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Mar 1, 2015

Eight convicted over Harry Winston jewel heists in Paris

Eight people have been convicted in connection with a spectacular 2008 holdup at a Harry Winston jewelry shop in Paris, in which three cross-dressing gunmen stole about $92 million in loot, a defense lawyer said Saturday. Lawyer Philippe Stepniewski said sentences ranged from nine ...

Mar 1, 2015

Egyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization'

An Egyptian court declared Hamas a “terrorist organization” on Saturday, further isolating the blockaded rulers of the Gaza Strip once openly welcomed by the country’s toppled Islamist-dominated government. The ruling is unlikely to have any immediate effect on Hamas, still reeling from last summer’s ...

China's wild panda population rises nearly 17%

Mar 1, 2015

China's wild panda population rises nearly 17%

The number of wild giant pandas in China jumped nearly 17 percent over a decade, state media cited an official survey as showing, with a government agency crediting conservation measures for the increase. The investigation by the State Forestry Administration found that by the ...

Mar 1, 2015

List grows of Putin critics who met violent deaths

Boris Nemtsov joins a string of prominent Kremlin opponents murdered or found dead in unexplained circumstances. They include: Feb. 27, 2015: leading opposition figure and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov, 55, is gunned down at around 23:15 on a bridge adjacent to the ...

West's call to rebuild Ukraine faces reality check

Mar 1, 2015

West's call to rebuild Ukraine faces reality check

Western powers are preparing what they say may be their most potent weapon against Moscow’s interference in Ukraine — a multibillion dollar aid package to rebuild a near-bankrupt state and realize the European dream cherished by many Ukrainians. There is just one problem: foreign ...

'Jihadi John' contemplated suicide in 2010: report

Mar 1, 2015

'Jihadi John' contemplated suicide in 2010: report

The London man believed to be Islamic State group executioner “Jihadi John” told a journalist four years ago that surveillance by British security services had left him contemplating suicide, reports said Saturday. Mohammed Emwazi, named by media and experts as the militant thought to ...

UV exposure damages skin after sunset

Feb 28, 2015

UV exposure damages skin after sunset

Significant ultraviolet radiation damage to skin can still occur hours after its exposure to sunlight, scientific researches have determined. Exposure to sunlight or tanning lamps can damage DNA in melanocytes, the cells that pigment skin by producing melanin which gives skin its color, and ...

Feb 28, 2015

Animal body sizes tend to increase in over time

by Will Dunham

Renowned 19th-century American paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope proposed “Cope’s Rule,” hypothesizing that animal lineages tend to increase in body size over time. The dinosaur fossils he dug up in the American West seemed to bear this out. However, Cope was not infallible. In a ...