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Russia halts search for meteorite

Russian authorities halted their search Sunday for the meteorite that spectacularly struck the Urals last week, leaving about 1,200 people injured and damaging several thousand buildings. The 10-tonne space rock streaked over the Chelyabinsk region in central Russia in a blinding fireball on Friday. With air temperatures at around minus…

Netanyahu backs spying secrecy after Prisoner X death

Exposure of intelligence activities can “badly damage” state security, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday in his first remarks on the arrest and death of a jailed Australian-Israeli with Mossad links. In remarks to his outgoing cabinet, the Israeli prime minister insisted that the security forces be allowed to “quietly”…

Bloodied cricket bat ‘found’ at Pistorius home

South African police have found a bloodied cricket bat at the home of Oscar Pistorius, a local newspaper reported on Sunday, following the Valentine’s Day killing of his model girlfriend. The star Olympian and Paralympian athlete was charged on Friday with the murder of 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp who was shot…

Thousands marry in first ‘post-Moon’ Unification Church mass wedding

Thousands of Unification Church members got married in a mass wedding in South Korea Sunday — the first since the death of their “messiah” and controversial church founder Sun Myung Moon. Some 3,500 identically-dressed couples — many of mixed nationality who had met just days before — took part in…

Ancient mysteries unveiled at Peru’s 5,000-year-old Temple of Fire

The recent discovery of a ceremonial fireplace believed to be more than 5,000 years old sheds light on one of the oldest populated sites in the Americas. The fireplace, dubbed the Temple of Fire, was discovered within the El Paraiso archeological complex in the Chillon valley, located just outside the…

Israel’s Lieberman goes on trial for corruption

The trial of Israel’s former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman on charges of fraud and breach of trust opened at a Jerusalem court Sunday in a case which will decide the former bouncer’s political future. Wearing a dark-blue suit and white shirt, Lieberman was silent as he entered the courtroom and…

Scientists look at restoring lakes damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Scientists look at restoring lakes damaged by Hurricane Sandy (via NJ.com) WEST LONG BRANCH — Once a natural inlet that closed over time, Wreck Pond in Monmouth County was one in a long line of Hurricane Sandy’s casualties, its eastern edge ripped open and exposed to the ocean. But to…

Christopher Dorner manhunt over, but troubling issues remain

Christopher Dorner manhunt over, but troubling issues remain (via The Christian Science Monitor) As a criminal investigation, the case of ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner is virtually over. The rogue cop believed to have killed four people – including two law enforcement officers and the daughter of a third…

Study: In vitro fertilization does not increase risk of breast cancer

A new study has found that in-vitro fertilization (IVF) does not increase a woman’s risk of contracting breast or endometrial cancer. According to Reuters, researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) examined the medical records of 67,608 Israeli women who received IVF treatments between 1994 and 2011 and compared them…

Argentina’s wine industry still struggling despite worldwide acclaim

Argentina has built up a world-class wine industry, luring a flood of wine tourists, but boosting the quality quotient is still keeping its winemakers hard at work. The century-old industry, with its heart in the Mendoza area in the southwest, has increased volume by leaps and bounds in the past…

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