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Endangered species trafficker kills 5 crocodiles, 90 rare birds as police descend on his compound

Five dead crocodiles, 14 critically endangered turtles and a cache of other rare species have been found in the home of a suspected wildlife trader in one of the Philippines’ biggest slums, the government said Friday. The juvenile saltwater crocodiles, as well as 90 birds, were killed by the trader…

Brazilian courts uphold Vatican’s annulment decree in incest case

A Brazilian justice has for the first time upheld a Vatican ruling to annul a marriage, with the former husband and wife to be considered single rather than divorced, judicial sources said Friday. “It is the first time that the Superior Tribunal of Justice (Brazil’s highest appeals court) has ratified…

British astronomers set up new network to join the search for extraterrestrial life

British astronomers have set up an experts’ network to promote the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, the Royal Astronomical Society said on Friday. The starter group comprises academics from 11 British institutions, who will pore over data from radio telescopes and swap ideas such as how to detect any signals from…

Florida pastor urges men to destroy computers in quest to live ‘porn free’

Baptist preacher Jay Dennis of the First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Florida launched a campaign at the Southern Bapstist Concention annual meeting in Houston this week to get “One Million Men” to destroy their porn stashes and live “porn free.” Dennis told the Daily Beast that his inspiration for…

Snowden makes six new asylum requests

LONDON — US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has applied to another six countries for asylum, WikiLeaks said Friday on its Twitter feed. The 30-year-old is believed to be holed up at a Moscow airport looking for a country that will give him safe haven. Snowden has previously asked 21 countries…

Gun owners march on Houston police station with shotguns and assault rifles

A group of gun owners and gun rights advocates celebrated Independence Day on Thursday by marching on the headquarters of the Houston Police Department while carrying an array of shotguns and assault rifles. According to the Washington Examiner, the group was organized via Facebook and numbered about 25 attendees. “It’s…

Western governments set to target tech giants over tax avoidance

By Gernot Heller and Tom Bergin BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) – Western governments are set to target a range of tax loopholes used by technology giants including Apple, Amazon as part of an international drive to tackle corporate tax avoidance, a draft action plan seen by Reuters said. The Organisation for Economic…

Chinese herbal remedy for stoke recovery no better than placebo

By Kerry Grens NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A Chinese herbal remedy marketed to improve stroke recovery failed to exceed the benefits of a placebo in a large, three-month clinical trial. “There’s no evidence of efficacy,” said Dr. James Brorson, medical director of the University of Chicago Stroke Center, who…

Manning’s team presents defense in WikiLeaks case

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For weeks, Private First Class Bradley Manning has been portrayed as an arrogant loner and a traitor who damaged U.S. security and put countless lives at risk by providing hundreds of thousands of secret files to WikiLeaks. Now, as his lawyers prepare to kick…

Poor and minority patients are less likely to be prescribed opioids

By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People who are poor, African American or both are less likely to be prescribed opioids for pain than well-off white patients, according to a new study. The powerful painkillers, which include codeine and oxycodone, have been in the spotlight recently as deaths…

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