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Antarctic could become home to world’s largest marine sanctuary

Proposals will go before a commission next month to help protect thousands of species in Antarctic waters An extraordinarily big thing might happen in the world of marine conservation next month at a meeting in Germany of a little known international commission. And while you probably haven’t read much about…

Ex-Cold War spy turned ‘savant’ artist makes incredibly mathematical art

Cold War spy, homeless dropout and semi-professional gambler, the autistic savant George Widener is now an internationally renowned artist. All through his life George Widener has been fascinated with calendars. “Other kids lined toys up in a row,” he said. “I lined up dates.” Yet his fixation with calendars has…

Watching ‘Hugo’ in 3-D dramatically improves man’s depth perception

Professor of ophthalmology sees in greater depth after watching Martin Scorsese’s Hugo in 3D A university professor who has struggled with depth perception since birth says his vision has dramatically improved after watching 3D movies. Bruce Bridgeman, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, lived with…

Zimmerman jury selection enters its second week

By Barbara Liston SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – As jury selection in the murder trial of Florida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman resumes on Monday for a second week, security at the courthouse is tight, despite dwindling public interest in the painstakingly slow search for a panel of unbiased jurors. Attention may…

Detainees’ defense lawyers want Red Cross’ secret Guantanamo files

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Lawyers for five prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 attacks in 2001 have asked to see confidential reports made by representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross who visited the defendants at the Guantanamo detention camp.…

UK and Ecuador fail to resolve deadlock over Assange’s extradition

British Foreign Secretary William Hague and his Ecuadoran counterpart Ricardo Patino failed to resolve the deadlock over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in talks on Monday, officials said. The Foreign Office said there was “no breakthrough” on what to do about the Australian, who has been living at the Ecuadoran embassy…

Turkey may deploy army to quell anti-government protests

The Turkish government on Monday said it may deploy the army to help police officers quell nearly three weeks of mass anti-government protests. Police “will use all their powers” to end the unrest, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said in a televised interview. “If this is not enough, we can…

Mandela’s wife thanks world for messages of support

Nelson Mandela’s wife Graca Machel thanked the world on Monday for its messages of support for the ailing anti-apartheid icon which she said had eased “the burden of anxiety”. South Africa’s first black president, 94, was rushed to a Pretoria hospital on June 8 with a recurrent lung infection and…

New version of darts game sweeps Asia by storm

Picture your stereotypical darts player. Middle-aged and overweight, with a gut spilling over a waistband, cultivated through years of swilling beer during tense matches. But a radical transformation is taking place and the game that was once the preserve of grown-ups in dimly lit pubs has been reborn in the…

Chinese state media: Extraditing Snowden to the U.S. would be ‘betrayal’

A state-backed Chinese newspaper said extraditing former spy Edward Snowden to the United States would be a “betrayal” of his trust and a “face-losing outcome” for Beijing. The comments are among the strongest to be put forward by domestic media against extraditing Snowden, a former National Security Agency subcontractor who…

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