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Scientists may have found Brazilian ‘Atlantis’

Brazilian geologists announced the discovery, 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) from Rio, of what could be part of the continent that was submerged when the Atlantic Ocean was formed as Africa and South America drifted apart 100 million years ago. Roberto Ventura Santos, a top official at Brazil’s Geology Service (CPRM),…

300,000 day-old babies die each year from infections and other preventable causes in India: report

More than 300,000 babies die within 24 hours of being born in India each year from infections and other preventable causes, a report said Tuesday, blaming a lack of political will and funding for the crisis. India accounts for 29 percent of all newborn deaths worldwide, according to the charity…

Climate shift killed Australia’s giant beasts: study

Gigantic animals which once roamed Australia were mostly extinct by the time humans arrived, according to a new study Tuesday which suggests climate change played the key role in their demise. For decades, debate has centred on what wiped out megafauna such as the rhinoceros-sized, wombat-like Diprotodon, the largest known…

Chinese city uses dogs to predict Earthquakes

A Chinese city is using dogs to predict earthquakes, an official said Tuesday, after state-run media reported that neighbours were complaining of nightly false alarms — in the form of barking. China is regularly hit by seismic tremors. Around 200 people were left dead or missing by a quake in…

Russian prisoner makes rare escape from Moscow jail

A Russian prisoner charged with double murder on Tuesday escaped from one of Moscow’s most impregnable jails by breaking a hole in his cell ceiling and climbing to freedom, the prison service said. In a rare break-out, reportedly only the fourth in two decades from Moscow’s Matrosskaya Tishina prison, Oleg…

Israel says air strike on Damascus targeted Hezbollah

Israel sought to avoid a direct confrontation with the Syrian regime on Monday by stressing that air strikes across its northern border at the weekend were intended to prevent weapons reaching Hezbollah in Lebanon rather than further destabilise the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Amid a cautious consensus that the…

Torture survivor leads Chileans’ battle for justice over Pinochet abuses

Leopoldo García Lucero carries a disfiguring zigzag scar above his left eye where a police officer lacerated his face with the stock of a machine gun. The injury was inflicted nearly 40 years ago in the blood-stained basement of a Santiago police station during the military coup in Chile that…

Nearly one in five youths at risk of suicide have a gun in their home: study

Nearly one in five people under 21 who are at risk for suicide have guns in their homes, according to research presented Monday at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Washington. “This study highlights the importance of parents understanding the risks of having guns in their homes,” said co-author…

Ancient Eurasiatic ‘superfamily’ found at root of European and Asian languages

Languages spoken by billions of people across Europe and Asia are descended from an ancient tongue uttered in southern Europe at the end of the last ice age, according to research. The claim, by scientists in Britain, points to a common origin for vocabularies as varied as English and Urdu,…

Boston bomber friend released on bail

A 19-year-old friend of accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was ordered free on $100,000 bail Monday as he awaits trial for allegedly lying to investigators probing the attack. Robel Phillipos, whose family emigrated from Ethiopia, was placed under house arrest, where he will be under the custody of his mother.…

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