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Manatee rescued from Texas waters

AUTHORITIES in Texas said they are working on a plan to assist an unusual visitor -- the first manatee to visit the Houston area in 19 years. The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy spotted the male manatee swimming…

Protests rock U.S.

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Police warn demonstrators, journalists of arrest FERGUSON, United States -- Protest marches sprang up in cities across the United States on Tuesday, as a huge security operation stifled clashes in Ferguson, the town at the center of the country’s latest…

Most US HIV cases not under control

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WASHINGTON -- As many as 70 percent of people infected with HIV in the United States do not have the virus under control, boosting the risk of transmission, according to a study Tuesday. The US Centers for Disease Control and…

Sierra Leone Ebola burial teams dump bodies in street

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FREETOWN -- Burial workers in eastern Sierra Leone were sacked Tuesday after snatching Ebola victims from a mortuary and dumping their bodies in the street in a pay dispute. The workers, who were on a one-day strike over non-payment of…

Japan women’s school sued

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TOKYO -- A young Japanese man who was rejected by an all-women university where he wanted to study nutrition is suing the college over gender discrimination, reports said Wednesday. In what is believed to be the first case in Japan…

California drought ignites ‘gold fever’

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BRUCE Meyer had spent much of the morning on that first Sunday in August hunting for gold in the middle of the stream, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada near Colfax. He showed off several shiny flakes in his…

Riot erupts in US

Jury fails to indict Ferguson cop in teener’s death FERGUSON, United States -- Violent protests and looting erupted in the US town of Ferguson on Monday after a grand jury chose not to press charges against a white officer who…

Hong Kong police remove more Mongkok barricades

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong authorities Tuesday tore down barricades at a protest site in Mongkok, the scene of some of the more violent clashes to take place during nearly two months of pro-democracy sit-ins. Dozens of bailiffs, backed by…

Putin sparks Georgia fury with ‘annexation’ accord

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MOSCOW -- Russia cemented control over neighboring Georgia’s rebel Abkhazia region Monday with a “strategic partnership” deal that the Georgian government said amounts to annexation. President Vladimir Putin signed the “alliance and strategic partnership” agreement which formalises Russian dominance of…

Ohio cop who shot 12-year-old boy defended

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WASHINGTON — The chief of police in the US city of Cleveland on Monday defended the conduct of an officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy who was wielding a replica handgun. Tamir Rice died in hospital early Sunday after…

‘Pregnant man’ stalking wife

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THOMAS Beatie, the transgender man who gave birth after beginning to change from a woman to a man, is accused of stalking his estranged wife. Beatie, 40, who lives in Anthem, was arrested Thursday and booked into the Maricopa County…

Bodies of 500 sea lions found on Peruvian beach

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LIMA (AFP) -- Peruvian authorities were investigating Sunday the deaths of some 500 sea lions whose rotting corpses were found on a northern beach. Environmental police told the official Andina news agency that the decomposing bodies of adult and juvenile…

US police shoot to death boy, 12, holding toy gun

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WASHINGTON (AFP) -- Police in the US city of Cleveland shot and killed a 12-year-old African-American boy waving around what turned out to be a toy gun at a playground, officials and reports said Sunday. The shooting in Ohio comes…

Robots vs ebola

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Can machines help stop the Ebola outbreak? WASHINGTON -- The US military has enlisted a new germ-killing weapon in the fight against Ebola — a four-wheeled robot that can disinfect a room in minutes with pulses of ultraviolet light. Resembling…
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