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Polar bears crowd on Russian island in sign of Arctic change

Moscow - A boatload of tourists in the far eastern Russian Arctic thought they were seeing clumps of ice on the shore, before the jaw-dropping realisation that some 200 polar bears were roaming on the mountain slope.

Russian billionaire Kerimov charged in France following Moscow protest

Nice - Russian billionaire senator Suleyman Kerimov was charged Wednesday with tax fraud in Nice, hours after Moscow protested his arrest in the French Riviera resort.

Outdated law makes gene-editing using CRISPR illegal in Canada

Toronto - Canada is among the few countries in the world where working with the CRISPR gene-editing system is illegal under the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHRA). Not only is it illegal, but doing so could land you behind bars.

Battery stores solar energy for heating later

Boston - Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a remarkable battery that can capture solar energy and then store the energy to be used as heat at a later point in time. The energy is released on exposure to light.

5th round of NAFTA talks end in Mexico with big issues unresolved

Mexico - The 5th round of NAFTA talks ended on Tuesday that had started on Friday in Mexico City, Mexico. Even after 3 months of talks, the three parties still remain far apart on major issues.

Chavez cousin to lead Citgo, PDVSA's arm in US

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday named Asdrubal Chavez -- a cousin of late leader Hugo Chavez -- to lead Citgo, the state oil company's US affiliate.

Massive search expands for US sailors after Philippine Sea air crash

Toukyo - Eight warships joined a US aircraft carrier and scores of helicopters and planes Thursday to search for three American sailors who went missing after their plane crashed in the Philippine Sea.

An outpost of Catholicism in Myanmar prepares for the Pope

Father William's 16-strong flock on Myanmar's eastern border is one of the Catholic Church's tiniest outposts, but next week they will join a tide of 200,000 faithful in Yangon for a historic mass led by Pope Francis.

Venezuela debt defaults pile up with fresh S&P warning

Caracas - Venezuela moved closer to a possible all-out default on Wednesday, with ratings agency S&P Global saying the country had failed to make repayments on two more loans.

PNG police start removing refugees from Australia camp

Sydney - Papua New Guinea police raided a shuttered Australian detention camp Thursday, removing dozens of refugees in an effort to end a stand-off that has drawn global attention to Canberra's tough asylum-seeker policies.

Flat-Earther to launch himself in steam rocket on Saturday

As the first step in his flat-Earth space program, "Mad" Mike Hughes plans to launch himself 1,800 feet (550 meters) high in his home-made scrap metal rocket and fly through the air at 500 mph (800 kph) above the Mojave desert on Saturday.

Why precision medicine is important for pharmacists: Interview Special

The role of pharmacists in precision medicine growing in importance. Some of the challenges for pharmacists have been set out by the company OneOme, which is partnering with pharmacists. We spoke with pharmacist Kathleen Bosse.

Chinese firm probes if children work in African mines

Bejing - A Chinese metal trading firm said Thursday it is investigating whether children are toiling in Congolese mines that supply it with cobalt, a key resource for mobile phones and electric cars.

US Supreme Court to rule on wedding cake that split America

Washington - When Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig entered the "Masterpiece Cakeshop" bakery in a Denver suburb on July 19, 2012, they were giddy about choosing their wedding cake.

Venezuela in fresh defaults on two bonds: S&P

Caracas - Venezuela failed to make repayments totalling $237 million on two loans, which have overrun their 30-day grace period, ratings agency S&P announced Wednesday.

Western Sahara UN envoy says 'encouraged' after first meetings

New York - Fresh from a regional tour to discuss the dispute over Western Sahara, the new UN envoy said Wednesday he was "encouraged" but did not announce plans for new political talks.

Dramatic footage shows N. Korea defector's border dash

Seoul - Dramatic footage of a North Korean soldier's defection released Wednesday showed him racing across the border under fire from former comrades, and then being hauled to safety by South Korean troops.

Review: Sting delights on 'Live At The Olympia, Paris' DVD and Blu-ray Special

On November 10, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sting released his new DVD and Blu-ray entitled "Live At the Olympia, Paris."

Russia at UN says open to new Syria chemical weapons probe

New York - After vetoing the renewal of a UN-led probe into chemical attacks in Syria, Russia on Wednesday said it was open to establishing a new panel to investigate the use of toxic gases in the six-year war.

Pope's Asia tour stirs fond memories for Thai-based cousin

Nakhon Pathom - From the courtyard of a Catholic girls' school outside Bangkok, Sister Ana Rosa Sivori is eagerly awaiting a visit to the region from her second cousin -- Pope Francis.
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