Scientists identified all-time world records for both the longest lightning bolt and the world’s longest-duration lightning flash. USA TODAY

Talk about some shocking news from the sky!

Scientists identified all-time world records for both the longest lightning bolt — nearly 200 miles — and the world’s longest-duration lightning flash — over 7 seconds — according to a report released Thursday.

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Playboy’s Dutch publisher can stop a news and entertainment website from posting links to its images without permission, a top European Union court said in a ruling that could reverberate across the internet.

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg said GeenStijl, owned by GS Media, broke copyright laws when it published links to pictures of TV personality Britt Dekker without the permission of Sanoma Oyj’s Dutch unit, which runs Playboy in the Netherlands.

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Over the past 450 million years, life on Earth has been devastated by five mass extinction events that are widely recognised by geologists.
Now, an international team of researchers proposes adding a sixth mass extinction to the list.

The team believes it has accumulated sufficient evidence to promote the Capitanian event to the rank of mass extinction.
The extinction occurred approximately 262 million years ago.

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Adam Curtis’ latest documentary, ‘Bitter Lake,’ examines the ‘special relationship’ between the US and Saudi Arabia which has grown to dominate the Middle East.

Gliding effortlessly alongside that is the rise of radical Islam, Afghanistan, and the petrodollar energy markets that now overshadow international relations.

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Secret official documents about the searching of three trucks belonging to Turkey’s national intelligence service (MIT) have been leaked online, once again corroborating suspicions that Ankara has not been playing a clean game in Syria. According to the authenticated documents, the trucks were found to be transporting missiles, mortars and anti-aircraft ammunition. The Gendarmerie General Command, which authored the reports, alleged, “The trucks were carrying weapons and supplies to the al-Qaeda terror organization.” But Turkish readers could not see the documents in the news bulletins and newspapers that shared them, because the government immediately obtained a court injunction banning all reporting about the affair.

When President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was prime minister, he had said, “You cannot stop the MIT truck. You cannot search it. You don’t have the authority. These trucks were taking humanitarian assistance to Turkmens.”

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