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A lynch mob killed a man in India — after rumors he ate beef

Earlier this week, there was news of a gruesome murder in a village in northern India. A 50-year-old Muslim man named Mohammed Akhlaq was killed by a lynch mob. The reported motive? Rumors that his family had been storing and consuming beef at home, angering Hindus in the village. The cow is considered a sacred animal by many Hindus. It's a case which has shocked much of India.

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The US Navy agrees to limit the use of sonar and explosives in key whale habitat

The history of whales and humans has not been a happy one, at least for whales — hunted nearly to extinction, maimed and killed by huge cargo ships, tangled in fishing nets and, in recent years, deafened by incessant and increasing ocean noise. But the US Navy is now stepping up and setting an example of how to do things better.