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Critics round on $7.1 bn rail deal with Thailand's richest family

Bangkok - Critics have urged Thailand's junta to reconsider the award of a $7.1 billion high-speed rail contract to a consortium led by the kingdom's richest family, just days before a new parliament is set to convene.

Thousands of young Belgians protest for climate action

Apo - Thousands of young people rallied in Belgium to demand action on climate change Thursday as part of a wave of demonstrations led by high school students aimed at intensifying pressure on governments.

Chile opens sexual abuse investigation against film director

Santiago - A public prosecutor in Chile on Tuesday said he had opened an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against a well-known film director.

J.Lo and A-Rod help Bronx kids live the American real estate dream

New York - To amass a fortune in real estate, despite New York's crazy housing prices: that is the challenge thrown down by singer Jennifer Lopez and her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez to kids from the Bronx, the city's poorest borough.

Review: DJ Tony Moran soars on new song 'High,' helps Orlando victims Special

Orlando - DJ Tony Moran tugs at the heart on a remake of "High," where he collaborates with dance queens Nicki Richards and Zhana Roiya.

High school basketball star goes to prom with Down syndrome girl

A star of a Kentucky school's basketball team has asked a girl with Down syndrome to be his prom date, proposing to her with a sign and bunch of flowers that referenced Taylor Swift, the girl's favourite singer. The news has since gone viral online.

Sheep get high after accidentally munching cannabis plants

Merstham - A flock of sheep ended up getting high after they accidentally munched thousands of dollars worth of pot dumped on their farm.

Survey: Almost 10% of Americans have gone to work high

Almost 1 in 10 Americans have shown up to work high on pot, according to a new survey, which was conducted by Mashable and SurveyMonkey.

Robin Thicke said he was too high to write 'Blurred Lines'

In a court deposition, singer Robin Thicke confessed that he did not co-write the hit song "Blurred Lines" because he was too high.

High school senior fulfills dying mother's wish

Maryland mom Darlene Sugg began home hospice in April. But even cancer couldn’t stop her from seeing her daughter, Megan, graduate.

Man, 71, kills Florida moviegoer over smartphone use

Miami - A 71-year-old retired policeman was refused bail after allegedly shooting dead a fellow moviegoer in Florida for using text messages with his phone, authorities in the US state said.

Do dolphins 'get high'?

Do dolphins like to get high? A new wildlife documentary suggests so. A new, two-part TV series aired on the BBC includes video of dolphins playing with toxic puffer fish, possibly to get intoxicated.

Vets warn of dangers of dogs licking toads

Dogs in Australia are in danger of death from licking cane toads. While the dogs may die if they get too much of the toxin inside the toads, there is another danger. Many of the dogs who get a smaller amount of the toxin become high.

Rhino poaching in Africa reaches all-time high

Pretoria - Two rhinos are killed every day in South Africa alone and if this continues, 1,000 of the magnificent creatures could be killed by the end of the year.

Chicago's mold count rises to an all time high

Grant Park - Kathy Oalde was busy gardening on Monday when she started feeling ill. Her chest started to feel heavy and her eyes itched intensely. Oalde, 64, took an allergy tablet, but the congestion she felt drove her into her air-conditioned Melrose Park home.

Falling immunizations bring 15-year high for measles epidemic

Measles are one of the first diseases that occur when immunization coverage rates begin to fall, which leads to large-scale outbreaks. Fortunately, even though measles is a highly contagious viral disease, it is vaccine-preventable.

Ghana High Commissioner visits Vancouver Special

Vancouver - Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada, Dr. Richard Turkson recently paid what could be described as a very fruitful visit to Vancouver, in the Canadian province of British Columbia during which he met with members of the Ghanaian community.

Marijuana DUI standard has first hearing in Colorado Senate

Denver - A new bill that would set the standard for driving under the influence of pot has entered the Colorado Senate for a preliminary hearing on Monday.

Plane crashes into Arizona school killing four people

Eagar - Four people have died in a small plane crash yesterday when a Cessna appeared to be having trouble crashed into a high school in Arizona. NTSB is on the scene investigating the accident and trying to recover what remains of the planes and its passengers.

Malawi's 1.5% growth in tourists in 2009 Special

Lilongwe - Malawi registered an increase in tourists from 742,000 tourists in 2008 to 752, 000 tourists in 2009 representing 1.5 percent increase, according to Malawi government's Annual Economic Report for 2010.

Annapolis High School pitcher tosses no-hitter

Dearborn Heights - A.J. Hall, of Annapolis High School in Dearborn Heights, Mich., pitched a no-hitter against the Thurston team of Redford this week.

U.S. unemployment hits 9.8%, 263,000 jobs cut in September

The unemployment rate has risen to 9.8 percent in the United States. That number does not include those who have given up looking for employment or are underemployed. Jobs losses in Sept. especially high in construction and government sectors.

Unemployment hits 14-year high in United Kingdom

Britain's Office for National Statistics showed that unemployment has risen to reach 2.43 million, the highest level since 1995.

Defence Spending At An All Time High

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) says military spending around the world has increased dramatically, according to a report in the institute’s Yearbook On Armaments, Disarmament and International Security.

Teen pregnancy results are in, the Southern U.S. wins again

Deep south values prevail as teen pregnancy rates soar. The report also revealed that Hispanic and Black teens have a high number of teen pregnancy rates.

Salvia: The Legal Hallucinogen

Salvia divinorum has been around for a very long time, and was used for spiritual 'seeing' states and healing. Better known as "Salvia", it becoming a common drug of choice in the Twin Tiers of New York. This herb is now under the watchful eye of the DEA.

Medical Helicopter Crashes At Alarming Rate Following Sunday's Crash In Arizona

The number of medical air transport crashes are at an alarming level as last Sunday's crash in Arizona added to the tally another six fatalities and brings the number of serious medical aircraft accidents this year to ten and the death toll to sixteen.

Australian Cat high on cocaine

An eight-month-old Himalayan cat in Sydney's eastern suburbs was high on cocaine and benzodiazepines, after being accidentally locked in a cupboard overnight. It arrived at the vet with dilated pupils and a racing heart.

New Report: Toxic Chemical levels In Great Lakes Fish High

Fish is still a healthy food but a recent report carries a warning, the toxic chemical levels of the fish in the Great Lakes is high and getting higher. You can still eat fish but be careful of where it comes from.

Cheering ban costs five students their H.S. diplomas

In Galesburg, Illinois, five students were not granted their high school diplomas because people cheered when their names were called during the graduation ceremony.
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Basketball star Trey Moses made a  prom-posal  to Ellie Meredith  who has Down Syndrome
Basketball star Trey Moses made a "prom-posal" to Ellie Meredith, who has Down Syndrome
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Merchant vessels like this one are at great risk when facing crime on the high seas.
Merchant vessels like this one are at great risk when facing crime on the high seas.
Ghana High Commissioner to Canada  Dr. Richard Turkson (centre  front row) and some members of the G...
Ghana High Commissioner to Canada, Dr. Richard Turkson (centre, front row) and some members of the Ghanaian community in Vancouver.
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