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Poaching pushing South African rhino towards edge

South Africa’s white rhino population will begin to decline by 2016 if the current rate of poaching continues, authorities warned on Friday, following the killing of scores of the creatures this year. The stark warning was issued by the country’s Environment Minister Edna Molewa on the sidelines of the Convention…

Bali mulls ‘no sex’ signs after couple caught in temple

Officials on the Indonesian island of Bali are considering putting up “no sex” signs at Hindu temples after a lusty Estonian couple were caught in the act. Police took the pair in for questioning after they were found by youth leaders who had gone to check up on repairs at…

Indian starving children’s fund used to fix buses

A fund of millions of dollars raised to help malnourished children in western India has been diverted to maintain public buses, a report said on Friday. The “Child Nutrition Surcharge” was set up 16 years ago to collect a small percentage of each bus ticket fare in major cities in…

Cardinals eye Vatican reform in rare popeless interim

Catholic cardinals have seized the rare chance of being able to air their grievances against the Vatican at talks that continued Friday, with no new pope to defer to and no old pope to mourn. Benedict XVI suddenly announced his resignation last month saying he was too old to keep…

Japan mouse cloned 26 generations and still going

Japanese scientists have produced 26 generations of clones from a single mouse, the lead researcher said Friday, possibly paving the way for the mass replication of valuable livestock. The team have so far produced 598 mice that are genetic copies of one original creature in an experiment that has so…

Drastic cuts mean long lines for U.S. travelers

Travelers arriving in the United States are likely to face longer lines for a passport stamp as drastic spending cuts known as the sequester begin to bite, the union representing customs and border staff said Thursday. The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents some 24,000 US Customs and Border Protection…

Dozens of leaders to Chavez funeral, from Cuba to Iran

Venezuelan officials boasted that up to 55 world leaders will attend the state funeral of President Hugo Chavez on Friday, including US bugbears Cuba, Iran and Belarus. Interim leader Nicolas Maduro said heads of state or government from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean have confirmed their attendance…

Bieber halts show after ‘feeling woozy’

Under-fire Canadian pop star Justin Bieber halted his London show for 20 minutes after complaining of being “light of breath”. Bieber, who angered fans after turning up nearly two hours late for Monday’s show at the O2 Arena, returned to the stage to complete his set before being taken to…

Will Carrie Fisher return to Star Wars?

Carrie Fisher has said she will reprise her role as Princess Leia in the new series of Star Wars films being planned by Disney, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Fisher, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), and Harrison Ford (Han Solo), have all been tipped to return to the long-running space opera…

Arkansas 12-week abortion ban likely to be struck down, says pro-life lawyer

Lawyers from both sides of the abortion debate have acknowledged that an Arkansas bill that bans terminations after 12 weeks is likely to be struck down in the courts. A vote by the Republican-dominated Arkansas legislature on Wednesday gave the state the most restrictive abortion laws in the US. Lawmakers…

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