Australia Wins Fifth World Cup

Australia Wins Fifth World Cup

Australia overwhelmed New Zealand to win the World Cup for a fifth time at an ecstatic Melbourne Cricket Ground. In their first final, after six previous semi-final defeats, New Zealand were blown away. Their path to Melbourne came with eight successive wins, all on home soil, and most of the pre-match speculation was of how…

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Piloting Has Inherent Stress Factors: Experts

Piloting Has Inherent Stress Factors: Experts

Experts agree that while no amount of personality tests could have prevented Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz from crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps, there are inherent stresses in…

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World Celebrates Earth Hour

World Celebrates Earth Hour

The lights went out in countries across the world on Saturday to mark Earth Hour, a campaign to raise awareness about climate change. In Jordan, about 200 people attended an…

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Guinea Declares Ebola ‘Health Emergency’

Guinea Declares Ebola ‘Health Emergency’

Guinean President Alpha Conde has declared a 45-day “health emergency” in five regions in the west and south-west of the country over Ebola. The restrictions include the quarantining of hospitals…

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Brazil in Worst Water Crisis

Brazil in Worst Water Crisis

Brazil’s Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira has said the country’s most populous region is experiencing its worst drought since 1930. The states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais…

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Yingluck Shinawatra Banned from Politics

Yingluck Shinawatra Banned from Politics

Thai authorities have banned former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office for five years and launched a legal case that could see her jailed. An army-appointed legislature impeached her over…

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Scientists Slow Light

Scientists Slow Light

A team of Scottish scientists has made light travel slower than the speed of light. They sent photons – individual particles of light – through a special mask. It changed…

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IBD ‘Cured’ With Fecal Transplant

IBD ‘Cured’ With Fecal Transplant

Inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, are extremely painful and can lead to colorectal cancer. Now, researchers have effectively cured the conditions in mice, offering hope…

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China’s Growth Slows to 7.4% in 2014

China’s Growth Slows to 7.4% in 2014

China’s economic growth slowed to its weakest in 24 years, expanding 7.4% last year from 7.7% in 2013. Growth in the world’s second largest economy missed its official annual growth…

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IMF Downgrades Global Growth Forecast

IMF Downgrades Global Growth Forecast

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered its forecast for global economic growth for this year and next. The IMF now expects growth of 3.5% this year, compared with the…

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