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Berlusconi Under New Investigation For Buying A Senator In 2006

[credit provider=”Olivier Morin/AFP”] Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is under investigation for corruption again over allegations that he bribed a leftist senator in 2006, Italian media reported on Thursday.”Silvio Berlusconi is under investigation in Naples for corruption in a scandal over the ‘purchase’ of senators,” leftist daily La Repubblica […]
Berlusconi Under New Investigation For Buying A Senator In 2006
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Japanese Robot Suit Approved For Worldwide Rollout

[credit provider=”Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP”] A robot suit that can help the elderly or disabled get around was given its global safety certificate in Japan on Wednesday, paving the way for its worldwide rollout.The Hybrid Assistive Limb, or HAL, is a power-assisted pair of legs developed by Japanese robot-maker Cyberdyne, which has […]
Japanese Robot Suit Approved For Worldwide Rollout
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Tokyo Hotel Shrinks In Amazingly Efficient Urban Demolition

[credit provider=”Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP”] Passers-by in Tokyo’s busy Akasaka district have started to notice something odd about a 40-floor hotel — it has shrunk to about half its original height.Slowly but surely, and with none of the explosions or dust normally associated with the demolition of skyscrapers, the hotel is being […]
Tokyo Hotel Shrinks In Amazingly Efficient Urban Demolition
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Ancient King’s Hat Holds Clues To Korean Alphabet

[credit provider=”Park Ji-Hwan/AFP”] A hat which belonged to South Korea’s most revered monarch King Sejong has been recovered more than 500 years after it was looted by Japanese invaders, a senior scholar said Wednesday.Apart from its intrinsic value as an historical relic, the discovery has thrilled scholars after documents were […]
Ancient King’s Hat Holds Clues To Korean Alphabet
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JAPANESE MINISTER: Our Country Will Never Stop Hunting Whales

[credit provider=”Agence France Presse”] Japan’s fisheries minister said Tuesday his country will never stop hunting whales, despite fierce criticism from other nations and violent clashes at sea with militant conservationists.”I don’t think there will be any kind of an end for whaling by Japan,” Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa […]
JAPANESE MINISTER: Our Country Will Never Stop Hunting Whales
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It Would Take 2,000 Years To Identify All The Species We Still Don’t Know About

[credit provider=”Flickr/wwarby” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwarby/7188563020/”] The vast majority of the Earth’s estimated 13 million species are still unknown and to describe them all would take up to 2,000 years, according to a leading Brazilian scientist.”We estimate that there are a total of around 13 million species (known and unknown) in the world,” […]
It Would Take 2,000 Years To Identify All The Species We Still Don’t Know About
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Donkey And Water Buffalo DNA Are In South Africa’s Burgers

[credit provider=”Flickr/Klearchos Kapoutsis” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/klearchos/4983916011/”] Unlike Europeans, South Africans do not unwittingly eat horse in their beef burgers and sausages, but they do eat donkey, water buffalo and goat according to a study by the Stellenbosch University.Over two thirds of meat products tested contained undeclared ingredients, according to a recent research […]
Donkey And Water Buffalo DNA Are In South Africa’s Burgers
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John Kerry Sees A ‘Diplomatic Path’ For Solving The Iran Nuclear Issue

[credit provider=”AFP/Hannibal Hanschke”] U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted on Tuesday there was a “diplomatic path” to be forged with Iran on its disputed nuclear programme, as world powers and Tehran held crunch talks.”There is a diplomatic path,” said Kerry after meeting his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle in Berlin.
John Kerry Sees A ‘Diplomatic Path’ For Solving The Iran Nuclear Issue
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KFC Cuts More Than 1,000 Suppliers After China Chicken Scare

[credit provider=”AFP/Peter Parks”] Fast food giant KFC has cut more than 1,000 farms from its supplier network in China to ensure food safety after a scandal over tainted chicken hurt sales in the key market last year.The issue came to light when China’s commercial hub of Shanghai and the northern […]
KFC Cuts More Than 1,000 Suppliers After China Chicken Scare
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Kim Jong-Un Monitors ‘War’ Drill As South Korea Introduces First Female President

[credit provider=”KCNA via KNS/AFP”] North Korean leader Kim Jong-un oversaw a live-fire artillery drill aimed at simulating an “actual war”, state media said Tuesday, a day after South Korea swore in its first female president.”An endless barrage of shells were fired by artillery pieces on ‘enemy positions’, their roar rocking […]
Kim Jong-Un Monitors ‘War’ Drill As South Korea Introduces First Female President
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Wealthy Russian Tourists Are Flocking To Spain In Droves

[credit provider=”Agence France Presse”] Big-spending Russian tourists are flocking to Spain’s beaches and famous landmarks in ever greater numbers, providing a much-needed boost to the recession-hit country’s key tourism industry.They are drawn by the country’s mix of pleasant weather, sandy beaches, historic monuments and cultural attractions such as the Prado […]
Wealthy Russian Tourists Are Flocking To Spain In Droves
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Lost Continent Found Under Indian Ocean

[credit provider=”AFP”] Scientists said Sunday they had found traces of a micro-continent hidden underneath the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.The slab, dubbed Mauritia, was probably formed around 61-83 million years ago after Madagascar split from India, but eventually broke up and became smothered by thick lava deposits, they said.
Lost Continent Found Under Indian Ocean
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Kobe Bryant Becomes Youngest Player To Score 31,000 Points In Win Over Mavs

[credit provider=”Ronald Martinez/Getty Images”] Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 38 points and became the youngest player in NBA history to surpass the 31,000-point mark as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks 103-99.Five-time NBA champion Bryant, who scored 14 of his points in the final quarter, also had 12 […]
Kobe Bryant Becomes Youngest Player To Score 31,000 Points In Win Over Mavs
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China ‘Holds General’s Son For Gang Rape’

[credit provider=”Larry Downing/AFP”] China has detained the 17-year-old son of a general on suspicion of involvement in a gang rape, reports said Friday, the latest allegation against the privileged children of officials to spark public outrage.Li Tianyi, the son of general Li Shuangjiang — a popular singer and household name […]
China ‘Holds General’s Son For Gang Rape’
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China’s Economic Espionage ‘On Track To Become A Major International Problem’

[credit provider=”Mandiant” url=”http://intelreport.mandiant.com/Mandiant_APT1_Report.pdf”] China’s full-throated denials of hacking and counter-accusations of its own do nothing to allay growing concern over large-scale cyberspying alleged in a bombshell report this week, Western analysts said.Chinese officials and state-run media have lashed out after a report by a US firm laid out in unprecedented […]
China’s Economic Espionage ‘On Track To Become A Major International Problem’
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Obama Says Tiger Woods ‘Is On Another Planet’

[credit provider=”Saul Loeb/AFP”] US President Barack Obama marveled that playing golf with Tiger Woods was like teeing it up with someone from “another planet.”Obama was still shaking his head at the other worldly skill of the 14-times major champion, after meeting up with Woods for their first-ever round together on […]
Obama Says Tiger Woods ‘Is On Another Planet’
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Tibetan Teens Die After Rare Double Immolation

[credit provider=”Peter Parks/AFP”] Two Tibetan teenagers died after they set fire to themselves in protest at Chinese rule, reports and Western rights groups said, in a rare instance of a double self-immolation in the restive region.The former primary school classmates were named as 18-year-old Sonam Dargye and a 17-year-old identified […]
Tibetan Teens Die After Rare Double Immolation
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Horrific Cult Broken Up In Northern Mexico

[credit provider=”Glenn E. Malone/Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/gemalone/148623165/”] A sect named Defenders of Christ that was broken up in Mexico last month forced women to participate in orgies, discouraged baths and made people eat raw animal organs, the wife of a cult leader said Tuesday.Mexican immigration authorities raided the sex-driven sect’s house in […]
Horrific Cult Broken Up In Northern Mexico
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North Korean Prison Camps Are ‘Like Hitler’s Auschwitz’

[credit provider=”60 Minutes/Google Earth” url=”http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50136263n”] North Korea’s prison camps are a closed-off world of death, torture and forced labour where babies are born slaves, according to two survivors who liken the horrors of the camps to a Holocaust in progress.”People think the Holocaust is in the past, but it is […]
North Korean Prison Camps Are ‘Like Hitler’s Auschwitz’
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BMW Is Recalling 750,000 Cars Over Possible Electrical Problems

German luxury car maker BMW is recalling about 750,000 cars worldwide over potential electrical problems, a spokesman said on Tuesday.The recall affects mainly about 500,000 cars in the United States, specifically various versions of its 1-Series and 3-Series cars built between March 2007 and July 2011 and its Z4 model […]
BMW Is Recalling 750,000 Cars Over Possible Electrical Problems
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RIP HOTMAIL

Microsoft said Tuesday it had begun switching Hotmail accounts to Outlook.com as it officially launches its revamped email service.
RIP HOTMAIL
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Thieves Pull Off $67 Million Diamond Heist On Tarmac Of Brussels Airport

[credit provider=”Mike Clarke/AFP”] Heavily armed robbers made off with as much as $67 million worth of diamonds in a massive heist at Brussels airport, the global dealers syndicate in Antwerp told AFP on Tuesday.Monday night’s robbery was “one of the biggest” ever, a spokeswoman for the Antwerp World Diamond Centre […]
Thieves Pull Off $67 Million Diamond Heist On Tarmac Of Brussels Airport
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Japanese City Devastated By Tsunami Is Being Sent Anonymous Gifts Of Gold

[credit provider=”tiffa130 / Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/tiffanyday/3013894417/”] A Japanese city devastated by the 2011 tsunami has received anonymous gifts of gold worth more than $250,000 in a phenomenon dubbed a “goodwill gold rush” ahead of the second anniversary of the disaster.The president of the company which operates the port in the northeastern […]
Japanese City Devastated By Tsunami Is Being Sent Anonymous Gifts Of Gold
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Team Hunting For Buried WWII Spitfires In Burma Gives Up

[credit provider=”Wikipedia”] The sponsor of a British-led team hunting for dozens of rare World War II Spitfires said to have been buried in Myanmar has abandoned the search, saying stories of the stashed planes are merely “legend”.Rumours that dozens of the iconic single-seat aircraft were buried in 1945 by Britain, […]
Team Hunting For Buried WWII Spitfires In Burma Gives Up
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The Vatican May Call An Earlier Conclave For The New Pope

[credit provider=”AP”] The Vatican on Saturday said several cardinals had raised the possibility of bringing forward to early March the date for a conclave to elect a new pope after Pope Benedict XVI steps down.Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, who earlier said the conclave would probably start on or after March […]
The Vatican May Call An Earlier Conclave For The New Pope
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Divers Search Frozen Russian Lake For Meteorite Fragments

[credit provider=”Chelyabinsk Police/AFP”] Divers scoured the bottom of a Russian lake on Saturday for fragments of a meteorite that plunged to Earth in a blinding fireball whose shockwaves injured 1,200 people and damaged thousands of homes.The 10-tonnes meteor streaked across the sky in the Urals region on Friday morning just […]
Divers Search Frozen Russian Lake For Meteorite Fragments
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Senior Iraq Intel Officer Killed In Suicide Blast

[credit provider=”AFP”] A suicide attack on Saturday killed a senior Iraqi intelligence officer outside his home near the main northern city of Mosul, officials said.Brigadier General Aouni Ali, the head of Iraq’s main intelligence academy, and two of his guards were killed in the bomb blast at Tal Afar, near […]
Senior Iraq Intel Officer Killed In Suicide Blast
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A Reality Show Featuring Oscar Pistorius’ Girlfriend Will Still Be Aired

[credit provider=”AFP/Waldo Swiegers”] A celebrity reality show featuring the murdered girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius will still be broadcast on South African television despite her death, the producers said Friday.The pre-recorded show filmed in an exotic location in Jamaica features the blonde model Reeva Steenkamp and several local personalities competing for […]
A Reality Show Featuring Oscar Pistorius’ Girlfriend Will Still Be Aired
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Scientists Unwittingly Discover New Owl Species In Indonesia

[credit provider=”Philippe Verbelen/AFP”] Researchers in Indonesia unwittingly identified a new species of owl believed to be unique to the country, raising hopes of further new bird discoveries, a scientist said Thursday.The brown-and-white Rinjani Scops owl was first spotted in 2003 on the island of Lombok, while researchers were looking for […]
Scientists Unwittingly Discover New Owl Species In Indonesia
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Nature Of North Korea Nuclear Test Still A Mystery Without Radioactive Signature

[credit provider=”AP”] Urgent efforts to find out the type of device detonated in North Korea’s latest nuclear test appeared to be getting nowhere Thursday, with South Korean experts unable to detect any radioactive fallout.The North’s test on Tuesday triggered an immediate scramble to collect and analyse any fallout data that […]
Nature Of North Korea Nuclear Test Still A Mystery Without Radioactive Signature
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Iranian Revolutionary Guards Commander Shot Dead In Syria

[credit provider=”AP”] Assailants shot dead a senior Iranian official in Syria while he was travelling by road towards the Lebanese capital overnight, the Iranian authorities said on Thursday.The Iranian embassy in Beirut said “armed terrorists” killed a man it identified as Hessam Khoshnevis, adding that he had been involved in […]
Iranian Revolutionary Guards Commander Shot Dead In Syria
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Lawyer Says Australian Spy ‘Prisoner X’ Didn’t Seem Suicidal

[credit provider=”Martin Philbey/AFP”] A top-secret Israeli-Australian prisoner jailed on security grounds gave no indication he was about to commit suicide, an Israeli lawyer who met him just days before his death said on Thursday.”When I saw him, there was nothing to indicate he was going to commit suicide,” said Avigdor […]
Lawyer Says Australian Spy ‘Prisoner X’ Didn’t Seem Suicidal
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A Young Monk Just Became The 100th Tibetan To Set Himself On Fire

[credit provider=”AFP”] A Tibetan monk doused himself in petrol in a Kathmandu restaurant on Wednesday and set himself on fire, marking the 100th self-immolation bid in a wave of protests against Chinese rule since 2009.Police in the Nepalese capital told AFP that the exile had burned himself in an eatery […]
A Young Monk Just Became The 100th Tibetan To Set Himself On Fire
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‘Extremely Peculiar’ Sea Animal Has Disposable Penis

[credit provider=”Tarik Tinazay/AFP”] Scientists reported Wednesday on the bizarre sex life of a sea slug that discards its penis after copulation. Then grows a new one.”No other animal is known to repeatedly copulate using such ‘disposable penes’,” Japanese biologists wrote in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, describing the behaviour […]
‘Extremely Peculiar’ Sea Animal Has Disposable Penis
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Chinese Are Growing Sick Of ‘Crazy Dog’ North Korea

[credit provider=”afp”] Chinese social media users berated authorities for their relatively mild response to North Korea’s nuclear test, with one likening Pyongyang to a “crazy dog” that had humiliated Beijing.The hostility towards China’s defiant neighbour contrasted with the official response from Beijing — expressing “firm opposition” but reiterating calls for […]
Chinese Are Growing Sick Of ‘Crazy Dog’ North Korea
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Archaeologists Find One Of The Oldest Temples In The World In Peru

[credit provider=”AFP”] Peruvian archaeologists have discovered a temple believed to be about 5,000 years old at the ancient El Paraiso archeological site in a valley just north of Lima, the Culture Ministry said.If the date is confirmed, it would be among the oldest sites in the world, comparable to the […]
Archaeologists Find One Of The Oldest Temples In The World In Peru
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Church In Uncharted Waters After Pope Resignation

[credit provider=”Filippo Monteforte/AFP”] The Catholic Church entered uncharted waters on Tuesday after Pope Benedict XVI’s shock announcement that he would become the first pontiff to resign in more than 700 years.The 85-year-old Benedict told a group of cardinals in a speech in Latin on Monday that he will step down […]
Church In Uncharted Waters After Pope Resignation
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France Bombs Targets In Mali Again As Islamists Reemerge In Gao

[credit provider=”Pascal Guyot/AFP”] France bombed Islamist targets in northern Mali on Monday following a string of guerrilla attacks by the extremists a month after Paris launched an offensive to drive them from its former colony.In a pre-dawn attack, witnesses said a French army helicopter destroyed a central police station in […]
France Bombs Targets In Mali Again As Islamists Reemerge In Gao
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Matt Damon Is Bewildered By Critics Who Didn’t Love His New Anti-Fracking Film

[credit provider=”Getty Images/Pascal Le Segretain”] Matt Damon defended his new anti-fracking feature, Berlin film festival contender “Promised Land”, Friday against poor reviews and ticket sales and said it was getting harder to make “issue movies”.Damon, who co-wrote the script and stars in the picture directed by Gus Van Sant, said […]
Matt Damon Is Bewildered By Critics Who Didn’t Love His New Anti-Fracking Film
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The New York Times Now Gets More Revenue From Subscribers Than Advertisers

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NYTimesByLuigiNovi1.jpg”] The New York Times Company said Thursday that its revenue from readers and subscribers overtook that of advertising for the first time in 2012, as the media group reported a boost in profits.The company, which is shifting focus from print to digital, said its fourth quarter […]
The New York Times Now Gets More Revenue From Subscribers Than Advertisers
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Japan Says Two Russian Su-27s Violated Its Airspace In Another Territorial Dispute

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Demis-kurils-russian_names.png”] As if Japan didn’t have enough on its national defence plate before, two Russian Su-27s allegedly slipped Thursday into its airspace. Tokyo’s now scrambling jets to chase off Russia, while maintaining a territorial feud with China.Japan’s island dispute with China has been simmering for months, deep […]
Japan Says Two Russian Su-27s Violated Its Airspace In Another Territorial Dispute
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Obama To Show Lawmakers Secret Legal Memo For Killing Americans With Drones

[credit provider=”Massoud Hossaini/AFP”] In a reversal, President Barack Obama will allow lawmakers access to secret documents outlining the legal justification for drone strikes that kill US citizens abroad who conspire with Al-Qaeda.An administration official disclosed the move Wednesday on the eve of a Senate hearing on Obama’s nomination of his […]
Obama To Show Lawmakers Secret Legal Memo For Killing Americans With Drones
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UN: Half Of All Afghans Paid Bribes In 2012

[credit provider=”White House” url=”http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/photogallery/presidents-trip-afghanistan”] The cost of corruption in Afghanistan has risen sharply and half of all citizens paid a bribe to public officials last year, a new United Nations study said Thursday.More than 11 years after a US-led invasion led to billions of dollars in aid flowing into one […]
UN: Half Of All Afghans Paid Bribes In 2012
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Guatemalan Woman Arrested With $31,000 In Stomach

[credit provider=”Noel Celis/AFP”] A Guatemalan woman was arrested at Panama’s international airport as she tried to enter the country with more than $31,000 in cash stashed inside her stomach, Panamanian police said Wednesday.The 44-year-old, whose identity was withheld, was arrested Monday after police conducted an X-ray of the woman who […]
Guatemalan Woman Arrested With $31,000 In Stomach
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Bacteria Is Turning Toxic Gold Flakes Into Little Gold Nuggets

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Goldinpan.jpg”] Among the more peculiar organisms that inhabit our Earth exists a bacterium that turns water-soluble gold into microscopic nuggets of solid gold, scientists said Sunday.Chemists have often pondered why the germ Delftia acidovorans is frequently found on the surface of tiny gold nuggets.
Bacteria Is Turning Toxic Gold Flakes Into Little Gold Nuggets
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The Celebrity Obsession With Coconut Water Is Changing Life In The Philippines

[credit provider=”VitaCoco” url=”www.vitacoco.com”] Philippine farmer Liezl Balmaceda has never heard of Madonna, but the US pop star’s endorsement of coconut water may help change her impoverished life for the better.After centuries of replenishing Filipinos, the mineral-rich liquid has become a must-have health drink thanks to aggressive marketing by a beverage […]
The Celebrity Obsession With Coconut Water Is Changing Life In The Philippines
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Scientists Print 3D Object Using Stem Cells For The First Time

[credit provider=”AFP”] Scientists on Monday said that for the first time they had printed 3D objects using human embryonic stem cells, furthering the quest to fabricate transplantable organs.Once fine-tuned, the technology should allow scientists to make three-dimensional human tissue in the lab, eliminating the need for organ donation or testing […]
Scientists Print 3D Object Using Stem Cells For The First Time
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Chinese Actor Playing Japanese Soldier Dies 200 Times A Year

[credit provider=”via YouTube” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e99B80crU3E”] For one Chinese TV extra, playing with the enemy has proved the secret of his success — one that requires him to die as often as eight times a day.Shi Zhongpeng, 26, works at the Hengdian film studio in the eastern province of Zhejiang, where scores […]
Chinese Actor Playing Japanese Soldier Dies 200 Times A Year
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Dreamliner Battery Suffered ‘Thermal Runaway’

[credit provider=”Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP”] Japanese officials probing the emergency landing of a Boeing Dreamliner said Tuesday its lithium-ion battery was damaged by a build up of heat that resulted in uncontrollably high temperatures.”The battery was destroyed in a process called thermal runaway, in which the heat builds up to the point […]
Dreamliner Battery Suffered ‘Thermal Runaway’
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Kim Jong-Un Has A Mystery Smartphone

[credit provider=”KCNA via KNS/AFP”] A picture of North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un with a smartphone has triggered fevered speculation about which brand is favoured by the leader of one of the world’s most repressive nations.The photo released by the North’s state media showed Kim presiding over a meeting with top national […]
Kim Jong-Un Has A Mystery Smartphone
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China Police Chief Accused Of Having 192 Houses

[credit provider=”Mark Ralston/AFP”] A Chinese police chief is alleged to have had at least 192 houses and a fake identity card, state media said, the latest in a number of similar cases that have sparked outrage online.Zhao Haibin, a senior police official in Lufeng in the southern province of Guangdong, […]
China Police Chief Accused Of Having 192 Houses
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Ahmadinejad Says He’s Ready To Be Iran’s First Astronaut

[credit provider=”Arman Teimur/Iranian presidency website/AFP “] President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday he is ready “to be the first man in space” under Iran’s ambitious programme which aims to send a human being into orbit by 2020.”Our youth are determined to send a man into space within the next four, […]
Ahmadinejad Says He’s Ready To Be Iran’s First Astronaut
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Iran’s Former Bank Chief Found With $70 Million Check

[credit provider=”en.wikipedia.org” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:100000_IRR_complete.jpg”] The former head of Iran’s central bank, Tahmasb Mazaheri, has been found in possession of a cheque worth 54 million euros ($70 million) by German authorities, the Bild am Sonntag weekly reported.Mazaheri, in charge of the central bank until 2008, was searched by customs officers at Dusseldorf […]
Iran’s Former Bank Chief Found With $70 Million Check
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Team Recreating Shackleton’s 1916 Antarctic Journey Makes Landfall

[credit provider=”Jo Stewart/AFP”] An exhausted British-Australian expedition recreating Ernest Shackleton’s 1916 crossing of the Southern Ocean in a small boat made landfall after a perilous 12-day journey.Led by renowned adventurer Tim Jarvis, the team of six reached Peggotty Bluff on rugged South Georgia, where they landed their vessel in the […]
Team Recreating Shackleton’s 1916 Antarctic Journey Makes Landfall
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China’s Cloud Of Smog Arrives In Japan

[credit provider=”Mark Ralston/AFP”] The suffocating smog that blanketed swathes of China is now hitting parts of Japan, sparking warnings Monday of health risks for the young and the sick.The environment ministry’s website has been overloaded as worried users log on to try to find out what is coming their way.
China’s Cloud Of Smog Arrives In Japan
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Hispanics Will Outnumber Whites In California By The End Of The Year

[credit provider=”flickr/valkyrieh116″ url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/valkyrieh116/5294747913/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] Latinos will outnumber non-Hispanic whites in California by early next year for the first time since it became a US state, according to official forecasts released Thursday.The number of Latinos will equal the white population by mid-2013, when each group is expected to be about 39 per […]
Hispanics Will Outnumber Whites In California By The End Of The Year
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‘Rent A Boyfriend’ Services Are Popping Up All Over China

[credit provider=”Flickr/Sean Choe” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/bogomo/5968607852/sizes/z/in/photostream/”] Selling a kiss online, accompanying a stranger overnight for a fee — none of the “rent-a-boyfriend” services popping up on some Chinese websites sound at all family-friendly.Yet the budding market aims to help young singles address the most traditional of values: respecting their elders, meeting their […]
‘Rent A Boyfriend’ Services Are Popping Up All Over China
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North Korea Has Reportedly Camouflaged Its Nuclear Test Site

[credit provider=”GeoEye Satellite Image/AFP”] North Korea has covered the entrance to a tunnel at its nuclear test site in an apparent effort to avoid satellite monitoring ahead of a widely expected detonation, a report said Friday.The Punggye-ri site, which has three tunnel entrances and multiple support buildings, has been closely […]
North Korea Has Reportedly Camouflaged Its Nuclear Test Site
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China Steel Industry Profits Plunged By Nearly 100 per cent Last Year

[credit provider=”Mark Ralston/AFP”] The combined profits of China’s major steelmakers crashed by more than 98 per cent in 2012 as growth in the economy of the world’s largest steel producer slowed, an industry group said.After-tax profits of more than 80 steelmakers reached around 1.58 billion yuan ($251 million) last year, […]
China Steel Industry Profits Plunged By Nearly 100 per cent Last Year
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The Eurozone’s Biggest Bank Posts A Stunning $26 Billion Write-Down

[credit provider=””>Wikimedia”] Spanish bank Santander, the biggest in the eurozone by market value, said its net profit plunged in 2012 as it wrote off nearly 19 billion euros ($26 billion) on bad loans and property assets in Spain.The charges slashed net profit last year by nearly 60 per cent but […]
The Eurozone’s Biggest Bank Posts A Stunning $26 Billion Write-Down
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Zimbabwean Finance Minister Says the Country Has Just $217 In The Bank

[credit provider=”Wikipedia” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Mugabe”] After paying public workers’ salaries last week, the balance in cash-strapped Zimbabwe’s government public account stood at just $217, Finance Minister Tendai Biti said Tuesday.”Last week when we paid civil servants there was $217 (left) in government coffers,” Biti told journalists in the capital Harare, claiming some […]
Zimbabwean Finance Minister Says the Country Has Just $217 In The Bank
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This Taiwanese Billionaire Is Launching An Asian ‘Nobel Prize’

[credit provider=”AFP/Tang Prize Foundation”] One of Taiwan’s richest men on Monday launched what has been widely touted as the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize, and it is even more lucrative than the famed Swedish award.Samuel Yin, head of the sprawling Ruentex business empire which has invested heavily in China, […]
This Taiwanese Billionaire Is Launching An Asian ‘Nobel Prize’
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Iran Successfully Sends Monkey Into Space

[credit provider=”AFP”] Iran on Monday successfully sent a monkey into orbit, paving the way for a manned space flight, Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi told state television.Arabic-language channel Al-Alam and other Iranian news agencies said the monkey returned alive after travelling in a capsule to an altitude of 120 kilometres (75 […]
Iran Successfully Sends Monkey Into Space
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Syria Regime Strikes Back Against Outgunned Rebels In Key City

[credit provider=”Aamir Qureshi/AFP”] Rebels close to Syria’s central city of Hama are being pounded with bombs and shells as the regime wages a fierce assault to reverse losses in rural areas home to many of its Alawite supporters.The thunder of numerous explosions in a cluster of villages some 25 kilometres […]
Syria Regime Strikes Back Against Outgunned Rebels In Key City
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Ex-CIA Officer Given 30-Month Jail Sentence For Leaking Agent’s Name

[credit provider=”Saul Loeb/AFP”] Former CIA officer John Kiriakou on Friday was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for leaking the name of a secret agent implicated in harsh interrogations of Al-Qaeda suspects.Kiriakou, 47, pleaded guilty in October before a federal court as part of a plea bargain […]
Ex-CIA Officer Given 30-Month Jail Sentence For Leaking Agent’s Name
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Iran Says War Is The Only Thing That Can Stop Them Now

[credit provider=”AP Photo/IRNA, Mostafa Qotbi”] The United States has nothing left to pressure Tehran over its nuclear programme except for war, and if it chooses conflict Iran could close a key energy chokepoint, its envoy to Baghdad told AFP on Thursday.Ambassador Hassan Danaie-Far insisted in an interview that Tehran retained […]
Iran Says War Is The Only Thing That Can Stop Them Now
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Vatican Responds To Allegations That It Encourages Illegal Ivory Trade

[credit provider=”Filippo Monteforte/AFP”] The Vatican defended itself on Wednesday against accusations it encourages illegal ivory trafficking, telling elephant lovers it would do what it could to help combat “a serious and unjustifiable phenomenon” but warning campaigners not to expect too much.The publication of a National Geographic report in September 2012 […]
Vatican Responds To Allegations That It Encourages Illegal Ivory Trade
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Breakthrough In Using DNA To Store Digital Data

[credit provider=”Shutterstock” url=”http://www.shutterstock.com/cat.mhtml?lang=en&search_source=search_form&version=llv1&anyorall=all&safesearch=1&searchterm=dna+strand&search_group=&orient=&search_cat=&searchtermx=&photographer_name=&people_gender=&people_age=&people_ethnicity=&people_number=&commercial_ok=&colour=&show_color_wheel=1#id=101304367&src=ba809fe88c1fbe085904e031b164cd2e-3-13″] Scientists in Britain on Wednesday announced a breakthrough in the quest to turn DNA into a revolutionary form of data storage.A speck of man-made DNA can hold mountains of data that can be freeze-dried, shipped and stored, potentially for thousands of years, they said.
Breakthrough In Using DNA To Store Digital Data
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Inside The All-Female Unit Of Syria’s Paramilitary Force

[credit provider=”Anwar Amro/AFP ” url=”http://images.newscred.com/9aa8265fee113f5a1f87cf5657fb342b?width=700&height=393″] At 40 years of age, Abir Ramadan joined the all-female unit of Syria’s new paramilitary force, pledging loyalty to Bashar al-Assad in the armed struggle against those seeking to topple the president.Dressed in camouflage, she marches at a stadium in the central city of Homs, […]
Inside The All-Female Unit Of Syria’s Paramilitary Force
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‘Gangnam Style’ Has Brought In $8 Million In Ad Revenue For YouTube

[credit provider=”YouTube screencap” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0″] Google said the YouTube page showcasing the “Gangnam Style” video by South Korean rapper Psy has reaped more than $8 million in ad revenue.Google Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora revealed the figure Tuesday while discussing the money-making potential of YouTube during a quarterly earnings call with […]
‘Gangnam Style’ Has Brought In $8 Million In Ad Revenue For YouTube
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Ikea Reports 8 per cent Rise In Full-Year Profit

[credit provider=”AP”] Swedish furniture giant Ikea reported on Wednesday an 8.0-per cent rise in full-year profit and said it was benefiting from more cost-conscious consumers.Net profit rose eight per cent to 3.2 billion euros ($4.3 billion) as revenue rose 9.8 per cent to 27.6 billion euros in the year ending […]
Ikea Reports 8 per cent Rise In Full-Year Profit
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New ‘Health’ Wine Battles Arthritis And Fatigue

[credit provider=”Flickr via chapter3″ url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/chapter3/3682724961/in/photostream/”] The health properties of red wine have long been debated but an Australian biochemist believes he has created a drop so loaded with antioxidants that it could treat a range of ills.Brisbane-based Greg Jardine said he has patented a group of compounds created during the […]
New ‘Health’ Wine Battles Arthritis And Fatigue
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Algeria Hostage-Takers ‘Aided By Libyan Islamists’

[credit provider=”Flickr/ شبكة برق | B.R.Q” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/brqnetwork/5510688612/”] Libyan Islamists provided logistical support to the militants who seized an Algeria gas plant before they were killed in a bloodbath which also left 37 foreigners dead, well-informed sources said.”Logistical support was provided from Libya,” a source close to extremist groups in Libya […]
Algeria Hostage-Takers ‘Aided By Libyan Islamists’
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Kim Jong-Un Grants Rare North Korean Citizenship To American

[credit provider=”Kim Jae-Hwan/AFP”] The US boss of a joint venture run by North Korea and the Unification Church of South Korea said Tuesday he has been granted rare honorary citizenship by Pyongyang, in a bid to encourage new investment by him.Park Sang-Kwon, CEO of Pyeonghwa Motors told South Korea’s Yonhap […]
Kim Jong-Un Grants Rare North Korean Citizenship To American
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Gamma-Ray Burst May Have Blasted Earth In The 8th Century

[credit provider=”AFP”] A mystery wave of cosmic radiation that smashed into Earth in the eighth century may have come from two black holes that collided, a study published in a British journal on Monday says.Clues for the strange event were unearthed last year by Japanese astrophysicist Fusa Miyake, who discovered […]
Gamma-Ray Burst May Have Blasted Earth In The 8th Century
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Temperature Hits All-Time Record In Sydney

[credit provider=”AFP”] Temperatures in Sydney on Friday hit their highest levels since records began 150 years ago, after an Australian government agency warned of more frequent and intense heatwaves in the future.While a vicious cold snap has recently hit Russia and eastern Europe and the Middle East has suffered its […]
Temperature Hits All-Time Record In Sydney
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600 Cats Saved From Becoming Chinese Food After Truck Crash

[credit provider=”AFP”] Around 600 cats stuffed into wooden crates and destined for dinner plates in southern China were rescued by animal protection volunteers after a truck crash, a volunteer said on Thursday.Volunteers hauled the felines from the lorry on Monday after the accident in the central city of Changsha, said […]
600 Cats Saved From Becoming Chinese Food After Truck Crash
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SCIENTIST: Yes, That Lobster You’re Boiling Alive Is Probably In Real Pain

[credit provider=”Daniel Goodman / Business Insider”] A lobster thrown live into boiling water may suffer for many seconds, said a scientist who argued Thursday that crustaceans can likely feel pain.A set of experiments on crabs revealed that the animals are willing to give up a valuable dark hiding place in […]
SCIENTIST: Yes, That Lobster You’re Boiling Alive Is Probably In Real Pain
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How Smugglers Made Millions Selling Garlic In Europe

[credit provider=”rfduck/Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/rfduck/3736761389/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] Two British men are believed to have made millions of euros in just over a year by smuggling Chinese garlic from Norway into Sweden, a prosecutor in Gothenburg said Wednesday.Something didn’t smell right for authorities in June 2010, when a truck full of garlic was intercepted in […]
How Smugglers Made Millions Selling Garlic In Europe
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Chinese Customers Are Still Flocking To KFC Despite A Huge Food Safety Scare

[credit provider=”AFP/ Peter Parks”] Chinese customers of KFC, the biggest fast food chain in the country, said Wednesday they would still patronise it despite a government food safety investigation which has hit sales.US-based Yum! Brands Inc., whose portfolio includes KFC and Pizza Hut, said this week that sales in its […]
Chinese Customers Are Still Flocking To KFC Despite A Huge Food Safety Scare
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Milky Way Contains At Least 17 Billion Earth-Size Planets

[credit provider=”Shutterstock”] The Milky Way contains at least 17 billion planets the size of Earth, and likely many more, according to a study that raises the chances of discovering a sister planet to ours.Astronomers using NASA’s Kepler spacecraft found that about 17 per cent of stars in our galaxy have […]
Milky Way Contains At Least 17 Billion Earth-Size Planets
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Iran Admits That Oil Sanctions Are Having A Brutal Effect

[credit provider=”AP Images” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=iran%20oil&showact=results&sort=relevance&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1332531411&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=d00ecc009b88463dba1acd6948885d97&dbm=PY2008&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] Iran’s oil exports have been slashed 40 per cent in the past nine months because of tough Western sanctions, Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi was quoted as saying on Monday, in a reversal of his previous denials of any decline at all.”There has been a 40 per […]
Iran Admits That Oil Sanctions Are Having A Brutal Effect
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Why Hot Chocolate Tastes Better In An Orange Cup

[credit provider=”Shutterstock/Sea Wave” url=”http://www.shutterstock.com/cat.mhtml?searchterm=orange+cup&search_group=%E2%8C%A9=en&search_source=search_form#id=112787824″] European scientists say they have found further evidence that how you serve food and drink matters hugely in the perception of taste.Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the University of Oxford recruited 57 volunteers and asked them to taste hot chocolate served in plastic […]
Why Hot Chocolate Tastes Better In An Orange Cup
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Chinese Academics Are Openly Warning Of ‘Violent Revolution’ Without Reform

[credit provider=”AP”] A group of Chinese intellectuals has called on the government to implement urgent political reforms and respect human rights or risk “violent revolution”.In an open letter 71 top academics warned that growing economic imbalances were fuelling social unrest and an uprising could erupt if reforms were not implemented […]
Chinese Academics Are Openly Warning Of ‘Violent Revolution’ Without Reform
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A Man Just pleaded Guilty To Illegally Smuggling 70-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Skeletons

[credit provider=”Wikimedia” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tyrannosaurus_Sue.jpg”] A man accused of smuggling 70-million-year-old dinosaur skeletons, including a Tyrannosaur, into the United States pleaded guilty in court Thursday.Eric Prokopi, 38, who is to be sentenced on April 25, faces up to 17 years in jail and a $250,000 fine on charges of conspiring to smuggle […]
A Man Just pleaded Guilty To Illegally Smuggling 70-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Skeletons
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The World’s Smelliest And Largest Flower Blooms In Brazil

[credit provider=”Wikipedia” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Titan-arum1web.jpg”] Hundreds of visitors are flocking daily to a botanical garden in southeastern Brazil to watch the rare blooming of the Titan arum, the world’s smelliest and largest tropical flower.Also known as the “corpse flower” because of a smell likened to rotting flesh, it began blooming on Christmas […]
The World’s Smelliest And Largest Flower Blooms In Brazil
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The Number Of Syrian Refugees Is About To Explode

[credit provider=”AP” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=iraqis%20syria&showact=results&sort=relevance&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1308604198&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=8067ca825da84d648c62e02af8a0e569&dbm=PY2007&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] The United Nations on Wednesday predicted the number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries will double to 1.1 million by June next year if the country’s war is not ended.There are now more than 540,000 registered refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt, according to the […]
The Number Of Syrian Refugees Is About To Explode
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Tagg Romney Says His Father Didn’t Want To Be President

[credit provider=”AP”] No one wanted to be president less than Mitt Romney, his son said in an interview out Sunday that raises new questions about the candidacy of the losing Republican nominee.In an interview with the Boston Globe examining what went wrong with the Romney campaign, his eldest son Tagg […]
Tagg Romney Says His Father Didn’t Want To Be President
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Congress Just Approved This Sweeping defence Bill

[credit provider=”Jewel Samad/AFP/File”] The US Senate on Friday approved a $633 billion defence spending bill for next year that tightens penalties on Iran, funds the war in Afghanistan and boosts security at US missions worldwide.The legislation passed 81-14 despite furious opposition from Republican Senator Rand Paul, who criticised removal of […]
Congress Just Approved This Sweeping defence Bill