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World’s sixth mass extinction may be underway: study

PARIS (AFP) – Mankind may have unleashed the sixth known mass extinction in Earth’s history, according to a paper released by the science journal Nature. Over the past 540 million years, five mega-wipeouts of species have occurred through naturally-induced events. But the new threat is man-made, inflicted by habitation loss,…

World’s sixth mass extinction may be underway: study

PARIS – Mankind may have unleashed the sixth known mass extinction in Earth’s history, according to a paper released on Wednesday by the science journal Nature. Over the past 540 million years, five mega-wipeouts of species have occurred through naturally-induced events. But the new threat is man-made, inflicted by habitation…

Calls on Facebook to oust Syria’s Assad

NICOSIA (AFP) – A Facebook page has called for mass protests in Syria and in several Western countries against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. The organisers of the page, which had 25,000 fans early on Saturday, said the date for demonstrations to be held “in all Syrian cities” was…

US sends Twitter messages to Iranians

WASHINGTON – The US State Department has begun sending Twitter messages to Iranians in Farsi, alluding to the “historic role” social media have played in mass protests against Iran’s 2009 disputed presidential polls. The Twitter feeds in the Iranian language began Sunday as US officials accused Iran of hypocrisy by…

Astronomers discover six planets

PARIS – Astronomers said on Thursday they had found six planets orbiting a distant star in the most exciting but also most challenging find since exploration of other solar systems began 15 years ago. None of the so-called exoplanets, orbiting the star Kepler-11 2,000 light years away, is remotely comparable…

Egypt shuts down al-Jazeera; 100 dead in protests

CAIRO — Egypt moved on Sunday to shut down Al Jazeera’s coverage of mass protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, but the pan-Arab broadcaster vowed that it would not be silenced. Outgoing information minister Anas al-Fikki has “ordered the closure of all activities by Al Jazeera in the Arab republic…

‘Gay demon’ exorcist claims mass animal deaths due to ‘don’t ask’ repeal

The deaths of thousands of blackbirds in Arkansas may have been caused by the recent repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” according to a self-described “prophet” who once claimed the ability to banish “gay demons.” Evangelist Cindy Jacobs said on a video posted over the weekend that the strange phenomenon,…

Conservative group: Obama will give ‘entire land mass’ of the US to ‘the Indians’

Stop us if you’ve heard this one: President Barack Obama wants to return the entire land mass of the United States of America to Native American tribes. No, nevermind. That one’s new. The wild claim comes by way of the American Family Association (AFA), a conservative non-profit focused on anti-gay…

Wikileaks: Next batch of secret documents seven times larger than Iraq war logs

STOCKHOLM — Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks said Monday it was planning to publish nearly three million more secret documents in its next mass release of confidential material, according to its Twitter feed. WikiLeaks did not say when the release would be, nor on what subject, but the number of documents would…

Bush tells Leno he regrets the ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner

During the latest stop in his book tour Thursday, former President George W. Bush told NBC’s Jay Leno that he regretted standing in front of the “Mission Accomplished” banner, not finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and flying over New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The Tonight Show host opened…

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