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Sharks worth more in seas than in soups: study

Shark ecotourism currently generates more than $314 million annually, according to researchers from the University of British Columbia in Canada. (Shawn Heinrichs) Sharks that are free to swim around in their natural habitats are a valuable part of tourism around the world, a new study finds, which…  …

Basketball star Yao Ming retires

Basketball star Yao Ming announced his retirement on Wednesday after a trailblazing career that made him China’s best-known athlete and helped spur the game’s global growth. The towering 2.29m (7ft 6in) star made the announcement, which had been widely expected, during a press conference in his home city of Shanghai…