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UN chief urges investigation into police violence against US protesters

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged restraint by US authorities toward protesters and called for probe into allegations of police violence, his spokesperson said Monday. Protests should remain peaceful, while “authorities must show restraint in responding to demonstrators in US as in any other country in the world,” Guterres …

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Tardigrades, Frozen for 30 Years, Spring Back to Life

You can freeze them, burn them, dry them out or even blast them into space, but humble tardigrades can survive it all. As a demonstration of tardigrade power, a new experiment has shown that even locking the critters in a block of ice for three decades fails to deliver the …

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Egypt finds ‘rare’ bust of pharaoh Ramses II near Giza

CAIRO: A “rare” bust of a statue of the pharaoh Ramses II has been discovered near Giza, south of Cairo, the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry announced Wednesday. The statue is the first rose granite bust of Ramses II found that includes the “ka” symbol, according to a statement from the ministry, …

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10-year-old Pakistani girl becomes youngest to scale 7,000-metre peak

Selena Khawaja, a 10-year-old Pakistani girl, has become the youngest climber anywhere in the world to scale a 7,000-metre-high mountain. Selena Khawaja broke the record after summiting the 7,027-metre-tall Spantik peak on Wednesday—the youngest person to do so. Spantik or Golden Peak is a mountain in the Karakoram subrange in …

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New Zealand minister cycles to delivery ward

WELLINGTON: New Zealand’s Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has taken the cycle of life to a whole new level, biking her way to hospital for the birth of her first child. Genter, a Green MP and keen cyclist, chose pedal power for Sunday’s one kilometre (0.6 mile) journey from …

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Spreading cancer caught on film

ISLAMABAD: (Web Desk) The normal body tissues show up as green, while the cancer comes out as intense red spots. The team, at the University of Tokyo and the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center, says the technology will help explain the deadly process. The research is on mice so far, but …

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Indian groom rejects bride at meatless wedding

NEW DELHI: (Web Desk)A groom in meat-strapped Uttar Pradesh walked out on the bride because her family had served only vegetarian food at the wedding, Outlook magazine reported on Friday. Another man stepped in to accept the vegetarian repast and with it the bride, the magazine said. It did not …

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Trump revokes Obama guidelines on transgender bathrooms

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday revoked landmark guidance to public schools letting transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice, reversing a signature initiative of former Democratic President Barack Obama. Reversing the Obama guidelines stands to inflame passions in the latest conflict in America between believers …

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Indian teen wakes up on way to his own funeral

KARNATAKA STATE: (Web Desk) A teenager astonished his family by waking up from the dead on the way to his very own funeral in India. Following a dog bite incident last month in Dharwad’ village in Karnataka state, Kumar Marewad was taken to a hospital due to high fever last …

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