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Are we innately violent, as Englishman Thomas Hobbes postulated in the 1650s, or is our behaviour influenced more by the environment we grow up in, as Jean-Jacques Rousseau theorised a century later? On Tuesday, a team of scientists who looked at the question from a new angle -- that of evolutionary biology -- concluded that our violent nature was at least partly inherited from an ancient ancestor, and shared with other primates. Lethal violence appears to be "deeply rooted" in the lineage of monkeys, apes and Homo sapiens, the researchers wrote in the science journal Nature.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers may question the decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for using a private email server as secretary of state, but they should not question the investigation's thoroughness, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday.
The US Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to override Barack Obama's veto of a bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, the first such rebuke of his eight year presidency. In a landmark vote, Senators 97-to-one backed the override, with only outgoing Obama ally Harry Reid voting against, teeing up a similar vote in the House of Representatives later Wednesday. The rare act of bipartisanship is a severe blow to Obama, who lobbied hard against the bill, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).