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New island offers clues in search for life on Mars: NASA

The world’s newest island — formed during a volcanic eruption in the remote Pacific three years ago — may offer clues to how life potentially developed on Mars, NASA said Wednesday.

The island of Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai rose from the seabed about 65 kilometres (40 miles) northwest of the Tongan capital Nuku'alofa in late 2014-early 2015.

New island offers clues in search for life on Mars: NASA
New island offers clues in search for life on Mars: NASA

New island offers clues in search for life on Mars: NASA

The world’s newest island — formed during a volcanic eruption in the remote Pacific three years ago — may offer clues to how life potentially developed on Mars, NASA said Wednesday.

The vengeful sea devouring Albania’s coast
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The vengeful sea devouring Albania’s coast

Asim Krasniqi watches anxiously as the Adriatic Sea creeps ever closer to his beach bar in Albania, a country faced with an alarming pace of coastal erosion.
Bitcoin tops $18,000 in debut on major bourse
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Bitcoin tops $18,000 in debut on major bourse

Bitcoin surged past $18,000 after making its debut on a major global exchange but was trading lower on Monday, highlighting the volatility of the controversial digital currency that has some investors excited but others nervous.
California wildfires a warning for other regions: Gov. Brown
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California wildfires a warning for other regions: Gov. Brown

The governor of California Jerry Brown said Tuesday wildfires ravaging his state should serve as a warning for other parts of the world threatened by climate change.
Investors turn against fossil fuels at Paris climate summit
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Investors turn against fossil fuels at Paris climate summit

Major investors vowed Tuesday to move away from Earth-warming fossil fuels as world leaders met in Paris seeking to unlock new cash to save humanity from climate “doom”.
On Mideast trip, Putin orders partial withdrawal from Syria
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On Mideast trip, Putin orders partial withdrawal from Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara on Monday for the last leg of a day-long diplomatic dash, during which he ordered the partial withdrawal of Russia’s troops from the war-torn country.
New ‘supernote’ found in S. Korea could be from North
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New ‘supernote’ found in S. Korea could be from North

A new high-quality counterfeit $100 bill has been found in South Korea, bank officials said Tuesday, prompting suggestions the sanctions-hit North might have resumed forging “supernotes”.
British double murderer appeals Hong Kong conviction
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British double murderer appeals Hong Kong conviction

A British banker jailed for life for the horrifying murder of two Indonesian women at his upscale Hong Kong apartment in a cocaine-fuelled rampage appealed against his conviction Tuesday.
France’s Unibail-Rodamco to buy Australia’s Westfield mall giant
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France’s Unibail-Rodamco to buy Australia’s Westfield mall giant

French property giant Unibail-Rodamco announced Tuesday it will buy Australia’s Westfield shopping mall operator in a deal worth US$24.7 billion to create “a global property leader”, the two groups said in a statement.
Explosion at major Austrian gas hub, one dead, 18 injured
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Explosion at major Austrian gas hub, one dead, 18 injured

A large explosion rocked one of Europe’s biggest gas pipeline hubs in Austria on Tuesday, leaving one person dead and 18 injured, emergency services said.
Dennis Rodman: Trump and N. Korea’s Kim ‘pretty much the same’
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Dennis Rodman: Trump and N. Korea’s Kim ‘pretty much the same’

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman is perhaps the only person in the world to call both US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “friend”.
Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon
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Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon

US President Donald Trump directed NASA on Monday to send Americans to the Moon for the first time since 1972, in order to prepare for future trips to Mars.
Heavy snow, high winds wreak havoc across Europe
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Heavy snow, high winds wreak havoc across Europe

High winds and heavy snow in Europe on Monday stranded thousands of travellers, kept schoolchildren at home and even played havoc with international diplomacy.
France’s nuanced record fighting climate change
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France’s nuanced record fighting climate change

French President Emmanuel Macron, who has aimed to make himself a leader in the fight against global warming, is the force behind Tuesday’s climate finance summit in Paris.
World’s space agencies propose setting up climate observatory
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World’s space agencies propose setting up climate observatory

The heads of several of the world’s space agencies have proposed the creation of a climate observatory to pool acquired data and share it with scientists around the globe, according to a declaration adopted Monday in Paris.
Austria set to stub out smoking ban
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Austria set to stub out smoking ban

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) said Monday that a planned ban on smoking in all bars and restaurants due to come into force in mid-2018 will be scrapped.
Over 6,000 firefighters battling southern California blaze
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Over 6,000 firefighters battling southern California blaze

Thousands of firefighters were battling one of the most destructive wildfires in California’s history Monday as it crept relentlessly up the Pacific coast and forced new evacuations.
Tasmanian tiger doomed long before humans came along
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Tasmanian tiger doomed long before humans came along

The Tasmanian tiger was doomed long before humans began hunting the enigmatic marsupial, scientists said Tuesday, with DNA sequencing showing it was in poor genetic health for thousands of years before its extinction.
Macron calls for ‘much stronger mobilisation’ on climate
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Macron calls for ‘much stronger mobilisation’ on climate

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called for stronger action in the fight against climate change, as he hosted world leaders for talks two years to the day since the Paris agreement.
Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on cinemas
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Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on cinemas

Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-old ban on cinemas, part of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s far-reaching liberalisation drive that is shaking up the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom.
Leverkusen rubbish Leno to Bayern reports
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Leverkusen rubbish Leno to Bayern reports

Bayer Leverkusen’s director of sport Rudi Voeller denounced as “gibberish” media reports on Monday that their Germany international goalkeeper Bernd Leno is set to join Bayern Munich in January.
WATCH: Heartbreaking video of bullied boy gets global response
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WATCH: Heartbreaking video of bullied boy gets global response

Chris Evans, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Arquette, Dr Phil and Donald Trump Jr among the celebrities who have tweeted their support.
Enviro Monday: Some good news from Mother Earth in 2017
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Enviro Monday: Some good news from Mother Earth in 2017

From a promised ban on ivory exports and imports to a possible solution to plastic in our oceans – here’s some good news to brighten up your day.
Five elephants killed by train
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Five elephants killed by train

A train has struck and killed five elephants as they crossed over tracks at a tea plantation in northeast India, an official said Monday.
ANC condemns Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
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ANC condemns Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

‘This blatantly provocative move severely undermines the spirit of multilateralism and is a significant setback to a fragile and already stalled peace process, says the ANC.

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