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Hong Kong bans shark fin at official banquets

Hong Kong’s government said Friday it would stop serving shark fin at official functions as “a satisfactory example”, following years of lobbying by conservation groups. The southern Chinese city is…

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Vatican-backed cell research wins $1.2 mln US grant

A Vatican-backed US company that researches an alternative to embryonic stem cells on Friday received a $1.2 million dollar government grant, despite independent studies that question whether their product exists….

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Climate change representative named

Former Government chief scientist Sir David King has been appointed as Foreign Secretary William Hague’s new special representative for climate change. Sir David was chief scientific adviser under the previous…

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Plans for 5p charge for plastic bags in England

Shops in England will routinely charge customers 5p for plastic bags from 2015 under government plans to be unveiled this weekend. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is expected to announce…

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Japan to boost surveys off Fukushima: report

Japan’s nuclear authority plans to conduct radiation contamination surveys at 600,000 points on the seabed off the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, up from 200 places so far, a report said…

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Japan's Laptop-Controlled Space Rocket Launch

Japan has sent a rocket into space with a launch co-ordinated from two laptops in a control centre manned by a crew of just eight people. Up to 1,000 people…

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Japan's new rocket blasts off in laptop-controlled launch

Japan’s new solid-fuel rocket successfully blasted off Saturday carrying a telescope for remote observation of planets in a launch coordinated from a laptop computer-based command centre. The Japan Aerospace Exploration…

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Tribesmen blow up Yemen's main oil export pipeline – government official

ADEN (Reuters) – Tribesmen bombed Yemen’s main oil pipeline in the central Maarib province on Saturday, a government official said, the fourth attack on the pipeline in a month. The…

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