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Sweden plans to put light therapy panels at bus stops

Bus stops in the northern Swedish town of Umeaa have been fitted with light therapy panels to help commuters fight off the winter blues, the energy company behind the move said Tuesday. In the depths of winter, daylight in Umeaa, around 500 kilometres (300 miles) north of Stockholm, lasts only…

Yasser Arafat body exhumed and reburied in six-hour night mission

Samples taken from corpse of late PLO leader will be used to investigate claims he was poisoned with a radioactive substance Yasser Arafat was buried eight years ago to a chorus of gunfire before a crowd of thousands amid the rubble of his Ramallah headquarters. On Tuesday, his corpse was…

‘Hamlet’ rewritten as choose-your-own-adventure game book

Graphic story offers chance to explore the ‘fun, crazy’ plot choices Shakespeare rejected A choose-your-own-adventure version of Hamlet featuring jokes, ghosts and the previously unseen pirate fight scene, has raised more than six times its goal on Kickstarter in less than a week. Ryan North, a Canadian comic book writer,…

Scientists warn world’s poorest countries increasingly vulnerable to natural disasters

Sir John Beddington says governments must act in face of climate change, more older people and rapid urbanisation Ageing populations and urbanisation could leave the world’s poorest countries increasingly vulnerable to natural disasters, the UK’s chief scientific adviser warned on Tuesday. “Vulnerability will go soaring,” said Sir John Beddington. “Extreme…

Kyoto battlelines drawn as Doha climate talks dig into detail

Climate talks got down to the nitty-gritty in Doha on Tuesday as developing countries and the European Union (EU) staked out rival positions on the fate of the Kyoto Protocol. Separately, the UN’s Environment Programme (UNEP) urged negotiators to heed the risk from melting permafrost, which could spew billions of…

Norovirus winter vomiting bug hits nearly 2,000

Almost 2,000 Britons have been struck down by an outbreak of the norovirus winter vomiting bug, with official data showing a 52 percent rise on last year. There have been 53 outbreaks of the highly contagious virus at NHS trusts across the country, with 45 hospitals forced to close off…

Malaysia bans sexist remarks in parliament

Malaysian lawmakers on Tuesday approved a ban on sexist remarks in parliament after a number of cases in which male MPs in the mostly Muslim country have drawn anger with their comments on the floor. The amendment to the rules of conduct in the Dewan Rakyat, or lower house of…

Worldwide helium shortage grounds Mickey Mouse at Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland has stopped selling helium balloons shaped like Mickey Mouse and other characters because of a worldwide shortage of the lighter-than-air gas, the park’s operator said Tuesday. The popular balloons were withdrawn from sale last week, a spokesman said, because the company was having difficulty securing a stable supply.…

Bill Gates joins Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote to fight polio in Nigeria

The richest man in Africa and the wealthiest man from the United States joined forces Monday in the battle against polio, which has seen a resurgence in Nigeria despite efforts to eradicate it. Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ foundation and that of Aliko Dangote, the Nigerian businessman labeled Africa’s richest by…

‘The Hobbit’ was almost filmed in UK, director Peter Jackson reveals

“The Hobbit” director Peter Jackson on Tuesday said the low point making his Tolkien epic was when the production almost moved from his native New Zealand to Britain because of a union dispute. Jackson, who will host the world premiere of the first instalment of his trilogy in Wellington on…

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