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Students of India’s Film and Television Institute strike over dubious appointments to the school’s governing body
4 Sep 2015 - 2:00PM
Documentary sensation Wolfpack opens Hong Kong Sundance festival

Director to attend Q&A after screening of her film about six cloistered brothers who live life through the movies they see.

Director to attend Q&A after screening of her film about six cloistered brothers who live life through the movies they see.

Documentary sensation Wolfpack opens Hong Kong Sundance festival
29 Aug 2015 - 6:01PM
Ashin Wirathu - the monk they call 'the Buddhist bin Laden'

Eight years spent in jail for inciting religious violence has not deterred Ashin Wirathu in his hate campaign against Rohingya Muslims.

Eight years spent in jail for inciting religious violence has not deterred Ashin Wirathu in his hate campaign against Rohingya Muslims.

Ashin Wirathu - the monk they call 'the Buddhist bin Laden'
31 May 2015 - 6:37AM
Penis transplant offers hope to victims of botched circumcisions
21 Apr 2015 - 2:33PM
Japanese "maglev" train to attempt 589km/h speed record

A Japanese company will attempt on Monday to break a 589km/h speed record set last week by its new magnetic levitation train. 

A Japanese company will attempt on Monday to break a 589km/h speed record set last week by its new magnetic levitation train. 

Japanese "maglev" train to attempt 589km/h speed record
20 Apr 2015 - 3:47PM
New study finds subjects imagined unpleasant smells when shown photos of obese people

Experimental subjects who were tricked into thinking they should smell something reported they smelled less pleasant odours when they viewed pictures of overweight and obese people than when they looked at trim people individuals.

Experimental subjects who were tricked into thinking they should smell something reported they smelled less pleasant odours when they viewed pictures of overweight and obese people than when they looked at trim people individuals.

New study finds subjects imagined unpleasant smells when shown photos of obese people
23 Mar 2015 - 8:34AM
Discovery of hanged black man in Mississippi raises questions about possible lynching

They found the black man's body hanging by a bedsheet from a locust tree. Claiborne County Sheriff Marvin Lucas called in everybody he could think of. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. The FBI.

They found the black man's body hanging by a bedsheet from a locust tree. Claiborne County Sheriff Marvin Lucas called in everybody he could think of. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. The FBI.

Discovery of hanged black man in Mississippi raises questions about possible lynching
23 Mar 2015 - 8:25AM
How US 'maternity tourism' operators lure Chinese mums

Zhang Xiaoyan made it clear that she had one objective for travelling to the US from China - to give birth so her child would automatically be an American citizen.

Zhang Xiaoyan made it clear that she had one objective for travelling to the US from China - to give birth so her child would automatically be an American citizen.

How US 'maternity tourism' operators lure Chinese mums
5 Mar 2015 - 8:25AM
Yemen's deposed Hadi brands 'coup' illegitimate after fleeing house arrest

Hours after fleeing house arrest, Yemen's deposed president denounced a "coup" against his authority and issued a direct challenge to the faction now in control of the capital.

Hours after fleeing house arrest, Yemen's deposed president denounced a "coup" against his authority and issued a direct challenge to the faction now in control of the capital.

Yemen's deposed Hadi brands 'coup' illegitimate after fleeing house arrest
23 Feb 2015 - 6:02AM
Rap mogul Suge Knight's latest brush with law his most serious as he faces murder charges

From the beginning, Marion "Suge" Knight's life as a rap impresario was closely intertwined with the gangster ways extolled by his artists in their music.

From the beginning, Marion "Suge" Knight's life as a rap impresario was closely intertwined with the gangster ways extolled by his artists in their music.

Rap mogul Suge Knight's latest brush with law his most serious as he faces murder charges
1 Feb 2015 - 7:27AM
House of Saud's partnership with Wahhabi clerics behind rights abuses

The anointment of the House of Saud more than three centuries ago came with a pledge to rule in tandem with the austere clerics of Wahhabi Islam whose puritanical theology has provided some of the underpinnings for the extremist groups throughout the Middle East.

The anointment of the House of Saud more than three centuries ago came with a pledge to rule in tandem with the austere clerics of Wahhabi Islam whose puritanical theology has provided some of the underpinnings for the extremist groups throughout the Middle East.

House of Saud's partnership with Wahhabi clerics behind rights abuses
26 Jan 2015 - 7:41AM
Sarah Palin 'seriously interested' in 2016 White House bid

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin said that she was "seriously interested" in running for the White House in 2016.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin said that she was "seriously interested" in running for the White House in 2016.

Sarah Palin 'seriously interested' in 2016 White House bid
26 Jan 2015 - 7:41AM
Eastwood's sniper film finds its mark despite flak over its message

Clint Eastwood's Iraq war drama American Sniper has stunned Hollywood by setting a new record at the American box office, overcoming low expectations and a wave of controversy over the film's supposed glorification of war.

Clint Eastwood's Iraq war drama American Sniper has stunned Hollywood by setting a new record at the American box office, overcoming low expectations and a wave of controversy over the film's supposed glorification of war.

Eastwood's sniper film finds its mark despite flak over its message
21 Jan 2015 - 4:30PM
Taylor Negron, comedian who played pizza man in 'Ridgemont High,' dies at 57

He was the surly pizza man who interrupted a class at Ridgemont High to deliver a double cheese and sausage to the cool student played by Sean Penn.

He was the surly pizza man who interrupted a class at Ridgemont High to deliver a double cheese and sausage to the cool student played by Sean Penn.

Taylor Negron, comedian who played pizza man in 'Ridgemont High,' dies at 57
14 Jan 2015 - 5:41AM
Need more time? 2015 will give you that - an extra second is yours

If you were hoping to find a little more time for yourself or your loved ones in the new year, you are in luck: 2015 is going to be exactly one second longer than 2014 was.

If you were hoping to find a little more time for yourself or your loved ones in the new year, you are in luck: 2015 is going to be exactly one second longer than 2014 was.

Need more time? 2015 will give you that - an extra second is yours
12 Jan 2015 - 6:24AM
Islamic State uses British hostage John Cantlieto in video tour of Mosul

A new video shows a British photojournalist held captive by Islamic State giving a stylised media tour of the beleaguered northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

A new video shows a British photojournalist held captive by Islamic State giving a stylised media tour of the beleaguered northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Islamic State uses British hostage John Cantlieto in video tour of Mosul
5 Jan 2015 - 7:59AM
Seven-year-old stuns 71-year-old when she knocks on his door seeking help from plane crash in Kentucky

Larry Wilkins was watching the evening news when he heard a knock on his door. Standing on his porch was a thin, black-haired girl, whimpering and trembling.

Larry Wilkins was watching the evening news when he heard a knock on his door. Standing on his porch was a thin, black-haired girl, whimpering and trembling.

Seven-year-old stuns 71-year-old when she knocks on his door seeking help from plane crash in Kentucky
5 Jan 2015 - 9:03AM
Richest countries worst hit by obesity-fuelled cancer

Looking for ways to reduce your risk of cancer? Try losing weight. A new study estimates that 3.6 per cent of cancers diagnosed around the world in 2012 could be traced to the excess weight of patients.

Looking for ways to reduce your risk of cancer? Try losing weight. A new study estimates that 3.6 per cent of cancers diagnosed around the world in 2012 could be traced to the excess weight of patients.

Richest countries worst hit by obesity-fuelled cancer
27 Nov 2014 - 3:52AM
Heads again? Bankers caught cheating in coin-toss study

How do you tell if a group of bankers is dishonest? Simply by getting them all to toss a coin.

How do you tell if a group of bankers is dishonest? Simply by getting them all to toss a coin.

Heads again? Bankers caught cheating in coin-toss study
21 Nov 2014 - 4:41AM
Research shows that thinking hard pays off in later years

Researchers have found more proof that thinking hard pays handsomely in protecting brain power as you age.

Researchers have found more proof that thinking hard pays handsomely in protecting brain power as you age.

Research shows that thinking hard pays off in later years
21 Nov 2014 - 4:44AM
Tiny brine shrimp may help power ocean currents, US study shows

Could the humble brine shrimp, a few millimetres in length, be partly responsible for the large-scale motion of the ocean?

Could the humble brine shrimp, a few millimetres in length, be partly responsible for the large-scale motion of the ocean?

Tiny brine shrimp may help power ocean currents, US study shows
5 Oct 2014 - 3:50AM
Genome sequencing offers glimpse of tipping point for age-related diseases

The arrival of fast and relatively inexpensive genome sequencing is likely to open whole new avenues for diagnosing and treating diseases. But in a new study, scientists show that it can also reveal how some age-related diseases establish a foothold in the human body.

The arrival of fast and relatively inexpensive genome sequencing is likely to open whole new avenues for diagnosing and treating diseases. But in a new study, scientists show that it can also reveal how some age-related diseases establish a foothold in the human body.

Genome sequencing offers glimpse of tipping point for age-related diseases
13 Jul 2014 - 3:10AM
Neanderthals ate plants, not just meat, study of oldest human faeces suggests

As gross as it sounds, samples of the world's oldest known human faeces are offering scientists new insight into the gastronomic behaviour of our extinct, meat-loving cousins, the Neanderthals.

As gross as it sounds, samples of the world's oldest known human faeces are offering scientists new insight into the gastronomic behaviour of our extinct, meat-loving cousins, the Neanderthals.

Neanderthals ate plants, not just meat, study of oldest human faeces suggests
29 Jun 2014 - 1:47AM
Your six-year-old knows when you're lying, study shows

Children are remarkable judges of the people around them, with studies having shown them to be able to tell when someone is lying. Now researchers have found they pick up on more subtle aspects of misinformation such as when someone is telling only part of the truth.

Children are remarkable judges of the people around them, with studies having shown them to be able to tell when someone is lying. Now researchers have found they pick up on more subtle aspects of misinformation such as when someone is telling only part of the truth.

Your six-year-old knows when you're lying, study shows
17 Jun 2014 - 12:39PM
China invests in farms overseas as development and pollution threaten its fields

When Ma Wenfeng was a boy, his father earned so little money growing wheat and corn that the family mainly ate mantou, a steamed bread that is a staple of the poor. The last thing he would have dreamed of was becoming a farmer.

When Ma Wenfeng was a boy, his father earned so little money growing wheat and corn that the family mainly ate mantou, a steamed bread that is a staple of the poor. The last thing he would have dreamed of was becoming a farmer.

China invests in farms overseas as development and pollution threaten its fields
4 Apr 2014 - 5:05PM
Reformed gangster Raymond 'Shrimp Boy' Chow caught in the FBI's net

When Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow walked the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown in one of his natty suits, bright pocket square ablaze, he exuded power.

When Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow walked the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown in one of his natty suits, bright pocket square ablaze, he exuded power.

Reformed gangster Raymond 'Shrimp Boy' Chow caught in the FBI's net
3 Apr 2014 - 3:41AM
Conservationists fear Japan will continue whale slaughter with 'legal loopholes'

After court verdict bans Japan from hunting whales, conservationists fear the country will find loopholes in order to continue the slaughter and keep cultural traditions alive.

After court verdict bans Japan from hunting whales, conservationists fear the country will find loopholes in order to continue the slaughter and keep cultural traditions alive.

Conservationists fear Japan will continue whale slaughter with 'legal loopholes'
20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
Acne-causing bacteria strain found on vines named after Frank Zappa

Italian researchers named the new bacterium P. acnes Zappae after the genre-bending and iconoclastic Frank Zappa - whose surname in Italy also means "hoe" - in a nod to the agrarian roots of the wine-related institute where the discovery was made.

Italian researchers named the new bacterium P. acnes Zappae after the genre-bending and iconoclastic Frank Zappa - whose surname in Italy also means "hoe" - in a nod to the agrarian roots of the wine-related institute where the discovery was made.

Acne-causing bacteria strain found on vines named after Frank Zappa
23 Feb 2014 - 4:59AM
Killing of Kim Jong-un's uncle chills North Korean expats in China

She was a North Korean success story. For more than two decades, the woman, now 50, dabbled in businesses along the border between China and North Korea. She sold rice, traded foreign currency and opened a massage parlour in China. She travelled between the two countries with relative ease and was making sufficient money to live comfortably, so much so that she rebuffed invitations to join a sister who had defected to South Korea.

She was a North Korean success story. For more than two decades, the woman, now 50, dabbled in businesses along the border between China and North Korea. She sold rice, traded foreign currency and opened a massage parlour in China. She travelled between the two countries with relative ease and was making sufficient money to live comfortably, so much so that she rebuffed invitations to join a sister who had defected to South Korea.

Killing of Kim Jong-un's uncle chills North Korean expats in China
19 Feb 2014 - 5:56PM
Scientists discover that jets shooting from black hole contain nickel and iron

Scientists say they found traces of nickel and iron in the powerful jets shooting out of black hole candidate 4U 1630-47, a small black hole just a few times the mass of our sun. It may help solve a scientific puzzle that has lingered for decades.

Scientists say they found traces of nickel and iron in the powerful jets shooting out of black hole candidate 4U 1630-47, a small black hole just a few times the mass of our sun. It may help solve a scientific puzzle that has lingered for decades.

Scientists discover that jets shooting from black hole contain nickel and iron
17 Nov 2013 - 3:01AM