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British scientists develop ‘holy grail’ vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease

British scientists have developed a “holy grail” vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease that is safer and more resilient than current vaccines, according to an article published in journal PLOS pathogens Wednesday. At the moment, animals are given a small dose of live infectious virus to stimulate the body’s immune system into…

Indonesian environmental groups allege paper producer broke promise to stop clearing forests

Indonesian green groups on Thursday accused the world’s third-largest paper producer Asia Pulp & Paper of again breaking its promise to stop clearing natural forests and peatlands in the country. APP in February announced that it had stopped using logs from Indonesia’s natural forests after years of campaigning by Greenpeace…

Train derailment spills 30,000 gallons of oil in Minnesota

Crews were working Thursday to clean up as much as 30,000 gallons of oil that spilled onto a Minnesota field after a mile-long train derailed. It was not yet clear whether the Canadian Pacific train was transporting regular crude or oil from the Alberta tar sands, but the spill will…

California ‘Digital Detox’ summer camp promises to break addiction to technology

By Isabel Choat, The Guardian California’s Camp Grounded caters to a growing demand for time off-line, but also offers bizarre back-to-childhood activities, including ‘truth or dare, and sneaking out at night’ A summer camp for adults where activities include “truth or dare, laughing contests and sneaking out at night” sounds, at…

Soccer organization empowers refs to halt matches if racism occurs

SOFIA — UEFA reiterated its zero-tolerance policy on racism at a meeting in Sofia on Thursday, encouraging referees to halt matches if need be and encouraging teams to denounce racism among fellow players and fans. UEFA’s executive committee said it “recommends and fully supports referees to stop matches in cases…

Undocumented immigration reality: Speak out on abuse and risk deportation

Migrants in the low-wage depths of the US economy tell the Guardian they’re being targeted for simply standing up for employees’ rights Luis Zavala knew something had gone wrong when he saw the gun pointed at him. The 45-year-old construction worker in Louisiana, and about two dozen others in his…

Japanese man allegedly tried to kill a woman with poisoned shoes

A Japanese man who allegedly tried to kill a woman he was stalking by putting poison in her shoes was arrested Thursday, police and reports said. The woman, a colleague, did not die, but developed gangrene in part of her left foot, they said. It was not known to what…

Wildlife group says Chinese ‘river pigs’ are close to extinction

China’s wild finless porpoises are heading toward extinction, a conservation group said Thursday, with the dolphin-like animals now rarer than the giant panda. With a stubby nose and grey body, the porpoises inhabit the Yangtze River and are famed for their cuteness in China, where they are known as “river…

Shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai to write her life story

Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl shot by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education, is to tell her life story in a book due out later this year, the publishers said Thursday, in a deal reportedly worth around three million dollars. The book will be entitled “I Am Malala”. “I hope…

Research: Men twice as likely as women to underestimate their weight

Men are more than twice as likely as women to underestimate their weight, finds a project with 300,000 participants Millions of men may be putting their health at risk by not realising they’re overweight, Guardian research suggests. Men are more than twice as likely as women to underestimate their weight…

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