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Non-amputees also experience ‘phantom limb’ sensation

Amputees often experience “phantom limbs”, or the sensation that their missing limb is still present, but a Swedish study published Thursday showed that even non-amputees can experience the bizarre sensation. “Our results show that the sight of a physical hand is remarkably unimportant to the brain for creating the experience…

French ‘Little Prince’ stories mark 70th anniversary

France is marking the 70th anniversary of the world-loved “The Little Prince” with a host of special editions, including a new biography of its author, native son Antoine de Saint-Exupery. “Le Petit Prince”, a series of parables in which a boy prince recounts his adventures among the stars to a…

Lawyers: Guantánamo hunger strike could be deadly

Lawyers describe detainees’ dramatic weight loss as guards attempt to end the protest through force-feeding and isolation Lawyers representing hunger-striking detainees at America’s controversial Guantánamo Bay prison have warned they fear some of the protesters could soon die in the ongoing protest. The news comes as fresh details emerge about…

Fidel Castro attends school ribbon-cutting in Cuba

Leaders inaugurating public works projects is a staple of Cuba, and a surprisingly spry-looking 86-year-old Fidel Castro has done it for the first time since stepping aside as president in 2006, media here reported on Thursday. The elder of the Castro brothers opened the Havana school for 140 children that…

Robert Redford decries sale of Hopi artifacts as ‘sacrilege’

Hollywood actor and director Robert Redford on Thursday weighed into a row about plans to auction off 70 ceremonial masks originating from the Hopi tribe of Arizona, calling the proposed sale “sacrilege”. In a letter of support, Redford condemned the looming auction in Paris and warned of “grave moral consequences”…

American ex-presidents invited to Thatcher’s funeral

Britain has invited all the surviving former US presidents to the funeral of Margaret Thatcher next week in a final testament to the Iron Lady’s special relationship with America, the government said Thursday as it unveiled a 2,000-strong guest list. But great figures from Thatcher’s Cold War era, including former…

New unemployment applications fall after three weeks of increases

New claims for US unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, partly erasing the increases of the prior three weeks, Labor Department data released Thursday showed. Initial jobless claims, an indicator of the pace of layoffs, dropped 11 percent to a seasonally adjusted 346,000 in the week ending April…

Facebook’s Zuckerberg launches lobbying group to push immigration and education reforms

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new political action group he is spearheading Thursday to press for reforms in areas including immigration and education. “To lead the world in this new economy, we need the most talented and hardest-working people. We need to train and attract the best. We need…

Fukushima nuclear plant springs another radioactive leak

Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has sprung yet another leak of radioactive water, its operator said on Thursday, the latest in an increasingly long line of mishaps to rattle public confidence. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said around 22 litres (six US gallons) of highly radioactive waste water leaked from…

British organ donations jump 50 percent in five years

The number of people in Britain donating their organs after death has surged 50 percent in the past five years, says the NHS Blood and Transplant service (NHSBT). Each person who donates organs provides an overall average 56 years of extra life for the recipients, according to a specialist surgeon.…

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