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Cyprus cabinet meets to form ‘Plan B’ for bailout deal

The Cyprus cabinet was meeting in crisis session Thursday to approve a “Plan B” bailout deal with the EU and IMF, as a nervous crowd gathered outside parliament expecting the plan to be put to a vote. The island’s politicians have until Monday to clinch a deal with the lenders…

Study: Ancient megavolcanoes killed half the world’s species

New rock dating techniques have helped narrow the timeframe of a chain of massive volcanic eruptions that wiped out half the world’s species 200 million years ago, a study said Thursday. The result is the most precise date yet — 201,564,000 years ago — for the event known as the…

French fashion company makes shirt that blocks electromagnetic waves from mobile phones

French fashion label Smuggler on Thursday said it had produced a suit that can block electromagnetic waves produced by mobile phones. “This is the first use of technological materials in every day men’s clothing that doesn’t cause discomfort,” said Benjamin Anin of the company’s research and development department. “Until now…

Astronomers map how light of the big bang scattered across the universe

Most detailed ever chart of cosmic microwave background confirms remarkable accuracy of current cosmological models The most detailed map ever made of the oldest light to shine through the universe has been released by scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA). The view of the heavens in red and blue speckles confirms…

‘Poet climber’ sidesteps security and scales U.S. embassy in Paris

A self-styled “poet climber” on Thursday managed to sidestep security and climb on to the roof of the US Embassy building in Paris. Herve Couasnon, whose previous stunts have included sneaking into France’s National Assembly and a nuclear power station, told AFP by phone from the roof that he wanted…

Russian actress Evelina Blyodans raises awareness about Down’s Syndrome

When Russian actress Evelina Blyodans gave birth to a son with Down’s Syndrome, the first question from the doctor at the maternity hospital came as a shock: “Are you going to keep him?” In Russia, where most children with Down’s Syndrome are still abandoned by their parents at birth, Blyodans,…

Russian artist who impersonated Marilyn Monroe and Vladimir Putin dies at 43

Top Russian artist, Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe, who painstakingly transformed himself to resemble Adolf Hitler, Marilyn Monroe and Vladimir Putin for avant-garde photo performances, has died at 43, Russian news agencies reported Thursday. Mamyshev-Monroe drowned in a hotel swimming pool in Bali, Russian news agencies reported, citing the Russian embassy in Jakarta.…

Scotland will vote on referendum for independence in 2014

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond said on Thursday that Scots will vote in a referendum on whether the country should become independent on September 18, 2014. Announcing the long-awaited date for the ballot, Salmond said it would be the “historic day when the people will decide Scotland’s future”.…

‘Deep Throat’ porn star Harry Reems dies at age 65

Former US porn actor Harry Reems, who starred opposite Linda Lovelace in the pioneering 1972 adult film “Deep Throat,” has died aged 65, a friend said Wednesday. The ex-actor, real name Herbert Streicher, fell out with Lovelace and became a real estate agent in the western state of Utah, marrying…

Study warns that skiing under the influence of alcohol is dangerous

One in five people ski having consumed alcohol, and 29 percent of these hurtle down the piste over the legal limit for driving, an Austrian survey showed Thursday. “People skiing under the influence of alcohol pose an increased risk to themselves and to other people on the slopes,” said Alexandra…

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