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Mexico: 500 years later, scientists discover what killed the Aztecs

Within five years, 15 million people – 80% of the population – were wiped out in an epidemic named ‘cocoliztli’, meaning pestilence.

In 1545 disaster struck Mexico’s Aztec nation when people started coming down with high fevers, headaches and bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose. Death generally followed in three or four days.

Within five years as many as 15 million people – an estimated 80% of the population – were wiped out in an epidemic the locals named “cocoliztli”. The word means pestilence in the Aztec Nahuatl language. Its cause, however, has been questioned for nearly 500 years.

On Monday scientists swept aside smallpox, measles, mumps, and influenza as likely suspects, identifying a typhoid-like “enteric fever” for which they found DNA evidence on the teeth of long-dead victims.

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SOROS: ‘The dominant ideology in the world now is nationalism’

  • Billionaire George Soros hit back against nationalist critics in an interview with the Financial Times. 
  • Soros said criticism and smear campaigns would not stop his organisation the Open Society Foundation’s work promoting a liberal agenda.
  • He said he believed Putin was behind many of the attacks against him.

LONDON – Billionaire investor George Soros said he would continue to fight the spread of nationalism, which has become the world’s “dominant ideology,” in an interview with the Financial Times.

Soros spoke about the recent attacks made against himself and his organisation the Open Society Foundation (OSF) by those he considers enemies to his liberal agenda, but said he has no plans to relax his efforts.

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Merkel’s Frenemies Give Stage to EU Critic of Her Refugee Policy

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban claimed credit for shielding Germany from migration in a dig at Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose sister party gave him a platform to criticize her refugee policy.

Two days before talks on forming a new German government, Merkel’s Bavarian allies hosted Orban in a reminder of her open-borders stance that provoked domestic and European rifts and has complicated her path to a fourth term. Orban is among eastern leaders who reject a Merkel-backed plan to resettle refugees across the European Union.

“We were organizing border protection at a time when other places in Europe were celebrating chaos and a breakdown of law and order,” Orban told reporters at a meeting of Bavaria’s ruling Christian Social Union party at an Alpine hotel on Friday. “As I said two years ago, you can count on me as the captain of your border protection.”

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Protests in Vienna as far-right ministers enter Austria’s government

Austria becomes only country in western Europe with far-right presence in government, as president swears in coalition led by 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz.

Austria’s president has sworn in a new government amid protests against the far right’s prominent role in the cabinet.

At the weekend, the new chancellor, Sebastian Kurz of the Austrian People’s party, struck a deal with the Freedom party, a nationalist group founded after the second world war by former members of the Nazi party, now headed by Heinz-Christian Strache.

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Austrian far-right to return to coalition under conservative Sebastian Kurz

Austria’s conservative People’s Party has agreed a coalition with the far-right Freedom Party.

The deal comes two months after a parliamentary election which the People’s Party won but without an overall majority.

At just 31, the People’s Party’s Sebastian Kurz is set to become the world’s youngest head of government.

If the coalition is ratified, Austria would become the only western European state with a governing far-right party.

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Lionel Messi signs new Barcelona deal to run until 2021

 Barça include £626m buy-out clause in Argentinian’s new contract
 Deal would appear to scupper Manchester City hopes of landing Messi

Lionel Messi has signed a new deal with Barcelona through to the summer of 2021.

A renewal was agreed between player and club in July but it is only now that Messi has put pen to paper on the contract.

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George Soros attacks ‘hate-mongering’ of Viktor Orban’s Hungary

George Soros, the billionaire investor, has denounced a campaign waged against him by the Hungarian government, accusing Viktor Orban, the prime minister, of casting him as an “external enemy” in a bid to mislead voters and cling to power.

Mr Soros, who has allocated billions of dollars to his pro-democracy and human rights foundations, told the Financial Times he had resisted responding publicly to the attacks from Mr Orban but it was time to speak out. He said he now fears for the safety of civil society groups that his foundation supports after Mr Orban said he would press the country’s spy agencies into monitoring their activities.

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