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British ‘slavery’ case kidnappers were Maoists

A couple who allegedly held three women as “slaves” in a London house for 30 years were prominent Maoist activists in the 1970s, according to media reports. The couple, named by British newspapers as Indian-born Aravindan Balakrishnan and his Tanzanian wife Chanda, were arrested Thursday after their three alleged captives…

Ryan O’Neal accused as Warhol painting trial opens

Los Angeles (AFP) – Ryan O’Neal snatched an Andy Warhol portrait of his ex-lover Farrah Fawcett from her home shortly after she died, even though he knew it was not his, lawyers claimed Monday. But as a long-awaited trial opened in Los Angeles, a lawyer for the veteran actor claimed…

Okapi and Flufftail make ‘red list’ of species nearing extinction

The giraffe-like Okapi and the White-winged Flufftail, one of Africa’s rarest birds, are on the verge of extinction, conservation body the IUCN warned on Tuesday. In an update to its “Red List” of threatened species, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature said the animals had been driven to…

EPA may have underestimated U.S. methane emissions by 50 percent

U.S. emissions of methane — a potent greenhouse gas — could be significantly higher than indicated in estimates by the US Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study published Monday. The study found the EPA numbers could underestimate by as much as 50 percent the true amount of the…

Researchers: Anti-AIDS programs help protect South Africa’s poor from infection from ‘sugar daddies’

Government grants to help poor children in South Africa also play an important role in reducing HIV risk from “sugar daddies” who prey on teenage girls, a study said on Tuesday. In a wide-ranging probe published in The Lancet Global Health, researchers in Britain and South Africa interviewed 3,500 teenagers…

Is hydrogen the secret to water on Mars?

Is hydrogen the secret to water on Mars? (via The Christian Science Monitor) This section of Valles Marineris is over a hundred miles wide, and its floor is heaped with rocks, sediments, and landslide debris. This perspective shot comes from ‘Flight Through Mariner Valley,’ a video produced for NASA by…

Supreme Court will hear Hobby Lobby birth control case on Tuesday

Can a company deliberately exclude health insurance coverage of the morning after pill for its employees, in the name of freedom of religion? That’s a question the US Supreme Court could take up on Tuesday when it decides whether to hear a case pitting a chain of craft stores against…

U.S. lifts restrictions on anti-diabetes drug Avandia

US authorities on Monday lifted restrictions on the prescription and use of the anti-diabetes drug Avandia after a new study indicated it did not carry an elevated risk of heart attacks. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the decision after considering the recommendations made by a 26-member panel…

British women having lesbian sex has quadrupled in 20 years

London (AFP) – The number of British women having lesbian encounters has quadrupled in the last 20 years, according to the largest-ever survey of Britain’s sexual habits which was published on Tuesday. The National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, which quizzed more than 15,000 Britons about their sex lives,…

Obama defends Iran policy amid Israeli criticism

US President Barack Obama defended his administration’s Iran policy on Monday but said “huge challenges” remained to successfully implement a landmark deal on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Obama has come under fierce criticism from Republican rivals at home and key allies abroad, such as Israel, for pursuing a diplomatic solution to…

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