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John Kerry: UN climate report ‘yet another wakeup call’

US Secretary of State John Kerry Friday called the latest report on climate change by an influential UN panel “yet another wakeup call,” urging strong action to battle its impacts. “This isn’t a run of the mill report to be dumped in a filing cabinet. This isn’t a political document…

Pussy Riot inmate claims Russian prison took away water

Jailed Pussy Riot punk Nadezhda Tolokonnikova on Friday accused Russian prison officers of cutting off her drinking water on the fifth day of a hunger strike — a move the prison service denies. Tolokonnikova began a hunger strike at her penal colony in central Russia’s Mordovia region in protest at…

Russian anti-gay lawmaker: Actor Stephen Fry ‘a bringer of evil’

Vitaly Milonov believes that British actor Stephen Fry is a “bringer of evil,” thinks homosexuality is a perversion and thanks God for giving Russia Vladimir Putin to defend its values. Milonov, a lawmaker in the local parliament of Russia’s second city of Saint Petersburg, has become a hate figure for…

Court rejects bid by Jehovah’s Witness to refuse blood: ‘His life has been cocooned in that faith’

An Australian teenager Friday lost his court battle to refuse life-saving medical treatment because he is a Jehovah’s Witness, with a court upholding an earlier judgement permitting a blood transfusion. The 17-year-old, who suffers from an aggressive cancer, lost his case against Sydney Children’s Hospital in March in which he…

Italian wine region clings on to life on cliffs and under the sea

From the vineyards clinging to seaside cliffs to a unique cellar of bubbly wine stored on the seabed, the off-the-beaten-track wine region of Liguria in northern Italy offers an array of spectacular sights. But as he plucked grapes from his terraced vineyard at the end of harvest, Cesare Scorza said…

Temperatures will rise by up to 8.6 degrees this century, UN panel says

A UN panel said Friday it was more certain than ever that humans were causing global warming and predicted temperatures would rise by 0.3 to 4.8 degrees Celsius (0.5-8.6 degrees Fahrenheit) this century. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) also projected sea levels would rise by between 26 and…

The ballerina brain could hold a key to treating chronic dizziness

Years of training cause structural changes in a ballerina’s brain that help her stay balanced in the pirouette, said a report Friday that may aid the treatment of chronic dizziness. Brain scans of professional ballerinas revealed differences from other people in two parts of the brain: one that processes input…

Artist uses robots to create same picture in three different countries

An Austrian artist on Thursday drew three pictures simultaneously in three European capitals thanks to two robots copying his every movement in real time in Britain and Germany. Alex Kiessling worked in Vienna while a pair of orange industrial robots in London’s Trafalgar Square and Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz drew exactly the…

Wendy Davis to stand as Democratic candidate for governor of Texas

State senator whose 11-hour filibuster against restrictive abortion legislation made her a celebrity will stand in 2014 Wendy Davis is set to run for Texas governor, in a race that could have wide-ranging consequences for Democrats at both national and state level. The state senator from Fort Worth became an…

Researchers: Sonar mapping for oil near Madagascar killed 100 whales

A noisy technology that blasts sounds below water to map the ocean for oil is being blamed for 100 melon headed whale deaths off Madagascar, experts said Thursday. An independent panel of scientists found that sonar surveying by ExxonMobil in late May 2008 led to the sudden displacement of the…

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