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Are aircraft carriers about to become an endangered species in the United States?

Budget pressures at the Pentagon have renewed a debate about the value of the US Navy’s giant aircraft carriers, with critics arguing the warships are fast becoming costly relics in a new era of warfare. With the Pentagon facing $500 billion in cuts over the next decade, a Navy officer…

Forensic scientist uses secret technique to rehydrate mummified corpses from old homicides

Mexican forensic expert Alejandro Hernandez dips dry, yellowish cadavers in a see-through bath, hoping his technique to rehydrate mummified bodies will solve murders in crime-infested Ciudad Juarez. The city bordering Texas has endured drug-related violence and a wave of murders of women in recent years, with bodies dumped anywhere and…

Hulu boldly goes all out with complete Star Trek series

Geeks not too keen on basketball can have their own March Madness thanks to Hulu, which is offering the entire Star Trek series free of charge for the rest of the month. Yes. Every. Single. Episode. Well, almost every episode, but 693 should be enough to keep one busy for…

Mossad agent hanged self in suicide-proof cell after passing intel to Hezbollah

A man identified by media as an Australian-Israeli Mossad agent and found hanged in a Tel Aviv jail had passed secrets to Hezbollah before his death, an influential German magazine reported Sunday. News weekly Der Spiegel said Ben Zygier, a man known as “Prisoner X” who died in 2010 in…

Officials mystified at seal pup found 6 miles from water

A seal pup was found in a forest in eastern Sweden on Sunday almost six kilometres (four miles) from the closest body of open water, raising questions as to how it got there, Swedish media reported. “A somewhat confused person called and said he was out walking in the woods…

Two biggest Cyprus banks limit ATM withdrawals to reduce bank runs

The two main banks at the centre of Cyprus’s financial crisis further slashed the daily cash withdrawal limits from ATM machines on Sunday, state media reported. With queues growing outside cash machines across the island, Laiki (Popular) Bank cut maximum withdrawals at ATMs to 100 euros a day and the…

Poachers already killed 15 rare rhinos in northeast Indian preserve in 2013

A gang of poachers killed a rare one-horned rhino at a wildlife park in northeast India, taking to 15 the number of such beasts slaughtered this year, an official said on Sunday. Heavily-armed poachers fired at the rhino late Saturday inside Assam state’s Kaziranga National Park and its horn was…

Indonesia denies its female circumcision practices are female genital mutilation

Thrashing wildly, five-year-old Reta wails as she is hoisted onto a bed during a circumcision ceremony in a school-hall-turned-clinic on Indonesia’s island of Java. “No, no, no,” she cries, punching and kicking as her mother cups her tear-soaked face to soothe her. Doctors clap and cheer encouragingly. One of them…

Gay activist schools Tony Perkins: LGBT people won’t ‘use up all the marriage licenses’

Evan Wolfson, the founder of the one of the country’s top same sex marriage advocacy groups, on Sunday assured Family Research Council President Tony Perkins that “the gay people are not going to use up all the marriage licenses” if the Supreme Court strikes down marriage discrimination. CBS host Bob…

Foes of same sex marriage stage last-ditch protest in Paris

Tens of thousands opposed to French legislation allowing gay marriage protested Sunday on a route leading to the Champs Elysees after police banned them marching on the famed Paris avenue. The hugely controversial bill to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption has been comfortably adopted by the lower chamber of parliament…

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