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Zoologists breed endangered turtle on artificial Bangladesh beach

Zoologists have for the first time bred a critically endangered turtle species using an artificial beach, Bangladeshi specialists announced on Monday. The northern river terrapin, scientific name Batagur baska, is extinct in the wild in Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam, and survives only in tiny numbers in Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and…

UK consumers keeping food past ‘sell by’ date to save money on food

Consumers trying to save money are gambling with their health and risking food poisoning by ignoring use-by dates on food, according to research published by the government’s food watchdog. In an effort to spend less and make their food go further, many are also keeping leftovers for longer than the…

Spanish TV uses aliens to define country’s recession

An alien spaceship hovers over a dusty, recession-hit Spanish town and is confronted by a young man looking up: “Now that we’re down in the dumps you think you can conquer us?” It’s a beer advert, one of a string of new TV commercials that tackle the downturn head-on, trying…

David Cameron leaves 8-year-old daughter in pub

David Cameron left his eight-year-old daughter at the pub for around a quarter of an hour following a family lunch, Downing Street confirmed Monday. Nancy Cameron wandered off to the toilets while the prime ministerand his wife Samantha were arranging lifts and the couple only realised she was missing once they got home, The Sun newspaper…

Nuns: European soccer championship is platform for protest

Euro 2012 has not stopped political life in Ukraine. Far from it. Instead, football is providing the perfect platform to air a range of local and national grievances in the former Soviet state. The day after Germany’s 1-0 victory over Portugal in the city, it was the turn of a group of…

Israel says Palestinian ends long-term hunger strike

Israel Prisons Service said on Monday that a Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for more than 80 days, had ended his protest, but Palestinian sources, including his lawyer, denied the claim. “(Mahmud) Sarsak ended his hunger strike,” IPS spokeswomanSivan Weizman told AFP, saying he had taken the decision to end his fast…

Germany: Spain deal shows world Europe can act

The deal to bail out Spain’s beleaguered banks shows the world and the markets that Europe has the capacity to take decisive action when needed, the German government’s spokesman said on Monday. “This is overall a good sign for Europe’s partners and for the markets,” Steffen Seibert told a regular briefing. “It is a sign…

Mubarak in ‘critical but stable’ condition

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak remains in “critical but stable” condition in prison, an interior ministry source told AFP, as officials weigh transferring him to a Cairo hospital. The 84-year-old former strongman was sentenced to life behind bars for suppressing a revolt against his rule in early 2011 during which nearly 850 protesters were…

Nigerian police free abducted soccer player

Nigerian police have freed international footballer Christian Obodounhurt during a raid, a day after gunmen kidnapped him in front of a church and demanded a ransom, a spokesman said Monday. “He has been rescued and we have five suspects in our net as a result of it,” Delta state police spokesman Charles Muka said. He…

Olympic swimmer backs teammates who posed with guns

Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan has backed his Australian teammates Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk, saying he saw “nothing wrong” with them posing with guns in images posted on social networking sites. The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) said Saturday that D’Arcy and Monk will be sent home from the London Games as soon as their swimming events…

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