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North Korea threatens to bomb U.S. bases in Japan, Guam as retaliation

The North Korean army on Thursday threatened a possible strike against US military bases in Japan, in response to the use of nuclear-armed US B-52 bombers in joint military drills with South Korea. “The US should not forget that the Anderson Airbase in Guam where the B-52s take off, as…

Australia apologizes for nearly 225,000 forced adoptions after WWII

Australia on Thursday formally apologised for the forced adoption of tens of thousands of babies born mostly to unmarried mothers between the 1950s and 1970s. The adoptions, driven largely by religious groups in the post-war period, “created a lifelong legacy of pain and suffering”, the national apology delivered by Prime…

Giant pterosaur fossil unveiled in Brazil

The fossilized remains of a huge prehistoric flying reptile was unveiled Wednesday at the Rio de Janeiro National Museum where an international congress on the extinct species is to be held in May. “What makes it particularly special is that it is the most complete fossil ever found, with virtually…

Long term trials reveal promising malaria vaccine stops working after 4 years

A new vaccine that has raised hopes of becoming a potent new tool in the battle against malaria seems to stop working in children after four years, according to research published Wednesday. The vaccine candidate — known as RTS,S — is not yet on the market, but ongoing trials in…

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos recovers engines thought to have piloted the first Moon landing from ocean floor

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos claimed success Wednesday in his mission to recover Apollo 11 moon mission engines that plunged into the ocean decades ago. “We found so much,” Bezos said in a blog posting en route to land after three weeks at sea for his Bezos Expeditions project. “We’ve seen…

Children of abused women, older grandfather said to have highter autism rates

Having an older grandfather or being a mother who was abused in her youth are linked to higher odds of having a child with autism, according to two studies published Wednesday in a leading US psychiatry journal. The analysis by two separate teams appears in the Journal of the American…

New feminist group trains female activists in violent, naked protest techniques

Known for its topless protesters, Femen is a worldwide movement against patriarchy. But are the activists’ breasts obscuring the message? One day last summer, Inna Shevchenko went into a forest outside Kiev, to learn how to use a chainsaw. The lumberjacks who were instructing her couldn’t work out why she…

Turkish prime minister says speech calling Zionism ‘a crime against humanity’ was misunderstood

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in remarks published Wednesday that his controversial comments branding Zionism a crime against humanity had been misunderstood. Erdogan, who has often attacked Israeli policies, triggered a storm of protest about his comments on Zionism at a UN forum in Vienna last month. “I…

Medical marijuana bill approved by New Hampshire House

New Hampshire is one step closer to becoming the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana. On Wednesday, the state House voted 286-64 to approve legislation that would allow patients with chronic or terminal diseases to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommended it. The bill allows for state-licensed marijuana dispensaries…

Chipotle pulls Utah Boy Scouts sponsorship over gay ban

Chipotle Mexican Grill has withdrawn its support of a Boy Scouts event in Utah due to the organization’s ban on gay members. “We believed that terminating the sponsorship and remaining consistent with our policy was the right thing to do, and we have reinforced our policy with the team that…

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