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After ceasefire, Israel arrests 55 militants in West Bank

Israeli troops arrested 55 Palestinian “terror operatives” across the West Bank overnight, hours after a truce came into effect in the Gaza Strip, the army said Thursday. “A total of 55 terror operatives, who are affiliated with different terror groups have been detained. Among those arrested were a number of…

Ugandan parliament to debate anti-gay bill

Ugandan lawmakers will debate a controversial anti-gay bill calling for severe punishments for homosexuality in the near future, a parliamentary spokeswoman said Thursday. The proposed legislation could come up for debate in the next few days after it was included as the third item on Thursday’s order paper for parliamentary…

Nordic countries tell Facebook to stop ads

Facebook should stop unsolicited advertising to users in Nordic countries or face legal action, the Norwegian consumer agency said on Thursday. The agency, like its counterparts in the Nordic region, wants to put an end to the unsolicited advertisements that appear on users’ news feeds. It has sent a letter…

Man with knife takes hostages at bank, demands Japan PM resign

A man armed with a knife took five people hostage at a Japanese bank Thursday, police said, with local media reporting he was demanding Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s cabinet resign. About seven hours after the drama began the man released one hostage, public broadcaster NHK reported. Television footage showed a…

Uganda postpones trial of British gay play producer David Cecil

A Ugandan court on Thursday postponed the trial of a British theatre producer for staging a play about a gay man without proper authorisation until early next year, his lawyer said. David Cecil — who faces up to two years in jail if found guilty — was arrested in September…

Small bats squeak at higher pitch to focus better

Small bats have to emit higher-pitched squeaks than their bigger cousins for their sonar navigation systems to work equally well, scientists said Wednesday. Bats use sonar signals to navigate in dark spaces, known as echolocation, but scientists have been at a loss to explain why the smaller species’ pitch was…

ADHD medication could cut crime rates: study

Medication can reduce the number of crimes committed by people suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by one third, according to a Swedish study. When comparing the behaviour of adults suffering from the disorder during periods when they were medicated, with periods when they weren’t, researchers found that medical…

Facebook proposes ditching user votes regarding policy changes

Comments to replace user voting attracted ‘quantity over quality’ of feedback Facebook has become so large that a system allowing users to vote on policy changes has become ineffective, the company’s head of communications announced on Wednesday. The site’s three-year old experiment allowing users to vote on corporate policy changes…

Aussie scientists un-discover Pacific island shown on Google Earth

A South Pacific island identified on Google Earth and world maps does not exist, according to Australian scientists who went searching for the mystery landmass during a geological expedition. The sizeable phantom island in the Coral Sea is shown as Sandy Island on Google Earth and Google maps and is…

Worldwide rallies planned to protest Japan’s whale and dolphin hunts

Anti-whaling activists said Thursday there would be demonstrations in Tokyo and eight other cities around the world this weekend against Japan’s hunt. Protesters are expected to gather in the Japanese capital to call for an end to the annual state-sponsored whaling mission to the Southern Ocean, due to start in…

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