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Climate change skepticism highest in U.S. and Britain

Awareness of climate change is high in many countries, especially the tropics, but in Britain, Japan and the United States many are doubtful about the cause, a poll published on Thursday said. A survey of 13,492 adults in 13 countries who were questioned by Internet found that 88 percent believed…

Costa Rica set to ban hunting, a first in the Americas

SAN JOSE — Costa Rica is set to be the first country in the American continent to ban recreational hunting after the country’s legislature approved the popular measure by a wide margin. The bill, which bans hunting for sport but still allows culling and subsistence hunting, was approved late Tuesday…

U.S., British universities top in academic excellence

LONDON — US and British universities continue to dominate in academic excellence but Asia is catching up fast, said an influential education rankings report published Wednesday. The California Institute of Technology kept its top spot in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2012-2013 which also saw the University…

Turkey bombs targets in Syria

The Turkish government said Wednesday that its military shelled targets within Syria after a mortar killed five Turkish citizens, including a woman and three children. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a prepared statement that Turkey is prepared to strike Syria again if more of its citizens are killed,…

Sweden plans to open ABBA museum

A museum dedicated to legendary Swedish disco group ABBA, which disbanded thirty years ago, will open in Stockholm this spring, former member Bjoern Ulvaeus announced on Wednesday. “This is a Cinderella story worth telling,” he said at a press conference. ABBA, one of the most popular and enduring bands of…

Spain provided a record number of organ donations in 2011

Spain provided a record number of donors of bodily organs in 2011 as the number of transplants in Europe rose, the health ministry said Wednesday. In Spain there were 35 donors per million inhabitants, while the number of transplants performed in Europe passed 30,000 for the first time, it said.…

Dutch customs confiscated hundreds of tarantulas

Dutch customs confiscated hundreds of poisonous tarantulas on a flight from Peru after discovering them hidden in a suitcase, officials said Wednesday. “Customs at Schiphol airport found 200 live tarantulas and an assortment of other insects including bugs, crickets, grasshoppers and millipedes,” customs officials said in a statement, issued by…

Parody: Gangnam Style Panda

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding has sponsored a parody of Psy’s hit YouTube video “Gangnam Style” to “spread awareness about the giant pandas of Chengdu and to engage in an informative conversation about the efforts to conserve, breed and release pandas back into the wild.” Watch this video…

Moroccans voice opposition to Dutch ‘abortion boat’

Moroccans voiced opposition on Wednesday to the imminent arrival of a Dutch “abortion boat,” on its first visit to a Muslim country to provide abortions to women that organisers say might otherwise be exposed to grave health risks. “Moroccan law forbids abortion. Moroccan religious identity say it is forbidden and…

Saudi Arabia will curb the power of religious police

Saudi Arabia will curb the powers of its notorious religious police charged with ensuring compliance with Islamic morality but often accused of abuses, a newspaper report said on Wednesday. “The new system will set a mechanism for the field work of the committee’s men which hands over some of their…

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