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Entire Canadian Museum for Human Rights is now open

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, beleaguered by questionable management, cost overruns, and controversial omissions, has opened its doors to all of its 11 galleries. And, according to the Freep, 700 paid $15 to get the full CMHR experience. The museum officially opened Sept.15, giving patrons limited access to the unfinished building, as only five of the 11 exhibits were open in $351-million building. The remaining six galleries opened Tuesday afternoon. “It acts as a good reminder to how fortunate we are as Canadians,” Brigitte Burgoyne told the Free Press after completing her visit. “And it’s not just history, but things taking place in the present day.” [Source: Winnipeg Free Press]

Car bombs kill five in Libya 

At least five people have been killed and many more injured after car bombs were detonated in the eastern Libyan cities of Tobruk and Al Bayda, according to reports from the area. Since Muammar Gaddafi’s deposition and subsequent death, Libya has been in a state of upheaval, with various levels of groups, gangs, tribes, and militias fighting to rule. Army spokesman Mohammed Hegazi told AP News he believes Islamic State militants stationed in the town of Derna, close to Tobruk, are behind the attacks. The BBC reports that three kidnapped protesters were found beheaded in Derna on Tuesday, presumably by IS. Tobruk is where Libya’s parliament is located, having moved there from Tripoli over safety concerns. And Libya’s constituent assembly, the group assigned to draft the country’s new constitution, is located in Al Bayda. [Source: BBC]

Rosetta’s Philae to make history, land on comet

Rosetta, the space machine behind the European Space Agency’s groundbreaking mission to find out more than anyone has ever known about comets, deployed a smaller version of itself last night to land on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet it’s currently travelling in sync with at 34,400 miles per hour. The lander, Philae, is positioned to land on a small, smooth area of the rock in the next few hours. Guess how much money has been spent on this mission. Double it. You’re still not close. If Philae succeeds, the space agency will be able to study the surface of the comet in ways previously thought to be impossible. If it doesn’t, the mission will still be considered successful, as Rosetta was able to snap many photographs of the comet as they orbited together, a few miles apart. Watch the live coverage of the event below. [Source: New York Times]


Activists set fire to party headquarters in Mexico over missing students case 

Activists ticked off over the government’s handling of the missing students case in Mexico have set fire to the PRI party’s headquarters in the state of Guerrero. Gang members recently went on record saying they killed the students and dumped their bodies in a landfill close to the town of Iguala, where the missing people were last seen leaving after protesting at a city hall event. But remains found at the site have yet to match the missing students, reports the BBC.  Tests carried out by forensic teams show that 24 of the 30 bodies discovered in the landfill are not a match to the students, giving relatives of the missing renewed hope they may still be alive. The alleged links between the gang members, local police, and the mayor of Iguala, who along with his wife are two of over 70 arrested in connection with this case, don’t go high enough, a local resident told BBC. The connection between gangs and political leaders allegedly reach much higher than town council.The students disappeared on Sept. 26 after protesting unfair hiring practices at a city hall event in Iguala. Their bus was pulled over by police officers, who allegedly handed them over to gang leaders at the request of the mayor. [Source: BBC]

Canadian-born Gill Rosenberg joins Kurdish troops to fight Islamic State militants 

Gill Rosenberg was born in White Rock, British Columbia. She is 31 year old, and is the first Canadian-born woman to join Kurdish troops fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, according to Israeli media. Rosenberg, a civil aviation pilot, joined the Israeli military before getting extradited to the U.S. where she was arrested and jailed in 2009 for her role in an international phone scam, reports the CBC. She has since been released, and has apparently traveled to Iraq where she is being trained by Kurdish guerillas. “They [the Kurds] are our brothers. They are good people. They love life, a lot like us, really,” Rosenberg said in an interview with Israeli media, explaining to them why she decided to contact the group via Facebook and join their effort. Rosenberg has been posting pics of her time in the region to her own Facebook page, where encouragements like, “So proud of you. Go get ‘em” have been posted. [Source: CBC]


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