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Two new frog species found in Philippines

Two new species of frog have been discovered in fast-disappearingforests in the Philippines, boosting hopes for the survival of the country’s rich but threatened wildlife, scientists said Tuesday. The new discoveries are a mottled brown frog with red eyes and a broad yellow stripe running down its back, and a…

Uncertain future for Japan’s cat cafes

For the young women whiling away their evenings with a cappuccino in hand and a cat on their lap, Tokyo’s “neko cafes” are the ideal place to unwind and soothe their stresses. “After a long day at work, I just want to stroke cats and relax,” said saleswoman Akiko Harada. “I…

Australia to withdraw troops from Afghanistan early

Australia said Tuesday it will bring its troops home fromAfghanistan a year earlier than planned with most soldiers withdrawn in 2013 after significant security gains over the past 18 months. Canberra, a key coalition ally of the United States, has repeatedly said it intends to remain in the war-wracked nation until 2014…

Samsung Electronics boss vows fight in family feud

The chairman of South Korean giant Samsung Electronics Tuesday vowed to go “all the way to the end” in lawsuits with his two siblings over the vast family fortune, accusing them of being greedy. Lee Kun-Hee, 70, was in February accused by his elder brother and sister of taking over some shares…

Trial opens for alleged New York bomb plotter

The high-profile trial began of a man accused of being part of a New York trio that was only “days” from launching suicide bombs in the city’s crowded subway to take revenge for the US war in Afghanistan. The trial in Brooklyn features New York immigrant Muslims who became radicalized in the feverish…

Girl in Pulitzer-winning picture still has nightmares

Down a rutted dirt alley in Old Kabul, the “Girl in the green dress” — the subject of AFP’s Pulitzer-winning photograph — still has nightmares about the day a suicide bomber made her image world famous. Tarana Akbari, 11, no longer wears her best dress, which was drenched in her own blood…

Sushi ‘tuna scrape’ blamed for U.S. salmonella outbreak

A ground fish product known as “tuna scrape,” imported to the United States from India, was blamed Monday for a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 116 people, US health authorities said. The illnesses are being linked to Nakaochi Scrape, or tuna backmeat, “which is specifically scraped off from the bones, and looks like…

Study: Anti-AIDS pill makes cash sense for some gays

Gay men who have five or more sex partners per year are part of a high-risk group that could benefit from a daily pill to ward off HIV, said a cost-benefit analysis by US researchers on Monday. The study by experts at Stanford University, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, looked at…

Yemen militants killed in suspected U.S. drone raid

A suspected US drone strike in Yemen’s southeastern Shabwa province has killed five Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants, a local government official said on Tuesday. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said a “US drone” targeted the five men late on Monday in Shabwa, a mostly lawless region of Yemen where the extremist group has expanded…

Kurt Cobain working on solo album before suicide: report

WASHINGTON — Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was working on a solo album when he committed suicide in 1994, a former guitarist for the band of Cobain’s widow said in an interview with music TV channel Fuse. “That’s really what he was going towards, a solo album but working with different…

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