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Russia won’t be part of ‘strangling’ North Korea, says US should do its part to start talks

The mounting pressure on North Korea over its rocket and nuclear programs is reaching a point at which there is a risk of strangling the country, Russia’s deputy Foreign Minister has said, warning that Russia does not support such a tactic. Pyongyang labors under harsh economic sanctions, imposed for its continued defiance of the UN Security Council, which banned North ...

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Star Wars Princess Leia wielded Soviet pistol against stormtroopers

Published time: 15 Dec, 2017 08:56 The world premiere of Star Wars is finally here, and the Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov Concern has reminded people that the iconic blaster wielded by Princess Leia in the original movies was, in fact, a modified version of a Soviet pistol. “Did you know that Princess Leia used a Soviet Margolin pistol in the ...

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Israel’s highest court rules it illegal for IDF to hold bodies of killed Palestinians

Israel’s High Court has ruled that the Israeli military can’t keep the bodies of slain Palestinians for prisoner and body swaps. Instead of banning the widely-condemned practice, however, the court gave the Israeli government time to enshrine it in law. In ruling that bodies cannot serve as bargaining chips, the court acted on a petition filed by families of deceased ...

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Trees infused with firefly extract could replace street lights (VIDEO)

Published time: 15 Dec, 2017 05:48 A watercress plant has been optimized to radiate low-level light for hours by scientists exploring alternative and potentially energy-saving methods of lighting. Embedding the leaves with specialized nanoparticles, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of California brought out the illuminating potential of a plant normally used in garden salads or ...

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Medical marijuana compound non-addictive, should not be scheduled drug – WHO

Published time: 15 Dec, 2017 04:53 A non-psychoactive compound found in medical marijuana has tentatively been given the green light for use in therapeutic treatments in a review by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO, which offers guidance to UN member states, said recent evidence suggests cannabidiol (CBD) provides potential relief for some illnesses. Marijuana as a viable treatment ...

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Israeli infiltrators launch surprise attack on Palestinian rally (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Published time: 15 Dec, 2017 03:50 Israeli officers dressed as Palestinians, some with Palestinian flags, infiltrated a demonstration in the West Bank, before opening fire with pistols and throwing smoke grenades at the protesters. Some 400 Palestinians took part in a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday, according to Israeli media. AFP news agency reporters, who ...

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Chinese Navy begins live-fire drills near N. Korea as S. Korea & US escalate activity

Published time: 15 Dec, 2017 01:42 Edited time: 15 Dec, 2017 01:52 China’s navy has begun four-day live-fire drills off the coast of North Korea as Pyongyang warned that Washington’s actions are pushing the region toward nuclear war. The drills began Thursday off the coast of Lushun in China’s northeast province of Liaoning. Ahead of the exercise, an area of ...

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Italy passes 'precursor to euthanasia' bill that would allow patients to refuse treatment

Published time: 15 Dec, 2017 01:56 The Italian Senate has adopted a bill allowing severely ill patients to state whether they want to receive treatment that would keep them alive, including whether they wish to be fed or hydrated, in a move welcomed by right-to-die activists. Following an eight-month debate, the bill, opposed from right-wing parties and Italian bishops, was ...

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$12bn Berlin-Munich high-speed train plagued by glitches, cancellations in 1st week

Published time: 15 Dec, 2017 00:41 Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed rail line between Berlin and Munich has been plagued with delays, breakdowns and cancellations since it went into operation Sunday, amid allegations that the German rail operator was ill-prepared for the launch. The express line, designed to cut travel time between Germany’s two most important cities from six to four hours, ...

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Kepler-90: NASA announces discovery of solar system similar to ours

Published time: 14 Dec, 2017 23:37 NASA has announced the discovery of the 8th exoplanet in the Kepler-90 solar system, making it the only known one with the same number of planets as ours. Amid rumors that it would make an announcement of an extraterrestrial kind, NASA revealed Thursday that its new discovery was another planet in the system called ...

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