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World’s Oldest Vertebrate Fossil Heart Found in Australia Smithsonian Magazine
Xi urges SCO to strengthen cooperation China Daily
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Talks between rival Palestinian factions to resume in Algeria in October Business Standard
New Not-So-Cold War
US Senator Calls for Sanctions on Algeria’s Russian Arms Deals Morocco World News
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Tension mounts in Haiti with widespread looting, violent protests La Prensa Latina
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
‘Pretty creepy’: Agencies illegally obtained emails, voicemails and texts The Saturday Paper
Fake cryptocurrency giveaway sites have tripled this year BleepingComputer
Imperial Collapse Watch
Study finds 37% greater veteran suicide rate than reported by VA Stars and Stripes
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.