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Five-thousand-year-old cat bones discovered in China raise new questions about domestication

Five-thousand-year-old cat bones found in a Chinese farming village have raised new questions about man’s complex rapport with domestic felines through history, said a study out Monday. Cats are widely thought to have been domesticated in ancient Egypt and the Middle East some 4,000 years ago, and the oldest evidence…

German MPs elect incumbent Angela Merkel as chancellor for third term

Germany’s parliament elected Angela Merkel as chancellor for a third term Tuesday, ending nearly three months of uncertainty since elections that forced her to seek a ‘grand coalition’ with her rivals. Merkel, 59, who is now set to govern Europe’s top economy for another four years, was re-elected by 462…

Coming soon to your newsfeed: Facebook to launch video advertising spots

Social networking site Facebook is to launch advertising clips on users’ news feeds this week, the Wall Street Journal website reported on Tuesday. The newspaper, quoting an anonymous source close to the matter, said that the clips would be triggered automatically on feeds when a user consulted his or her…

India launches reprisals against the U.S. over diplomat Devyani Khobragade’s arrest

India on Tuesday launched a series of reprisals against the US over a diplomat’s arrest in New York, including pulling identity cards for American consular officials in the country, foreign ministry sources said. “We have ordered the withdrawal of all ID cards that are issued by the Ministry of External…

Brave hearts, ‘Family Guy’ fans — Brian the dog is back

Brian Griffin returns to ‘Family Guy.’ Was there ever any doubt? (via The Christian Science Monitor) The Griffins (l.-r.): Meg, Peter, Lois, Stewie, Brian, and Chris, on the FOX animated comedy ‘Family Guy.’(Fox) Brian Griffin is back. Was there really any doubt? The FOX animated comedy “Family Guy” resurrected the…

British police find ‘no credible evidence’ that Princess Diana was murdered

British police on Monday said they had finished examining new information about the 1997 death of Diana, princess of Wales, but had found “no credible evidence” she was murdered. Scotland Yard police headquarters announced in August it was checking the credibility of recently received information about the deaths of the…

Australia posts code of conduct for asylum seekers

Asylum-seekers living in Australia face having their welfare payments cut, visas cancelled or being placed in detention if they breach a new code of conduct forbidding anti-social behaviour that sparked condemnation Tuesday. The code, which came into force on Saturday and applies to those on bridging visas, contains a list…

Jeh Johnson confirmed as new Homeland Security chief

The US Senate on Monday easily confirmed Jeh Johnson, a former top Pentagon lawyer, to be the next head of the Department of Homeland Security. Johnson will be the first African-American to lead the huge department, and only the fourth person to head DHS since it was created by then-president…

Italian prosecutors investigate claims of restaurants serving dolphin

A journalist secretly filmed a meal in the city of Civitavecchia including a salad dressed with flakes of dried dolphin Prosecutors in the city of Civitavecchia are investigating claims that illicit dolphin meat is being served to customers in restaurants just north of the Italian capital. A journalist from Silvio…

Amazon workers in Germany walk off the job in push for higher wages

Just days before Christmas, German workers at online retailer Amazon walked off the job over pay on Monday at three sites and supporters rallied at the company’s US headquarters. More than a thousand employees at Amazon sites in Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld and Graben went on strike to call for the…

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