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Why the stealthy seahorse wins by a head

Close examination of the seahorse has shown that the delicate little fish is a master of stealth, using streamlined features in its head to sneak up on its prey, scientists reported on Tuesday. At first glance, the seahorse is an unlikely candidate for hunter of the year. Swimming vertically, its…

U.S. flies B-52 bombers over disputed ‘air defense zone’ in China

Two US B-52 bombers flew over a disputed area of the East China Sea without notifying Beijing, despite China’s bid to create an expanded “air defense zone,” US officials said Tuesday. The unarmed aircraft took off from Guam on Monday and the flight was previously scheduled as part of a…

Obama holds fundraiser at Magic Johnson’s home in Los Angeles

President Barack Obama was in Los Angeles Monday for private fundraisers, including one at basketball star Magic Johnson’s home, rubbing elbows with Hollywood stars like Diane Keaton and Tom Hanks. The president, on a three-day West Coast tour largely dedicated to campaign fundraising, was due at the home of the…

Pope Francis calls for female inclusion but rejects ‘progressive’ reforms to abortion doctrine

Pope Francis believes that women have been marginalized in the Catholic Church, but remains opposed to the ordination of women and reforms to the Church’s teachings on abortion. In his Evangelii Gaudium, translated into English as The Joy of the Gospel, Francis rejected the idea of female priests, but said…

Rare whooping cranes in U.S. face enemies large and small

Jane Chandler raises the rarest cranes in the world. For them to have a chance at surviving in the wild, the young birds must never see her face, hear her speak, or know her to be a human being. If they did, these whooping cranes, named for their characteristic calls,…

Lebanon cannabis trade thriving in the shadow of Syrian war

Bekaa (Lebanon) (AFP) – Lebanese marijuana grower Abu Sami is practically rubbing his hands together with glee: the Syrian conflict has paralysed authorities at home and left the nearby border virtually uncontrolled. “This year, the harvest was abundant, and the authorities have left us alone because they are otherwise occupied,”…

Children as young as 12 carrying out ‘shocking’ sexual violence against other children: report

Children as young as 12 are carrying out “shocking” sexual violence against other children, according to an official report published on Tuesday. The Office for the Children’s Commissioner for England warned that rape was considered “normal and inevitable” in some areas, particularly among gangs. Deputy Children’s Commissioner Sue Berelowitz highlighted…

Man attacked by tiger at ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin’s Queensland zoo

An animal handler was rushed to hospital on Tuesday after being attacked by a tiger at Australia Zoo, the Queensland institution made famous by the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin. The senior tiger handler was in a serious but stable condition after being bitten on the neck and shoulder when…

China to send ‘jade rabbit’ lunar rover to the moon

China will launch its first ever moon rover early next month, state media said Tuesday, with the vehicle named “Jade Rabbit” in a nod to Chinese folklore. The name derives from an ancient Chinese myth about a white rabbit which lives on the moon as the pet of Chang’e, a…

Bruce Springsteen to release 18th studio album in January 2014

Bruce Springsteen on Monday set January 14 as the release date for his 18th studio album, a mix of cover versions, studio outtakes and re-recordings of old songs titled “High Hopes.” “This is music I always felt needed to be released,” said the US rock legend on his brucespringsteen.net website,…

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