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Watch a 50 ft. rubber duck sail into Hong Kong Harbor

An inflatable rubber duck six storeys high sailed into the Hong Kong harbour on Thursday to the cheers of hundreds of people who gathered to watch the classic bathtime-inspired artistic creation. The bright yellow 16.5-metre-tall (54-feet) Rubber Duck, conceived by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, dwarfed other craft as it was…

China reports 25th death from H7N9 bird flu

The death toll from the H7N9 bird flu virus has risen to 25, state media said Thursday after a man died in central China’s Hunan Province. The 55-year-old surnamed Jiao died on Wednesday morning after receiving medical treatment, state news agency Xinhua said, citing local authorities. More than 120 people…

Facebook to delete beheading videos shared by members

Facebook said it will delete beheading videos being shared at the leading social network as it re-evaluates its policy regarding whether such content is acceptable. Wednesday’s move came as a reversal for Facebook, which had been responding to complaints by refusing to intervene since the clips didn’t violate the social…

SARS-like virus kills 5 Saudis

Five Saudis have died of a new SARS-like virus during the past few days and two more are being treated in an intensive care unit, the health ministry said. In a statement cited by the Saudi SPA agency late on Wednesday, the ministry said that all the deaths occurred in…

Textile factories reopen after Bangladesh disaster

Bangladesh’s textile industry reopened for business on Thursday following an eight-day shutdown triggered by the collapse of a factory compound that killed at least 427 people, employees said. Millions of staff began returning to their workplaces around the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka where they usually churn out clothing for top Western…

Kids’ allergies on rise in U.S.

Children’s allergies are on the rise in the United States and are particularly common among the wealthiest in society, said a US government report on Thursday. Skin allergies such as eczema have risen the most over the past decade, going from a prevalence of 7.4 percent in 1997-1999 to 12.5…

Nut-sized brain region can be manipulated to increase longevity: scientists

US team identifies mechanism deep in brains of mice which can be tweaked to shorten or lengthen lives Scientists have found a biological command centre for the ageing process in a lump of brain the size of a nut. The US team identified the mechanism in the hypothalamus, which sits…

Bolivia’s Evo Morales says ‘adiós’ to USAID

Morales said Wednesday he is expelling the USAID from Bolivia for allegedly seeking to undermine his leftist government.(Juan Karita/AP) Bolivia’s President…  …

How NASA dodged a derelict Soviet spy satellite

This computer simulation created by the Institute for Air and Space systems at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, shows the distribution and movement of space debris at present and in future. (TU Braunschweig/AP/File) Thanks to an emergency maneuver in March…  …

Former Guantanamo chief prosecutor petitions Obama to close prison camp

A former chief prosecutor for the controversial American prison camp at Guantánamo Bay has called for the prison to be closed, launching an online petition that has gathered some 60,000 signatures in less than 24 hours. Col Morris Davis served for two years as the chief prosecutor for terrorism trials…

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