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Hong Kong customs seize $1 million haul of endangered seahorses and crocodile meat

Hong Kong customs officers said they had seized a huge haul of endangered seahorses and crocodile meat being smuggled into the city in a container of exotic foods worth more than $1 million. The 579 kilos (1,276 pounds) of dried crocodile meat and 311 kilos of dried seahorses were hidden…

German diners feast on ‘trash’ to cut waste

Two socially-aware Berlin women with a culinary flair have given “leftovers for dinner” a fresh twist by organising communal suppers conjured up from unsold food foraged from markets. By getting creative with whatever fresh and preferably organic unwanted produce they lay their hands on, Sarah Mewes and Sandra Teitge set…

Supreme Court to take up Prop 8 and DOMA March 26-27

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments on March 26 and 27 on the sensitive topic of gay marriage, one of the thorniest social disputes in modern America. Same-sex marriage is currently barred by a federal law, yet legal in nine states and the capital, Washington. The court’s announcement last…

NASA’s Kepler suggests 17 billion Earth-sized planets in Milky Way

The Milky Way contains at least 17 billion planets the size of Earth, and likely many more, according to a study that raises the chances of discovering a sister planet to ours. Astronomers using NASA’s Kepler spacecraft found that about 17 percent of stars in our galaxy have a planet…

Boeing Dreamliner catches fire in Boston

A smoky fire broke out aboard an empty Japan Airlines 787 Dreamliner in Boston, officials said, in the latest trouble to hit the fuel-efficient Boeing passenger aircraft. The plane was being readied at a gate for a noon departure after arriving at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts from Tokyo at…

Fire breaks out at Australian nuclear facility

A fire broke out at a nuclear research reactor in Sydney, but authorities said the blaze was brought under control and there appeared to be no damage to the reactors. The fire broke out as the city sweltered through a heatwave which has triggered dozens of bushfires, but the Australian…

Aurora shooting suspect ‘was out of it’ after arrest, police officer tells court

The man accused of shooting dead 12 people inside a Colorado cinema was relaxed but “out of it” in the moments after the massacre, a court has heard . James Holmes, who is alleged to have sprayed the audience of a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises with bullets,…

Environmentalists urge Obama to block Keystone XL and act on climate change

More than 70 environmental groups called on Barack Obama to take the lead on climate change on Monday, urging him to shut down ageing power plants and block a controversial tar sands pipeline project. In an open letter (PDF), environmental groups reminded Obama of his promise to act on climate…

Brennan: A counterterrorism expert set to lead CIA

John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the CIA, is a 25-year agency veteran who has passionately defended the US campaign of unmanned drone attacks against Al-Qaeda militants. Brennan, who has spent the last four years devising counterterrorism strategy in Obama’s White House, is an Arabic-speaking Middle East expert…

Tunisia frees suspect in Benghazi attack on U.S. consulate

A court in Tunis on Monday ordered the release of Ali Hamzi, a Tunisian suspected of involvement in the deadly attack on the US consulate in Libya last September, his lawyer Abdelbasset Ben Mbarek said. The ruling came after Hamzi, 26, was interrogated by four FBI agents and a translator…

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