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‘Yak insurance’ plan saving Nepal’s endangered snow leopard

The remorse felt by Himali Chungda Sherpa after he killed three snow leopard cubs in retaliation for his lost cattle inspired him to set up a scheme to prevent other herders from doing the same. Sherpa lost his cattle near Ghunsa village at the base of Mount Kangchenjunga on the…

Bangladesh slaughters 150,000 birds over avian flu

Bangladesh’s livestock authorities are slaughtering around 150,000 chickens at a giant poultry farm near Dhaka after the worst outbreak of avian flu in five years, officials said Wednesday. The deadly H5N1 strain of flu was detected at Bay Agro farm at Gazipur, 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Dhaka, on…

Emerging China, Brazil and India agree to increased United Nations dues

China, Brazil, India and other emerging powers agreed to major increases in their United Nations payments as the global body hammered out a new budget deal this week to avoid its own fiscal cliff. The boom countries will pay more as economic crisis allows European nations, such as Britain, Germany…

Boxing for bread: a forgotten story from Auschwitz

The memory of Prisoner Number 77 still brings hope to the heart of Auschwitz survivor Tadeusz Sobolewicz as he remembers how his friend boxed for bread in the notorious Nazi German camp. The story of fellow inmate and boxer Tadeusz Pietrzykowski has been all but forgotten nearly seven decades after…

World’s longest bullet train service launched in China

China launched service on Wednesday on the world’s longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country’s rapid and — sometimes troubled — super fast rail network. The opening of the new 2,298-kilometre (1,425-mile) line between Beijing and Guangzhou means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the…

Egypt approves new constitution with 63.8% support

Egypt’s constitution was passed with 63.8 percent voter support in the two-stage referendum that ended last weekend, the national electoral commission said on Tuesday. Turnout was 32.9 percent of Egypt’s total 52 million voters, the president of the commission, Samir Abul Maati, told a news conference in Cairo. The figures…

Radiation worries curtail kids’ exercise time in Fukushima

Children in Fukushima are getting fatter as outdoor activities have been cut in the area due to radiation fears after last year’s nuclear disaster, a Japanese government report said Tuesday. The education ministry said it had surveyed the heights and weights of about 700,000 children, aged between five and 17,…

Policeman held in Bahrain over ‘slap’ video

A policeman in Bahrain has been arrested after a video showing him hitting a resident of a Shiite village was posted online, the interior ministry said on Tuesday. “The video shows the policeman slapping a citizen in Aali, a local village, on December 23rd, 2012,” the ministry said in a…

Famed riflemaker Kalashnikov in intensive care

Russia’s legendary rifle-designer Mikhail Kalashnikov has been hospitalised in intensive care after complaining of general weakness, his assistant was quoted by news agencies as saying Tuesday. The 93-year-old father of the AK-47 has been having heart problems and feeling poorly since March, when he stopped showing up for work, his…

Drunken Brit drives stolen car on Dutch runway

A drunken British man was arrested Tuesday after driving a stolen car on an Amsterdam airport runway “for a few minutes”, police said. The unnamed passenger headed home for Christmas had pushed an emergency exit button at one of Schiphol airport’s gates, stumbled onto the tarmac and stole a car…

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