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Fewer men leads to more babies in poor areas: Study

Women who outnumber men in poor communities are likelier to have babies at a younger age as competition drives them to lower their expectations of the opposite sex, a British study said on Wednesday. The findings are a useful tool for understanding unwanted teen pregnancies, its authors believe. Researchers at…

Six arrested in new ‘News of the World’ hacking probe

Police arrested six current or former journalists on Wednesday in a new probe into alleged phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s now-closed News of the World tabloid, Scotland Yard said. Investigators had identified a “further suspected conspiracy” by staff at the paper in 2005 and 2006 which was separate to the…

British resident is 11th case of SARS-like virus: health agency

A British resident has been diagnosed with a potentially fatal SARS-like virus which they are believed to have caught from a family member, in the 11th confirmed case worldwide, officials said Wednesday. Britain’s Health Protection Agency said the person had no recent travel history, but was a relative of a…

Tough questions in Israel over death of mystery ‘Prisoner X’ who had alleged ‘ties to Mossad’

Israeli MPs and commentators were on Wednesday asking tough questions about the mysterious detention and apparent suicide of “Prisoner X” after a TV report said he was an Australian Jew with ties to Mossad. Twenty-four hours after the emergence of an explosive investigative report by Australia’s ABC news, the Israeli…

‘Pray for me’ says pope at first appearance since resignation

Pope Benedict XVI made his first public appearance on Wednesday since his shock resignation announcement, asking thousands of cheering pilgrims at the Vatican to “keep praying for me”. The 85-year-old pontiff was greeted by a standing ovation and chants of “Benedetto”, his name in Italian, at his weekly audience in…

Tiny ‘Banana Joe’ stands tall as America’s top dog

A tiny black affenpinscher called Banana Joe became top dog Tuesday by winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. His handler, Ernesto Lara, lifted him in the air and shook him joyfully, then placed him next to the winner’s podium, where Banana Joe…

Olympic wrestling champion Japan ‘shocked’ by decision to cut sport

Wrestling power Japan, which swept four gold in London, reacted with dismay after Olympic chiefs said the 2020 Games would not include the sport, depriving the country of a rich source of medals. “I really don’t know why. I am so devastated that I don’t know what to do,” said…

Archeologists find ancient ‘Temple of Fire’ in Peru

Peruvian archeologists have discovered a temple believed to be about 5,000 years old at the ancient El Paraiso archeological site in a valley just north of Lima, the Culture Ministry said. If the date is confirmed, it would be among the oldest sites in the world, comparable to the ancient…

Sea animal has grow-again penis

Scientists reported Wednesday on the bizarre sex life of a sea slug that discards its penis after copulation. Then grows a new one. “No other animal is known to repeatedly copulate using such ‘disposable penes’,” Japanese biologists wrote in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, describing the behaviour as “extremely…

Lung cancer worsening threat for European women: study

Cancer rates in Europe are generally falling, but lung cancer is poised to overtake breast cancer as the disease’s biggest killer of women, a study published on Wednesday said. In 2013, about 1.31 million people — some 737,000 men and 576,000 women — will die of cancer in the 27-nation…

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