Haroon Bokhari

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Britons still live in Anglo-Saxon tribal kingdoms, Oxford University finds

Britons are still living in the same 'tribes' that they did in the 7th Century, Oxford University has found after an astonishing study into our genetic make-up.<p>Archaeologists and geneticists were amazed to find that genetically similar individuals inhabit the same areas they did following the …

Chinese internet giants purge 60,000 accounts for inappropriate usernames

China will enforce an even tighter control over online names starting on March 1st, and it's already begun nuking any account that doesn't conform to its standards. A handful of powerful internet companies in the country have deleted over 60,000 accounts they believe are in violation of China's new …

Leonard Nimoy's final tweet is beautiful, and it broke my heart

My dad was — and is — a huge <i>Star Trek</i> nerd, and when I was a kid he'd excitedly show me episodes of the original series in syndication. It was a show that he watched in college, he'd say, explaining why Kirk was Kirk, Bones was Bones, and most importantly, why Leonard Nimoy's Spock was Spock. One …

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Yiwu: The Chinese city where Christmas is made and sold

Forget Lapland. The real home of Christmas is a strange and unknown Chinese city called Yiwu. Tim Maughan visited the global epicentre of festive decorations and plastic gifts.<p>I’m a few hours away from Shanghai and I’ve not seen daylight for over three hours. I’m also hopelessly lost. I’ve been …

12/12 /14 WA. RIP Michel - after Jennifer called

Russian plane has near-miss with passenger aircraft over Sweden

Swedish authorities say military plane turned off transponder to avoid commercial radar and came close to collision<p>Close military encounters between Russia and the west ‘at cold war levels’<p>For the second time this year, a Russian military aircraft turned off its transponders to avoid commercial …