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Human development was based around increasing brain neurons

Vanderbilt - Size matters when it comes to human evolution, although the advancement in cognitive thinking owes more to the concentration of neurons than it does to the size of the brain, according to a new study.

Ex-FIFA chief Havelange, mired in corruption scandal, dies at 100

Rio De Janeiro - Joao Havelange, who died Tuesday at 100, turned FIFA into a global business behemoth and helped bring the Olympics to Rio, only to resign in disgrace after a corruption scandal.

Cambodia's 'jungle woman' returned to Vietnamese father

Phnom Penh - A "jungle woman" who was discovered scavenging naked by a farmer in Cambodia nine years ago, was reunited with her father in Vietnam on Saturday, her adoptive family said.

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan detained at US airport

New Delhi - Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan took to Twitter Friday to express his annoyance at being detained by US airport immigration authorities for the third time, saying the experience "really, really sucks".

Austrian child kidnappee Kampusch admits freedom has been difficult

Vienna - Ten years ago this month, Natascha Kampusch escaped from the man who had abducted her as a child eight years earlier. But as the Austrian told AFP, freedom has not been all easy.

Singapore PM wife sparks dino purse frenzy after White House visit

Singapore - A dinosaur print purse designed by an autistic teenage boy has completely sold out after photographs of the Singaporean prime minister's wife carrying it at the White House went viral.

Supermodel, dancers to lead Rio opening ceremony show

Rio De Janeiro - Supermodel Gisele Bundchen, trailblazing transgender beauty Lea T and carnival dancers will show off Brazil in its multicolor glory at the Olympic opening ceremony Friday.

Millennials have less sex: study

Miami - Young people today are not having as much sex as previous generations, despite the widespread availability of dating sites and apps and more accepting attitudes about premarital sex, researchers said Tuesday.

People power will lead to success of autonomous vehicles

Brisbane - As we move closer to autonomous and self-driving vehicles, we continue to put most of our eggs in the technology basket. But many road-safety experts think we need to look at psychology to better understand what is needed to improve highway safety.

Vietnam paternity twist in Cambodia's 'jungle woman' tale

Phnom Penh - A Vietnamese man has claimed he is the real father of a woman whose plight gripped Cambodia after she apparently spent 18 years living in the jungle, her adoptive family said Monday.

Congo rumba star Koffi Olomide arrested over kicking controversy

Kinshasa - Star Congolese rumba singer Koffi Olomide, who was expelled from Kenya at the weekend after allegedly kicking one of his dancers, was arrested Tuesday at his home in Kinshasa, police said.

Russian breaks round-the-world hot air balloon record

Sydney - Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov on Saturday broke the record for the fastest round-the-world flight in a hot air balloon, his crew said.

Dalai Lama to visit France in September

Paris - The Dalai Lama will visit France from September 12-18 for his first stay in the country in five years, organisers said Tuesday.

French magazine fined over snaps of Hollande, girlfriend

Paris - French celebrity magazine Voici was ordered Tuesday to pay symbolic damages to President Francois Hollande's alleged girlfriend, actress Julie Gayet, for publishing pictures of the couple inside the presidential palace.

Delight as jazz giants return to small Swiss town of Montreux

Montreux - As saxophone supremo Charles Lloyd pushes out a cascade of soaring notes, jazz aficionados in Montreux sway in rapture.

France to extradite U.S. rapper Gibbs to Austria

Toulouse - A French court on Thursday ordered the extradition of US rapper Freddie Gibbs to Austria, where he is accused of rape, his lawyer Michael Malka said.

Exotic pet trade sends Florida bird rescues soaring

Miami - In this small animal hospital perched on Miami's sun-splashed harbor, some of the most exotic creatures fly in and out of Carla Zepeda's life.

Key voices in Britain's EU referendum

London - Politicians, business chiefs, faith leaders and rock stars alike have been making their voices heard on Britain's EU membership referendum ahead of Thursday's vote.

Heart operation for Berlusconi after near miss attack

Rome - Controversial former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, 79, will undergo heart surgery to replace an aortic valve after suffering an attack his doctor said could have killed him.

Italy's Berlusconi hospitalised over heart issues

Rome - Former Italian prime minister and billionaire Silvio Berlusconi was hospitalised Tuesday for tests after suffering mild heart trouble at the weekend, media reports said.

Angola president appoints daughter boss of oil firm

Luanda - Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has named his billionaire daughter Isabel to head the state oil firm Sonangol, according to a government statement published late Thursday.

S. African elephant charges action hero Schwarzenegger

Johanesburg - Hollywood action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted that "some of us had to change our pants" after an elephant charged a vehicle he was in while on safari in South Africa.

N. Korean leader's aunt runs dry-cleaner in US: W.Post

Washington - The aunt of North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-Un lives anonymously in the United States, where she runs a dry-cleaning business after having defected in 1998, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Mandela's driver among first to receive bequests from will

Johanesburg - Nelson Mandela's driver, his personal assistant and grandchildren all received cash bequests from his will on Friday as executors of his estate carried out his final wishes more than two years after his death.

Turkey military defends top general's attendance at Erdogan marriage

Istanbul - Turkey's army on Monday vehemently defended the attendance of its top general at the wedding of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's younger daughter, after a storm of criticism in the opposition press and on social media.

Angelina Jolie Pitt: migrant crisis needs generosity, not fear

London - UN special envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt urged the international community on Monday to respond to Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War II with generosity and not the "politics of fear".

'Trump-Putin kiss' graffiti goes viral

Vilnius - Street graffiti depicting Donald Trump passionately locking lips with Russian President Vladimir Putin went viral on social media in Lithuania Friday, appearing to show concern over the US White House hopeful's attitude toward Moscow.

London's contrasting mayoral hopefuls: Goldsmith and Khan

London - The favourites to become London's new mayor on Thursday are two completely contrasting candidates: Zac Goldsmith, the son of a tycoon financier, and Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver from Pakistan.

Afghan film star in miserable French exile after death threats over veil

Paris - The feted star of an internationally-acclaimed film, Afghan actress Marina Golbahari, and her husband have been chased from their home to the brink of suicide in a filthy French asylum shelter after she was photographed without a veil.

Spanish court recognises bullfighter is son of legendary matador

Madrid - A Spanish court said Tuesday it had officially recognised a popular matador as the illegitimate son of legendary bullfighter Manuel Benitez "El Cordobes", who had long denied being related to him.
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