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Police find 36 human skulls at home of Italian expatriate

Police in Burundi have discovered dozens of human skulls during a search of the home of an Italian expatriate, officials said Sunday. The Italian national, identified as Giuseppe Favaro, has been in custody in the small central African nation since late October after he was caught trying to export two…

Schools ban Malala Yousafzai’s ‘anti-Pakistan’ book

Pakistani private schools have been barred from buying a book written by global education icon Malala Yousafzai due to its “anti-Pakistan and anti-Islam content”, a top official said Sunday. “Yes we have banned Malala’s book (‘I am Malala’) because it carries the content which is against our country’s ideology and…

Seattle police department has network that can track all Wi-Fi enabled devices

The Seattle Police Department purchased a “mesh network” in February that will be used by emergency responders, but which will also be capable of tracking anyone with Wi-Fi enabled device. The network is not yet turned on, according to Seattle Police, but once it is, it will be able to…

How many Americans actually believe the earth is only 6,000 years old?

For thirty years, Gallup has been asking Americans their views about evolution and human beings, and the results have been remarkably consistent and stable. Last year, Gallup once again reported that nearly half of the country believe the Biblical version of events: “Forty-six percent of Americans believe in the creationist…

Scared of the dentist? This is why, say neuroscientists

Unraveling how brain reacts to the sounds of dentists’ drills could help scientists put anxious patients more at ease The whir of a dentist’s drill might bring on the shakes and a racing heart, but what happens in the brain has long been a mystery. Now researchers in Japan believe…

ABBA mulls possible 40th anniversary ‘Waterloo’ reunion

Legendary Swedish pop group ABBA could reunite next year to mark the 40th anniversary since they won the Eurovision Song Contest and were catapulted to global stardom, singer Agnetha Faltskog revealed on Sunday. “Of course it’s something we’re thinking about,” 63-year-old Faltskog told the German weekly Welt am Sonntag in…

Desperate survivors of Philippine typhoon raid the dead

Tormented survivors of a typhoon that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 in the Philippines rummaged for food Sunday through debris scattered with corpses, while frenzied mobs looted aid convoys. Two days after one of the most powerful storms ever recorded flattened entire towns across part of the…

Hundreds of unexplained sea turtle deaths in Central America alarm scientists

Hundreds of sea turtles are washing up dead on the beaches of Central America and scientists don’t know why. One hypothesis is that the killer is a potent neurotoxin that can be produced by algae during red tides, which are large accumulations of algae that turn sea water red or…

Egypt recovers 90 ancient artifacts on auction in Jerusalem

Egypt said Sunday that it has recovered 90 ancient artefacts that were put on sale by a Jerusalem auction house, and has asked Israel to find other antiquities and return them to Cairo. The ministry of antiquities said it had asked Israeli authorities to intervene after “spotting in recent weeks…

Protester hospitalized after nailing his testicles to Red Square cobblestone to protest Russian ‘police state’

A Russian performance artist was hospitalised Sunday after stripping naked and nailing his testicles to a Red Square cobblestone in protest against the Kremlin’s crackdown on political rights. A video of the graphic action, available on Russian websites, showed artist Pyotr Pavlensky sitting naked outside Lenin’s Mausoleum being covered with…

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