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Don’t bring exotic rainforest animals home, expert warns

Thousands of parrots, monkeys, iguanas, toucans, turtles and other rainforest animals are kept as exotic…

Prototype for Ebola deterrent drug clears early test hurdle

Paris (AFP) – A prototype drug that has been urgently given to a handful of…

SETI Institute expert explains why humans will some day find intelligent extra-terrestrial life

By Seth Shostak, SETI Institute The Conversation organised a public question-and-answer session on Reddit in…

Obesity is now so normal that many parents can’t see if their child is too fat: study

We’ve all heard those phrases that denote a certain blindness to the passage of time.…

Tech News

Bitcoin promoter will plead guilty to selling $1 million in digital currency to ‘Silk Road’ users

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea…

Judge orders Microsoft to turn customer emails stored in Ireland to U.S. prosecutors

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) – A judge on Friday lifted a suspension on…

Media

Al Pacino on performing with cats in Venice

Al Pacino may be one of the greatest actors of all time, but he confessed…

Porn king Larry Flynt still fighting for free speech, on Hustler’s 40th birthday

Porn veteran Larry Flynt is celebrating the 40th birthday of his X-rated magazine Hustler —…

U.S. News

California Legislature passes bill to protect temp workers

The California legislature has passed a bill that would hold companies legally responsible if the…

‘Not an isolated event’: U.N. agency chides U.S. over racial profiling by police

The United States must stem police racism and brutality, a U.N. watchdog said Friday, as…

Some local police departments begin giving up military-style vehicles amid unease

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two Northern California cities have made plans to…

Arizona ‘Dark Lord’ arrested for urinating on a Bible outside a homeless shelter

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself “Dark Lord” has been arrested for…

Texas GOP candidate Greg Abbott backs out of only televised debate against Wendy Davis

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – The frontrunner for the Texas race for governor, Republican Greg Abbott,…

World

Ultra-Orthodox Jews expelled from Guatemalan village after conflict with locals

A group of ultra-orthodox Jews who moved from Canada to a remote part of Guatemala a few months ago to…

Dozens of Yazidi women ‘sold into marriage’ by ISIS: NGO

Several dozen Yazidi women kidnapped by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq have been taken to Syria, forced to convert and…

Ecuador’s women turn to boxing to fight sexual violence

After surviving a harrowing rape attempt, Any Hurtado took up boxing — and found herself surrounded by other Ecuadoran women…

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia warns West will be jihadists’ next target

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through…

Cuban immigrants head back to sea after being turned away from Cayman Islands

By Peter Polack GEORGE TOWN Cayman Islands (Reuters) – Sixteen Cuban migrants who sought refuge in Grand Cayman have resumed…

Frantic search underway in Nicaragua after mine collapse traps at least 20 workers

Managua (AFP) – Rescue teams in Nicaragua were scrambling frantically Friday to reach at least 20 workers trapped deep underground…

Religious parents ignite frantic search after snatching critically ill boy from UK hospital

Police in Great Britain are urgently searching for a 5-year-old boy suffering from a brain tumor, who was snatched from…

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