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Singapore reports first case of rare monkeypox virus

SINGAPORE, Singapore (AFP) — Singapore has reported its first ever case of monkeypox, brought in by a Nigerian man thought to have contracted the rare virus by eating bushmeat at a wedding. Symptoms in humans of monkeypox — which is …

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‘It’s time to break up Facebook’ – Company’s co-founder

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — One of the co-founders of Facebook called on Thursday for the social media behemoth to be broken up, warning that the company’s head, Mark Zuckerberg, had become far too powerful. “It’s time to break …

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Cyprus’s emblematic wild sheep lock horns with mountain farmers

by Claire Gounon GERAKIES, Cyprus (AFP) — Surveying his orchard in the Troodos Mountains, Cypriot farmer John Papadouris is convinced the island’s treasured wild sheep would have destroyed his crop without action. With the males’ distinct arched horns, the mouflon …

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Amazon’s Bezos unveils lunar lander project ‘Blue Moon’

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Jeff Bezos, who heads both Amazon and space company Blue Origin, unveiled a lunar lander Thursday that he said would be used to transport equipment, and possibly human beings, to the south pole of the …

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New space race to bring satellite internet to the world

by Ivan Couronne WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Anxiety has set in across the space industry ever since the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, revealed Project Kuiper: a plan to put 3,236 satellites in orbit to provide high-speed internet across …

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Scientists develop device to detect bacteria in minutes, not days

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The era of doctors prescribing patients powerful antibiotics while they wait for lab reports could soon be numbered, with a new device returning results within minutes instead of days. It was invented by a team …

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Two die from measles in Switzerland as cases rise

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — Switzerland has registered two deaths from measles this year, health authorities said Thursday, stressing the importance of vaccinating against the highly contagious disease. The health ministry warned that the number of measles cases was on the …

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Rangers find three-eyed snake in Australia’s Humpty Doo

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — A three-eyed snake found slithering down a road in the northern Australian town of Humpty Doo has sparked amusement in a country already accustomed to unusual wildlife. Rangers dubbed the unusual serpent “Monty Python” after finding …

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Mandela prison drawing sells for $112,575 in New York

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — A drawing by late South African president Nelson Mandela of the door of his prison cell on Robben Island — where he was held for 18 years — sold on Thursday in New York …

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Alaska’s indigenous people feel the heat of climate change

by Jocelyne ZABLIT NAPAKIAK, United States (AFP) — The cemetery has already been moved twice, the old school is underwater and the new one is facing the same fate as erosion constantly eats away at the land in Napakiak. The …

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Like Uber, but for organs: first kidney delivered by drone

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A kidney needed for transplantation has been delivered by a drone for the first time ever, the University of Maryland Medical Center said, a development that could herald faster and safer organ transport. The specially …

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Three tonnes of rubbish collected from Everest

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AFP) — A dedicated clean-up team sent to Mount Everest has collected three tonnes of garbage in its first two weeks, officials said Wednesday, in an ambitious plan to clean the world’s highest rubbish dump. Decades of commercial …

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