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Velvet Revolution dissidents warn against new threats to Czech freedom

Velvet Revolution dissidents warn against new threats to Czech freedom

Times have changed dramatically since Monsignor Václav Malý endured interrogations, beatings and the indignities of being barred from the priesthood while being forced to clean toilets as the price of campaigning against Czechoslovakia’s communist...

yesterday, 08:47 in World News
 
Iran warns security forces may act against petrol price rise protests

Iran warns security forces may act against petrol price rise protests

Iran’s interior minister has warned that security forces will act to restore calm if those protesting against the 50% increase in petrol prices “damaged public properties”, as anti-government protests spread across Iran. Protesters blocked traffic in...

yesterday, 08:47 in World News
 
The vanishing: Ghana’s defenders face new perils in fight against overfishing

The vanishing: Ghana’s defenders face new perils in fight against overfishing

In his cramped living room in an Accra backstreet, Bernard Essien pulls out a sheet of paper – a statement signed by his elder brother Emmanuel and addressed to the Ghanaian police. Two weeks before 28-year-old Emmanuel vanished at sea, his...

yesterday, 08:47 in World News
 
Greens MP Adam Bandt defends senator who called major party politicians 'arsonists'

Greens MP Adam Bandt defends senator who called major party politicians 'arsonists'

The Greens MP Adam Bandt has defended his party colleague labelling politicians from the major parties “arsonists” while bushfires swept through swathes of New South Wales and Queensland last week. Bandt noted that the Greens senator Jordon...

yesterday, 08:47 in World News
 
Indonesia's food chain turns toxic as plastic waste exports flood in

Indonesia's food chain turns toxic as plastic waste exports flood in

Plastic waste exports to south-east Asia have been implicated in extreme levels of toxins entering the human food chain in Indonesia. A new study that sampled chicken eggs around sites in the country where plastic waste accumulates identified alarming...

yesterday, 08:47 in World News
 
Family planning schemes must offer options other than abortion, says US

Family planning schemes must offer options other than abortion, says US

The US will only support family planning programmes that offer alternatives to abortions, a senior policy adviser has told a conference in Nairobi. In a statement that has emboldened anti-choice groups in the city, Valerie Huber, the US special...

yesterday, 08:47 in World News
 
Evo Morales ousting brings new hope to Venezuela's flagging opposition

Evo Morales ousting brings new hope to Venezuela's flagging opposition

Venezuela’s flagging opposition movement has hit the streets for its first major protests in months, as leaders sought to reignite their campaign to force Nicolás Maduro from power after his leftist ally Evo Morales was toppled in Bolivia. Thousands...

yesterday, 08:47 in World News
 
Trump’s defender v his nemesis: the battle at the heart of impeachment hearings

Trump’s defender v his nemesis: the battle at the heart of impeachment hearings

The battle for American hearts and minds in the unfolding impeachment drama is, at its core, a battle between two very different California congressmen. In the red corner is Devin Nunes, a Republican former dairy farmer from the state’s agricultural...

yesterday, 08:47 in World News
 
Rabies breakthrough offers fresh hope in battle against deadly virus

Rabies breakthrough offers fresh hope in battle against deadly virus

Researchers have discovered a way to stop rabies from shutting down critical responses in the immune system, a breakthrough that could pave the way for new tools to fight the deadly disease. Rabies kills almost 60,000 people each year, mostly...

yesterday, 08:46 in Science &Technology
 
Spacewatch: Boeing proposes direct flights to moon in 2024

Spacewatch: Boeing proposes direct flights to moon in 2024

The American aerospace corporation Boeing has proposed a lunar lander to Nasa that it claims would reduce the “complexity and risk” of returning astronauts to the surface of the moon in 2024. Nasa’s original plan was that astronauts would launch from...

yesterday, 08:46 in Science &Technology
 
Superfast star found leaving Milky Way at 1,700km per second

Superfast star found leaving Milky Way at 1,700km per second

Astronomers have spotted a star heading out of the Milky Way at more than 6m km/h (3.7m mph), or 1,700km per second, after an encounter with the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy. The star is moving so fast that in about 100m years...

yesterday, 08:46 in Science &Technology
 
Who's the daddy? Paternity mixed up in cities, study finds

Who's the daddy? Paternity mixed up in cities, study finds

The Romans had a phrase that summed it up nicely: mater semper certa est, pater semper incertus est. The mother is always certain, the father is always uncertain. Now, researchers have found that some people have more reason to doubt their fathers...

yesterday, 08:46 in Science &Technology
 
Climate change may be behind fall of ancient empire, say researchers

Climate change may be behind fall of ancient empire, say researchers

The Neo-Assyrian empire was a mighty superpower that dominated the near east for 300 years before its dramatic collapse. Now researchers say they have a novel theory for what was behind its rise and fall: climate change. The empire emerged in about...

yesterday, 08:46 in Science &Technology
 
‘Mutating genes are key to treating schizophrenia’ says top neuroscientist

‘Mutating genes are key to treating schizophrenia’ says top neuroscientist

Major psychological disorders such as schizophrenia will continue to affect humans because men and women are continually generating genetic mutations that disrupt brain development. This will be the key conclusion of Professor Sir Michael Owen,...

yesterday, 08:46 in Science &Technology
 
World's first vagina museum to open in London

World's first vagina museum to open in London

In a bright indoor space in Camden’s Stables Market, a giant tampon is flanked by giant menstrual cups. Illustrations of female genitalia are dotted around the walls and some underwear is in a glass case. This is the world’s first vagina museum...

yesterday, 08:46 in Science &Technology
 


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