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Atmospheric CO2 risks increasing space junk: study

PARIS — A build-up of carbon dioxide in the upper levels of Earth’s atmosphere risks causing a faster accumulation of man-made space junk and resulting in more collisions, scientists said on Sunday. While it causes warming on Earth, CO2 conversely cools down the atmosphere and contracts its outermost layer, the…

China’s endangered pandas face bamboo shortage threat

PARIS — Their numbers already threatened by a slow breeding rate and rapid habitat loss, China’s endangered giant pandas now also risk losing their staple food, bamboo, to climate change, a report said Sunday. A study in China’s northwestern Qinling Mountains, home to around 270 pandas — about a fifth…

Obama hails end of ‘decade of war’ on Veterans Day

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama marked Veterans Day Sunday by celebrating the fact that America’s painful decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan is coming to a close. Under glorious autumn sunshine, Obama placed a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery in memory of all Americans who died while serving…

Satellites reveal why Antarctic sea ice grows as Arctic melts

The mystery of the expansion of sea ice around Antarctica, at the same time as global warming is melting swaths of Arctic sea ice, has been solved using data from US military satellites. Two decades of measurements show that changing wind patterns around Antarctica have caused a small increase in…

Egypt police bust baby trafficking ring

CAIRO — Egyptian police said on Sunday they had broken up a child trafficking ring that sold almost 300 babies for 570 dollars each or less. A police official said they arrested five suspects, including two nurses and a doctor working at the Cairo hospital where the babies were sold…

Iran warns U.S. it will act firmly if airspace violated

TEHRAN — Iran warned on Sunday it will react strongly against any US intrusion into its airspace after two of its warplanes fired at an American drone 10 days ago, the ISNA news agency reported. “Yes, we opened fire, and it was with warning shots. If they do it again…

India minister blames motorbike deaths on men trying to impress women

NEW DELHI — A Indian state leader has said a deadly trio of riding flashy motorbikes, speaking on the telephone while driving and trying to impress women has caused a jump in fatal road accidents among young people. “If there is a good motorcycle, a good mobile and a good…

‘Virgin Mary’ in hospital window draws hundreds of Catholics

KUALA LUMPUR — Hundreds of Catholics have gathered in prayer and worship outside a Malaysian hospital after seeing an image said to resemble the Virgin Mary on one of the windows. Pictures of the image have gone viral among local Christians on Facebook and large crowds have gathered at the…

Judy Garland’s Wizard of Oz dress sells for $480,000

LOS ANGELES — The blue and white gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” in 1939 was auctioned Saturday in Beverly Hills for $480,000, Julien’s auction house announced. The dress worn by the singer of “Over the Rainbow”, then aged 17, was sold through a special…

Red wine compound resveratrol could aid prostate cancer treatment

Resveratrol, a compound found commonly in red wine, can make prostate tumor cells more susceptible to radiation treatment, according to a preliminary research published in the Journal of Andrology and Cancer Science. “Other studies have noted that resveratrol made tumor cells more susceptible to chemotherapy, and we wanted to see…

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