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Study offers intriguing new theory to explain why Venus doesn’t have oceans

A runaway greenhouse effect makes liquid water impossible on Venus’s scorching surface, but a new study suggests most of Venus’s water might might have been gone even before the planet cooled…  …

Thirty-mile ‘ice jam’ floods Alaska town and forces residents to flee

A massive “ice jam” on the Yukon River has caused flooding in the town of Galena, Alaska, forcing residents to flee their homes. According to the Associated Press, the flooding has lifted homes off their foundations and is currently straining at the dike protecting the community’s small airport. The Alaska…

Starbucks ‘toilet water’ coffee prompts outrage in Hong Kong

A Starbucks cafe in Hong Kong’s posh financial district which used water from a tap near a urinal to brew coffee prompted a torrent of angry reactions from customers Thursday. The coffee shop, in the famous Bank of China Tower, has been using the water from a tap in a…

Gulf states ‘may place Hezbollah on terror list’

Gulf Arab states will consider placing Lebanon’s Shiite party Hezbollah, which is openly involved in the Syrian conflict, on its terror list, Al-Rai daily quoted highly placed diplomats on Thursday as saying. Bahrain will ask foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council to discuss “placing Hezbollah on the terror…

Mother takes son’s police shooting case to UN Human Rights Committee

An Australian woman whose 15-year-old son was shot five times by police who were cleared of wrongdoing took her case to the United Nations Thursday, saying they “didn’t even ask him his name”. Tyler Cassidy was armed with knives, intoxicated and in a distressed state when he confronted four police…

Forty-two kids advance to semi-finals in National Spelling Bee

Forty-two contestants advanced to the semi-finals of the top US spelling contest, the first to also ask competitors to know what the words mean. They were among 281 youngsters from eight nations who gathered at the Gaylord National Resort outside Washington for the three-day Scripps National Spelling Bee that is…

Iraq to restore ancient Arch of Ctesiphon to woo back tourists

Iraqi authorities have contracted a Czech firm to carry out a 10-month restoration of the ancient Arch of Ctesiphon as part of a plan to boost tourism to the once-popular site. Through the decades of conflict that have wracked Iraq, the famed 6th century monument, which is the world’s largest…

UN scientists warn of massive jellyfish overpopulation in the Mediterranean

The United Nations on Thursday warned overfishing in the Mediterranean was boosting jellyfish, which reduce stocks further and it called for jellyfish to be used in food, medicine and cosmetics. A study by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome said overfishing had increased the number of jellyfish…

High doses of pain-killers such as ibuprofen ‘can cause heart attack’

High doses of some commonly used pain-killing drugs like ibuprofen can increase heart attacks, strokes and related deaths by about a third, a study warned on Thursday. The drugs, known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are widely used to manage pain caused by inflammatory disorders. “NSAIDs are very commonly used…

El Salvador’s Supreme Court denies life-saving abortion to woman

El Salvador’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday against allowing a 22-year-old woman to terminate her pregnancy to save her life, according to the Associated Press. In a 4-1 vote, the judges upheld the country’s strict abortion laws even though the woman’s fetus is missing most of its brain due to a…

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