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UN food agency says alpaca, donkey, moose, reindeer and yak milk should be used to counteract high cow milk prices

Milk from a variety of animals including camels, llamas and moose should be more widely used to counteract high cow milk prices due to growing demand for dairy in the developing world, the UN food agency said on Tuesday. “There is huge scope for developing other dairy species,” Anthony Bennett,…

National Security Advisor Susan Rice: Karzai U.S. may leave no troops in Afghanistan

US national security advisor Susan Rice told Afghan President Hamid Karzai Monday that a delay in signing a troubled security deal risked the US pulling troops out of the country completely next year. The US said that Karzai had called for “new conditions” for signing the bilateral security agreement (BSA)…

Launch of private SpaceX satellite delayed due to fuel system issues

The private US company SpaceX Monday postponed the launch of a rocket carrying a telecoms satellite. The launch with a Falcon 9 rocket had been scheduled for Monday from Florida. But the company said it has delayed it until Thursday because of unexpected readings in the fuel system. It was…

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…

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