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Decoding Symbols in Renaissance Art. Forbes Welcome. Hungary's Referendum On Refugee Resettlement Is Overwhelming — But Invalid. Hungarian women wearing traditional costume cast their ballot at a polling station in Budapest, Hungary, during a referendum on Oct. 2 on refugee resettlement.

Hungary's Referendum On Refugee Resettlement Is Overwhelming — But Invalid

Arpad Kurucz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Arpad Kurucz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images. Meeting Between Pope And Russian Orthodox Patriarch Will Be 'First In History' For the first time since their churches split in the 11th century, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill will meet in person.

Meeting Between Pope And Russian Orthodox Patriarch Will Be 'First In History'

10 Things You May Not Know About William the Conqueror - History Lists. Though he spoke a dialect of French and grew up in Normandy, a fiefdom loyal to the French kingdom, William and other Normans descended from Scandinavian invaders.

10 Things You May Not Know About William the Conqueror - History Lists

William’s great-great-great-grandfather, Rollo, pillaged northern France with fellow Viking raiders in the late ninth and early 10th centuries, eventually accepting his own territory (Normandy, named for the Norsemen who controlled it) in exchange for peace. The product of an affair between Robert I, duke of Normandy, and a woman called Herleva, William was likely known to his contemporaries as William the Bastard for much of his life. His critics continued to use this moniker (albeit behind his back) even after he defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings and earned an upgrade to William the Conqueror.

The Dark Ages...How Dark Were They, Really?: Crash Course World History #14. Australia Enjoys Another Peaceful Day Under Oppressive Gun Control Regime. Due to the nation’s controversial and oppressive gun restrictions, no one has died as a result of a mass-shooting on Australian soil today, for the 7827th day in a row.

Australia Enjoys Another Peaceful Day Under Oppressive Gun Control Regime

North Betoota cinema attendant, Christina Upton can’t believe it has been a whole 21 years and 57 days since a heavily armed white Australian male decided to shoot at a crowd of unsuspecting Australian civilians for no reason. She says the peaceful two decades that have followed are “probably” because the Australian government decided to strip her of a God-given right to own projectile weaponry capable of shooting down helicopters. “Yeah, I mean the Yanks come across as sick people. This year there have been more mass shootings in America than calendar dates… But it wasn’t that long ago that Australia had postal workers holding their entire office hostage with AR-15s” “I don’t think America should be so hard on itself about the mental state of thousands of lonely white losers.

On Guns, We’re Not Even Trying. Photo Another day, another ghastly shooting in America.

On Guns, We’re Not Even Trying

So far this year, the United States has averaged more than one mass shooting a day, according to the ShootingTracker website, counting cases of four or more people shot. And now we have the attack on Wednesday in San Bernardino, Calif., that killed at least 14 people. It’s too soon to know exactly what happened in San Bernardino, but just in the last four years, more people have died in the United States from guns (including suicides and accidents) than Americans have died in the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq combined. When one person dies in America every 16 minutes from a gun, we urgently need to talk about remedies. Democrats, including President Obama, emphasize the need to address America’s problems with guns.

Paris shootings: 18 reported killed. Scores were killed in the coordinated attacks late Friday, leaving a nation in mourning and the world in shock.

Paris shootings: 18 reported killed

CNN will update this story as information comes in: [Latest developments, posted at 11:59 p.m. ET] Storm kills 1, causes severe flooding in southern Portugal's Algarve vacation region. Why Portugal's constitutional crisis is a threat to all Europe's democracies. But Portugal's more stridently anti-austerity, eurosceptic parties on the Left - the radical Left Bloc (sometimes dubbed the "Syriza of Portugal") and the anti-euro Communists, saw a surprising surge in support.

Why Portugal's constitutional crisis is a threat to all Europe's democracies

Combined, they gained 18.5pc of the vote. A minority government or Leftist alliance: Portugal's election produced a political stalemate Despite the inconclusive result, the election indicated an overall dissatisfaction with Portugal's dominant pro-austerity, pro-bail-out forces (including the Socialists). Ireland should follow Portugal on drug laws, report suggests. Ireland should follow the example of Portugal and offer counselling and other assistance to people caught by gardaí with small quantities of drugs rather than prosecute them, a new report for Government by an Oireachtas committee is proposing.

Ireland should follow Portugal on drug laws, report suggests

People found with drugs including cannabis, heroin and cocaine would face a civil or administrative response rather than a criminal justice one. The proposals come just days after Minister in charge of the National Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said a more liberal and progressive attitude towards illegal drugs was needed in the Republic. Historical timeline for France with important dates and events. Major historical dates and events in French history, with wars and battles; the reigns of the kings, queens and political figures.

Historical timeline for France with important dates and events

You can also test and improve your general knowledge with the French trivia quiz Historical dates A list of important dates and periods in French history: Family tree of the French kings. Germany Faces Few Mass Shootings Amid Tough Gun Laws. Photo BERLIN — The last major debate over gun control in Germany was in 2009, when Tim Kretschmer, 17, got his hands on one of his father’s guns and went on a rampage at his school in Winnenden, in southwest .

Germany Faces Few Mass Shootings Amid Tough Gun Laws

He killed nine students and three teachers, as well as two workers at a nearby auto dealership and an employee at a local clinic. The teenage gunman, who had grappled with failing grades, hijacked a car and eventually shot himself. US gun violence kills more people than Boko Haram, and 10 other facts to consider after San Bernardino. Another day, another mass shooting in the United States of America. Tragically, this is a sentence I can write almost every single day in the US and be accurate. The violence that killed 14 people in San Bernardino yesterday, was the 353rd mass shooting in the US this year. That basically guarantees a tragic stat, that there will likely be more mass shootings than there are days in 2015.

The prevalence of mass shootings (defined for this purpose as an incident where 4 or more people have been shot, as is done by in the United States is such a constant presence on the news, many of them don’t even grab national headlines. Grappling with the impacts, causes and debates over gun violence in the United States is a monumental task. EU Officials Say Starbucks And Fiat Got Illegal Tax Breaks. European Union Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager says tax breaks give some companies an unfair advantage. Thierry Monasse/AP hide caption itoggle caption Thierry Monasse/AP European Union Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager says tax breaks give some companies an unfair advantage. Thierry Monasse/AP The European Union wants Starbucks to pay up to $34 million in back taxes, ruling that the company received illegal state aid from the Netherlands. EU officials also alleged that Fiat benefited from a similar deal with Luxembourg. Northern European History.

Catalan Regional Parliament Approves Plan For Independence From Spain. Junts Pel Si (Together for Yes) member of the Catalan Parliament Marta Rovira gives a thumbs up as she votes to pass the start of the independence process Monday in Barcelona, Spain. David Ramos/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption David Ramos/Getty Images. Social Media Users Factcheck Mainstream News Coverage of Russian Plane Crash in Egypt. People lit candles and left flowers at Dvortsovaya Square in St. Petersburg on Sunday, November 1 during a day of national mourning for victims of a Metrojet crash over Egypt that killed all 224 on board. Photo by Nikolai Gontar for Demotix. The news of a a Russian passenger plane crash in the Egyptian Sinai desert on October 31 has remained one of the top news stories in Russian and global media during the past weekend. Experts have called the catastrophe “the worst air disaster in Russian history.” The Remarkable, Forgotten Story of How a Soviet Town Disposed of Its Dead.

The Ob River. Photo by Ondřej Žváček. August 3, 2007.