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Giving people the ‘cuddle hormone’ oxytocin can increase kindness towards refugees

The researchers, from the University of Bonn in west Germany, claim their finding could eventually help people adapt to living around migrants.

‘The combined enhancement of oxytocin and peer influence could diminish selfish motives,’ study lead author Professor Rene Hurlemann said.

‘Given the right circumstances, oxytocin may help promote the acceptance and integration of migrants into Western cultures’.


ISIS Encourages Attacks on US Hurricane Relief Centers

One analyst quoted by CNBC says that “these posts appear to be more aspirational than operational, with hopes that their followers would then act on calls for attacks. Incidents involving lone wolf attackers have demonstrated the potential danger, lethality and effectiveness of a rehearsed small arms or knife attack that can be carried out by a single individual with little or no training. It also underscores the potentially higher consequences of an assault attack involving multiple operatives.”


Clinton leaves question mark over 2016 election legitimacy

Hillary Clinton says she would not “rule out” questioning the legitimacy of the US presidential election if Russia is found to have deeply meddled.

The former secretary of state told NPR’s Fresh Air programme, however, she did not believe there was a “mechanism” in place to challenge the outcome.

US intelligence agencies believe Russia tried to tip the election in favour of President Donald Trump.


‘A punch in the gut’: Mother slams B.C. high school exercise connecting Indigenous women to ‘squaw’

The activity is inside a workbook for a graphic novel called Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush, written by the late author Carol Shields and Patrick Crowe. It is also used as an ESL resource.

Moodie’s original book, published in 1852, details the experiences of a British settler living in what is called the “the wilderness” near Peterborough, Ont. In the book, the word “squaw” is used 39 times.

The workbook states “students should be made aware that the original text … reflected the racial, ethnic, and social prejudices of that time.”


Terror trial: Officers say they found bomb ingredients in shopping bag

In Sabrine Djermane’s apartment, national security investigators say they found instructions detailing how to make a homemade bomb.

In El Mahdi Jamali’s bedroom at his family’s home, it was explained in court on Monday, they found some of the materials believed to be required to assemble the device: a box of assorted hardware nails, two nine-volt batteries, four AA batteries, a tube of Super Glue and a roll of duct tape.


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