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Desperate Chinese Villagers Turn To Self-Immolation

In order to turn China into an urban nation, local governments have demolished tens of millions of homes over the past decade. Homeowners have often fought back, blocking heavy machinery and battling officials.<p>In recent years, resistance has taken a disturbing turn: Since 2009, at least 53 people …

Oarfish washed ashore in California was about to spawn

A 14 ft (4.2 metre) serpent-like fish washed on to a southern California beach last week was about to become a mother. The oarfish – one of two of the rarely seen deep sea creatures discovered along the US coast – was dissected on Monday and marine biologists found that the healthy female was ripe …

Dublin family insists girl seized by police is theirs

A Roma family in the Irish Republic insists that the girl seized from them by the Garda on Tuesday is their child.<p>It is understood the family have agreed to fully co-operate in DNA tests that will over the next 48 hours establish whether or not the child belongs to them.<p>They are said to be adamant …

Australia Moves to Ban Tanning Beds

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Australia, home to some of the highest skin cancer rates in the world, has begun to ban indoor …

Roller coaster technology: 'Bigger! Faster! Scarier!'

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Haitian Cholera Strain Spreads To Mexico

A South Asian strain of cholera that was introduced into Haiti three years ago this month has now spread to this continent's mainland.<p>Mexico is the fourth Western Hemisphere country to experience the cholera outbreak. It's a disease that's very hard to stamp out once it gets into an area with poor …

Thousands with tuberculosis not given treatment to stay alive, warns WHO

Approximately 16,000 people were diagnosed with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in 2012 but were not given the treatment they needed to stay alive and prevent the spread of the disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.<p>While there has been some progress – with a drop in cases to 8.6m …

Child taken from second Roma family in Ireland by police returned to parents

Irish police who took a child away from a second Roma family overnight have since handed him back, it emerged on Wednesday.<p>The latest child was removed late on Tuesday night from a family living in Athlone, Co Westmeath, in the Irish Midlands.<p>DNA samples were taken from the child as well as the …

States' Refusal To Expand Medicaid May Leave Millions Uninsured

President Obama on Tuesday appointed one of his top management gurus, Jeffrey Zeints, to head the team working to fix what ails HealthCare.gov, the troubled website that's supposed to allow residents of 36 states to enroll in coverage under the Affordable Care Act.<p>But even if the team gets the …

Iranian who survived execution will be spared second hanging, says minister

The Iranian prisoner who survived his execution and revived in the morgue having been pronounced dead, will not be hanged for a second time, Iran's justice minister has said.<p>The minister, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, said in Tehran on Tuesday night that the 37-year-old, who is now on life support, will …

America's oil surge leaving Alaska in the dust

America's oil boom has the Texas tea flowing, whole new towns being built in North Dakota and, for the first time in decades, the U.S. producing more crude than it imports. But Alaska, a state known for its vast oil resources and pro-drilling politics, is being left in the dust of this new oil …

We Are Working Less And Sleeping Less Due To The Internet

We are working less and sleeping less, according to a new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research.<p>According to the study conducted by Scott Wallsten of the Technology PolicyInstitute, we spend sixteen fewer seconds working for every minute we spend online. Similarly, we spend seven fewer …

First child 'functionally cured' of HIV remains in remission, scientists announce

In March, a team of medical researchers revealed that a two-year-old patient had been "functionally cured" of HIV after undergoing unusually early treatment with antiretroviral drugs. The instance marked the second documented case of HIV remission, and was the first such case involving a …

Kennedy cousin Skakel wins new trial in 1975 killing

Prosecutors to appeal ruling tossing 2002 conviction for golf-club slaying of Martha Moxley.<p>A Connecticut judge Wednesday ordered a new trial for Michael Skakel, a Kennedy family member imprisoned since 2002 for killing a neighbor when they were teenagers in the 1970s.<p>In setting aside the …

In Australia, raging early spring wildfires have rekindled a raging debate over climate change

Roughly 60 blazes are still raging near Sydney, Australia, as the region enters its second week of intense wildfires.<p>Police say some of the fires in the Blue Mountains west of Australia's largest city may have been started by children. Others apparently were started by power lines being buffeted by …

Irish police return blonde girl to Roma family

Ireland's police force and health service have been forced into an embarrassing U-turn over the seizure of a young Roma girl from her family because she had blue eyes and blonde hair.<p>The Irish justice minister, Alan Shatter, has asked the head of the Irish police force, the Garda Síochána, to …

Minor Dies After Reportedly Being Gang Raped, Set On Fire In India

A minor girl died in India on Wednesday after reportedly being gang raped and set on fire.<p>The unnamed child was assaulted by three village youths in the Sirsa Kalaar district of the northern city of Orai on Tuesday, Oct. 22, according to the Indo-Asian News Service. The girl's assailants reportedly …

Baby 'cured' of HIV: New details offer hope for other patients

New details about the first person to be cured of HIV through drug therapy alone offer hope that others who are born with the virus may be able to beat it back and avoid a lifetime of treatment, researchers reported Wednesday.<p>The formerly HIV-positive Mississippi girl drew widespread interest in …

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Portugal reopens Madeleine McCann case over new leads

Portuguese prosecutors have ordered police to reopen their investigation into the six-year-old disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann after a review of the evidence found new leads, authorities announced Thursday.<p>The public prosecutor's office in Lisbon said the decision was made after "new …

Woman in Bulgaria says girl found living with family in Greece may be hers

A Bulgarian woman is undergoing DNA tests after authorities acknowledged she could be the biological mother of a girl found living with an unrelated Roma couple in Greece.<p>A worldwide hunt for the girl's parents led police to the central Bulgarian town of Nikolaevo where a mother of eight admitted …

Chinese city choked by blanket of smog

The Chinese city of Harbin has been blanketed by clouds of choking pollution, slashing visibility to a few metres, shutting schools and halting transport in scenes that underscored the nation's environmental challenges.<p>Footage taken on Monday morning in the northeastern city showed a screen full of …

Canine virus threatens Siberian tiger

<b>The Siberian tiger: majestic, enigmatic - the classic big cat precariously balanced on the edge of extinction.</b><p>Threatened by deforestation and poaching to supply the black market trade in tiger body parts, it is one of the most endangered cats on the planet.<p>But over the past decade or so, a new …