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Skyping with elephants: a new paradigm for education

Think Elephants, a Thailand-based organization that promotes conservation through education, published the results of a study that found that elephants could follow vocal commands telling them to find food hidden in one of two buckets. This suggests…  …

Germany probes suspected potato price fixing

The chips are down as Germany launches a probe into suspected potato price fixing over the past decade which may have cost consumers and farmers hundreds of millions of euros, according to local media. The culprits face a roasting after the national competition regulator has investigated allegations that at least…

Egypt ‘foils Al-Qaeda-linked plot against Western embassy’

Egypt’s interior minister said on Saturday police arrested members of an Al-Qaeda-linked cell that plotted to carry out a suicide bombing against a Western embassy and other targets in the country. Police “have delivered a successful blow against a terror cell plotting suicide bomb attacks,” including a plot to attack…

Counting begins in landmark Pakistan elections

Counting got underway Saturday in Pakistan’s landmark elections after millions of people defied deadly Taliban attacks to take part in an historic democratic transition in the nuclear-armed state. Polling stations officially closed at 6:00 pm (1300 GMT) after a “huge turnout” in Punjab, the biggest province, capping a dramatic day…

Pakistani women stopped from voting in Taliban stronghold of Waziristan

Women were stopped from voting in Pakistan’s elections on Saturday in the northwestern tribal district of North Waziristan, a notorious Taliban stronghold, residents said. North Waziristan is one of seven semi-autonomous districts on the rugged border with Afghanistan which are a haven for Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants. Tribesmen were informed…

White House temporarily evacuated: official

he West Wing of the White House was temporarily evacuated Saturday morning after a minor electrical problem set off a smoke alarm, a White House official said. “Early this am, an electrical transformer near the West Wing malfunctioned and set off a smoke alarm in the West Wing. The transformer…

Astronauts in spacewalk to try to fix space station ammonia leak

he International Space Station’s crew set off on a precedent-setting spacewalk Saturday to try to stop ammonia leaking into space from the research laboratory’s power system. During the spacewalk, NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn and Chris Cassidy were to try to inspect and possibly repair the ammonia leak that affected the…

Officials charge Texas suspect Bryce Ashley Reed on bomb charges

Federal authorities on Friday charged a Texas man with illegal possession of bomb making materials, but would not say whether the arrest is linked to a probe into last month’s deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant. The US Justice Department said in a statement that Bryce Ashley Reed, 31, was…

Slippery eel population slipping as demand for delicacy grows

Cupping a tiny, translucent eel in the palm of his hand, New York environmental researcher Chris Bowser shook his head in amazement. “This is worth about one dollar,” he said. As every spring, baby eels — big black eyes at the end of bodies the size of earthworms — are…

Russia ‘withheld details’ on Boston suspect

Russia withheld “crucial” information from the United States on one of the suspects of last month’s deadly Boston Marathon bombings, The Wall Street Journal reported. Citing unnamed US officials, the Journal said on its website that the information consisted of text messages between the mother of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and a…

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