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Borneo orangutan was shot over 100 times with airgun

An endangered orangutan on Borneo island has survived after being shot more than 100 times with an air rifle, Indonesian officials said on Thursday. The female ape, whom conservationists have named Aan, has gone blind in one eye and sustained serious wounds across her body after being repeatedly hit with…

S. Africa gold miners to sign pay deal: union

Striking South African gold miners have agreed to a sign a pay deal that would end months of often violent labour unrest, the country’s main mining union said on Thursday. “Members have accepted a new pay structure,” the National Union of Mineworkers said. “The worst in the gold sector is…

Satisfaction! Rolling Stones rock Paris with surprise gig

Rock legends the Rolling Stones were due to play a surprise mini-gig in Paris Thursday and all 350 tickets priced at 15 euros ($20) each were snapped up in minutes. “The Rolling Stones are playing a short warm-up gig tonight … in Paris,” the group said on Twitter, adding that…

Obama mocks Trump with Kenya joke on The Tonight Show

BURBANK, California — US President Barack Obama lampooned Donald Trump, saying the real estate tycoon’s feud with him dated back to “when we were growing up together in Kenya.” Obama ribbed the flamboyant mogul during an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” after Trump revived the right-wing conspiracy…

Ozone hole over Antarctic 2nd smallest in two decades

WASHINGTON — The seasonal hole in the ozone layer above the Antarctic this year was the second smallest in two decades, but still covered an area roughly the size of North America, US experts said. The average size of the Earth’s protective shield was 6.9 million square miles (17.9 million…

Russia claims Syria rebels have U.S.-made Stinger missiles

MOSCOW — Syrian rebels battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad have shoulder-launched missile systems, including US-made Stingers, Russia’s top general claimed Wednesday, prompting a strong denial from Washington. Russian chief of staff General Nikolai Makarov, whose country is the Damascus regime’s top arms supplier and has refused to back…

Former Goldman Sachs director gets 2 years for inside trades

NEW YORK — Former Goldman Sachs board member Rajat Gupta, the biggest target of a US government blitz on insider trading, was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday, far less than what prosecutors had demanded. US District Judge Jed Rakoff in New York cited Gupta’s “extraordinary” contribution to humanitarian…

Climate scientist sues The National Review for defamation

Michael Mann, a scientist in the centre of the climate wars, has sued a rightwing thinktank and a magazine for comparing him to the convicted sex offender and disgraced football coach Jerry Sandusky and accusing him of academic fraud. Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University, announced the defamation…

Special Olympian tackles Ann Coulter over ‘retard’ tweet

WASHINGTON — Combative US conservative pundit Ann Coulter came under fire Wednesday from a Special Olympian with Down syndrome after she branded President Barack Obama a “retard” on Twitter. “Come on Ms Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow,” John Franklin Stephens, a soccer player and “global messenger” for…

Clinton downplays Facebook claim on Benghazi attack

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the White House on Wednesday downplayed reports that a Libyan group claimed responsibility on Facebook for the deadly strike on the US consulate in Benghazi. US ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the September 11 attack, for which…

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