Baboons prop up barrels to escape Texas research centre

Officials at Texas research centre have made changes to the enclosures after four baboons leapt to freedom. The primates propped up barrels against the walls of their yard at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and used them to jump over the fence. Three baboons then escaped the centre perimeter, while the fourth returned to its […]

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Rugby Australia ‘accepts’ Folau’s explanation in anti-gay row

Rugby Australia says it accepts star player Israel Folau’s statement that he did not mean to hurt people when he made an anti-gay comment. The Wallabies player was widely criticised earlier this month when he suggested on Instagram that gay people would end up in hell. It has sparked two weeks of discussion, including a pledge […]

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Facebook facial recognition faces class-action suit

Facebook must face a class action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology, a California judge has ruled. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook gathered biometric information without users’ explicit consent. It involves the “tag suggestions” technology, which spots users’ friends in uploaded photos; the lawsuit says this breaches Illinois state law. Facebook said the […]

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China’s first quarter growth beats expectations at 6.8%

China’s economy grew at an annual pace of 6.8% in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, according to official data, beating forecasts for the period. The growth figures for January to March were also above Beijing’s 2018 annual growth target of “around 6.5%”. The data shows resilience in the world’s second largest […]

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Sean Hannity unmasked as Trump lawyer’s mystery client

A Fox News host is the mystery third client of US President Donald Trump’s lawyer, a court has heard. A judge ruled that Michael Cohen, the president’s personal attorney, must reveal the link to Sean Hannity. Monday’s hearing in New York City follows an FBI raid this month on the presidential lawyer’s home and office, […]

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Bialowieza forest: Poland broke EU law by logging

Poland violated EU law by ordering large-scale logging in one of Europe’s oldest woodlands, the Bialowieza forest, the European Court of Justice has ruled. Bialowieza forest has been designated a Unesco World Heritage site and is home to Europe’s largest herd of nearly extinct bison. But Poland argued its decision to order a three-fold increase […]

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South Korean actress kidnapped by North’s Kim Jong-il dies

A South Korean actress, once kidnapped by North Korea and forced to make films for the state, has died at 92. Choi Eun-hee was a leading actress in the South when she was kidnapped under the orders of then-leader Kim Jong-il in the late 1970s . Her ex-husband, a famous film director, was also abducted […]

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World glacier melting passes point of no return, finds study

The further melting of glaciers worldwide cannot be prevented in the current century — even if all the emissions are curtailed, a study has found. However, due to the slow reaction of glaciers to climate change, human activity will have a massive impact beyond the 21st century, according to the study published in the journal […]

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Turkish air strike ‘neutralizes’ 12 Kurdish militants in Iraq, says military

An air strike by Turkish warplanes “neutralized” at least 12 militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, the military said on Twitter on Wednesday. The air strike carried out on Tuesday targeted the Hakurk region of northern Iraq, Turkish military said adding that the militants were believed to be in preparations […]

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US pastor faces 35 years in jail in Turkey for terror links

 An American pastor has been charged in Turkey with engaging in espionage and having links to terror groups, crimes that carry a potential sentence of up to 35 years in prison, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported Tuesday. An indictment accuses Andrew Brunson of working with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen’s network and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers […]

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