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Three Saudis jailed for plot to kill Americans

A special anti-terror court has sentenced three Saudis to six years in jail each for a plot to kill US nationals at the height of a campaign of Al-Qaeda attacks in the kingdom between 2003 and 2006, a witness said. The court in Riyadh issued its ruling late on Sunday,…

Woolly mammoth, dodo and Neanderthal man: Scientists debate ethics of reviving extinct species

Woolly mammoths stomp through the Siberian tundra as the giant moa strides the forest floor of New Zealand and Tasmania’s dog-like “tigers” stalk their prey under the cover of night. This is not a snapshot of times past, nor next year’s sequel to Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park.” Instead, it is…

India gives top security protection to country’s richest man Mukesh Ambani

The Indian government is to provide the country’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, head of energy giant Reliance Industries, with full-time security from armed commandos, media reports said Monday. India’s home ministry approved the move, the Times of India said, two months after a letter threatening to harm Ambani was hand-delivered…

Myanmar accused of ‘ethnic cleansing’ by human rights watchdog

Myanmar has waged “a campaign of ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims, a top rights watchdog said Monday, citing evidence of mass graves and forced displacement affecting tens of thousands. The Rohingya, who are denied citizenship by the country also known as Burma, have faced crimes against humanity including murder, persecution,…

Life on Mars to become a reality in 2023 according to Dutch firm

Thousands apply to become one of four astronauts selected to set up a human colony in a plan that comes with snags A few months before he died, Carl Sagan recorded a message of hope to would-be Mars explorers, telling them: “Whatever the reason you’re on Mars is, I’m glad…

Compensation talks over flotilla raid a key test for Turkey-Israeli relations

AFP - Israeli and Turkish officials meet on Monday for talks on compensation over a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, which if successful could get the two states’ rocky relations back on track. But demands by families of the Turks who lost their lives in the May 2010 assault…

Orbital Sciences Corp. takes first step to becoming NASA’s freight carrier

AFP - Orbital Sciences, one of two private US firms chosen by NASA to shuttle cargo to the International Space Station, launched a first test flight of its Antares rocket Sunday. The launch of the two-stage launch vehicle — 131 feet (40 meters) tall and 12.8 feet in diameter — took…

Paraguay votes on new leader after ex-president’s impeachment

AFP – Voters in Paraguay cast ballots Sunday to choose a new leader, turning the page on a political crisis that saw leftist president Fernando Lugo impeached 10 months ago. Polls closed at 4:00 pm (2000 GMT) and election officials said early results would be made available at around 8:00…

Nobel-winning biologist Francois Jacob dies at 92

AFP – French biologist Francois Jacob, who won the 1965 Nobel prize for medicine for his research into enzymes, has died at the age of 92, a relative told AFP on Sunday. Jacob, a member of the prestigious “Ordre de la Liberation” awarded to those who performed heroic deeds during…

Police bust kidnapping ring that strapped bomb vests to victims

AFP - Police have smashed a gang which used fake bomb vests in the kidnapping of 21 businessmen in France and Luxembourg to raise over three million euros in ransom, Spanish police, which took part in the operation, said Sunday. Eight suspects, including the ring’s suspected leader who had escaped from…

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