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Philippine typhoon death toll passes 5,200

The number of people confirmed killed when a super typhoon devastated the Philippines surpassed 5,200 on Friday, the government said, making it one of the country’s deadliest natural disasters. The official death toll from the storm jumped by nearly 1,200 to 5,209, with another 1,611 people still missing, the spokesman…

Alabama grants three posthumous pardons in notorious ‘Scottsboro Boys’ case

Three black American men wrongly accused and convicted of raping two white women in Alabama more than 80 years ago have received posthumous pardons. The gesture to the last three of the nine so-called “Scottsboro Boys” in a notorious case of racial discrimination brought an end to a case that…

Rhino poaching nearly outpaces births, group warns

Deaths of rhinos by poaching are fast approaching a tipping point, with the number of endangered creatures killed annually nearly outnumbering births for the first time, international experts warned Friday. South Africa is the epicenter of the crisis, with a record 827 black and white rhinos killed so far this…

Siats meekerorum: Meet the dinosaur that terrorized Tyrannosaurus rex

Palaeontologists on Friday announced they had uncovered the remains of one of the greatest land predators ever — a nine-metre (30-foot) four-tonne dinosaur that stalked the planet 100 million years ago. The newly-discovered species has been called Siats meekerorum, whose first name honours a cannibalistic monster in the mythology of…

Antarctic ice lab sees sub-atomic particles in space

Ghostly sub-atomic particles called neutrinos in outer space have been glimpsed from an icy observatory in Antarctica, offering a rare new view of the universe, scientists said Thursday. These high-energy particles are everywhere, and billions pass though our bodies every second, according to Kara Hoffman, a physics professor at the…

‘Monstrosity! Ludicrous! Insane!’ Huge ‘Youabian Puma’ car raises eyebrows at LA auto show

One car among the hundreds on display at the LA Auto Show this week has generated a flurry of headlines — not all of them complimentary. Despite its whopping $1.1 million price tag, the bright blue Youabian Puma has been called everything from “monstrosity” to “ludicrous” and “insane.” The huge…

Poetry breaks through fog of Alzheimer’s sufferers

A teenager’s voice breaks the silence that hangs over the dozing, grey-haired figures. “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you,” she recites — “you’ll be a man, my son”, finishes one of the pensioners, with a burst of recognition.…

White supremacist flyers posted around Eastern Kentucky University campus

White supremacists at Eastern Kentucky University have circulated flyers in campus buildings frequented by police and firefighting trainees. The flyers claim that the “war declared against whites” in the form of “anti-racist” campaigns amounts to genocide: “[t]he method used is forced assimilation and massive immigration; exactly what China did to…

Brazilian who auctioned off virginity wants to sell it again

A 21-year-old Brazilian woman who auctioned off her virginity online for $780,000 last year now says she wants to sell it again as the deal was never consummated. In October last year, Catarina Migliorini took part in an online auction as part of the “Virgins Wanted” documentary organised by Australian…

Vancouver bans doorknobs in future construction

The city of Vancouver has banned doorknobs in new construction, a city official said Thursday. Wrist-twisting doorknobs will be replaced with levers to make it easier on seniors and those with disabilities, city spokeswoman Viviana Zanocco told AFP. The new rules are included in an amended building code, which takes…

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