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Communities trying to bring feral cat populations under control

It’s Friday night in Eckington, a quiet residential corner of Washington, and the back alley is crawling with feral cats — rich pickings for seasoned cat-trapper Marty King. “Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty,” said King after setting four metal traps baited with flaked shrimp and fish cat food and lined…

Mini-sub aborts first search for MH370

A mini-sub hunting for Malaysian jet MH370 aborted its first search of the remote Indian Ocean seabed after just six hours because the water was deeper than its operating limits, officials said Tuesday. The unmanned submarine loaded with sonar to map the ocean floor deployed Monday night from the Australian…

Malta legalizes civil unions and adoption rights for gay couples

Malta’s parliament passed a law Monday legalising same-sex civil partnerships and giving gay couples the right to adopt. The Mediterranean island country’s parliament passed the bill by a vote of 37-0. The opposition abstained because it opposes gay adoption but not gay unions, said its leader Simon Busuttil. Thousands of…

Researchers: ‘Thunder god’ herb better for rheumatoid arthritis than widely-prescribed drugs

A Chinese herb called thunder god vine works better than a widely-prescribed pharmaceutical drug at easing rheumatoid arthritis, a study published on Monday said. The herb has long been used in China to treat this potentially crippling autoimmune disease, which typically strikes hand and foot joints. It is known in…

Norway gives China only existing copy of 1927 silent film thought to have been lost

Norway will hand to China a copy of The Cave of the Silken Web, a classic Chinese film that had long thought to be lost, the National Library of Norway said Monday. The delivery of the silent film from 1927 is expected to arrive in Beijing on Tuesday. Diplomatic relations…

U.S. hints at more sanctions against Russia after tense phone call between Obama and Putin

Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin confronted one another in telephone talks Monday as a standoff over Ukraine escalated after the CIA chief visited Kiev and a Russian war plane “buzzed” a U.S. destroyer. Washington said it was consulting European allies and hinted that more sanctions on Russia’s economy could…

‘Heartbleed’ online bug hits 1.5 million users of British parenting site

British parenting website Mumsnet is the latest organisation to have been hacked due to the “Heartbleed” bug, founder Justine Roberts revealed on Monday. “Last week we became aware of the Heartbleed bug and immediately applied a fix to close the OpenSSL security hole,” she said in a statement. “However, it…

Guardian and Washington Post share Pulitzer Prize for NSA reporting

The Washington Post and The Guardian US were awarded the Pulitzer Prize on Monday for public service journalism for revelations on secret US surveillance programs. The two newspapers shared the prestigious US award for reporting based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the Pulitzer committee…

Dutch teenage girl arrested for pretending to be Al Qaeda member on Twitter

Dutch police have arrested a teenaged girl after she allegedly tweeted a threat to American Airlines posing as an al-Qaeda member, a police spokesman said on Monday. The 14-year-old girl named Sarah “reported to the police this morning accompanied by a relative”, Rotterdam police’s Roland Ekkers said. “She’s been taken…

EU sees Russia’s hand in Ukraine and threatens sanctions

The European Union discussed fresh sanctions against Russia on Monday as foreign ministers angrily blamed Moscow for fomenting trouble in restive eastern Ukraine while holding out hope of a diplomatic breakthrough. “Further sanctions have to be the response to Russia’s behaviour,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on arriving for…

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