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UK beaches blighted by balloons and discarded bags of dog poo

Dog poo wrapped in plastic bags discarded by careless owners has emerged as one of the biggest single threats to the health and safety of beach visitors, a marine conservation charity has warned. The finding is in the latest beach litter data collected by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) last…

Israel says threat of strike on Iran is working

The threat of a military strike on Iran is preventing the Islamic republic from taking the final steps towards developing a nuclear bomb, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Thursday. “We are seeing with our own eyes the reason why Iran, which really wants to achieve a military nuclear…

Mali soldiers claim to have seized power

Renegade Mali soldiers on Thursday claimed they had seized power from an “incompetent regime,” announcing on television they had suspended the constitution and dissolved state institutions. The putschists, calling themselves the National Committee for the Establishment of Democracy, said they had acted due to government’s “inability” to handle a Tuareg-led…

Sperm-hunting women prowl Zimbabwe highways

Susan Dhliwayo was stunned when she pulled her car over recently to pick up a group of male hitchhikers and they refused to get in. The reason? They feared being raped. Sensational reports of gangs of beautiful women picking up male travellers to have sex and harvest their sperm in…

‘Worst is over’ in eurozone debt crisis says ECB chief

The worst is over in the eurozone debt crisis, but risks remain and it is up to governments to resolve them, European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi said in a newspaper interview Thursday. “The worst is over, but risks remain,” Draghi told the daily Bild, Germany’s most widely-read newspaper. “Key…

Blood test could predict heart attacks: U.S. study

US researchers have found oddly-shaped blood cells in heart attack patients, indicating that a blood test could help predict whether a patient is at risk of an imminent cardiac emergency. The study by the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) found that the endothelial blood cells from heart attack patients are…

France suspect dead after resisting arrest: police source

The alleged Al-Qaeda militant believed responsible for a killing spree is dead, a police source said Thursday, after he resisted a raid on his besieged home in southern France. Three police were wounded in the assault, one “fairly seriously”, with journalists able to hear sustained gunfire from at least two…

Can aspirin really reduce the risk of cancer?

New research findings that a daily dose of aspirin can help prevent cancer throws up all sorts of questions – here are some answers A daily dose of aspirin can reduce the risk of cancer and prevent the disease from spreading, studies show. But the drug has side effects that…

World’s oldest choir celebrates 800 years of singing in harmony

The Thomanerchor of Leipzig in Germany, once led by Johann Sebastian Bach, will be the focus of much celebration this year It has survived the Thirty Years War, the plague, and both the Nazi and Communist regimes. This month one of the world’s oldest choirs – Johann Sebastian Bach was…

The Hunger Games set to gobble up March box office record

Movie analysts suggest film could beat Twilight and take up to $125m on its opening weekend – a record for a March release. The Hunger Games, which opens Friday, could set new record for a pre-summer blockbuster, movie industry executives are predicting. The hotly-anticipated movie could take up to $125m…

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