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Majority of Republicans feel America should address climate change

The analysis of environmental polls and surveys conducted in the US often focus on the political split between Democrats and Republicans. Unsurprisingly, really, given the public divide between the two parties and the almost Messianic qualities attributed to any one particular candidate, qualities…  …

Archeological dig in remote Turkmenistan reveals rare advanced civilization and Bronze Age treasures

Over four millennia ago, the fortress town of Gonur-Tepe might have been a rare advanced civilisation before it was buried for centuries under the dust of the Kara Kum desert in remote western Turkmenistan. After being uncovered by Soviet archaeologists in the last century, Gonur-Tepe, once home to thousands of…

WikiLeaks Party unveils Australian election plans

Whistleblowing group WikiLeaks unveiled plans Saturday to field candidates in at least three states in Australia’s elections and said it would be “embarrassing” if Julian Assange won but could not take his seat. Assange, Australian-born founder of the controversial WikiLeaks site, announced that he would run for the Senate last…

Court rejects case to take ‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart’ off the air

Egypt’s Administrative Court threw out on Saturday a lawsuit demanding a popular TV satire show be taken off air and its broadcaster shut down, a judicial source said. An Islamist lawyer brought the case, accusing controversial political comedian Bassem Youssef of mocking President Mohamed Morsi. The plaintiff also claimed Youssef’s…

Ikea pulls elk lasagne after pork found

Swedish furniture giant Ikea said Saturday it had stopped selling its frozen elk lasagne after a batch was found to contain traces of pork. The company withdrew 17,600 lasagnes from sale and began performing its own tests after a Belgian laboratory said the minced elk meat contained just over one…

Nelson Mandela leaves hospital

Nelson Mandela left hospital Saturday after a 10-day stay during which the 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon was treated for pneumonia, the South African president’s office said. “Former president Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital today, April 6, following a sustained and gradual improvement in his general condition,” presidency spokesman Mac…

India drop heroin-tainted boxer Vijender from squad

India’s Olympic bronze-medallist boxer Vijender Singh will not take part in two upcoming events following police accusations that he consumed heroin, a top official said on Saturday. Vijender will not be selected in the Indian squad for tournaments in Cyprus and Cuba that serve as a prelude to the world…

Cthulhu fhtagn! Indescribably terrifying microbes named for H.P. Lovecraft’s monsters

This incomprehensibly horrifying scanning electron microscope image shows Cthulhu macrofasciculumque, a symbiotic protist that resides in the hindgut of a termite. The scale bar is 10 micrometers. (PLOS ONE) Suckling unnamable ichor as they slither through the viscous, shrieking madness of the intestinal…  …

FBI interviews ex-CIA chief David Petraeus over secret files scandal

FBI agents interviewed ex-CIA chief David Petraeus to probe whether secret files had been passed to the woman at the center of the scandal that brought him down, USA Today reported. Petraeus, America’s most celebrated military leader in a generation, stepped down in November as head of the spy agency…

Evacuation warnings, missile fears stoke North Korea crisis

Foreign diplomats in Pyongyang huddled on Saturday to discuss a North Korean evacuation advisory as concerns grew that the isolated state was preparing a missile launch at a time of soaring nuclear tensions. The heads of all EU missions had agreed to meet to hammer out a common position after…

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