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‘Rotten egg’ stink caused by chemical gas leak wafts over Paris, northern France

Millions of French fretted Tuesday — and some felt sick or got headaches — after a gas leak at a chemical plant cast a strong odour that wafted from northern France as far as Paris. Authorities insisted that the gas, mercaptan, was harmless, but emergency lines were inundated with calls…

Iconic Louvre work ‘Winged Victory’ to undergo $4 million restoration

The Louvre is in September to restore one of its most iconic works, the “Winged Victory of Samothrace” statue depicting the Greek goddess Nike, the museum announced Monday. A team of experts will oversee the €3 million ($4-million) restoration of the ancient Greek marble statue—one of the Paris art museum’s…

Plan to stop climate change by dissolving large quantities of rock in oceans is badly flawed: study

Claims that global warming can be braked by dissolving huge quantities of rock in the sea to absorb carbon emissions are laden with flaws, a study published on Tuesday says. The analysis is the latest scientific appraisal into geo-engineering, or techniques that are being promoted as quick fixes to the…

Obamas in the limelight at monster inaugural ball

Barack and Michelle Obama slow-danced their way into their next four years in the White House at a monster inaugural ball featuring some of the biggest stars in popular music today. Like the king and queen of a high school prom, the president and first lady flashed awkward smiles as…

North Korea grants rare citizenship to American businessman

The US boss of a joint venture run by North Korea and the Unification Church of South Korea said Tuesday he has been granted rare honorary citizenship by Pyongyang, in a bid to encourage new investment by him. Park Sang-Kwon, CEO of Pyeonghwa Motors told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency…

Prince Harry ends Afghan tour, says he killed Taliban fighters

Prince Harry said he killed Taliban fighters during his stint as a helicopter gunner in Afghanistan, in comments that can be reported after he completed his tour of duty Monday. Harry spent a 20-week posting flying scores of missions over the restive southern Helmand Province in an Apache attack chopper.…

U.S. Navy fined for ‘illegal entry’ at Philippine coral reef

Philippine authorities said Tuesday they have fined the US Navy for “unauthorised entry” after an American minesweeper went aground on a World Heritage-listed coral reef. Manila announced the initial penalty amid growing anger in the Philippines over the January 17 stranding of the USS Guardian on the Tubbataha Reef, for…

Penguin head-cam captures bird’s eye view of creatures’ incredible hunting skills

Miniature cameras attached to a penguin’s head have given Japanese scientists a bird’s eye view of the creature’s incredible underwater hunting skills, the lead researcher said Tuesday. Using video cameras weighing just 33 grammes (around 1 oz) and equipped with accelerometers, depth gauges and thermometres, researchers were able to see…

British grandmother gets death sentence for smuggling cocaine in Indonesia

A 56-year-old British grandmother was sentenced to death Tuesday for smuggling cocaine into the Indonesian island of Bali, in a shock verdict after prosecutors recommended 15 years imprisonment. Lindsay Sandiford sobbed as the court in Bali’s capital Denpasar handed down the sentence, over a drugs haul worth $2.4 million found…

Mackerel struck off sustainable fish list

Mackerel has been struck off a list of sustainable fish as conversationists warn that overfishing is leading to depleting stocks. The oily fish once championed by celebrity chefs as a healthy and ethical option should now only be eaten occasionally and where possible from local sources, according to The Marine…

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