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Canada 'cultural genocide' against First Nation - report

<b>A study has found rules that required Canadian aboriginals to attend state-funded church schools were responsible for "cultural genocide".</b><p>The report released on Tuesday found that First Nation children were often physically and sexually abused.<p>"They were stripped of their self-respect and they were …

Canada

William Zinsser: Influential writing coach dies aged 92

<b>Multi million-selling author and writing coach William Zinsser has died in New York, aged 92.</b><p>Zinsser died at his Manhattan home after a brief illness, said his wife, Caroline Fraser Zinsser.<p>His 1976 book On Writing Well became a standard in the classroom, and an essential text for people trying to …

Writing

Asia tops biggest global school rankings

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Education

India pumps 0.6 tonnes of plastic waste into ocean annually: researchers

For the first time, researchers have quantified the amount of plastic waste entering the ocean from land. In 2010, an estimated eight million tonnes …

‘Obesity is a chronic, treatment-resistant disease’

Can lifestyle modifications such as eating less and avoiding fat-rich food and exercising alone be sufficient for obese people to shed weight and …

Why this surge in H1N1 cases, States asked

The Union government has asked all swine flu-endemic States to conduct an epidemiological study to identify the reasons for the recent surge in cases …

Medicines in India, for India

January marked an important breakthrough in the fight against tropical diseases. Researchers at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and …

Delhi cops deliver incident-free polls

The Delhi Police in the last three days have arrested more than ten people who tried to disrupt polling and influence voters ahead of the Assembly …

Desperately seeking victory in Delhi

On the morning of February 6, newspaper readers in the capital woke up to a full >opening page advertisement lauding the Narendra Modi government’s …

The world's most-trafficked mammal - and the scaliest

<b>The gentle, solitary pangolin has a tongue as long as its body and curls into a ball when threatened. It is also the world's most trafficked mammal, and threatened with extinction.</b><p>In front of a drab government building near Vietnam's northern border with China, a young conservationist named Nguyen …

Extinction

Training very hard 'as bad as no exercise at all'

<b>Training very hard may be as bad for you as not putting on your running shoes at all, a report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology says.</b><p>Scientists studied more than 1,000 healthy joggers and non-joggers over a 12-year period.<p>The study suggests jogging at a steady pace for less than …

Biomedicine

Former president's mission to eradicate guinea worm

<b>A devastating tropical disease should be eradicated within three years, says the former American president leading the fight against it.</b><p>There were 3.5 million cases of guinea worm worldwide when Jimmy Carter's organisation started tackling the disease in 1986.<p>Now there are just 126 cases globally - …

Disease

Blood for sale: India's illegal 'red market'

<b>In a crowded alleyway sandwiched between the wards of a large government hospital in New Delhi, we're searching for a blood tout.</b><p>One of the hospital's security guards has instructed us to look for a man with one leg.<p>We find the tout, Rajesh, sitting on a tattered blanket next to a tea stall …

India

The twins of Auschwitz

<b>When the Soviet army liberated the Auschwitz death camp 70 years ago many of the prisoners had been killed or marched away by the retreating Nazis. But among those left were some twin children - the subject of disturbing experiments by Dr Josef Mengele.</b><p>Vera Kriegel and her twin sister Olga were …

World History

The woman who swapped home for a hut near Chechnya

<b>For much of her life, Devi Asmadiredja was a housewife in Germany - but then her husband told her to pack her bags and leave the country. She ended up 3,000km (2,000 miles) away living in a remote mountain hut among the Chechens of Georgia's Pankisi Gorge.</b><p>Few tourists visit the gorge, a notoriously …

Caucasus

Auschwitz anniversary: The survivor who brought the Holocaust to life

<b>In the Spring of 1945 a teenager called Thomas Geve had a remarkable story to tell.</b><p>He had survived for two years in the death camps at the heart of the Nazi Holocaust - Auschwitz first, then the westward forced march as the Germans retreated from the Russian advance, and finally Buchenwald.<p>His …

World History

Saudi Arabia's new King Salman promises continuity

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Saudi Arabia

Greek elections: Syriza asks voters to end 'humiliation'

<b>The leader of Greek left-wing party Syriza says an end to "national humiliation" is near, as opinion polls put the party ahead three days before the general election.</b><p>Alexis Tsipras asked supporters for a clear mandate to enable him to end the country's austerity policies.<p>He repeated his promise to …

Europe

Yemen crisis: President resigns as rebels tighten hold

<b>The president of Yemen has resigned along with his prime minister in protest at the takeover of the capital Sanaa by Shia Houthi rebels, creating a dangerous political vacuum.</b><p>President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi said he could not continue after the Houthis failed to honour a peace deal.<p>Parliament has …

Middle East

Egypt inquiry after Tutankhamun's beard glued back on

<b>The blue and gold braided beard on the burial mask of pharaoh Tutankhamun has been hastily glued back on after it was damaged, museum employees say.</b><p>But conservators at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo gave differing accounts of the exact circumstances.<p>It is not clear whether the mask was damaged during …

Archaeology

Probability of death by NCDs high in India: WHO

The probability of death between 30 and 70 years from four main non-communicable diseases (NCDs) — heart, cancer, diabetes and respiratory diseases — …

Over 20,000 people contracted Ebola in 2014: WHO

The number of people infected with the deadly Ebola virus reached 20,381 people by the end of 2014, and 7,989 of them died of the disease, according …