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Manipur: An ordinary Indian woman has been on hunger strike for the last 12—repeat 12—years in an effort to have the Government of India withdraw the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) from Manipur and other parts of India. Irom Sharmila Chanu, also known as the Iron Lady of Manipur, went on a hunger..
Russia clashes over energy with Belarus, Ukraine, EU
Russia plunged back into the disputes over energy with Ukraine and Belarus that have repeatedly disrupted oil and gas supplies to European Unioncountries, and it also termed EU energy policy as "uncivilized". Russia on Friday denied remarks by Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko that it [more]
Simple test may predict life expectancy
Don’t be surprised if your doctor asks you to sit on the floor at your next checkup. A new study says testing a person’s ability to sit down and then rise from the floor could provide useful insight into their overall health and longevity. [more]
For North Korea, next step is a nuclear test?
North Korea's next step after rattling the world by putting a satellite into orbit for the first time will likely be a nuclear test, the third conducted by the reclusive and unpredictable state. A nuclear test would be the logical follow-up to [more]
NASA releases “Told Ya So” apocalypse video early
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QY_Gc1bF8ds Dec. 21, 2012, has long been rumored to be the day of the Mayan apocalypse, when Earth comes to its inglorious end. The good folks at NASA want you to know that isn't going to happen. In fact, NASA is so [more]
Human and vehicle track mark areas at the base of chalk Inselbergs at sunrise in 2007 in the Farafra Depression, home of the White Desert, in western Egypt. A World War II airplane that crash landed in Egypt’s western desert has been found "almost intact" in a vast sea of sand and rock almost 70..
A mother of two has told of how she breastfeeds her two sons who are aged three and five. Jamie Lynne Grumet, 26, has appeared on the cover of Time magazine breastfeeding her three-year-old Aram as he stands on a small seat to reach her. The Los Angeles mother has spoken about how she applies..
The 2005 film "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," grossed nearly $200 million worldwide based on the premise of a man who went without sex into midlife. But one real-life woman has managed to stay a virgin up to her 70th birthday. That could be about to change. "Now’s the time. I’m ready to take the plunge for..
Nearly 15 percent of people worldwide believe the world will end during their lifetime and 10 percent think the Mayan calendar could signify it will happen in 2012, according to a new poll. The end of the Mayan calendar, which spans about 5,125 years, on December 21, 2012 has sparked interpretations and suggestions that it..
One of the art world’s most recognizable images — Edvard Munch’s "The Scream" — sold Wednesday for a record $119,922,500 at auction in New York City. The 1895 artwork — a modern symbol of human anxiety — was sold at Sotheby’s. Neither the buyer’s name nor any details about the buyer was released. The previous..
One of Australia’s richest men, Clive Palmer, on Monday unveiled plans to build a 21st century version of the doomed Titanic in China, with its first voyage from England to New York set for 2016. Palmer, a self-made mining billionaire, said he had commissioned state-owned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard to construct Titanic II with..
There’s a kid named Caine Monroy. He made an arcade in his dad’s auto parts store. Out of cardboard boxes. Caine clearly has a heart of gold, and it shines through in this video. But it’s also a stunning portrayal of a young entrepreneur in action. Where the layman sees a pile of beat up..
A former Brazilian prostitute plans to sue the United States embassy and five of its personnel for injuries sustained outside a strip club late last year, complicating the second of two embarrassing incidents to emerge recently involving American officials and sex workers in South America, Apr. 26. Brazilian exotic dancer Romilda Aparecida Ferreira arrives for..
An Indian boy who lost his mother in 1986 has found her 25 years later from his new home in Tasmania – using satellite images. Saroo was only five years old when he got lost. He was travelling with his older brother, working as a sweeper on India’s trains. "It was late at night. We..
A traffic officer in Vietnam has gone the extra mile by clinging onto a bus doing more than 30mph as he tried to issue a ticket. The officer in Hanoi told the driver to pull over but when he asked for his paperwork the driver started speeding away. Undaunted, Second Lieutenant Nguyen Manh Phan leapt..
A mother in Argentina says she fell to her knees in shock after finding her baby alive in a coffin in the morgue nearly 12 hours after the girl had been declared dead. Analia Bouter named her newborn Luz Milagros, or "Miracle Light." The tiny girl, born three months premature, was in critical but improving..