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England to ban circuses from using wild animals

Travelling circuses in England will be banned from using wild animals from December 2015, the government announced on Tuesday, after a long campaign to end the practice. Introducing a draft bill in parliament, junior environment minister Robert Ponsonby said circus operators had until then to adapt their shows and find…

U.S. soldier jailed for trying to sell military secrets to the Russians

A US soldier has been jailed for 16 years for attempting to sell military secrets to a woman he thought was a Russian spy, officials said Tuesday. Military policeman William Millay was also dishonorably discharged as part of a plea deal after admitting charges including attempted espionage and communicating national…

FBI arrests Israeli billionaire’s agent over bribery cover-up claim in battle over $10 billion iron ore mountain

Frenchman is accused destroying evidence of how an Israeli billionaire gained control of a mountain rich in iron ore in Guinea A battle over one of the world’s richest mineral deposits has taken a dramatic turn after the FBI announced the arrest of a representative of the billionaire businessman who…

Antarctic ice tells conflicting story about climate change’s role in big melt

Since the early 1990s, glaciers draining Antarctica’s vast ice sheets have…  …

Former military dictator Pervez Musharraf banned from running in Pakistan election

Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was Tuesday disqualified from contesting Pakistani elections next month, crushing his ambition to “save” the troubled country just weeks after his return from exile. Pakistan goes to the polls on May 11 for an election that will mark the first time a civilian government has…

Survey finds perception of having sex more frequently than others leads to increased happiness

More sex makes people happy, but what makes people even happier is having more sex than their friends and neighbors. That is one result of new research from Tim Wadsworth, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Wadsworth likens sex to income…  …

Nonprofit online news site InsideClimate News wins Pulitzer for tar sands reporting

In a sign of a rapidly changing media world, a relatively unknown New York-based online nonprofit news site joined some of the country’s most well-known media outlets in claiming a Pulitzer Prize, the highest honor in journalism. InsideClimate News won the Pulitzer Monday, April 15,…  …

Spiny parasitic worm helps doctors devise patch to keep skin grafts in place

A parasitic worm that latches onto the intestines of fish by inflating its head has led to a remarkable invention for keeping skin grafts in place, even when the surface of the wound is wet. Reporting in the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday, US researchers devised a patch studded with…

Thatcher protesters vow to pelt her coffin with eggs, coal or milk as London police brace for Wednesday’s funeral

London police are bracing for protests at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday, with opponents vowing to pelt her coffin with eggs, coal or milk if they can get close enough — or simply turn their backs on the passing procession. More than 800 people have pledged to attend an event…

Endangered Sumatran elephant born in captivity

A baby Sumatran elephant peeps out timidly from between the legs of its mother at an Indonesian zoo, where her birth has given a boost to the critically endangered animal. Kartini, named after the country’s most celebrated feminist, Raden Ajeng Kartini, was born on Friday under a captive breeding programme…

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