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Cynthia Lennon, the First Wife, Dies at 75
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: Los Angeles- Singer John Lenon's first wife Cynthia Lennon has died at the age of 75 at her home in Mallorca, Spain. She died on Wednesday, and the news of her death was officially announced on her son Julian Lennon's official website. "Cynthia Lennon passed away today at her home in Mallorca, Spain, following a short but brave battle with cancer. Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout. The family are thankful for your prayers," a statement on the website read. Julian, who is also a musician, posted a three-minute video on YouTube in which he sings a song written by himself. The video also featured a montage of family photos as a tribute to his loving mother. The song begins with -- "You gave your life for me, you gave your life for love." Then, it ends with -- "I know you're safe above."
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Baby Gammy granted Australian citizenship
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: Baby Gammy, who was born with Down's syndrome to a surrogate mother in Thailand, has been granted Australian citizenship, local media report. Gammy was left behind while his twin sister Pipah went home with Australian parents David and Wendy Farnell last year. The case sparked intense debate over international surrogacy agreements. Surrogate mother Pattaramon Chanbua said she sought Australian citizenship to safeguard Gammy's future. Gammy, who turned one in December, is eligible for Australian citizenship because David Farnell is his biological father. He will now have access to healthcare in Australia and is eligible for an Australian passport. Baby aborted The Farnells faced heavy criticism for leaving one baby behind and taking the other. Besides Down's syndrome Gammy has a congenital heart condition. Ms Chanbua, the 21-years-old surrogate mother, claimed that the Farnells wanted Gammy aborted when they found out he had Down's syndrome, but that was against her Buddhist beliefs. In a TV interview, the Farnells said after Gammy was born, they wanted to bring both infants home. Ms Chanbua told the Associated Press that she had then not allowed Gammy to go with them. It was later revealed that David Farnell had child sex convictions, prompting Australia's Department of Child Protection to launch an investigation in August. The Farnells retain custody of Pipah but with strict court conditions, according to Australian media reports. Gammy's case drew donations from around the world which are being managed by an Australian charity and have been used to pay for his hospital bills and a new home for Ms Chanbua's family. Click to Play World of Tanks: ITS FREE http://play.any.tv/SHWe6
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US investigators launch probes into scandal hit Malaysian PM Najib Razak
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: KUALA LUMPUR: A U.S. federal grand jury is examining allegations of corruption involving Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and individuals close to him, the New York Times reported Monday, quoting anonymous sources. The inquiry, run by a unit of the Justice Department that probes international corruption, is centered on U.S. properties bought in recent years by Najib's stepson and properties relating to "a close family friend", the newspaper said. It is also examining an allegation that $681 million was deposited into Najib's personal bank account, the New York Times added. Calls for comment from Najib's office went unanswered. The alleged $681 million deposit had surfaced in July in a report in The Wall Street Journal, which said it had been uncovered by Malaysian investigators probing allegations of graft and mismanagement at sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development. Reuters has not verified the Wall Street Journal report. Najib has denied taking any money for personal gain, and 1MDB has denied transferring funds to him. An interim government report found nothing suspicious. The U.S. investigation is still at an early stage and could take years to determine if any federal laws were broken, the New York Times said.
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What your Facebook posts say about you revealed
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: If you’re wondering what your Facebook posts say about your personality, psychologists at Brunel University London claim they reveal a lot more than you’d expect. Don’t read this in case you’re one of those people who constantly puts up status updates about their romantic partner; it can cause a little discomfort. The team behind the study conducted a survey of Facebook users to find their personality traits and motives influencing the topics they post on the social network. It turns out, your friends who often post updates about their romantic partner have low self-esteem. The results imply that those who are self-centered or narcissistic, and frequently crave validation or approval from others, are more likely to brag about their achievements on Facebook. These personalities are also seen boasting a lot about their diet or exercise regimen. By hitting ‘like’ or commenting on such posts, you’re just feeding their need for attention and encouraging this behavior. Examining their survey’s responses. the Brunel University researchers measured the Big Five personality traits covering Agreeableness, Extroversion, Openness, Neuroticism and Conscientiousness, along with self-esteem and narcissism. Facebook users who were found to be conscientious (thorough, careful or principled) were apparently witnessed to post more updates about their kids. Those who receive more ‘likes’ and comments are reported to experience the advantages of social inclusion. On the other hand, Facebook users whose status updates don’t get a good deal of responses might feel ostracized. Wrapping it up, friends who constantly shove their relationships in your face on the social networking site, are probably insecure. But the underlying trait when it comes to narcissism also betrays fragile self-esteem that could crumble against the slightest bit of criticism. The point is, you shouldn’t annoy your online friends but bragging round the clock.
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Woman with anorexia makes public appeal to help save her life
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: A southern California woman suffering from a severe form of anorexia nervosa is publicly pleading for help now that her weight has spiraled out of control. Rachael Farrokh, who is five-foot-seven and weighs just “40-something pounds” and has battled anorexia for 10 years. The 37-year-old actress posted a video to YouTube, detailing her ordeal and asking for financial donations to help her get the treatment she desperately needs. “I need your help,” she says in the video. “I’m suffering from an eating disorder. It’s a very severe kind of anorexia.” Farrokh says hospitals in her area have refused to treat her because her weight makes her a “liability.” Her husband Rod Edmondson quit his job as a personal trainer to be her 24-hour caregiver, she continued, and she’s currently unable to walk on her own. How did things get so bad? “I wanted to drop a few pounds to get better abs,” she said. But when she lost her job and kept focusing on a painful memory from her past, things “spiraled out of control.” Farrokh says there’s one hospital across the country that can help her, adding “my chances are very slim.” “I’m not one to ever ask for help,” she says. “I need your help, otherwise I don’t have a shot. And I’m ready to get better.” According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder, and only one in 10 people who suffer from an eating disorder receive treatment. ABC News reports that Farrokh went from 125 pounds to her current bare-bones weight. But how can this happen? Didn’t other people notice and step in to help? Unfortunately such shocking weight loss is not uncommon with eating disorders, says Samantha DeCaro, PsyD, assistant clinical director at eating disorder treatment facility The Renfrew Center. She says that people suffering from an eating disorder often hide their early weight loss by pulling away from friends and family and lying about their eating habits. “There’s a lot of secrecy and shame, and they don’t really believe it’s a problem,” DeCaro tells Yahoo Health.
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Parents Of Thai Ex Princess Jailed For Insulting Monarchy
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: BANGKOK: The elderly parents of a former Thai princess were both jailed for two and a half years today after pleading guilty to defaming the monarchy, an institution protected by one of the world's toughest lese majeste laws. Apiruj Suwadee, 72, and his 66-year-old wife Wanthanee are the latest close relatives of fallen former princess Srirasmi to face legal proceedings after a corruption scandal involving her family erupted late last year. Both had pleaded guilty to insulting the royal family, lodging a malicious claim and asking officials to file false charges against a woman in 2003. Both had pleaded guilty to insulting the royal family, lodging a malicious claim and asking officials to file false charges against a woman in 2003.
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Burmese Ruby Sells For Record $30 Mn At Auction
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: GENEVA: A 25.59 carat "pigeon blood" ruby sold for a world record $30.33 million at auction in Geneva Tuesday while a rare pink diamond believed to have once belonged to Napoleon's niece fetched $15.9 million, Sotheby's said. After competitive bidding, the ruby went to an anonymous telephone bidder for 26.25 million Swiss francs (27.3 million euros), with costs. The "Sunrise Ruby" from Myanmar, part of a collection of Cartier jewels up for auction, had been expected to sell for between $12 million and $18 million. It set a record for a ruby and was also a record for a Cartier jewel at auction, Sotheby's said. An "extremely rare" fancy vivid pink diamond weighing 8.72 carats sold for 14.8 million Swiss francs ($15.9 million, 14.3 million euros) at the spring Magnificent Jewels and Nobel Jewels auction.
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Mike Porcaro, Bassist for Toto, Dead at 59
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: Mike Porcaro, bass-player of US rock band Toto which had hits with Africa and Rosanna, has died at 59 after a long battle with Motor neurone disease. The bassist with 1980s soft rock band Toto died on Saturday after a long battle with ALS. Mike Porcaro succumbed to the degenerative motor neuron disease surrounded by his family at home in Los Angeles. Mike's brother and band mate Steve announced the sad news on Facebook. He wrote: 'Our brother Mike passed away peacefully in his sleep at 12:04 AM last night at home surrounded by his family. Rest in peace, my brother.' The talented bassist was forced to quit the best-selling band after he was diagnosed with the disease - also known as Lou Gehrigs Disease - in 2007. His first symptoms included numbness in the fingers that hindered his playing ability and by 2012 he was confined to a wheelchair. His death came just days after the passing of Still Alice writer-director Richard Glatzer who also suffered from ALS. He was 59. He undertook the movie about Alzheimer's Disease - which won Julianne Moore an Oscar -shortly after his diagnosis.
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Taiwan Art Village by 93   year old artist Huang Yung Fu
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: TAICHUNG, TAIWAN: Huang Yung-fu greets visitors to his village in central Taiwan with paint-stained hands and shoes spattered with flecks of colour, a sign of the daily artistic labour that has seen him single-handedly stave off the developers' bulldozers. At 93 years old, the former soldier still gets up at 3am every day to spend four hours daubing the walls of the small settlement with colourful figures, from birds and animals to celebrity singers and sportsmen. Known as 'Rainbow Grandpa', Huang's artwork has kept the village safe as the surrounding area has been flattened He walks with a slight limp and rolls up his trouser leg to reveal a bandaged knee -- bruised from spending too much time kneeling on the ground to paint, he says. But Huang is determined to continue adding to the vibrant murals that decorate the walls and pathways of the military dependents' village as a way to ensure its survival Huang has lived there for 37 years, staying even after his neighbours abandoned their homes and only 11 houses remained. That's when he decided to paint
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World's largest blue star sapphire 'found in Sri Lanka'
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: Gemologists in Sri Lanka claim that the largest blue star sapphire yet has been discovered in a mine in the country. The gemology institute in the capital Colombo has certified that the gem weighs 1404.49 carats and say they have not certified anything larger. The gem is valued at at least $100m and the current owner estimates that it could sell for up to $175m at auction. Sri Lanka's gem industry, for which sapphire is the main export, is worth at least £70m ($103m) annually. Blue star sapphires are so named because of the distinctive mark found at their centre. "The moment I saw it, I decided to buy," the current owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the BBC World Service's Newsday programme. "When the stone was brought to me I suspected that it might be the world's largest blue star sapphire. So I took a risk and bought it." The owner said it was "absolutely confidential" how much he paid for it. The previous record holder weighed 1,395 carats. The new gem was mined in the city of Ratnapura, in southern Sri Lanka, which is known as the City of Gems.
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Phoenix woman dies after giving birth to quadruplets 9
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: PHOENIX (AP) — A woman died hours after giving birth to quadruplets at a Phoenix hospital, a close friend of the family said Saturday. Erica Morales, 36, never got to hold her newborns before she passed away early Friday morning after a C-section surgery at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Nicole Todman said. "They were transporting her from the surgery to whatever room, and she was still unconscious at that point. So, no, she never got to see them," Todman said. Morales was about seven months into her pregnancy when she delivered three girls and one boy Thursday, according to Todman. She has been one of the few able to visit the premature newborns and said they are doing well. "They're beautiful," Todman said. "They have tubes in their mouths and their noses. They've got little monitors and wires all over their body." The infants will likely remain hospitalized for the next two months while doctors help them to get stronger and each reach a goal weight of 5 pounds, Todman said. Currently, they all weigh between just above 2 pounds to just above 3 pounds, she said. Morales was initially hospitalized for high blood pressure. Complications ensued before Morales was taken into surgery, Todman said. She does not know what led to her passing. "I don't even care to know," Todman said. "It doesn't matter why. She's still gone." Hospital spokeswoman Toni Eberhardt declined comment Saturday, but she released a statement from the hospital: "Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences are with the family during this very difficult time." Morales, a former real estate agent who more recently worked for the University of Phoenix, and her husband, Carlos, who works in manufacturing, had been trying to conceive a baby for two years, Todman said. She said Morales tried everything from acupuncture to fertility treatments. Morales suffered a miscarriage before becoming pregnant last June. Todman, who has been best friends with Morales since childhood, said Morales was more nervous about being a new mother than raising four children at once. Because of her previous miscarriage, Morales was apprehensive about getting too excited about the babies' arrival. She mainly focused on doing things correctly throughout her pregnancy such as eating enough, Todman said. "Her focus of her pregnancy was to make sure she did everything to make sure they were healthy so she was able to bring them into this world — and she did," Todman said. On Friday, Todman started a GoFundMe fundraising website for Carlos Morales and the infants on Friday. The site had received more than $29,000 in donations as of Saturday afternoon. "I'm so grateful for the overwhelming support and the wonderful comments, and so are Carlos and Sandra, Erica's mother. They are so entirely grateful," Todman said. Click to Play World of Tanks: ITS FREE http://play.any.tv/SHWe6
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Joel Grey, 82 Year Old Broadway Star,  I'm Gay Man
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: NEW YORK: Actor Joel Grey, an Oscar winner for his role in 'Cabaret' opposite Liza Minnelli and who was married to actress Jo Wilder for 24 years, on Wednesday publicly revealed that he is gay. The 82-year-old actor, who is the father of actress Jennifer Grey and also has a son, told People magazine that his family and friends have known about his sexuality. "I don't like labels," Grey is quoted as saying in the issue of the magazine to be published on Friday "but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man." Grey discussed his childhood in Cleveland, Ohio, and hearing grownups speak about gay men being jailed for their sexuality. Grey said that at around the same time, he realised he was attracted to girls and boys. Grey was the first to play the role of the Master of Ceremonies in the Broadway musical "Cabaret" in 1966 and won the Tony Award for the performance. He won an Academy Award for the 1972 film version. Jennifer Grey, best known for her role in 1987's 'Dirty Dancing' with Patrick Swayze, told People magazine that she was pleased her father felt comfortable and secure enough to publicly declare himself a gay man. "Mostly because more people are free to own their true nature and can hopefully come closer to love and accept themselves as they really are, no matter what age, no matter how long it takes, to finally be free of the lies or half truths, it is freedom," she said. Click to Play World of Tanks: ITS FREE http://play.any.tv/SHWe6 Click to Play World of Tanks: ITS FREE http://play.any.tv/SHWe6
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Australia test new cricket helmet after Phillip Hughes death
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: Suresh Raina is always game for some fun. On even of India's match against Ireland, he took a liking to R Ashwin's helmet. Strange obsession, you thought. After helping the off-spinner don his headgear at the nets, Raina kept tapping the back of his mate's brand new equipment. At first sight, you wondered what he was up to. But a closer look revealed that Raina was only doing what anybody would. Enter Ali Cheyne, the Winchester-based sales manager of the British cricket helmet manufacturer Masuri. "That's our new helmet," he says. "Shikhar Dhawan and Umesh Yadav are also using these," he adds. What's the big deal? Well, here's the story. A few days after the death of Australian batsman Phil Hughes, the gutted folks at Masuri decided they had to do something about it. And so they did. After all, Hughes was one of their clients.
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Former model is starving to death because she can't eat solid foods due to rare condition
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: The Woman Who Can't Eat: Rare Medical Condition Causes Involuntary Starvation Former model Lisa Brown suffers from an extremely rare condition that is causing her to starve to death. The 32-year-old weighs a mere 89lbs and cannot eat solid foods without suffering vomiting, severe pain or nausea. In less than two years Lisa Brown shed almost four stone. The former model is a shadow of her former self, crippled by a constant pain that is slowly starving her to death. Each day she suffers severe vomiting, severe pain and nausea, unable to keep any solid food down. Despite the cruel taunts of strangers, who assume she has an eating disorder, the 32-year-old is the victim of an extremely rare condition. Weighing just 89lbs, she is one of just 400 documented people across the world with the illness, which has a mortality rate of one in three. Superior mesenteric artery syndrome is a gastrovascular disorder that causes a pinching of Mrs Brown's intestines making it hard for her to keep solid food down The 32-year-old illness was diagnosed after she visited three different hospitals, and went through a series of CT scans. Mrs Brown's weight dropped by 30 per cent, from a healthy 10 stone to just six stone, in little under two years
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Hong Kong court finds housewife guilty of abusing young maid
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: A Hong Kong woman has been found guilty of physically abusing her Indonesian maid and put behind bars ahead of her sentencing in a case that sparked international outrage. Law Wan-tung, a 44-year-old mother-of-two, was arrested in January 2014 for seriously wounding her former domestic helper Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, who left the city that same month. Pictures of the injuries sustained by the 23-year-old, who was admitted to hospital in Indonesia emaciated and in a critical condition, shocked Hong Kong and sparked anger in her home country. Law denied a string of charges including causing grievous bodily harm with intent, criminal intimidation and failure to pay wages. But on Tuesday Judge Amanda Woodcock told Law: “You are remanded in custody,” after announcing to a packed courthouse that the 44-year-old had been found guilty of 18 of the 20 charges laid against her, including grievous bodily harm and criminal intimidation. “I am sure she was telling the truth,” Woodcock said, referring to Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, who told the court she had been “tortured” by Law. A jubilant Sulistyaningsih, clad in a black T-shirt with her face emblazoned on it and the word “justice”, told AFP after the verdict was read out that she was “very happy” and hugged nearby activists. Law, meanwhile, lowered her head but appeared to be calm.
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China may build rail tunnel under Mount Everest
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: BEIJING, CHINA: China plans to build a 540-kilometre strategic high-speed rail link between Tibet and Nepal passing through a tunnel under Mt Everest, a move that could raise an alarm in India about China's growing influence in its neighbourhood. "A proposed extension of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway to the China-Nepal border through Tibet would boost bilateral trade and tourism as there is currently no rail line linking the two countries," state-run China Daily reported on Thursday. The rail line is expected to be completed by 2020. However, there has been no word on the cost of the project. The 1,956-km long Qinghai-Tibet railway already links the rest of China with the Tibetan capital Lhasa and beyond. Wang Mengshu, a rail expert at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said that engineers will face a number of difficulties once the project begins.
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Obama Lands in Jamaica, takes in Bob Marley museum
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: KINGSTON, JAMAICA: US President Barack Obama landed in Jamaica late Wednesday, becoming the first sitting US president to set foot on the island since 1982. He waved after emerging from Air Force One and then descended to greet a long line of people including Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, whom he embraced. Obama then headed to a helicopter along with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke. The first sitting presidential visit since Ronald Reagan was on the island 33 years ago comes as the island nation is navigating a fiscal crisis. Obama is scheduled to meet the CARICOM regional block of Caribbean nations and possibly offer them an alternative to cheap Venezuelan oil amid a spat with Caracas. He is also slated to meet with Simpson-Miller.
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Chinese Build 57- Storey Skyscraper In 19 Days
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: On the outskirts of Changsha in southern China stands a new tower. Its size is modest by Chinese standards. At a mere 204m it's less than a third of the height of Shanghai's tallest. Its blocky glass and steel form may be unlikely to win any architectural beauty awards. But what is startling is the speed at which it was built. A time-lapse video shows it shoot up at the rate of three storeys per day. For the man behind it, Zhang Yue, this is only the beginning. “Humans have experienced revolutions in industry, agriculture, transportation and information, but not yet in buildings,” says the handbook of the company he founded, Broad Group. It's a method he says is not only fast, but also safe and cheap. Now he wants to drop the “Mini” and use the same technique to build the world’s tallest skyscraper, Sky City. While the current record holder, the 828m-high Burj Khalifa in Dubai, took five years to “top out”, Zhang says his proposed 220-storey “vertical city” will take only seven months - four for the foundations, and three for the tower itself. And it will be 10m taller. But if that was not enough, Zhang Yue wants nothing less than to reimagine the whole urban environment. He has a vision of a future where his company makes a third of the world's buildings – all modular, all steel, and all green. “The biggest problem we face in the world right now isn't terrorism or world war. It's climate change,” he says.
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New Giant Tortoise Species Found on Galápagos Islands
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: Scientists say they have identified a new species of giant tortoise on the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific. They used genetic data to determine that a group of 250 slow-moving reptiles was distinct from another tortoise species on Santa Cruz island. It is the 15th known tortoise species to be discovered on the archipelago, though four are now extinct. The new species has been named "Chelonoidis donfaustoi", after a retired Galapagos park ranger. Giant tortoises in the Galapagos tend to weigh up to 250kg and live longer than 100 years. Experts had long believed that the two giant tortoise populations on the Santa Cruz island were the same species, but genetic testing proved this to be wrong, Ecuador's environment ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. The newly-identified species, which is also known as the Eastern Santa Cruz tortoise, lives on the eastern side of the island and was also found to be genetically different from tortoises on other islands. Yale University biologist Gisella Caccione, who led the team of scientists, said the shell of the tortoises had a more compressed shape than other species. Scientists and conservationists are hoping the discovery will help to protect and restore the tortoise, which is considered vulnerable, with an estimated population of 250. There are believed to be more than 2,000 tortoises of other tortoise species living elsewhere on the island. Giant tortoises were among some of the well-known creatures studied closely by British naturalist Charles Darwin in the Galapagos Islands in the 1830s.
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OMG! Millions of plastic particles found in cosmetic products
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: London: Everyday cleaning and cosmetic products such as soaps, toothpaste, sunscreen and shampoos contain millions of plastic particles, which are released to the environment and could be harmful to marine life, according to a new study. Research at Plymouth University in UK has shown almost 100,000 tiny 'microbeads' - each a fraction of a millimetre in diameter - could be released in every single application of certain products, such as facial scrubs The particles are incorporated as bulking agents and abrasives, and because of their small size it is expected many will not be intercepted by conventional sewage treatment, and are so released into rivers and oceans. Researchers, writing in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, estimate this could result in up to 80 tonnes of unnecessary microplastic waste entering the sea every year from use of these cosmetics in the UK alone Microplastics have been used to replace natural exfoliating materials in cosmetics and have been reported in a variety of products such as hand cleansers, soaps, toothpaste, shaving foam, bubble bath, sunscreen and shampoo. Subsequent analysis using electron microscopy showed that each 150ml of the products could contain between 137,000 and 2.8 million microparticles
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Mount Everest Altitude sickness claims third death in four days
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: An Indian climber has died on Mount Everest, becoming the third fatality in three days on the mountain. Subhash Paul died on Sunday after reaching the summit a day before, as Sherpa guides were helping him descend. A Dutch man and an Australian woman both died over the weekend as a result of altitude sickness. Some 30 climbers have suffered frostbite or become seriously ill on Everest in recent days, as the spring climbing season comes to a close. Two other Indian climbers who had been with Mr Paul have also been reported missing in the so-called "death zone" near the summit. However the mountain's most successful female climber reached the summit for the seventh time on Friday. Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness, occurs when people have difficulty adapting to low oxygen levels at high altitude. Most cases are mild and result in headaches, nausea or dizziness, but in rare cases there can be a potentially fatal build-up of fluid on the brain and lungs. This is the first climbing season for two years on Everest. In 2014, 16 guides were killed in an avalanche, leading to protests that prematurely ended the season, then an earthquake in Nepal last year killed at least 18 people on the mountain and closed climbing routes. With the mountain open again, climbers have been taking advantage of good conditions in large numbers, with nearly 400 reaching the summit from the Nepalese side since 11 May.
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'Oldest' Koran fragments found in Birmingham University  UK
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: LONDON: Researchers at the Birmingham university in UK have discovered that fragments of a Quran manuscript in the varsity library are among the oldest in the world, dating back at least 1,370 years, close to the time of Prophet Muhammad. Radiocarbon analysis has placed the parchment on which the text is written to the period between AD 568 and 645 with 95.4 per cent accuracy. The test, which was carried out in a laboratory at the University of Oxford, places the parchment close to the time of Prophet Muhammad, who is generally thought to have lived between AD 570 and 632. Consisting of two parchment leaves, the Quran manuscript contains parts of Suras (chapters) 18 to 20, written with ink in an early form of Arabic script known as Hijazi. The Quran manuscript is part of the University's Mingana Collection of Middle Eastern manuscripts, held in the Cadbury Research Library. For many years, the manuscript had been misbound with leaves of a similar Quran manuscript, which is datable to the late seventh century. "The radiocarbon dating has delivered an exciting result, which contributes significantly to our understanding of the earliest written copies of the Quran," said Susan Worrall, Director of Special Collections (Cadbury Research Library). Dr Alba Fedeli, who studied the leaves as part of her PhD research, said: "The two leaves, which were radiocarbon dated to the early part of the seventh century, come from the same codex as a manuscript kept in the Bibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris." "According to Muslim tradition, the Prophet Muhammad received the revelations that form the Quran, the scripture of Islam, between the years AD 610 and 632, the year of his death," said Professor David Thomas, Professor of Christianity and Islam and Nadir Dinshaw Professor of Interreligious Relations at the University of Birmingham. "At this time, the divine message was not compiled into the book form in which it appears today. Instead, the revelations were preserved in 'the memories of men'. Parts of it had also been written down on parchment, stone, palm leaves and the shoulder blades of camels," he said. "The tests carried out on the parchment of the Birmingham folios yield the strong probability that the animal from which it was taken was alive during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad or shortly afterwards," Thomas said. "This means that the parts of the Quran that are written on this parchment can, with a degree of confidence, be dated to less than two decades after Muhammad's death. "These portions must have been in a form that is very close to the form of the Quran read today, supporting the view that the text has undergone little or no alteration and that it can be dated to a point very close to the time it was believed to be revealed,"
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More Girls Dying Than Boys In India  UN Report
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: India is among the countries with the largest surplus of men and a worrying under-five sex ratio with more girls dying before the age of five than boys, according to a UN report. “The World’s Women 2015” report launched said men outnumber women in eastern Asia, southern Asia, Oceania, and western Asia. The three regions have the highest surplus of men in absolute numbers: 50.5 million in Eastern Asia (mainly due to China), 49.5 million in Southern Asia (mainly due to India), and 12.1 million in Western Asia (mainly due to Saudi Arabia and the UAE). In absolute terms, countries with the largest surplus of men are China (52 million), in Eastern Asia, and India (43 million), in Southern Asia. The ratio of men to women and the surplus of men in these two most populous countries largely determine the surplus of men observed at the global level, the report said. The report said that in India, while sex-selective abortions have been technically illegal since 1996, the law has had “little effect so far on the sex ratio at birth”. India has the lowest sex ratio in under-5 mortality, with a ratio of 93 (93 boys die before age 5 for 100 girls that die by that age). “This is also the only country with an under-5 mortality sex ratio under 100 (more girls die than boys),” it said. India alone accounted for 21 per cent of all under-5 deaths in 2013 and this low sex ratio in under-5 mortality is pulling down the average for Southern Asia as a whole and the entire world. “Higher mortality among girls can be closely related to a general preference for sons in India, which is expressed in special treatment for boys in terms of parental investment in nutrition, vaccinations, access to health treatment and parental care in general,” the report said. It further said that in China and India, between 1995 and 2013, women’s participation in the labour force declined from 72 to 64% and from 35 to 27%, respectively. Child marriage is also most common in south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, with India accounting for one-third of the global total of child brides.
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Indian American Woman Jailed for 20 Years for Foeticide
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: Washington: An Indian American woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison following her conviction last month for of female foeticide. A judge in South Bend, Indiana, announced the sentence on Monday, Public Radio International (PRI) online reported. Purvi Patel, 33, comes from a family of Indian immigrants who settled in Granger, Indiana, a suburb of South Bend. In July 2013, she showed up at the emergency room of St. Joseph Regional Medical Centre in the town of Mishawaka, bleeding heavily. Doctors quickly realised she'd lost a pregnancy and she confessed that she'd left the foetus in a dumpster outside Moe's Southwest Grill in Granger, a restaurant Patel's parents owned. Police questioned Patel and searched her cellphone while she was in the hospital, which led them to a series of text messages the prosecution claimed made the case for Patel's illegal abortion and felony charges.
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Thai King's Favourite Dog Dies, Days After 'Insult' Arrest
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: BANGKOK, THAILAND: The favourite dog of Thailand's ailing monarch has died, days after a man was arrested under the kingdom's strict royal defamation laws for allegedly making a satirical online remark about the beloved canine. The dog, called Tongdaeng (Copper), became both a household name and a publishing sensation in Thailand after King Bhumibol Adulyadej adopted her as a stray puppy and penned a heartfelt book about her attributes in 2002. She was praised for her loyalty and obedience, with the book widely interpreted at the time as a parable about how Thais should live and remember their place within the kingdom's rigid society. Her death was announced in a statement from the veterinary faculty of Kasetsart University late Monday. "While Khun Tongdaeng was sleeping and relaxing, she died peacefully on 26 December 2015 at 11:10pm at Klai Kangwon Palace," the statement read. The statement added that she had been ill for the last few years and was just over 17 years old when she passed away. An unnamed official at the university confirmed to AFP Tuesday that the statement was genuine.
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Everyone's Freaking Out Over This Couple's Creepy Selfie  You Will Too
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: The Internet's spotted something strange, bordering on sinister, in a couple's regular selfie, and everyone's freaking out now. If you don't deal well with horror films or get easily spooked, stop reading now. For those of you reading on... This is the happy couple's picture that's going viral for the weirdest reason possible Do you see it? It may take a second to sink in but look beyond the couple and focus on the window which acts as the background for their selfie. See that thing looking at you from the window? That's the reflection of the woman staring into the camera. But wait. Shouldn't you be seeing the back of her head reflected on the window pane? The picture was posted by 9gag.com and later tweeted by user @itsthemans on March 27. It has since been retweeted over 18,000 times and 'liked' more than 10,000 times. Because, you know, it's so creepy. The sorcery in the photo can most probably be blamed on the magic of Photoshop, or at least we hope so because the last time we saw something like this, it was Lord Voldermort piggy-backing (sort of) on poor Professor Quirrell in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
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Lara Logan hospitalized again
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: New York- Lara Logan has been hospitalized again due to continued health problems stemming from a brutal sexual assault she faced in Egypt, back in 2011. The 43- year old reporter, who had also been hospitalized in February, was recently admitted to a Washington, DC-area hospital due to digestive disease diverticulitis and internal bleeding. The '60 Minutes' correspondent had continued to suffer since the attack on her in Egypt, and needed to make serious decision regarding a surgery as she had continued to pursue the work she loved.
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Newborn baby found buried alive under asphalt and rubble by a Los Angeles river
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: A newborn baby girl - believed to be less than two days old - has been found buried alive under asphalt and rubble by a river in California. Police rescued the child from a crevice on a bike path that runs along the riverbed in Compton, after passers-by heard muffled cries. The child was found cold to touch and was immediately rushed to hospital - where she is currently in a stable condition. The baby had been wrapped in a blanket before being hidden in a hole in the ground. The son of the woman who notified the police told Sky News his mother was very emotional when the baby was found. He said: "It just hurts to see somebody leave a baby like that when there are so many places they can take them now-a-days." Authorities are investigating and have appealed for information.
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Myanmar Floods Kills 10
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: YANGON: Floods triggered by torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 10 people in Myanmar in the last 48 hours, state media and officials reported today. Six people were killed by flash floods on yesterday in Thabeikkyin, central Mandalay Region, the Ministry of Information said, while another three perished the same day in Thibaw, northern Shan State. A 19-year-old boy also died in Muse, Shan State, on Friday, the ministry said. State media today said those killed in Thibaw were swept to their deaths as they stood watching rising floodwaters from a 100-year-old bridge which collapsed. The Global New Light of Myanmar ran pictures of a picturesque stone bridge sliced in half by a raging brown torrent, and said rescue workers were dispatched to try and find the victims' bodies. Western and northern parts of Myanmar have been hit by heavy rainfall in recent days with some areas of Shan State, a mountainous and particularly impoverished region seeing as much as 170mm of rain in the last 24 hours. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said up to 12,000 houses have also been damaged in Sagaing Region and Kachin State during recent rains. Myanmar is struck by annual monsoon rains that are a lifeline for farmers but can also prove deadly, with landslides and flash floods a common occurrence.
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Indonesia House For Sale With Free Wife 'If You Buy'
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: SLEMAN, INDONESIA: An advert for a house in Indonesia has gone viral online after the woman selling it offered to throw in an unusual extra feature for free - her hand in marriage. The Internet ad reads for the most part like a regular house listing, saying that the single-storey property has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a parking space and a fish pond. But it also proposes to buyers a "rare offer" - "when you buy this house, you can ask the owner to marry you", alongside a picture of Wina Lia, a 40-year-old widow and beauty salon owner, leaning against a car in front of the house. The ad said that terms and conditions apply, and notes the offer is "for serious buyers and non-negotiable". The house in Sleman, on the island of Java, is on the market for 999 million rupiah (about $75,000). News of the offer quickly spread among Internet users in social media-crazy Indonesia.
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Prince Harry Finally Meets Princess Charlotte, His Baby Niece
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: LONDON-- Britain's Prince Harry has finally met his infant niece Charlotte nearly three weeks after she was born. Harry had been undergoing military training in Australia, then was on a tour of New Zealand since the princess' May 2 birth. Us Weekly said Harry went to see the daughter of his older brother Prince William and his sister-in-law Kate Middleton as soon as he returned home to England Friday. "Harry was counting down the days to meet Charlotte," a source told the magazine. "He was very excited. An extremely proud uncle."
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Barack Obama to Appear in Public With Dalai Lama
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will appear in public at an event attended by the Dalai Lama next week in Washington, the White House said on Friday, in a move sure to anger Beijing. "The President will deliver remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast about the importance of upholding religious freedom," National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said. "This year, the organizers also invited His Holiness the Dalai Lama." The White House stressed the two men have met three times before and did not announce a "specific meeting" between them. Previous meetings have been held behind closed doors, in a move designed to limit the offence caused to China. The 14th Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule and has lived in exile in India ever since. China accuses the Dalai Lama of seeking to split Tibet from the rest of China and of fomenting unrest in the region. Obama is expected to talk about the importance of upholding religious freedom at Thursday's event.
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NEW YORK man who fed rat poison to his kids
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: NEW YORK: A New York father was jailed for 20 years to life Thursday for lacing his children's pizza with rat poison, killing his five-year-old son and making his seven-year-old daughter sick. Prosecutors said Leonardo Espinal, 49, carried out the callous crime in November 2012 to get back at his ex-wife after discovering that she was seeing another man. Espinal wrote a suicide note and fed poisoned pizza to the children at an apartment in the Bronx, eating some as well. His daughter Mia vomited, but Espinal locked himself in the bathroom with five-year-old Steward and refused to come out. Espinal's stepmother called 911 and police broke down the door but it was too late. Steward was found dead in the bath tub from a combination of poison and being submerged in water, officials said.
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PM Modi Yoga Day Surprises Thousands in Delhi
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday hailed the first International Yoga Day as a "new era of peace", moments before he surprised thousands in New Delhi by taking to a mat himself to celebrate the ancient practice. The PM led more than 35,000 people, including bureaucrats, students and soldiers, performing poses such as the half camel and cobra in a 35-minute mass outdoor yoga session beginning at 7:00 am on the wide Delhi boulevard of Rajpath. Organisers are hoping the event qualifies for the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest yoga class at a single venue. The current title, according to the Guinness website, was set by 29,973 students in Gwalior, India, in 2005. "Yoga is more than only physical fitness. We are not only celebrating a day but we are training the human mind to begin a new era of peace," PM Modi told the crowd at Rajpath. He thanked the United Nations for adopting his idea for a World Yoga Day. "This is a programme for human welfare, a tension-free world and a programme to spread the message of goodwill," said the premier, wearing a crisp white outfit with a national tricolour scarf. PM Modi then surprised the crowds by leaving the stage, removing his glasses, and securing a spot at the front of the massive session to mirror the stretches, breathing, and meditative moves beamed on giant screens along the historic avenue. (Pics) The Prime Minister, who credits yoga for his ability to work long hours on little sleep, had been scheduled only to make a speech at the event. Aerial images taken near dawn showed Rajpath, or King's Avenue - which connects the Rashtrapati Bhawan with the iconic India Gate monument -- as a sea of white with scores of people, clad in new Yoga Day T-shirts, bending and stretching in sync with the English and Hindi instructions.
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70 year old Woman holds World record for giving birth to twins
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: Lucknow, Jan 21 (Agencies) : Couple faced lot of criticism from community for having a child at such advanced age. (YouTube) An elderly couple in Uttar Pradesh, India, has a six-year-old son. In 2008, aged 70, the woman became the oldest in the world to give birth to twins – a boy and girl. The girl, however, passed away four years later, reported Metro. Today, the 76-year-old old woman along with her octogenarian husband is busy bringing up their youngest child. The couple has two older daughters and five grandchildren. She had to face a lot of criticism from community for giving birth at such advanced age. But, she says, there are some women who help her now, without judging her. She admits she cannot run around and keep pace with the energetic lad. She wishes the boy grows up fast so they can see him get married. But, she quickly adds, that she is not worried because after her death her daughter will take care of him. Click to Play World of Tanks: ITS FREE http://play.any.tv/SHWe6
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German woman become world's oldest mother of quadruplets
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: A 65-year-old Berlin woman who already has 13 children is pregnant again with quadruplets. The Russian and English teacher's pregnancy follows several attempts abroad at artificial insemination over the last year and a half, German RTL broadcaster said. The woman, Annegret Raunigk, decided to try to have another child because her youngest daughter, who is nine, wanted a little brother or sister, RTL said on its website. The TV channel will broadcast an interview with the expectant mother, who has seven grandchildren, on Monday evening. It said the pregnancy had so far been without any major complications and that if everything went well, the babies were due in the summer and that Raunigk would be the world's oldest mother of quadruplets. Mass circulation newspaper Bild am Sonntag also reported the four-baby pregnancy, quoting the mum-to-be as saying the news had initially come as a shock. "After the doctor discovered there were four, I had to give it some thought to begin with," Bild quoted her as saying, adding however she had not considered it an option to reduce the number of embryos.
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Chinese Cruise Ship Capsize Death Toll Rises  To 65
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: JIANLI, CHINA: The death toll from a ship that capsized on China's Yangtze River has risen to 65, state television reported on Thursday, but more than 370 people were still missing and families broke through a police cordon to march to the site and demand answers. Another 39 bodies were recovered overnight, CCTV said on its microblog. Only 14 survivors, including the captain, have been found since the ship carrying 456 people capsized in a freak tornado on Monday night, in what could be China's worst shipping disaster in almost 70 years. However, rescuers are not giving up their search of the ship, which was carrying many elderly Chinese tourists, despite the fading hopes of relatives. They plan to cut a small rectangular hole through the Eastern Star's upturned hull to get better access, the official Xinhua news agency reported. "The ship sank in a very short time frame, so there could still be air trapped in the hull," Li Qixiu of the Naval University of Engineering told Xinhua. "That means there could still be survivors." About 50 family members, frustrated by the paucity of information coming from authorities, hired a bus to make the eight-hour journey from Nanjing to Jianli county in Hubei, where the ship sank.
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Mummified Bodies Found On Mexico's Highest Peak
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: Two mummified bodies found on Mexico's highest peak appear to be embracing each other and are believed to be climbers who vanished after an avalanche in 1959, officials said. A mission to recover the bodies from the Pico de Orizaba was suspended until Monday in order to build a special container to bring the remains intact, one of the rescue workers said. The expedition in the central state of Puebla was launched on Thursday after climbers found a frozen head sticking out of the glacier near the summit earlier in the week. As two members of the expedition began to dig around the body, they discovered a second body, said Francisco Rodriguez, one of the mountaineers. "Their position surprised us because they are apparently in an embrace. The arm of one of them is on the body of the other," Mr Rodriguez told Radio Formula. Foggy conditions only allowed two of the 12 rescuers to reach the site of the bodies, 300 meters from the peak of the 5,610-meter mountain. The discovery raised hopes that the two bodies could finally end a 55-year-old mystery. Veteran climber Luis Espinoza Ruiz, who is in his 70s, told AFP that he believes the bodies belong to two of three friends who were buried under an avalanche during a climb on 2 November, 1959. The day of their climb, they set out at 3am. They split into two teams to pass a crevice on the north side of the volcano, but at around midday, "we heard a big noise and two weeks' worth of snow collapsed," Mr Espinoza recalled. He said he had searched for his comrades for 20 years. "I have hope. I'm almost certain that it's them," Mr Espinoza said, noting that one of his friends had a red sweater. Rescuers say it is possible that they could find a third body, as they only dug half a meter to the right and left of the first body. The recovery effort will likely resume on Monday, depending on weather conditions, said Juan Navarro, mayor of the town of Chalchicomula de Sesma. Mr Navarro said he had received phone calls from Spain and Germany of people suspecting it could be relatives of theirs. But Mr Rodriguez said the bodies appear to be Mexican. The Puebla state attorney general's office will seek to identify the bodies through DNA tests. The mountain, also known as the Citlaltepetl volcano, is popular among climbers, though some have got lost or suffered fatal accidents in the past.
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Marcy Borders, the Dust Covered Woman in the Iconic 9 11 Photograph, Has Died of Cancer
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: A survivor of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York who was featured in one of the most iconic photographs of the outrage has died of stomach cancer. She was 42. The family of Marcy Borders first announced her death on Monday on Facebook. Borders, who was 28 at the time of the attacks, was just one month into a job for Bank of America in one of the Twin Towers. As one of the towers collapsed, she took refuge in a nearby office building, where AFP photographer Stan Honda took a haunting photo of her completely covered in a thick layer of ash, which earned her the moniker of "The Dust Lady.After the attacks, Borders spiraled into a decade-long deep depression and alcohol and drug abuse, though she eventually recovered after several years. She lost her job at Bank of America, where she ignored repeated offers of a transfer. She spent much of her time sequestered in her two-room flat, in one of the poorer parts of Bayonne, a bedroom community in New Jersey over the bridge from Manhattan
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Mullah Omar's son assassinated in Pakistan
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: The son of late Taliban supremo Mullah Omar has been killed in Quetta with opposing factions and Pakistan having a hand in his death, according to a top Afghan lawmaker. Mullah Yaqub, who had hoped to succeed his father as the leader of the Taliban, was killed while at a meeting in the city four days ago (Thursday), Afghanistan's Tolo TV reported quoting Afghanistan's first deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) Zahir Qadir. "We were told about Mullah Omar's death two years back and now his son Mullah Yaqub who was 21 or 22 years old was trying to be appointed as his father's successor. But Mullah (Akhtar) Mansour also tried to become leader of the Taliban, therefore it is said that he was killed some days back," Qadir said. "The opposing Taliban and Pakistan had a hand in killing Mullah Yaqub. The reality will be made clear soon," he said. However, Afghan Taliban rejected Qadir's claim that Mullah Omar's son had been killed in an attack in Pakistan.
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Bodies of 21 migrants, including children, found on Turkish shore
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: Bodies of at least 21 migrants, including several children, were washed up on beaches and floating in the sea off Turkey on Tuesday, after their boats sank while crossing the Aegean Sea to EU member Greece. The tragedy, the deadliest so far reported in the Aegean in 2016, come as the EU seeks to push Turkey to halt the flow of migrants across its borders in exchange for financial help. Twenty-two migrants seeking to reach the Greek island of Lesbos set out before dawn aboard a rubber boat but it capsized in bad weather and high seas, the Dogan news agency reported. The bodies of fourteen people were found either washed up on the beach near the resort of Ayvalik or in the sea nearby, Dogan said. Eight more migrants were rescued. Among those found dead was a woman who was six months pregnant. Images published by Dogan showed the small corpses of children, fully dressed and wearing shoes, lying on the beach with their life-jackets still on. Video footage showed Turkish security forces lifting other bodies from the waves in the shallows on the shore. In a second disaster, seven migrants were found dead off the resort of Dikili just to the south, it added. The victims there also included women and children, Dogan said.
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Restaurant Shut Down After Serving Human Flesh
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: A hotel restaurant in Anambra, Nigeria has been shuttered by authorities for serving human flesh. Suspicious residents told police of rumors that the restaurant was cooking human meat for customers. Police then raided the restaurant, where they discovered fresh human heads that were still bleeding. The blood was in the process of being drained into a plastic bag. In addition to the illegal meat, authorities discovered automatic weapons, grenades, and cell phones. Ten people were arrested in conjunction with the crimes. One resident said, "Every time I went to the market, I observed strange activities going on in the hotel. People who were never cleanly dressed and who looked a bit strange made their way in and out of the hotel, making me very suspicious of their activities. I am not surprised at the shocking revelation." A priest who ate at the restaurant was surprised when presented with a bill of 700 Naira, or roughly $3.50 (Tens of millions of people in Nigeria subsist on less than $1 a day). "The attendant noticed my reaction and told me it was the small piece of meat I had eaten that made the bill scale that high," he said. "I did not know I had been served with human meat, and that it was that expensive." Last year, Australian chef Marcus Volke murdered and cooked his girlfriend before killing himself. In Brazil, also last year, a man and two women were arrested for murdering potential nannies and then cooking their flesh into empanadas.
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Elderly population hits new record in Japan
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: TOKYO: The number of Japanese aged 65 and above has risen to a new record of about 33.8 million people or 26.7 per cent of the population, the media reported. The internal affairs ministry has said that about 33.84 million people aged 65 or over were living in Japan, NHK news agency reported. That is an increase of 890,000 from the same period last year. Men accounted for about 14.62 million of the total and women, 19.21 million. People in the elderly age bracket now account for a record 26.7 per cent of Japan's population - an increase of 0.8 percentage points from last year. The number of Japanese aged 80 and above has risen by 380,000 from last year to 10.02 million, topping 10 million for the first time. The ministry added the number of working elderly increased for 11 years in a row to reach a new record figure of 6.81 million in 2014.
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Body of abducted Australian biker found in Thailand
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: The body of an Australian who was formerly a Hells Angels gang member has been found in Thailand. Thai police said the body of Wayne Schneider, 37, was found in a grave not far from the beachside town of Pattaya. Five masked men - none of them Thai - had taken Mr Schneider from his house and bundled him into a white pick-up truck on Monday, police told the BBC. They believe Australian Antonio Bagnato was part of the gang and have issued a warrant for his arrest. Maj Gen Amphol Buarubporn said police did not believe the killing was pre-meditated, as the grave appeared to have been hastily prepared. Security guards at Mr Schneider's villa were quoted in local media as saying they were warned to stay away from the incident by a man with a gun.
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Twins born in different years
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: Twins from San Diego in America have been born just minutes apart but in different years. Baby girl Jaelyn was born on New Year's Eve in the last minute of 2015 and her brother Luis was born in the first few minutes of New Year's Day. Because they weren't born on the same day, it might make birthday parties in the future a bit tricky. "Maribel really wanted to have the babies on the same birthday because you know later on in the years, they're going to have a little confrontation and be like, 'my birthday came first,' so it means two birthday parties, back to back," Dad Luis said. The twins, along with their Mum Maribel, are said to be healthy and happy. Their Dad, Luis, called it a New Year's blessing to have two healthy children.
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Parents Find 6 Year Old Son's Touching Note After His Tragic Death: 'Still with You'
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: Parents mourning the loss of their six-year-old son werediscovered the boy had penned a heartbreaking goodbye letter. After Leland Shoemake passed away from a rare brain infection, his parents, Tim and Amber, returned to their Pike County, Georgia home to select clothes for him to be buried in. Read: This 6-Year-Old With Leukemia Became 'Spider-Mable' and Heroically Saved A Hockey Star Entering the home for the first time since he had been hospitalized, they discovered a piece of paper with a note written in red marker on their living room table. “Still with you,” read the handwritten note in red marker. “Thank you mom & dad.” Below, Leland had drawn a red heart with the words “mom,” “dad” and “love” written inside. “Good day,” he added in purple marker. “We have no idea when he wrote it but you can tell he was always a special child. We will love you forever Leland,” wrote Amber, who shared the photo and note on Facebook. Little Leland was hospitalized after he contracted balamuthia mandrillaris, a rare and deadly amoebic infection, his mother said. “I was over protective of Leland and tried my best to keep him safe. The one thing he loved most was playing in the dirt. I never imagined that would be the thing that would take him from me. He was my world. He made me a mother,” the heartbroken woman wrote, calling the boy that she and her husband had struggled to have “perfect.” “He was smart from day one. He knew his abc's, numbers, colors, shapes and 20 sight words by the time he was a year old. He was our little nerd and we loved that about him. He loved school and loved to learn,” Amber noted, going on to detail his hobbies and interests. “He was the smartest, most caring, loving little boy there ever was. He was taken from us too soon.” Leland lost his battle with the disease on September 25. “Today sweet Leland went to be with the Lord. He fought so hard, but ultimately the sickness was too much for his body to handle,” read an update at the time on the Facebook page ‘Prayers for Leland.’ On Wednesday, Leland’s parents picked out their child’s headstone, his family wrote on the page. “Reality still hasn't set in that he's not here with us. We miss him terribly. I'm not ready for this either. I'm not sure how I'm going to go on without him. How do you not only say goodbye to a child but your best friend.”
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Divers Find Bodies Belted in Seats Near Airasia Fuselage
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: PANGKALAN BUN, INDONESIA: Indonesian divers Thursday recovered six bodies, some still belted into their seats, near the main section of an AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea last month, but failed again to reach the fuselage. Flight QZ8501 went down on December 28 in stormy weather with 162 people on board as it flew from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. A total of 59 bodies have so far been recovered. "We have found six bodies, four of whom were females and two males, all adults," S.B. Supriyadi, a rescue agency official coordinating the search, told AFP. He said they were found among debris, with some still strapped into their seats, not far from the jet's main section. They had been flown to Pangkalan Bun town on Borneo island, the search headquarters. he main body of the Airbus A320-200 was spotted on the seabed by a military vessel last week following an arduous search in shallow Indonesian waters, but strong underwater currents and rough seas have prevented divers from reaching it. Search and rescue teams again failed to reach the fuselage on Thursday, Supriyadi said. The jet's black boxes -- the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder -- were recovered last week, and investigators are analysing them. Click to Play World of Tanks: ITS FREE http://play.any.tv/SHWe6
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Octopus makes great escape from New Zealand aquarium
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: An octopus has made a successful dash for freedom from a New Zealand aquarium and is now thought to be roaming the Pacific Ocean. Inky the octopus took his chance to escape through a small gap in his enclosure at the National Aquarium in the coastal city of Napier. After managing to squeeze his way out, Inky slid across the floor and found a 15cm-wide (6in) drain pipe which - luckily for him - led to the sea, the Stuff.co.nz website reports. Aquarium manager Rob Yarrall says the tank's lid was left slightly ajar following maintenance work. "He managed to make his way to one of the drain holes that go back to the ocean and off he went - didn't even leave us a message," he tells Radio New Zealand. Staff later found "octopus tracks" which revealed Inky's escape route. The breakout happened earlier this year but only came to light in the national press on Tuesday. While Inky's body is about the size of a rugby ball, he's considerably more squishy and can get through seemingly impassable spaces. "Even quite a large octopus, they can squeeze down to the size of their mouth which is the only really hard part of their body," he says. "It's a beak, very much like a parrot beak." Of the aquarium's two octopuses, only Inky decided to take his chances on the outside, leaving his tank-mate behind. Mr Yarrell says it's the first escape he's experienced at the aquarium, telling the Hawkes Bay Today paper: "Yes, it's most unusual and yes, we'll be watching the other one."
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Muslims worldwide prepare to mark Ramadan
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Muslims around the world will mark the start of Ramadan on Thursday, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts. Muslims follow a lunar calendar and a moon-sighting methodology that can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day or two apart. However, this year religious authorities in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, Indonesia and most other parts of the world announced based on their sightings of the moon that daily fasting would begin Thursday. Authorities in Pakistan have yet to announce the sighting of the moon. During Ramadan, observant Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset for the entire month. A single sip of water or a puff of a cigarette is considered enough to invalidate the fast. The fast is intended to bring the faithful closer to God and to remind them of the suffering of those less fortunate. Muslims often give to charities during the month, and mosques and aid organizations organize free meals for the public every night. Fasting also is seen as a way to physically and spiritually detoxify through exercising self-restraint. Sexual intercourse between spouses also is off-limits during the day, while Muslims also are encouraged to be mindful of their behavior and to avoid gossiping, cursing and quarreling.
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French Tests On 359 Yr- Old- Body
 
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For More Latest News Subscribe us: French scientists have carried out tests on the remarkably well-preserved body of a 17th Century woman found in the south-western city of Rennes. They say they believe the 1.45m (5ft) remains are those of Louise de Quengo - a noblewoman who died in 1656. "We've got soft tissue - organs - to work with. This is unprecedented in archaeology," forensic doctor Fabrice Dedouit said. The body of the woman - still wearing her cap and shoes - was found in 2014.It was discovered at a construction site for a convention centre. The forensic team says a post-mortem examination and scans showed "significant kidney stones" and "lung adhesions", according to the AFP news agency. The woman's heart was also taken out "with real surgical mastery", say the scientists. The woman is believed to have been in her 60s when she died. The remains were discovered in a lead sarcophagus in March last year.
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