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Two bronze animal heads stolen 153 years ago are returned to China

By Terril Yue Jones BEIJING (Reuters) – The family of a French billionaire and art collector eased a sore point in history on Friday by returning two bronze animal heads, among Chinese treasures pillaged from a Beijing palace by French and British troops more than a century and a half…

Revealed: Monsanto unapproved GMO wheat was stored in Colorado until 2011

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) – Monsanto Co’s unapproved, experimental genetically engineered wheat, which is feared to have potentially contaminated U.S. wheat supplies after it was found growing in an Oregon field this spring, was kept in a U.S. government storage facility until at least late 2011, according to documents obtained…

Gulf Arab youth get around segregation with smartphone flirting

Jaber and his girlfriend flirt the day away, never wasting a minute to sweet-talk and dream of a future together, but like most Gulf Arab youths they can only do it virtually. In the United Arab Emirates and all across the conservative Gulf countries, dating is unacceptable among nationals while…

Lioness on the loose in South Africa

A runaway lioness is roaming South Africa’s countryside where it has been spotted on a sugarcane farm and by passengers on a bus, a parks authority said Friday. “It’s been seen twice,” said Musa Mntambo, spokesman for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, which oversees public reserves in the eastern Kwa-Zulu Natal province.…

Alec Baldwin deletes Twitter account after raging at ‘Daily Mail’ journalist

The 30 Rock actor threatens a Daily Mail writer who accused his pregnant wife of posting self-promotional tweets while attending James Gandolfini’s funeral Alec Baldwin has deleted his Twitter account for the third time after threatening to “fuck up” a Daily Mail reporter who accused his wife of posting a series of…

Russia accuses U.S. of putting them in ‘tough spot’ over Snowden

Russia on Friday accused Washington of putting it in a “tough spot” by claiming it had failed to disclose revoking the passport of fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden prior to his arrival in Moscow from Hong Kong. The diplomatic rhetoric around the explosive case of the 30-year-old former National…

Lance Armstrong: It’s ‘impossible’ to win the Tour de France without doping

Shamed US cyclist Lance Armstrong believes it is impossible to win cycling’s greatest race without using banned substances, he said in an interview with Le Monde on Friday, on the eve of the 100th edition of the Tour de France. “It’s impossible to win the Tour de France without doping…

UK moves forward with three-parent IVF treatment

The British government has said it will pursue a radical fertility technique that uses DNA from three parents to create an embryo. The IVF-based technique is designed to avoid serious mitochondrial diseases inherited on the maternal side, such as muscular dystrophy. Mitochondria are the structures within cells that convert energy…

Snowden’s father believes his son will return if conditions are met

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The father of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden said in an interview that while he has not had recent contact with him, he is reasonably confident his son would return to the United States if certain conditions were met. Those conditions could…

Obama protesters rally near hospital treating Mandela

By Peroshni Govender PRETORIA (Reuters) – South Africans protesting a visit to their country by U.S. President Barack Obama rallied on Friday a few blocks from well-wishers at a hospital in Pretoria where anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela is critically ill. Obama, on a three-nation tour of Africa, was due to…

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