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Mississippi River towns brace for rising floodwaters

Copyright ImageClick to View Kaskaskia River flooding hit the marina in New Athens, Ill., Monday. Mississippi River towns are facing cresting floodwaters Tuesday. (Derik Holtmann/Belleville News-Democrat/AP) Heavy rain from the weekend sent water over the top of a levee and a sandbag barrier near the…  …

More radioactive leaks reported at Japan’s Fukushima plant

The operator of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Wednesday admitted it had found another leak of radioactive water, the latest episode in a growing catalogue of mishaps. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), said one of its workers spotted drips coming from a tank used to store radioactive water at…

Meet the ‘Lizard King’: Giant 40 million year-old reptile named after Jim Morrison

A giant lizard that lived 40 million years ago at a time when Earth was a hothouse has been named in honour of rock singer Jim Morrison, palaeontologists said on Wednesday. Around 1.80m (six feet) from snout to tail and tipping the scales at up to 27 kilos (60 pounds),…

Chinese farmer ‘privatizes’ part of Great Wall to develop new tourist attraction

At the farthest end of the Great Wall, Yang Yongfu limps along the section he arduously restored, in effect “privatising” it and putting himself on a collision course with the authorities. The farmer spent five million yuan ($800,000) and years of backbreaking work renovating several hundred metres of the national…

North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un wants ‘world class’ ski resort by year-end

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has issued a national appeal to speed up work on a “world class” ski resort, which is being built as rival South Korea prepares to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Describing the Masik Pass resort in the northeast of the impoverished country as a…

Britain says samples from Syria test positive for sarin

Britain said Wednesday that physiological samples from Syria had tested positive for sarin gas and there was growing information that the regime was using chemical weapons. London said it thought any chemical weapons use in Syria was “highly likely” the responsibility of the regime and called on Syrian President Bashar…

Belief in witchcraft and sorcery growing in Pacific

Belief in sorcery and witchcraft is on the rise in the Pacific, experts warned Wednesday after a young woman accused of killing a boy with black magic was burnt alive in Papua New Guinea. Lawrence Foana’ota, formerly the director of the Solomon Islands National Museum, said people were increasingly turning…

Thousands of Cambodian workers protest over arrested Nike strikers

Thousands of Cambodian workers protested Wednesday against the arrest of strikers during a police crackdown at a factory making clothes for US sportswear giant Nike, unionists said. Cambodia’s workers are seeking to flex their muscles over discontent at low wages and tough conditions in the multibillion-dollar textile industry, which produces…

Czech and German cities brace for more killer floods

Cities in Germany and the Czech Republic were scrambling Wednesday to stave off potential disaster as a flood wave headed north, sending thousands of people fleeing their homes. Hungary has also declared a state of alert as waters surge in the mighty Danube, which is also threatening cities in Austria.…

Obama to confront China’s president over cyber espionage

President Barack Obama will tell Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that he must deal with cyber spying and hacking of US targets that originate inside his country when they meet for talks this week. Recent official and commercial reports and studies alleging flagrant and sometimes state-sponsored theft of US military and…

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