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‘Asian unicorn’ to get new Vietnam nature reserve

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‘Asian unicorn’ to get new Vietnam nature reserve

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Vietnam is setting up a nature reserve to protect one of the world's rarest animals - an antelope-like creature called the saola. It intends to create a 160sq/km (61 sq/mile) area in the central province of Qu...

‘Critical habitat’ set aside in Alaska for polar bears

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‘Critical habitat’ set aside in Alaska for polar bears

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(CNN) -- The setting aside of 187,000 square miles in Alaska as "critical habitat" for polar bears could have an impact on oil and gas drilling, federal and environmental officials said Wednesday. The U.S. Fish ...

‘Happy Coffins’ Make Funerals Less Grim

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‘Happy Coffins’ Make Funerals Less Grim

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Now for some more whimsical news! This from AOL. (Oct. 7) -- Come on, baby, don't fear the reaper. That's the message, not from Blue Oyster Cult, from a Singapore nonprofit that recently revealed a series of c...

‘Love Kitchen’ delivers for Knoxville needy

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‘Love Kitchen’ delivers for Knoxville needy

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Knoxville, Tennessee (CNN) -- Helen Ashe experienced many hardships growing up in Abbeville, South Carolina, during the 1930s and '40s. Her family's first house had no lights or running water. But even during tou...

‘Paying it forward’ after 9/11

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‘Paying it forward’ after 9/11

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New York (CNN) -- Jeff Parness still remembers the pain of September 11, 2001, when his friend and business partner, Hagay Shefi, was among the thousands killed in the World Trade Center attacks. But Parness, a ...

‘People’s watchdog’ touted to keep UK green

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‘People’s watchdog’ touted to keep UK green

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Sustainability experts are planning to set up a "people's watchdog" on green government when the spending axe falls on the official body next month. The proposal was aired on Tuesday at a meeting of the Sustainable...

3 reasons Quirky’s crowdsourced invention model is catching on

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3 reasons Quirky’s crowdsourced invention model is catching on

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The inventor of the ice scraper pictured above unsuccessfully spent 10 years trying to get his idea marketed, patented the concept and approaching both manufacturers and distributors before he decided to toss it to...

A 375-Year-Old French Bank Forgives Debts of Paris’ Poorest

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A 375-Year-Old French Bank Forgives Debts of Paris’ Poorest

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Just as France was being chastised for excessive national borrowing with a sovereign debt downgrade, thousands of lucky French people had their financial obligations forgiven after the country's oldest bank decided ...

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...

A fitness device that transforms data into high design

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A fitness device that transforms data into high design

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We live in a data-driven world — one where, if you care about your personal fitness, you are most likely tracking it. It wasn’t long ago that the use of pedometers, heart rate monitors and calorie counters was...

A letter from Japan – Sendai

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A letter from Japan – Sendai

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This letter was emailed to me by a friend. (I don't know the author, but she is refered to as Janet - nothing more.) I thought it very beautiful, so decide to share it with you all. - Jeremy "Things here in Sendai...

A retired British couple have been released by Somali pirates after being held captive for more than a year.

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A retired British couple have been released by Somali pirates after being held captive for more than a year.

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Paul, 60, and Rachel Chandler, 56, from Kent, were seized from their yacht near the Seychelles in October 2009. Mrs Chandler said: "I'm enjoying being free". The couple said they were fine, but will undergo medical...

A Social Revolution in the Himalayan Foothills

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A Social Revolution in the Himalayan Foothills

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Purkal is a small village in the foothills of the gigantic Himalayas, on the outskirts of Dehradun. Even as the surrounding regions develop, Purkal’s inhabitants, a mere 5000, largely remain dependent on activities...

Action for Business group donates to historical appeal

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Action for Business group donates to historical appeal

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A great story, just in from our Facebook community.. Muslim and Jewish communities may be at loggerheads elsewhere in the world – but in Bradford a hand of friendship exists. And that co-operation has been illus...

Afghan Girl Weaves Special Rug for President Obama

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Afghan Girl Weaves Special Rug for President Obama

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SHIBERGHAN, AFGHANISTAN — In Afghanistan, a country known for its hand-woven carpets, a 17-year-old girl has created a special gift for U.S. President Barack Obama.  It’s a carpet that she wove herself -- as a wa...

Afghanistan Promises to Fight Corruption as Donors Pledge Billions

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Afghanistan Promises to Fight Corruption as Donors Pledge Billions

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TOKYO — Senior officials from the international community are pledging billions of dollars more in civil aid for Afghanistan amid concerns terrorism and corruption still threaten progress made in the country during...

Afghanistan: Peace council holds inaugural session

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Afghanistan: Peace council holds inaugural session

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Afghanistan: Peace council holds inaugural session:- Calling the meeting a 'source of hope' for the Afghan people, President Hamid Karzai on Thursday hosted the inaugural session of a new peace council set up to...

Africa Sci-tech Forum Promotes Homegrown Innovation

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Africa Sci-tech Forum Promotes Homegrown Innovation

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Experts and officials gathered at the first Africa Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation in Nairobi, Kenya are seeking African solutions to African problems.  Participants are calling for African governments ...

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...

Airport Security Finds $9500 At Airport And Returns It!

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Airport Security Finds $9500 At Airport And Returns It!

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Airport security officers often get a lot of flak from travelers in a hurry to get on their flights. But for one passenger last week at Dallas/Fort Worth International airport, the honesty of a security officer ser...