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South African health officials worry over rare birth defects

Health officials in South Africa’s Eastern Cape region Monday voiced concern at the increased number of children born with rare deformities. “There have been 50 cases of rare deformities in the past two years and five conjoined twins in less than 18 months,” provincial health department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo told…

‘Andatu’ becomes the fourth endagered Sumatran rhinoceros born in captivity

A critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros, which became Saturday only the fourth birth in captivity in more than a century, was named Monday a “gift from God”. Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said he had picked the name “Andatu” for the male calf, which was born at an Indonesian sanctuary, on the…

UK government plan to kill 100,000 badgers to protect cows heads to court

The bitter battle over the government’s plan to kill thousands of badgers reaches the high court on Monday, when the Badger Trust will tell a judicial review that the action is neither legal nor scientifically justified. Caroline Spelman, the secretary of state for environment, believes the cull is necessary to…

Jimmy Carter slams U.S. policy on drones, targeted assassinations

Former US president Jimmy Carter has declared that drone strikes and targeted assassinations abroad have seen the country violating human rights in a way that “abets our enemies and alienates our friends”. In a stinging attack on US foreign policy, Carter said America was “abandoning its role as a champion…

Age-old practice of eating placenta after birth also on the rise in China

After Wang Lan delivered, she brought home a baby girl and her placenta, which she plans to eat in a soup — adopting an age-old practice in Chinese traditional medicine. The health-giving qualities of placenta are currently creating a buzz in Western countries, where some believe it can help ward…

French uranium plant in Central African Republic attacked by ‘unidentified’ gunmen

Gunmen have attacked a uranium plant operated by French nuclear giant Areva in the Central African Republic, army and French diplomatic sources said Monday. “A violent clash yesterday (Sunday) afternoon pitted” Central African troops against “an unidentified group of armed men attempting to launch an assault on the site of…

Top editors quit Australian papers after parent company announces layoffs, paywalls

Top editors at Australian newspapers The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald resigned Monday, after parent company Fairfax last week announced an overhaul designed to embrace the digital era. Peter Fray, publisher and editor-in-chief at the 180-year-old Sydney paper, and its first female editor Amanda Wilson, said they were leaving,…

Male blue tits start stepping out when female partners lose their looks

Not unlike some among their human counterparts, male blue tits lose interest when their mates’ beauty starts fading, staying out longer and neglecting their offspring, a report said Monday. Scientists who dulled the bright blue head tinge that crowns the female of the species, subsequently noticed the males skulking off…

Elvis Presley’s original crypt withdrawn from auction after protests

The crypt in which Elvis Presley was first buried has been withdrawn from a huge auction of sports and music memorabilia in Los Angeles following virulent protests from the King’s fans. The crypt — in which Presley was buried in 1997 before being moved to his final resting place at…

Former Afghan parliamentarian arrested on kidnapping, rape charges

A prominent Afghan lawyer close to a possible presidential candidate has been arrested on charges of kidnapping and raping a woman, prosecutors said Sunday. Kabir Ranjbar, the president of the Afghan Lawyers’ Union and a former member of parliament, was detained on Saturday, deputy attorney general Rahmatullah Nazari told AFP.…

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