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Scientists Want to Use Deadly Spider Venom to Prevent Brain Damage From Strokes
“The Australian funnel-web is one of the deadliest spiders in the world, but this poisonous predator may just hold the key to preventing brain damage caused by stroke…”
(Science Alert)

7,000 Huge Gas Bubbles Have Formed Under Siberia, and Could Explode at Any Moment
“Last year, researchers in Siberia’s remote Bely Island made the bizarre discovery that the ground had started bubbling in certain places, and was squishy under the locals’ feet like jelly…” (Science Alert)

French interior minister resigns amid inquiry into hiring teenage daughters
“French Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux resign Tuesday after he was placed under preliminary investigation amid revelations that he hired his two teenage daughters as parliamentary aides with exorbitant salaries, all at the taxpayers’ expense…” (France24)

French Catholic bishops accused of ‘covering-up sex abuses’
“Twenty-five French bishops have been covering up scores of cases of sexual abuses by Catholic priests, French media revealed on Tuesday in a report reminiscent of the Spotlight investigation into clergy sex abuse…” (France24)

Met police accused of using hackers to access protesters’ emails
“The police watchdog is investigating allegations that a secretive Scotland Yard unit used hackers to illegally access the private emails of hundreds of political campaigners and journalists…” (The Guardian)

Coal in ‘freefall’ as new power plants dive by two-thirds
“he amount of new coal power being built around the world fell by nearly two-thirds last year, prompting campaigners to claim the polluting fossil fuel was in freefall…”
(The Guardian)

Teen Islamists given six years’ jail for Sikh temple bomb attack
“Prosecutors had argued that the three 17-year-olds – who were 16 at the time of the act – had attacked the temple out of radical Islamist motivations to kill “non-believers”. The youth court on Tuesday agreed that their motive had been hate for other religions…”
(The Local)

Mysterious mummified body discovered in Berlin Hindu temple
“…Police were called to the temple on Monday afternoon after the cadaver was discovered whilst building work was being done on the Sri Ganesha Temple, which is a stone tower structure in the district’s Hasenheide park…” (The Local)

Don’t ‘meddle’ in Nepal, Sri Lanka, China media warns India
“BEIJING: The Chinese media has threatened to “fight back” any Indian attempt to meddle with China’s attempts to enter into military collaboration with Nepal and Sri Lanka…”
(The Times of India)

Anti-Romeo squad starts, morphs into moral police
“MEERUT: Just two days after Yogi Adityanath took oath as CM of UP, one of the BJP’s oft-repeated promises during its election campaign – formation of anti-Romeo squads “to protect the honour of women” – took off with a great deal of purposefulness in the state. In Meerut on Tuesday, “anti-Romeo dals” were out on the streets in full force, making it among the first UP districts to form the teams that will be posted at educational institutions and public spaces “to prevent eve-teasing and ensure safety of girls…” (The Times of India)


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