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Climate change to blame for extreme heat: NASA scientist

Human-driven climate change is to blame for a series of increasingly hot summers and the situation is already worse than was expected just two decades ago, a top NASA scientist said on Saturday. James Hansen, who directs the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, wrote in the Washington Post that…

Facebook user arrested over hacking threat

Hong Kong police said on Sunday they had arrested a 21-year-old man after he reportedly said on social networking site Facebook that he would hack several government websites. Police said the man, who was later released on bail, was held on suspicion of “access to a computer with criminal or…

Are we alone? NASA’s Mars rover aims to find out

Are we alone? Or was there life on another planet? NASA’s $2.5 billion dream machine, the Mars Science Laboratory, aims to take the first steps toward finding out when it nears Mars’ surface on Monday. The planet is Earth’s closest neighbor, and scientists have found signs of water there, hinting…

30 dead in separate suicide attack, drone strike in Yemen

A suicide attack at a town in south Yemen recently recaptured by the army from Al-Qaeda forces killed 20 people Saturday and wounded another 20, the governor of the province said. In a separate incident in the east of the country meanwhile, a suspected US drone strike killed five Al-Qaeda members late Saturday, a…

Phelps wins gold in last Olympic race of his career

US great Michael Phelps bowed out of Olympic competition in golden style Saturday as Britain’s Jessica Ennis provided theLondon Games’ signature moment with a dazzling heptathlon win. As Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake made their first appearance on the track, Phelps made sure of his 18th Olympic title — and 22nd medal overall — in the 4x100m medley relay,…

Gunman kill 2, capture 4 others in attack on oil barge in Nigeria

Gunmen attacked a barge belonging to an oil services company off the coast of Nigeria on Saturday, killing two Nigerian sailors and kidnapping four foreigners, navy officials said. The suspected sea pirates stormed the vessel in the Gulf of Guinea, an area that has seen a sharp spike in the number…

Prank Egypt TV show exposes depth of Israel hostility

A prank Egyptian talk show that infuriates guests by duping them into believing they are on Israeli TV reveals the antipathy many hold for the Jewish state despite a wintry peace treaty between the neighbours. “Judgement after Deliberations,” aired nightly by private Nahar satellite television during the Muslim holy month…

Truman’s grandson visits Hiroshima

The grandson of former US president Harry Truman, who authorised the atomic bombing of Japan during World War II, visited Hiroshima on Saturday before the 67th anniversary of its devastation. Clifton Truman Daniel, 55, toured the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and offered a silent prayer for victims of the 1945…

South Africa marks 50 years since Mandela’s arrest

South Africa will unveil its latest monument to Nelson Mandela on Saturday, a new statue along a rural highway to mark the spot where he was arrested 50 years ago for his struggle against white rule. Mandela, now 94, was arrested as a young liberation fighter on August 5, 1962,…

U.S. officials warn of swine flu outbreak at county fairs

US health officials on Friday warned the public to be careful around pigs after an outbreak of flu among visitors to county fairs. The virus does not appear to have evolved to the point where it spreads easily among humans, but it does contain a gene from the pandemic H1N1…

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