his findings revolutionised the world of science: he invented infinitesimal calculus (whose discovery was disputed with Leibniz),…
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Russia Risks “Political & Economic Isolation”

Vice President, Joe Biden, said that if Russia continues on its "dark road" it faces "political and economic isolation", during his visit to Lithuania on Wednesday. "Russia has chosen to respond with military aggression, a referendum virtually rejected by the entire world, illegal efforts to annex Crimea and now reports of armed attacks against Ukrainian military personnel and installations in Crimea," he said. "I want to make it clear: we remain firmly with our Baltic partners in support of the Ukrainian people against the Russian aggression." While Russia goes down this dark path they will face a growing political and economic isolation". Biden spoke…
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Putin Calls On US to Stop Cold War Rhetoric

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, called on United States to halt the "hysteria and cold war rhetoric," during a special session with Russian parliamentarians. He said the West has "exceeded in Ukraine and behaved irresponsibly". Moreover, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia said that the sanctions will not remain unanswered, but it did not specify what measures will be taken. The European Union and United States approved Monday the freezing of assets and bans on travel for officials from Russia and Ukraine. The US President Barack Obama, said that they will be considering new sanctions if Russia does not…
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Greenpeace Breaks Into French Nuclear Plant

More than 60 environmental activists of the non governmental organization Greenpeace entered a nuclear plantmanaged by the company EDF  in Fessenheim, in eastern France, to protest the vulnerability of nuclear facilities. Members of the Group hung a banner with the words 'Stop jeopardizing Europe'. Greenpeace appealed to European Governments to cut the use of nuclear energy. The President of France, François Hollande, promised to close the plant by 2016 and reduce the dependence of his country of nuclear power as a source of electricity. Greenpeace has a long history of irruptions in nuclear plants in France. In July of last year, about…
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