US to evacuate Afghan interpreters as Taliban seize border town

Thousands of interpreters who aided US and NATO forces in Afghanistan will be evacuated beginning in late July, Washington announced Wednesday, as Taliban insurgents captured a strategic crossing on the Pakistan border from government forces. In what the White House dubbed Operation Allies Refuge, the interpreters and their families are likely to be taken first […]

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro taken to hospital over hiccups

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro was admitted to hospital on Wednesday to investigate the cause of persistent hiccups, the government said. The 66-year-old far-right leader had been complaining publically since last week that he had been suffering from the hiccups following surgery on a dental implant on July 3. Bolsonaro was taken to a military hospital […]

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Gene editing ‘blocks virus transmission’ in human cells

Scientists have used CRISPR gene-editing technology to successfully block the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in infected human cells, according to research released Tuesday that could pave the way for Covid-19 treatments. Writing in the journal Nature Communications, researchers in Australia said the tool was effective against viral transmissions in lab tests, adding that they […]

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Macron to address nation amid fears of Delta variant surge in France

French President Emmanuel Macron is due to address the country on Monday evening to present new measures against the Delta variant of Covid-19, whose rapid progression is hampering France’s emergence from restrictions. Vaccination may be made compulsory for health professionals and health pass requirements look set to be extended. Faced with a resurgence of Covid-19 […]

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Gem thieves rob Hollywood star at Cannes film festival

Hollywood star Jodie Turner-Smith has fallen victim to the curse of Cannes — the jewelry thieves who regularly haunt the world’s biggest film festival. The British-born actress wore eye-catching Gucci gold and diamond jewelry to the red carpet premiere of her latest film “After Yang” on Thursday. The next morning her suite at the Marriott […]

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Thousands flock to see dwarf cow in Bangladesh

Thousands of people are defying a nationwide coronavirus lockdown in Bangladesh to see Rani, a 51-centimeter (20-inch) tall cow whose owners claim it is the world’s smallest. The 23-month-old dwarf cow has become a media star with scores of newspapers and television stations throwing the spotlight on the tiny bovine at a farm near Dhaka. […]

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Hunter-gatherer died from plague 5,000 years ago

The plague has ravaged humanity for thousands of years, wiping out as much as half of Europe’s population in the Black Death, and scientists have long puzzled over its origins and evolutionary history. Researchers said Tuesday they had found its first known victim: a hunter-gatherer who lived 5,000 years ago in what is now Latvia, […]

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Researchers trial magnetic ‘lockjaw’ against obesity

New Zealand researchers have created a weight-loss device that uses magnets to clamp a patient’s jaw together — hailing it as a new tool against obesity despite critics likening it to an instrument of medieval torture. The “world-first” innovation involves a dentist fitting magnets and locking bolts to the patient’s upper and lower molars, allowing […]

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North Korean leader Kim Jong un ’emaciated’, citizens heartbroken: state TV

North Korean state television has aired a citizen’s comment about Kim Jong Un’s “emaciated” condition, a highly unusual broadcast in a country where public discussion of the leader’s health and personal life has always been off-limits. Analysts say the remarks showed authorities were seeking to use the change to Kim’s weight to reinforce loyalty to […]

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Chill life: Dinosaurs thrived in the ancient Arctic

Dinosaur species large and small made the Arctic their year-round home and probably developed wintering strategies like hibernation or growing insulating feathers, according to a new study. The paper, published Thursday in the journal Current Biology, is the result of more than a decade’s worth of painstaking fossil excavations, and puts to rest the notion […]

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