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Nations agree on historic UN pact on sharing benefits of world’s genetic resources

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Nations agree on historic UN pact on sharing benefits of world’s genetic resources

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After nearly two decades of debate, governments from around the world today agreed to a new United Nations treaty on managing the planet’s wealth of genetic resources – from animals to plants to fungi – more fairly a...

Red Cross volunteers come to the aid of Devon villagers following fire near gas cylinders

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Red Cross volunteers come to the aid of Devon villagers following fire near gas cylinders

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Volunteers have come to the rescue of around 200 residents in Devon, forced to flee their homes after a house fire broke out near dangerously flammable gas cylinders. The Red Cross fire and emergency support serv...

New York State Domestic Workers Organize for Rights

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New York State Domestic Workers Organize for Rights

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For many Americans, Labor Day [September 5] has come to mean a three-day weekend and an end-of-summer barbecue. The original spirit of the holiday, though, which honors the dignity of labor and the struggle for soc...

Grief-stricken mom found a new family after tsunami

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Grief-stricken mom found a new family after tsunami

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Phuket, Thailand (CNN) -- When Southeast Asia was rocked by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2004, Susanne Janson was glued to her television in Stockholm, Sweden. Her two daughters -- 14-year-old Eleonor and 12...

After truce, ETA now says it’s ready to end violence

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After truce, ETA now says it’s ready to end violence

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BILBAO, Spain - The Basque extremist group ETA said Thursday it was ready to call an end to a 43-year violent campaign for independence and said it wanted to begin talks with Spain and France - a move that could pa...

Boston Marathon Bombing Victims Are Learning To Run Again

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Boston Marathon Bombing Victims Are Learning To Run Again

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Celeste Corcoran, in her yellow "Boston Strong" hat, navigated her way across the artificial turf on her artificial legs, a volunteer on each arm to keep her upright. O...

Thief returns stolen hammer to store with apology decades after theft

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Thief returns stolen hammer to store with apology decades after theft

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An anonymous thief sent an envelope of cash to a family-owned supply store in western Pennsylvania to pay for a hammer stolen decades ago. The cash arrived at Central Contractors Supply Co. in Johnstown, with a h...

Gates Foundation and Others Team Up to Give South American Recyclers Dignity

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Gates Foundation and Others Team Up to Give South American Recyclers Dignity

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola Company, Fundación Avina, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), launched a coalition that aims to improve the lives of the at...

Japan Considers End to Antarctic Whaling

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Japan Considers End to Antarctic Whaling

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For the first time, officials from Japan's fisheries agency have publicly floated the prospect of ending that country's whaling program in the Antarctic. According to the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, the Fisheries ...

Plant sunflowers and help solve an unfinished Turing experiment

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Plant sunflowers and help solve an unfinished Turing experiment

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1+1+2+3+5+8+13+21+34+55+89+144 Recognise that sequence of numbers? It is called the ‘Fibonacci phyllotaxis’ and computer pioneer Alan Turing was working to solve a mathematical riddle that he worked on before ...

China Begins Sending Captive Pandas Into the Wild

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China Begins Sending Captive Pandas Into the Wild

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China has begun sending giant pandas bred in captivity into a protected area in southwestern Sichuan province, as part of a push to rebuild a depleted panda population in a natural habitat. Officials and panda re...

Thailand Uses Technology, Rangers to Protect Wild Tigers

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Thailand Uses Technology, Rangers to Protect Wild Tigers

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In the coming days, the 13 nations that are home to wild tigers will meet in Moscow (Nov. 21-24) to seek ways to protect the big cats. They will be looking at different programs, such as one that Thai officials hop...

Indonesia declares protected zone to save coral reefs

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Indonesia declares protected zone to save coral reefs

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NUSA PENIDA, Indonesia — Indonesia on Sunday declared the coral-rich waters around Bali -- a popular scuba diving spot which is home to the giant Mola-Mola ocean sunfish -- a protected zone. The 20,000-hectare (49,...

A Detroit Florist Gives Away Bouquets Just for Being Kind

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A Detroit Florist Gives Away Bouquets Just for Being Kind

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We've told you before that in these times of hardship for so many, others have made it their mission to lighten people's burdens wherever they can. In South Carolina, they're buying each other's coffee. Throughout t...

Giant yellow teddy bear to brighten up the centre of New York

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Giant yellow teddy bear to brighten up the centre of New York

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London has Paddington Bear but New York now has a giant yellow teddy bear, a great sculptural masterpiece that could sell for more than $9 million at auction in May. A 23-foot high, bronze teddy bear slumped und...

In The Era Of Big Boxes, A Day For The Little Guy

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In The Era Of Big Boxes, A Day For The Little Guy

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CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio -- It began quietly, as an email to 40 friends. But when a steady stream of customers began coming through the door before the family-owned Chagrin Hardware had even opened for the day on Satu...

Red Cross ship reaches Misrata – Libya

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Red Cross ship reaches Misrata – Libya

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The Red Cross said it was extending its activities to western Libya today, as a ship of medical supplies docked in the besieged port city of Misrata and its aid workers made their way to Zawiyah. "We are sending...

Oklahoma Benefit Concert Raises Relief Money With Garth Brooks And Toby Keith

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Oklahoma Benefit Concert Raises Relief Money With Garth Brooks And Toby Keith

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NORMAN, Okla. — Some of country music's biggest stars, including Garth Brooks, Toby Keith and many others with ties to Oklahoma, played a sold-out show Saturday at the University of Oklahoma to raise money for the ...

Satish Kumar: Education With Hands, Hearts and Heads

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Satish Kumar: Education With Hands, Hearts and Heads

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Can “Living” Buildings Help Fight Climate Change?

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Can “Living” Buildings Help Fight Climate Change?

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New research suggests protocell "skins" could be the secret to building carbon-negative architecture. Researchers in Europe are collaborating on a project to develop materials that could eventually make it possible ...