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Israel rabbi speaks out on being gay and Orthodox

In openly displaying his homosexuality while serving as an Orthodox rabbi, Ron Yosef has broken a major taboo in the closed religious world that he inhabits. Although May 17 is to be marked International Day Against Homophobia, the biblical stance on homosexuality remains clearly laid out in Leviticus, one of…

Hong Kong light railway accident injures 50

Up to 50 people were injured when multiple cars derailed on Hong Kong’s light railway in the north of the city, throwing passengers onto the floor. “There was a derailment on the light rail and right now, there are 40 to 50 injuries,” a police spokeswoman told AFP.…

Ai Weiwei creates giant map of China from baby formula

A map of China made from more than 1,800 cans of baby formula created by dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei went on show in Hong Kong Friday, reflecting the controversy over mainland demand for milk powder. A surge in demand for formula in China sparked by fears over the safety…

Scientists prepare to explore the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Scientists are to set off on a research expedition to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch on May 20. The patch is a huge mass of rubbish held in place by swirling underwater currents in the north-east of the Pacific Ocean. This build-up of marine debris is a danger to many…

Rio Tinto puts largest ‘red’ diamond on market

Rio Tinto said Friday it was putting up for sale the biggest “red” diamond ever produced by its Australian mine amid an “explosion” in demand from Asia for the rare pink-hued stones. The Argyle Phoenix, a 1.56 carat gem, is one of three red diamonds on offer at the annual…

U.S. soldier gets life for 2009 killings in Iraq

A U.S. soldier convicted of killing five of his colleagues in Iraq in May 2009 was sentenced to life behind bars and dishonorably discharged. Army Sergeant John Russell was convicted earlier this week over the murders at a clinic for soldiers suffering from war-related stress at Camp Liberty, the largest…

Most people expect to be worse off than parents in retirement – except the Chinese

Survey finds Chinese optimistic about their retirement years, while French, Germans and Spanish are pessimistic A “squeezed generation” of middle-aged Europeans are convinced they are going to be poorer in retirement than their parents, according to a global survey that found the Chinese the most confident about their future and…

80-year-old Japanese man starts ascent of Mount Everest

An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer has begun his ascent of Mount Everest, his website said, in a bid to become the oldest man to reach the roof of the world. In a voice message recorded on his website, Yuichiro Miura said the expedition was setting off Thursday for a climb that…

Young people using Alzheimer’s dementia drugs to boost brain power

Medicines used for Alzheimer’s disease and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder taken by 1% of 14 to 18-year-olds Some young people in Britain have used drugs for dementia and other conditions to boost their mental performance, a major survey suggests. Medicines normally prescribed for Alzheimer’s disease and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder…

Report: Shrinking glaciers behind a third of rise in sea levels

Water from the world’s shrinking glaciers was responsible for almost a third of the rise in sea levels between 2003 and 2009, new research showed Thursday. A study published in the journal Science revealed that researchers had analyzed data gleaned from two NASA satellites as well as traditional ground measurements…

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