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Global wildlife populations down by half since 1970: WWF

The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52% between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday.

ISIS releases third video featuring British hostage

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has released a third video featuring John Cantlie, a photographer who worked for the Sunday Times newspaper before he was abducted in 2012.

Ukraine truce threatened by pro-Russian rebels attacks

Ukraine's truce and troops withdrawal deal lay in tatters on Tuesday after the deadliest wave of attacks by pro-Russian insurgents in more than a month left nine soldiers and four civilians dead.

Head of Pak mobile spyware creating firm indicted on US criminal charges

The head of a Pakistani company which created an app called StealthGenie allowing users to spy on other people's mobile devices was indicted on US criminal charges, officials said Monday.

Israel offers India to join new cyber security body

Israel has invited India to be part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest pet project of national cyber defense authority-- a dedicated force to fight cyber threats—during his meeting with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New York on Sunday.

Indian-origin Costa is Portugal’s next PM candidate

A new name is likely to be added to the list of Indian-origin people who hold or have held top political positions in various countries: Antonio Costa, of Goa origin, who on Sunday won the primary elections as the prime ministerial candidate of the opposition Socialist Party in Portugal.

China censors fail to blunt Hong Kong protests

Chinese censors and opponents of the protests sweeping Hong Kong are engaging in a cat-and-mouse game with demonstrators and commentators in a bid to stop news of the unrest spreading online and, in particular, reaching the mainland.

Nepali boy seeks to be youngest film director

Eight-year-old Saugat Bista from Kathmandu has already directed a feature film and has his eyes set on the Guinness World Records to become the world’s youngest film director.

Brazil gunman straps hostage with apparent explosives

An armed man took an employee hostage at a hotel in the Brazilian capital Monday and forced him to don a vest apparently stuffed with explosives, authorities said.

Black holes mathematically impossible: Study

Laura Mersini-Houghton at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the College of Arts and Sciences, has proven, mathematically, that black holes can never come into being in the first place.

Three-year-old organ donor saves 5 lives in China

A three-year-old Chinese girl died of a brain tumour but helped save the lives of five other persons when her heart, liver, kidneys and corneas were donated. Liu Jingyao, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour earlier this year.

Ashraf Ghani takes oath as new Afghan president

Ashraf Ghani was inaugurated as the new president of Afghanistan on Monday at a ceremony in the presidential palace marking the end of Hamid Karzai's 13-year rule since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.

Hong Kong protesters set for new night of clashes

The ranks of Hong Kong democracy protesters who have paralysed parts of the city swelled into their tens of thousands Monday, digging in for another night of confrontation with police in their campaign for free elections.

Obama admits US underestimated IS jihadists

President Barack Obama admitted Sunday that the United States underestimated the threat posed by Islamic State fighters in Syria, as US-led coalition warplanes pounded the oil sites that fund the jihadist group.

Late Sunday coalition planes hit the entrance to the

Five more lifeless bodies found during Japan volcano search

The lifeless bodies of five more people have been discovered on the Japanese volcano that erupted at the weekend, officials said, taking to 36 the feared death toll.

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