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    Annoyed at seagulls that pester its patrons, a restaurant in the Australian city of Perth has armed customers with water pistols to stop the birds from ruining the waterfront dining experience. Toby Evans, the owner of 3Sheets restaurant in the capital of Western Australia, said the seagull problem was unusually bad and something had to […]

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    Using data collected from underwater drones, merchant ships, fishing boats and even explorers, a new scientific project aims to map the ocean floor by 2030 and solve one of the world’s enduring mysteries. With 190 million square km (73 million square miles) of water – or about 93 percent of the world’s oceans with a […]

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    A global team of scientists plans to scour the icy depths of LochNess next month using environmental DNA (eDNA) in an experiment that may disover whether Scotland’s fabled monster really does, or did, exist. The use of eDNA sampling is already well established as a tool for monitoring marine life like whales and sharks. Whenever a creature […]

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    In the Guadalix mountains outside Madrid, Argentine horse whisperer Fernando Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety. The 57-year-old, who spent many years in the Patagonian wilderness living with horses, uses the animals as a way for patients to interpret and control their emotions. People who come to his sessions […]

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    Latin America must give serious thought to legalising drugs in order to reduce the human cost of prohibition, the head of a United Nations agency for the region said on Monday. Tens of thousands of people across Latin America have died in violence stemming from the struggle to control the lucrative trade in narcotics, particularly […]

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    Starbucks Corp appealed to customers for forgiveness in a row over racial profiling on Tuesday, saying its behavior towards two black American customers last month had been reprehensible as it closed 8,000 stores for anti-bias training. The company has settled privately with the two men after the incident in a Philadelphia store on April 12 […]

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    Serbian archaeologists at the site of the ancient Roman city of Viminacium have found an intact sarcophagus with two skeletons bedecked with gold and silver adornments. Ilija Mikic, an anthropologist at the site, said the skeletons were of a tall, middle-aged man and a slim younger woman. In addition to three delicate glass perfume bottles, […]

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    Like many soccer fans trying to predict the results of the World Cup, Achilles is busy studying the teams heading to Russia this month for the sport’s biggest global showdown. But he has one advantage: cat sense. The furry white feline, who lives in St Petersburg’s Hermitage museum, is being touted as a cat psychic […]

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    An Australian comedian known for impersonating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was detained by Singapore‘s authorities on Friday and questioned about his political views. Singapore‘s immigration and checkpoints authority and the Singapore police did not immediately have comment. The incident came just days before the city-state hosts high stakes talks between U.S. and North Korea’s […]

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    Thousands of Irish women shed their inhibitions and their clothes on a secluded beach fifty kilometres south of Dublin on Saturday for a world-record setting “skinny dip” to raise funds for a children’s cancer charity. Lucia Sinigagliesi, the Guinness World Records official that adjudicated the naked swim, said that 2505 women spent at least five […]

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    A radical plan to upend Switzerland’s financial landscape by barring commercial banks from creating money when they lend was heading for defeat, according to early projections on Sunday. Some 74 percent of voters had rejected the so-called Sovereign Money initiative according to initial forecasts from Swiss broadcaster SRF. A final result is expected around 1500 […]

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    House President Demetris Syllouris poses with ‘Nicky’, a robot developed by the University of Nicosia, on the sidelines of a conference in Nicosia on the digital economy and the digital society. Moments earlier, Syllouris and the robot had a brief conversation, where ‘Nicky’ asked him to pass a bill to regulate robots.

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    Many parents will have thought it for a long time, but they now have a new argument to limit their children’s ‘screen time’ – addiction to video games has been recognised by World Health Organization as a mental health disorder. The WHO’s latest reference bible of recognised and diagnosable diseases describes addiction to digital and […]

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    When bank technicians in India were finally summoned to investigate why an ATM (automated teller machine) had not been working for days, they began to smell a rat. What they found inside the ATM was almost $18,000 worth of shredded Indian rupee notes and one dead rodent that had somehow eluded the machine’s security camera […]

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    For many people, the smell of a pizza fresh from the oven and lovingly crafted is a culinary delight that’s hard to beat. But now that hand-crafted pizza has a rival: pizza made by robot. French start-up Ekim wants to change and speed up the way pizza is made and served using a pizzaiolo robot […]

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    Fifty-three men slung their wives or partners over their shoulders and hurtled off on an hour-long race in the small Finnish town of Sonkajarvi on Saturday, as thousands of fans cheered from the stands. The World Wife-Carrying Championship, now in its 23rd year, draws thousands of visitors to the town of 4,200 and has gained […]

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    A plastic surgeon known as ‘Dr. Bumbum’ or ‘Dr. Butt’ on social media because of his buttock-enhancement operations was arrested on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, four days after one of his patients died, police said. Police in Rio de Janeiro said on their website that they had been searching for Denis Furtado since Sunday […]

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