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Belgium considers euthanasia for minors

Belgian legislators opened a debate Wednesday on whether to amend a decade-old law on euthanasia to cover minors, being told by experts that it was already taking place in practice without any set guidelines. Currently, the law applies to those over 18 but one expert told the upper house of…

‘Birthplace of stars’ Lobster Nebula revealed in infrared telescope in Chile

The new infrared view of the nebula is radically different from those seen with optical telescopes Far from Earth in the constellation of Scorpius lies the Lobster Nebula. Here, countless hot young suns are forged and glow blue, white and orange through a thin veil of interstellar dust. Great arms…

Russia: Boy adopted by U.S. lesbian subjected to conditions ‘harmful to his psychological health’

Russia expressed “serious worry” Wednesday over the fate of a Russian boy adopted by an American woman who did not reveal that she is a lesbian, Moscow’s latest broadside in a growing war of words over adoption. The ministry’s human rights envoy Konstantin Dolgov said the situation in which the…

Indonesia announces new sanctuary for sharks and manta rays

Indonesia has announced a new shark and manta ray sanctuary, the first to protect the species in the rich marine ecosystem of the Coral Triangle, known as the “Amazon of the ocean”. Environmentalists Wednesday welcomed the creation of the 46,000-square-kilometre (18,000-square-mile) protection zone, in an area at risk from both…

Life returns gingerly to Mexico’s ‘city of death’

A young crowd filled “El Rudo” bar in Ciudad Juarez, laughing at jokes, downing beers and dancing to Shakira tunes, no longer afraid to go out after dark in the Mexican city once known as the world’s murder capital. Just over a year ago, the 30 university students would have…

Revamped historic Czech breweries get back on tap

Rising from the ashes after closure or near-collapse, historic Czech breweries are getting back on tap with new owners seeking to tickle the taste buds of the world’s greatest beer lovers with exotic new flavours. Along with a wave of new micro-breweries, these revamped elders — many with several hundred…

Soccer leaders vow to stamp out match-fixing ‘cancer’ tainting the sport

Football authorities vowed to excise the “cancer” of match-fixing, but said tougher laws were needed worldwide to protect the bruised integrity of the world’s most popular sport. FIFA director of security Ralk Mutschke told a two-day gathering with Interpol that the world governing body’s “zero tolerance” for match-fixing needs to…

Scientists looking beyond Earth in search for ‘rare earths’ elements

The quest for rare earths vital to some of modern life’s most indispensable technologies may see mining robots jet to the stars within decades, a world-first conference in Australia was told Wednesday. Yttrium, Lanthanum and the other 15 minerals which make up the group of elements known as rare earths…

Chinese military leaders deny U.S. firm’s hacking allegations

China’s defence ministry Wednesday rebuffed a report linking its People’s Liberation Army to sophisticated cyberattacks on US firms, saying there was no internationally agreed definition of hacking. The 74-page analysis by the American Internet security firm Mandiant provided one of the most detailed accounts of large-scale hacking operations that many…

Deadly new virus that has already killed six can infect twice as fast as SARS: study

Study: Deadly new virus can infect twice as fast as SARS (via NJ.com) A foreign tourist is seen at Manila’s international airport, Philippines, on Feb. 19, 2013. The Bureau of Quarantine of the Department of Health will screen in-bound passengers for any signs of an infection by a new coronavirus…

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