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Ostrich-egg globe hailed as ‘oldest’ orb showing Newfoundland and the New WorldA European collector of antique maps claims to have identified the oldest known globe depicting the New World — including the future Canada — after spending a year researching what he concluded is a 509-year-old ostrich egg transformed into a one-of-a-kind cartographic orb from the first decade of the 16th century.The grapefruit-sized object, acquired by an anonymous antiquarian at last year’s London Map Fair for about $1,500, closely matches the geographical features shown on the renowned Hunt-Lenox Globe, an engraved copper sphere dated 1510 and counted among the great treasures of the New York Public Library’s world-class artifact collection. (Photo: STEFAAN MISSINNE/WASHINGTON MAP SOCIETY)

Ostrich-egg globe hailed as ‘oldest’ orb showing Newfoundland and the New World
A European collector of antique maps claims to have identified the oldest known globe depicting the New World — including the future Canada — after spending a year researching what he concluded is a 509-year-old ostrich egg transformed into a one-of-a-kind cartographic orb from the first decade of the 16th century.

The grapefruit-sized object, acquired by an anonymous antiquarian at last year’s London Map Fair for about $1,500, closely matches the geographical features shown on the renowned Hunt-Lenox Globe, an engraved copper sphere dated 1510 and counted among the great treasures of the New York Public Library’s world-class artifact collection. (Photo: STEFAAN MISSINNE/WASHINGTON MAP SOCIETY)

‘Modern explorer’ Adam Shoalts’ waterfalls discovery disputed by aboriginal leaders
The “modern explorer” who traveled alone to the Hudson Bay lowlands to collect data on a series of previously undocumented waterfalls returned home last week to the applause of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, which has celebrated Adam Shoalts for his rare accomplishment of changing the Canadian map.

But since news of his discovery catapulted him into the national spotlight late last month, a small chorus of aboriginal leaders and elderly canoe enthusiasts have been dissecting his claim, suggesting they had traversed the 107-kilometre Again River that straddles the northern border between Ontario and Quebec long before Mr. Shoalts was born.

The 27-year-old had expected as much.

“Every single explorer I’ve studied in history faces claims that someone else found it first,” said Mr. Shoalts, a PhD candidate in history at McMaster University. “That’s why, to me, documentation is so crucial that I was willing to do the river twice.” (Photos: Courtesy: Adam Shoalts)

Graphic: The Boston Marathon ExplosionsTwo bombs struck near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, turning a celebration into a bloody scene of destruction. The blasts threw people to the ground, killing three, including an eight-year-old boy, and injuring dozens. This is what we know so far.

Graphic: The Boston Marathon Explosions
Two bombs struck near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, turning a celebration into a bloody scene of destruction. The blasts threw people to the ground, killing three, including an eight-year-old boy, and injuring dozens. This is what we know so far.

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Google has upgraded its map of North Korea to include roads, monuments to Dear Leader and the nearest gulagGoogle has helped fill the gap in one of the last remaining information black holes in the world by releasing a detailed map of North Korea that adds street names, monuments — and its notorious prison camps.Information on streets, parks, monuments and train stops in the capital of Pyongyang showed up on Google Maps’ formerly blank map of North Korea this week. Until Tuesday, the isolated communist regime was the last place on Google Maps where no data was available beyond the capital city’s name. (Google Maps)

Google has upgraded its map of North Korea to include roads, monuments to Dear Leader and the nearest gulag
Google has helped fill the gap in one of the last remaining information black holes in the world by releasing a detailed map of North Korea that adds street names, monuments — and its notorious prison camps.

Information on streets, parks, monuments and train stops in the capital of Pyongyang showed up on Google Maps’ formerly blank map of North Korea this week. Until Tuesday, the isolated communist regime was the last place on Google Maps where no data was available beyond the capital city’s name. (Google Maps)

Israeli airstrike hits truck convoy in Syria that may contain weapons bound for Hezbollah in LebanonIsrael conducted an airstrike inside Syria overnight near the border with Lebanon, hitting a convoy of trucks, U.S. and regional officials said Wednesday.The regional officials said Israel had been planning in the days leading up to the airstrike to hit a shipment of weapons bound for the Islamist militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon. They said the shipment included sophisticated, Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles, which would be strategically “game-changing” in the hands of Hezbollah.

Israeli airstrike hits truck convoy in Syria that may contain weapons bound for Hezbollah in Lebanon
Israel conducted an airstrike inside Syria overnight near the border with Lebanon, hitting a convoy of trucks, U.S. and regional officials said Wednesday.

The regional officials said Israel had been planning in the days leading up to the airstrike to hit a shipment of weapons bound for the Islamist militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon. They said the shipment included sophisticated, Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles, which would be strategically “game-changing” in the hands of Hezbollah.

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Lost without a map: Despite a globalized society, university students can’t locate the Atlantic OceanJudith Adler started getting suspicious five or six years ago. She can’t pinpoint why, or what, exactly, it was, but the sociologist at Memorial University of Newfoundland had a gnawing sensation, while looking out at the students taking her course on families and the cultural traditions of families the world over, that the undergrads in her room had no idea where in the world some of the places she was talking about actually were.So the professor did what professors do and gave them a pop quiz consisting of a blank map and a series of questions.“I asked them to indicate where on the map South America is, where Africa is, and Antarctica, the Arctic, and to circle Europe, label Australia and show where Asia is and label the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans and Mediterranean Sea — and I’ve become much simpler in what I have asked over the years,” Ms. Adler says.“A sizeable proportion of the class would reliably have no idea where the Mediterranean is. Some students would circle Africa and indicate that it’s Europe, and if asked to locate England and Ireland, they would put them in Africa. I have had students that aren’t able to correctly label the Atlantic Ocean, even though we are on it.”

Lost without a map: Despite a globalized society, university students can’t locate the Atlantic Ocean
Judith Adler started getting suspicious five or six years ago. She can’t pinpoint why, or what, exactly, it was, but the sociologist at Memorial University of Newfoundland had a gnawing sensation, while looking out at the students taking her course on families and the cultural traditions of families the world over, that the undergrads in her room had no idea where in the world some of the places she was talking about actually were.

So the professor did what professors do and gave them a pop quiz consisting of a blank map and a series of questions.

“I asked them to indicate where on the map South America is, where Africa is, and Antarctica, the Arctic, and to circle Europe, label Australia and show where Asia is and label the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans and Mediterranean Sea — and I’ve become much simpler in what I have asked over the years,” Ms. Adler says.

“A sizeable proportion of the class would reliably have no idea where the Mediterranean is. Some students would circle Africa and indicate that it’s Europe, and if asked to locate England and Ireland, they would put them in Africa. I have had students that aren’t able to correctly label the Atlantic Ocean, even though we are on it.”

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France receives help from U.S., Britain as it ramps up airstrikes against Islamic rebels in MaliFrench fighter jets bombed rebel targets in a major city in Mali’s north Sunday, pounding the airport as well as training camps, warehouses and buildings used by the al-Qaeda-linked Islamists controlling the area, officials and residents said.The three-day-old French-led effort to take back Mali’s north from the extremists began with airstrikes by combat helicopters in the small town of Konna. It has grown to a coordinated attack by state-of-the-art fighter jets which have bombarded at least five towns, of which Gao, which was attacked Sunday afternoon, is the largest.More than 400 French troops have been deployed to the country in the all-out effort to win back the territory from the well-armed rebels, who seized control of an area larger than France nine months ago. What began as a French offensive has now grown to include seven other countries, including logistical support from the U.S. and Europe. The United States is providing communications and transport help, while Britain is sending C17 aircrafts to help Mali’s allies transport troops to the frontlines.

France receives help from U.S., Britain as it ramps up airstrikes against Islamic rebels in Mali
French fighter jets bombed rebel targets in a major city in Mali’s north Sunday, pounding the airport as well as training camps, warehouses and buildings used by the al-Qaeda-linked Islamists controlling the area, officials and residents said.

The three-day-old French-led effort to take back Mali’s north from the extremists began with airstrikes by combat helicopters in the small town of Konna. It has grown to a coordinated attack by state-of-the-art fighter jets which have bombarded at least five towns, of which Gao, which was attacked Sunday afternoon, is the largest.

More than 400 French troops have been deployed to the country in the all-out effort to win back the territory from the well-armed rebels, who seized control of an area larger than France nine months ago. What began as a French offensive has now grown to include seven other countries, including logistical support from the U.S. and Europe. The United States is providing communications and transport help, while Britain is sending C17 aircrafts to help Mali’s allies transport troops to the frontlines.

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International community not ruling out Syria amid chemical weapon fears Canada joined the international community Thursday in warning of “serious consequences” if the Syrian government uses chemical weapons against rebel forces and civilians.The warning came amid signs Russia may be backing off its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, and as a report emerged in France that some NATO members are preparing a military attack against Assad’s chemical-weapon stockpiles.Asked about the French report of a Western strike, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Canada has been “actively talking” with its allies about Syria, but he would not confirm that an attack is in the works, or whether Canada would be involved.

International community not ruling out Syria amid chemical weapon fears
Canada joined the international community Thursday in warning of “serious consequences” if the Syrian government uses chemical weapons against rebel forces and civilians.

The warning came amid signs Russia may be backing off its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, and as a report emerged in France that some NATO members are preparing a military attack against Assad’s chemical-weapon stockpiles.

Asked about the French report of a Western strike, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Canada has been “actively talking” with its allies about Syria, but he would not confirm that an attack is in the works, or whether Canada would be involved.

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Merging Canada’s provinces: From Pacific Columbia to East SaskitobaLast week a group of Senators asked Atlantic Canadians to “think big” and consider a Maritime Union. Well, the Post’s Steve Murray thought even bigger

Merging Canada’s provinces: From Pacific Columbia to East Saskitoba
Last week a group of Senators asked Atlantic Canadians to “think big” and consider a Maritime Union. Well, the Post’s Steve Murray thought even bigger

Graphic: The state of PalestineBecoming a non-member observer state at the United Nations may do nothing to change conditions in the West Bank and Gaza. The areas rely heavily on aid, poverty is rife, unemployment is high and living standards are low.

Graphic: The state of Palestine
Becoming a non-member observer state at the United Nations may do nothing to change conditions in the West Bank and Gaza. The areas rely heavily on aid, poverty is rife, unemployment is high and living standards are low.

The maps lie: Australian scientists discover Manhattan-sized island doesn’t actually exist
According to Google Maps and several other nautical charts, Sandy Island is about 25 kilometres long and sits between Australia to the West and New Caledonia and Vanuatu to the West. According to Dr. Maria Seton and her scientific research team, it does not now, nor ever has, existed at all.

“We were out in the Eastern Coral Sea, conducting a scientific research expedition, and when we were approaching the area of this supposed island,” Seton told the BBC. “We saw that our scientific maps showed there was an island there and yet the navigation charts on board the vessel showed that we had a water depth of 14,000 metres. That’s when we started getting suspicious.” (Google Maps; AFP PHOTO-/AFP/Getty Images)

Air strikes, rocket launches and death tolls: The latest Gaza developmentsIsrael hit targets in the Gaza Strip for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday. So far, as part of Operation Pillar of Defense, the IDF says it has struck more than 1,200 such targets. Officials say 74 Palestinians have died since the operation began; about half have reportedly been civilians. Meanwhile, terrorists in Gaza have fired more than 1,000 rockets at Israel, 544 of which have reached Israeli territory. Israel claims to have intercepted 290 of those. Above is a look at some of the major incidents yesterday inside the Gaza Strip

Air strikes, rocket launches and death tolls: The latest Gaza developments
Israel hit targets in the Gaza Strip for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday. So far, as part of Operation Pillar of Defense, the IDF says it has struck more than 1,200 such targets. Officials say 74 Palestinians have died since the operation began; about half have reportedly been civilians. Meanwhile, terrorists in Gaza have fired more than 1,000 rockets at Israel, 544 of which have reached Israeli territory. Israel claims to have intercepted 290 of those. Above is a look at some of the major incidents yesterday inside the Gaza Strip

Israel agrees to temporary truce in Gaza during Egyptian PM’s visit — Hamas violates it almost immediatelyRockets fired from Gaza hit several sites in southern Israel on Friday shortly after Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil arrived in the Palestinian enclave.The Israeli air force responded with an attack on the house of Hamas’s commander for southern Gaza, a Hamas source said.Israel had announced it would suspend military operations in Gaza during Kandil’s three-hour visit so long as Hamas also halted all fire.

Israel agrees to temporary truce in Gaza during Egyptian PM’s visit — Hamas violates it almost immediately
Rockets fired from Gaza hit several sites in southern Israel on Friday shortly after Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil arrived in the Palestinian enclave.

The Israeli air force responded with an attack on the house of Hamas’s commander for southern Gaza, a Hamas source said.

Israel had announced it would suspend military operations in Gaza during Kandil’s three-hour visit so long as Hamas also halted all fire.

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Sandy leaves at least 10 dead as cyclone slams into Eastern Seaboard Cyclone Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline and hurled a record-breaking 4-metre surge of seawater at New York City on Monday, roaring ashore after washing away part of the Atlantic City boardwalk and putting the presidential campaign on hold. At least 10 deaths were blamed on the storm.Sandy knocked out power to at least 3.1 million people, and New York’s main utility said large sections of Manhattan had been plunged into darkness by the storm, with 250,000 customers without power as water pressed into the island from three sides.

Sandy leaves at least 10 dead as cyclone slams into Eastern Seaboard
Cyclone Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline and hurled a record-breaking 4-metre surge of seawater at New York City on Monday, roaring ashore after washing away part of the Atlantic City boardwalk and putting the presidential campaign on hold. At least 10 deaths were blamed on the storm.

Sandy knocked out power to at least 3.1 million people, and New York’s main utility said large sections of Manhattan had been plunged into darkness by the storm, with 250,000 customers without power as water pressed into the island from three sides.

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