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Officials mystified at seal pup found 6 miles from water

A seal pup was found in a forest in eastern Sweden on Sunday almost six kilometres (four miles) from the closest body of open water, raising questions as to how it got there, Swedish media reported. “A somewhat confused person called and said he was out walking in the woods…

Two biggest Cyprus banks limit ATM withdrawals to reduce bank runs

The two main banks at the centre of Cyprus’s financial crisis further slashed the daily cash withdrawal limits from ATM machines on Sunday, state media reported. With queues growing outside cash machines across the island, Laiki (Popular) Bank cut maximum withdrawals at ATMs to 100 euros a day and the…

Poachers already killed 15 rare rhinos in northeast Indian preserve in 2013

A gang of poachers killed a rare one-horned rhino at a wildlife park in northeast India, taking to 15 the number of such beasts slaughtered this year, an official said on Sunday. Heavily-armed poachers fired at the rhino late Saturday inside Assam state’s Kaziranga National Park and its horn was…

Indonesia denies its female circumcision practices are female genital mutilation

Thrashing wildly, five-year-old Reta wails as she is hoisted onto a bed during a circumcision ceremony in a school-hall-turned-clinic on Indonesia’s island of Java. “No, no, no,” she cries, punching and kicking as her mother cups her tear-soaked face to soothe her. Doctors clap and cheer encouragingly. One of them…

Foes of same sex marriage stage last-ditch protest in Paris

Tens of thousands opposed to French legislation allowing gay marriage protested Sunday on a route leading to the Champs Elysees after police banned them marching on the famed Paris avenue. The hugely controversial bill to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption has been comfortably adopted by the lower chamber of parliament…

Scientists unravel genetic code of esophageal cancer

Scientists said Sunday they had found mutations in 26 genes that may cause oesophageal cancer, a breakthrough they hope will lead to new drugs for the deadly and increasingly frequent disease. A team of experts in the United States unravelled the genetic code of tumour cells from 149 patients, which…

Mayor Bloomberg puts pressure on Congress with $12 million gun control ad campaign

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is bankrolling a $12m advertising blitz in a bid to pressure Congress into adopted stricter gun controls. The television ads are set to run in 13 key states during the congressional recess and are aimed at influencing an upcoming Senate vote on gun reforms. Announcing…

Billionaire Bill Koch takes on alleged wine-fraudster with lawsuit

It has aged for six years, but the uncorking of a wine-fraud lawsuit in a Manhattan court on Monday looks set to leave a rather nasty – and potentially costly – aftertaste. Brought by one of America’s richest men, Bill Koch, against Eric Greenberg, a businessman who himself was once…

Hundreds of Israeli police remove second Palestinian protest camp

Hundreds of Israeli police for the second time dismantled a Palestinian protest encampment on the outskirts of Jerusalem overnight, activists and police said on Sunday. Activists set up the camp, known as Bab al-Shams, on a patch of land known as E1 which lies between east Jerusalem and the West…

Disease experts warn of untreatable tuberculosis (TB) risk

Disease experts called Sunday for decisive leadership and more research funding to fend off the “very real” risk of an untreatable strain of tuberculosis (TB) emerging as more and more people develop resistance to existing drugs. In a series of papers in the Lancet medical journal to mark World TB…

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