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Essex teenager jailed for acid attack on group of friends

A teenager who sprayed acid over a group of friends in an unprovoked attack, leaving some of them with permanent scars, has been jailed for eight years.<p>Alexander Bassey, 17, attacked his five victims at Ockendon rail station in Essex as a train pulled in during the early hours of 22 May.<p>Bassey …

Tesla staff members score lowest on car salesroom test — by design

If your idea of a good time is going to a car dealership to fight with salespeople — yes, some do enjoy that — stay away from Tesla showrooms. It’ll …

Beijing defiant ahead of court ruling on its claims in South China Sea

Global Times, a nationalist Communist party tabloid, warns ‘provocateurs are doomed to fail’ in hours before verdict is handed down<p>Beijing has unleashed a final salvo of defiance, propaganda and bravado with hours to go until a landmark court ruling that could deal a major blow to its territorial …

Italy's biggest Chinese community clashes with police near Florence

Unrest began when state health officials went to inspect factory in Prato, hub of textile production where many migrants work<p>Violent clashes have broken out this week between police and the local Chinese community in Prato near Florence, home to one of the largest concentrations of Chinese-run …

Giant swimming, venomous centipede discovered by accident in world-first

Scientist on honeymoon in Thailand stumbles on ‘horrific-looking’ creature that is the first one known to swim<p>Scientists have discovered the world’s first known amphibious centipede, which grows up to 20cm (nearly 8in) long and has an excruciating bite.<p>Scolopendra cataracta, from the Latin for …

If You Use This Website, You Should Change Your Password

Technology Photo credit: Evan Lorne/ShutterstockAfter the massive breaches on popular email services a few weeks ago, you’ve probably had to change a …

Security

US drone strike against Taliban leader angers Pakistan

• <b>Pakistan says US drone strike violated its airspace</b>• <b><br>US says Islamabad was informed</b>• <b><br>Body still to be formally identified</b><p>The apparent death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a US drone strike has caused a diplomatic row. Pakistan has accused the United States of violating its airspace by …

The Impact Of Art In The Workplace

The impact of art in the workplace is often underestimated. Splashes of color in a painting can alter the mood of a meeting room or a piece of unusual artwork can provide a talking point in a bland corporate space. But can artwork have a direct impact on employee productivity or well-being? It …

Seaweed-Based Beads Could Be An Effective Alternative To Contraceptive Pill

Wave goodbye to hormone-fuelled side effects.<p>With mood swings and headaches among the side effects, finding a contraceptive pill that suits your body …

Why West Africa's Muslim-majority states are banning the burqa

A crowded market in the heart of the capital was the chosen target of the first suicide bombing in Chad's history. In a split second, 15 people were killed and 80 maimed.<p>It soon became clear that a man clad in a burqa had carried out the attack, passing through the checkpoint outside the market by …

Africa

Germany’s right-wing AfD party adopts anti-Islam manifesto

Germany’s right-wing populist AfD Sunday adopted an anti-Islam policy in a manifesto that also demands curbs to immigration, as a poll showed it is now the country’s third strongest party.<p>Formed only three years ago on a eurosceptic platform, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) has gained strength as …

Lebanese journalist: 'Aleppo would have been safe like the Golan were it annexed by Israel'

"If Israel would have annexed Aleppo, it would have been safe today, like the Golan. Aleppo's citizens would have been better off living under …

'Allah's Soldiers': French journalist infiltrates IS cell for six months, films activities

<b>Paris:</b> A French journalist infiltrated a cell of would-be jihadists, filming them with a hidden camera as they plotted an attack in the name of the …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Anger over plan for mass cull of horses brought to Australia by British settlers

Authorities in Australia are planning a controversial cull of more than 5,000 wild horses to effectively wipe out the Snowy Mountains region’s famous brumbies, a breed believed to have descended from mares and stallions brought over by the British settlers 200 years ago.<p>In a move described by …

Wales

More than 1,000 species have been moved due to human impact

Animals and plants are increasingly being ‘translocated’ from their native areas to survive effects of climate change, poaching and habitat loss, says top conservationist<p>More than 1,000 species have had to be relocated because of climate change, poaching and humans taking their habitat, according …

These dolphins talk to each other. Why do we insist it isn’t language?

A new study shows that dolphins chatter while cooperating on a task. The line between human and animal language may not be as clear as we like to think<p>A team of researchers in Florida recently set out to record the “acoustic behaviour” of bottlenose dolphins while they completed a difficult …

There’s a mysterious new planet hiding in our solar system. What do we know about it so far?

Scientists have narrowed down the location of the mysterious Planet Nine.<p><b>Wait, isn’t Pluto the ninth planet?</b><p>Not since 2006, when the International Astronomical Union (IAU) downgraded it to a dwarf planet. Ever since, astronomers have been lobbying the IAU to change its mind.<p>The latest attempt was …

Astronomy

I Wonder If Glenn Greenwald or Ben Affleck Will Tell This Saudi Journalist She’s “Gross” and “Racist”

April 10, 2016 by Terry Firma<p>Saudi journalist and TV host <b>Nadine Al-Budair</b>, who operates out of Qatar, is becoming a viral sensation in her homeland …

Inside the maddening 'cult' of a billion-dollar tech startup

The loud lacrosse bros, eerie employee disappearances and lack of any discernible leadership should all have been clear warning signs that something …

Opinion: Killing Thousands of Flying Foxes Only Hurts the Environment

A plan to cull bats on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius could make flooding there even worse and cause other problems, two scientists argue.<p>On the island of Mauritius (map), in the Indian Ocean, lives a curious-looking bat. It’s called a flying fox because it's rather large, with a wingspan of …

Yolo County struggles to balance farm tourism with farming

Call it a battle of crop dusters vs. crudités.<p>A new business sector has sprung up in rural Yolo County – event centers and bed-and-breakfasts for …

Is Famous Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Trolling Us With His Statement On Painful Sex?

“If there were ever a species for whom sex hurt, it surely went extinct long ago,” tweeted Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and communicator beloved by science enthusiasts across the world.<p>The blowback was swift following the March 11th statement.<p>“Really @neiltyson this Tweet is completely …

North Korean submarine missing and presumed sunk, say reports

Vessel was operating off North Korean coast during the week when it disappeared, according to reports from the US and South Korea<p>A North Korean submarine has gone missing at sea and is presumed to have sunk, according to reports from the US and South Korea.<p>The vessel had reportedly been operating …

The radical plan to destroy time zones

By Adam Taylor<p>, Reporter<p>Last Summer, North Korea did something a little odd. On the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese occupation, the closed and authoritarian state announced it was permanently turning its clocks back half an hour. The country was creating its own time zone: …

North Korea

Skier photographs rare snow leopard on Indian mountainside

"It then let out a solid roar and bounded away down the slope towards Dave, but scooted off into the forest, where we think it probably had a kill …

Wildlife

Church of England defends prayer tweet for Richard Dawkins after stroke

Twitter users accuse church of ‘trolling’ the famous atheist, but it insists it was wholly genuine in its concern for Dawkins’ health<p>The Church of England has said a tweet it posted sending prayers for secularist Richard Dawkins after he had a stroke was genuine.<p>On Friday, the Church tweeted …

China's young reporters give up on journalism: 'You can't write what you want'

Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images<p>French journalist Ursula Gauthier approaches the security gate before boarding a flight to France after her expulsion from China.<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>https://media.guim.co.uk/7efc57adfa96f840cd2b61a2aea9c3c5cebfbe07/0_192_2735_1641/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Fred …

Backpackers allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted at South Australian campsite

Two female backpackers were allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted by an Australian man in an isolated region of South Australia, who is now facing charges including attempted murder.<p>The women, who were visiting from overseas, had met their alleged attacker in a rural area more than 100km from …

Russian magazine cyber-attacked and fined after article on Putin's daughter

The New Times is fined by state agency on same day it publishes information about president’s daughter Maria<p>Russia’s New Times magazine has been hit with a state fine and a hacker attack on the day it published an investigation of president Vladimir Putin’s daughter.<p>The state communications …

Russia

Alzheimer's treatment closer as brain inflammation shown to be key

Study shows inflammation-reducing chemical prevents memory and behavioural problems in diseased mice, raising hopes for human treatment<p>Scientists have fresh hopes for an Alzheimer’s treatment after experiments to reduce inflammation in diseased mouse brains prevented memory and behavioural problems …