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Tokyo zoo stages ‘zebra escape’

About 60 staff at a Tokyo zoo chased around a keeper dressed as a zebra on Friday in a drill to simulate one of the park’s animal inhabitants making a break for freedom. The drill saw the zookeeper tackled and mock stun-gunned by his colleagues. Visitors to the Tama Zoological…

At least two killed in bomb blast outside U.S. embassy in Turkey

Two security guards were killed and several other people were wounded in a blast outside the US embassy in Ankara on Friday, local television reported. It was not immediately known what caused the explosion but some media speculated it could have been a suicide bombing. The force of the blast…

‘Rent-a-boyfriend’ services popping up on some Chinese websites

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 demand to find…

Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch dead at 88

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch has died at the age of 88. According to ABC News, a spokesman for the brash, confrontational and sometimes controversial mayor confirmed his death on Friday morning. Koch had recently been admitted to the hospital to be treated for water in his lungs.…

Congress postpones ‘debt ceiling’ deadline

The US Congress on Thursday suspended the country’s debt ceiling until May, giving lawmakers three months for high-stakes budget negotiations and averting a potentially catastrophic default. The Senate voted 64 to 34 in favour of the bill, which had already passed in the House of Representatives last week, authorising the…

Human-caused and natural climate change are different, study shows

Are human-caused and natural global warming different? Study says yes. Human-triggered climate warming appears to leave a unique fingerprint on global rainfall rates compared with natural warming, according to a new study. While rainfall rates increase whether the long-term warming trend is natural or not, the rate of increase appears…

Kerry Senate seat now has contested Democratic primary as Stephen Lynch throws hat in ring

Kerry Senate seat now has contested primary: Stephen Lynch hat in ring Rep. Stephen Lynch, a former union ironworker with South Boston roots, announced a campaign for the US Senate Thursday, setting up a contested Democratic primary for the seat being vacated by John Kerry. Kerry, a longtime Democratic Senator,…

Jon Stewart mocks NRA chief: Let’s only pass laws that criminals will follow

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Thursday night mocked the various arguments that National Rifle Association chief executive Wayne LaPierre provided against gun control. At a Senate hearing on gun violence, LaPierre explained that citizens of the United States needed high-power firearms to both defend themselves from an overbearing…

Renowned atheist Richard Dawkins cracks penis joke in debate with retired Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams

Britain’s most ardent atheist lost the encounter with former archbishop on paper – but he got laughs for his penis joke Despite serving as Oxford university’s professor for the public understanding of science for 13 distinguished years, his work as an ethologist and evolutionary biologist, not to mention his many…

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