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Invasive starfish species threatens Philippines coral reef considered center of biodiversity

A coral-killing starfish has begun infesting a channel of water in the Philippines famed for having some of the most diverse marine life in the world, the government said Friday. The appearance of the crown-of-thorns starfish in the Verde Island Passage could cause great damage to the area’s biodiversity, Jacob…

Topless Femen protestors storm the stage on Heidi Klum’s German model show

Two bare-breasted female protesters burst on to the stage at the final of Germany’s Next Topmodel TV show, hosted by the German ex-supermodel Heidi Klum late Thursday. As the finalists appeared with Klum, two Femen feminist supporters, one with “Heidi Horror Picture Show” written in English across her naked chest…

Effort to recall Sheriff Joe Arpaio falls short of necessary signatures

The committee assembled to recall the nationally famous Sheriff Joe Arpaio over allegations of racist efforts to enforce federal immigration law failed to gather enough signatures to trigger a recall election, KPNX reported on Thursday. [Ed. note: The video below is designed to auto-play, a feature we cannot disable. Please…

Scientist says fatal beaver attack in Belarus was anomaly

In April, a 60-year-old fisherman at Lake Shestakov in the country of Belarus was trying to catch a beaver for a photo when it attacked him, biting through his femoral artery and causing him to bleed to death. According to New Scientist, such attacks are rare to the point of…

Three Naval Academy football players accused of sexual assault

Three Naval Academy football players are under investigation for sexually assaulting a female Navy midshipman, officials confirmed on Thursday to Military.com. NBC News confirmed that the assault was alleged to take place in the back of a car, when the four had been drinking. One alleged assailant was reportedly her…

Minor injuries after small airplane crashes into Virginia apartment complex

Three people reportedly only suffered minor injuries after a small airplane crashed into the living room of an apartment near the Dulles Airport toll road in Herndon, Virginia overnight. NBC Washington reported that the Cessna 177B ran out of fuel around 12:30 a.m. on Friday and crashed into the Dulles…

Singapore bracing for worst ever dengue fever epidemic

Singapore is bracing itself for its worst ever dengue epidemic with infections this year already exceeding the total for all of 2012, official statistics showed on Friday. The first fatality of the year, a 20-year-old man, died on Wednesday in the city-state, which is known for fastidious sanitation but is…

Japan blocks U.S. wheat after Monsanto GMO strain found growing wild

Japan has suspended imports of some US wheat after genetically engineered crops were found on an Oregon farm, a government official said Friday. Tokyo’s move came as the European Union told its member states to test imports from the area, saying any genetically modified wheat would not be sold to…

New Zealand police ordered to return Dotcom material

A New Zealand judge on Friday ordered police to return any digital material seized in an armed raid on Internet mogul Kim Dotcom’s mansion last year not directly related to the prosecution against him. The decision by High Court chief judge Helen Winkelmann follows a ruling last year that the…

Red Cross halts all staff movement after Afghan attack

The International Committee of the Red Cross has halted all staff movement across Afghanistan and closed its office in Jalalabad that was hit by a suicide and gun attack. “All movements have been frozen throughout Afghanistan, there is not a single ICRC delegate or employee that is moving, taking the…

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