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  • Philippine volcano ‘fireworks’ draw tourists as residents flee

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    LEGAZPI-Spectacular lava “fireworks” shooting from its crater are drawing tourists to the Philippines’ most active volcano, authorities said Tuesday as scientists warned of a potential dangerous eruption within days. Lava spurting from Mayon volcano lit up the sky overnight Monday in what scientists said was a sign of increasing activity that prompted official calls for ...

  • Indian inmates to undergo ‘cow therapy’

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    NEW DELHI-Indian inmates are to be exposed to the “magical power” of cows under a radical rehabilitation programme involving rearing the beasts - revered by Hindus - on prison grounds, authorities said Tuesday. A government commission in Haryana tasked with protecting the sacred animals says it has earmarked $1.5 million for buying 600 cows and constructing barns in six prisons across ...

  • ‘That’s Australia for you’: Wallaby crosses Harbour Bridge

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    SYDNEY-A wallaby startled motorists Tuesday when it hopped across Sydney’s Harbour Bridge, closely tailed by police. Drivers spotted the marsupial, which resembles a smaller version of a kangaroo, bouncing along at the northern end of the eight-lane bridge just before 5:00 am (1600 GMT). “Never seen anything like it. That’s Australia for you,” a caller to Sydney radio ...

  • Japanese city on alert for deadly blowfish

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    TOKYO-A Japanese city has activated an emergency warning system to alert residents to avoid eating locally purchased blowfish, after a mix-up saw toxic parts of the delicacy go on sale. A supermarket in Gamagori in central Japan sold five packages of fugu fish without removing the livers, which can contain a deadly poison. Three of the potentially lethal specimens have been located, but the other ...

  • Two killed in Indian bull-taming festival

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    MADURAI-Two spectators at a controversial bull-wrestling festival in southern India were gored to death on Tuesday, police said, the third such fatal attack in two days. “Jallikattu,” or the taming of the bulls, is a hugely popular annual event in Tamil Nadu state but has been criticised by animal rights activists. Police in Sivaganga district, where the event took place, said two ...

  • Indonesian teen jailed for insulting president on Facebook

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    MEDAN-An Indonesian teenager was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison for “insulting” President Joko Widodo on Facebook. The 18-year-old high school student from Medan on the island of Sumatra, identified by the initials MFB, was found guilty of violating the country’s internet law by making defamatory and slanderous comments online. Judges also ordered him to pay 10 million ...

  • Suppressing a sneeze can be dangerous, doctors warn

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    PARIS-Stifling a sneeze can rupture your throat, burst an ear drum, or pop a blood vessel in your brain, researchers warned Tuesday. Many people - when they feel a sneeze coming on - block all the exits, essentially swallowing the sneeze’s explosive force. Just how dangerous this can be was illustrated when a 34-year-old man showed up at the emergency service of a hospital in Leicester, ...

  • Greying France having fewer babies

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    PARIS:- France may be Europe’s most fertile country but even there the birth rate is falling and mothers are choosing to wait before starting a family, according to data released Tuesday. A total of 767,000 babies were born in France last year - 17,000 fewer than in 2016, a fall of 2.1 percent. The death rate has meanwhile gone up - leaving the difference between births and deaths, known as ...