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In a courtroom in the western German city of Koblenz, a former high-ranking Syrian intelligence officer, charged with crimes against humanity, will go to trial on Thursday. Werner Otto/Ullstein Bild via Getty Images hide caption

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Suspects In Syrian Crimes Against Humanity Trial Will Face Accusers In German Court

In a first, Syrian witnesses and plaintiffs, some of whom survived torture in a Damascus prison, will see a former high-ranking Syrian official in court on charges of crimes against humanity.

Researchers are studying the mysteries of sourdough starter. The Pizza Bike/Flickr hide caption

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So Your Sourdough Starter Failed? That's OK, Science Needs It

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A coding student takes a course on the computer programming language COBOL in 1997 ahead of the Y2K computer meltdown. The coronavirus pandemic has created a dearth of programmers who know how to operate in the pre-Internet coding language. Philip Holman/AP hide caption

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'COBOL Cowboys' Aim To Rescue Sluggish State Unemployment Systems

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In a courtroom in the western German city of Koblenz, a former high-ranking Syrian intelligence officer, charged with crimes against humanity, will go to trial on Thursday. Werner Otto/Ullstein Bild via Getty Images hide caption

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Suspects In Syrian Crimes Against Humanity Trial Will Face Accusers In German Court

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Fissure 21 of the Kilauea volcano is seen on May 22, 2018, in the Leilani Estates subdivision of Pahoa, Hawaii. Ronit Fahl/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Did Heavy Rain Cause Hawaii's Historic Volcanic Eruption?

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The title of Fiona Apple's Fetch the Bolt Cutters started as a line from a TV crime drama, but became the album's central message: "Fetch your tool of liberation. Set yourself free," Apple says. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Fetch Your Tool Of Liberation': Fiona Apple On Setting Herself Free

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