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Komodo dragon attack leaves two Indonesian habitat employees in hospital

A Komodo dragon in Indonesia has attacked two employees in one of the giant lizards’ protected island habitats, leaving its victims hospitalised with serious injuries, an official said Wednesday. One victim, a 50-year-old park ranger, was sitting at his desk at the Rinca island front office, where tourists usually check…

German Merkel ally accused of plagiarism in doctorate thesis

Germany’s education minister and a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel was fighting for her political life on Wednesday after her former university stripped her of her doctorate for plagiarism. Annette Schavan vowed to launch a legal battle against Duesseldorf University’s ruling on her thesis, “Person and Conscience”, written 33…

FBI team to investigate attack on Turkish embassy

The United States has sent an FBI team to join the Turkish investigation into a deadly suicide bombing on the US embassy in Ankara last week, the mission said Wednesday. Friday’s bombing, the second attack on a US diplomatic mission in five months, was claimed by a radical leftwing group…

Ancient Pompeii to get 105 million-Euro makeover

The long-neglected Roman city of Pompeii will get a 105-million euro ($142-million) makeover partly funded by the EU starting on Wednesday, a day after former site managers were put under investigation for corruption. The project, which is being funded to the tune of 41.8 million euros from the European Union,…

Internet users seeking more ‘invisibility’: study

Consumer efforts to protect personal data and remain “invisible” online is leading to a “data blackhole” that could adversely impact digital advertisers, technology research firm Ovum said Wednesday. The move to seek “new tools that allow them to remain ‘invisible’ — untraceable and impossible to target by data means” will…

Chess becomes a source of hope for homeless Ugandan children

Sitting in a dimly lit room in the run-down Kampala suburb of Katwe, Phiona Mutesi stares at the chessboard in front of her as she ponders the next move in her improbable journey. “Chess has changed my life,” Mutesi says, shifting the thick-framed glasses perched on her nose. “Before I…

Indonesian Komodo dragon attack leaves two hospitalized

A Komodo dragon in Indonesia has attacked two employees in one of the giant lizards’ protected island habitats, leaving its victims hospitalised with serious injuries, an official said Wednesday. One victim, a 50-year-old park ranger, was sitting at his desk at the Rinca island front office, where tourists usually check…

China ousts police chief ‘who owns hundreds of houses’

A Chinese police chief has been sacked after reports he owned hundreds of houses and a false identity card, state media said Wednesday in the latest scandal to fuel public outrage over corruption. Zhao Haibin was stripped of his public offices for “engaging in business deals using a fake identity…

Tunisian president blames Islamist ruling party for opposition leader’s murder

President Moncef Marzouki has cancelled his participation in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Cairo and is heading back to Tunisia after the murder of opposition leader Chokri Belaid, the presidency said on Wednesday. “He returns early this afternoon. It has just been decided,” presidential adviser Ghassen Dridi told…

Illinois Senate panel approves marriage equality bill

The state of Illinois moved one step closer to legalizing same sex marriage on Tuesday. The Senate Executive Committee approved the Religious Freedom and Marriage Equality Act by a 9-5 vote, with Republicans opposing the measure. The full state Senate is expected to vote on the bill by next week.…

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