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Noah Succesfully Threads the Cultural Needle

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Midway through Noah, after most of humanity has been annihilated and the ark is floating lonely amidst the flood, the title character sits his children down and regales them with the story of Creation. With this flashback, writer-director Darren Aronofsky grasps the hand of science and forces it to shake … More »

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Obesity projections ‘underestimated’

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Estimates that half the UK population will be obese by 2050 “underestimate” the problem, a report by health campaigners claims.

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Doomsday Preacher Dies

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Harold Camping predicted Judgment Day would come in 2011.

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Panel Says Global Warming Risks Sudden, Deep Changes

A scientific panel’s report ruled out some doomsday notions but said that dire climatic surprises seemed inevitable.

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Movie Review: ‘This Is the End,’ With Seth Rogen and James Franco

In “This Is the End,” celebrity buddies find their relationships tested as biblical devastation arrives.

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Cyclone Mahasen batters Bangladesh as one million flee

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The outer bands of Cyclone Mahasen struck the southern coast of Bangladesh on Thursday, lashing remote fishing villages with heavy rain and fierce winds that flattened mud and straw huts and forced the evacuation of more than one million people. The eye of the storm was expected to reach land Thursday evening, but at least 18 deaths related to Mahasen already have been reported in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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21 hurt in Nepal plane crash

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Twenty-one people were hurt, including eight Japanese tourists, when a small plane skidded off a Nepal airport runway on Thursday and plunged into a river, police said. All 21 people aboard the Nepal Airlines Twin Otter aircraft were injured, five seriously, police spokesman Keshav Adhikari said. The plane’s brakes failed and it crashed into the Kali Gandaki river in the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal’s northwest, Adhikari said. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Six bodies found after fire on ship in Japan

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Six bodies, suspected to be those of Russian crew members, were found aboard a cargo ship that caught fire on Thursday while anchored in a Japanese port, a coastguard and news reports said. Fire took hold of the 497-tonne Cambodian-registered freighter, Taigan, which has been in the port of Wakkanai in northern Japan since Tuesday, said an official at the local coastguard office. A total of 23 Russian and Ukrainian crew members were on the ship, which had transported crabs from a Sakhalin port. Six of them – all Russian – had been unaccounted for, the coastguard said. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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China downplays frictions with India ahead of Li Keqiang’s visit

<!– google_ad_section_start –> China downplayed border tensions with India on Thursday, days before the new Chinese premier visits the neighbouring country on his first foreign visit since taking office in March. Disagreements over the Himalayan frontier can be handled under existing mechanisms and should not affect overall relations, Vice Foreign Minister Song Tao told reporters at a briefing. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Thai ghost film remake appeals with funny twist

<!– google_ad_section_start –> BANGKOK (AP) — Thais’ deep affection for ghost stories and laughter has brought a new phenomenon to movie theaters — comic touches added to an oft-told tragedy of true love, which have made the latest adaptation of the Mae Nak legend into the all-time highest-grossing Thai film. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Turkey arrests four over bombings near Syrian border

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Four suspects were arrested in Turkey late on Wednesday in connection with car bombings that killed 51 people in a town near the Syrian border at the weekend, state-run Anatolian news agency reported. The two bomb blasts in Reyhanli fanned fears that Syria’s civil war is dragging in neighbouring states. Damascus has denied Turkish allegations it was involved in the blasts. Turkish prosecutors sent eight suspects to a court in the southern city of Adana after questioning and the court released four, remanding the other four in custody, the agency said. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Slower Chinese growth adds to pressure on leaders

<!– google_ad_section_start –> BEIJING (AP) — Global economic malaise has knocked the stuffing out of Luo Yan’s business making toy animals. Sales of Hello Kitty dolls and plush rabbits have fallen 30 percent over the past six months, according to Luo, owner of Tongle Toy Enterprise, which employs 100 people in the southern city of Foshan, near Hong Kong. Orders from the United States and debt-crippled Europe are down 80 percent. “We don’t talk about profits anymore,” said Luo. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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First patient-to-nurse spread of new Sars-like virus reported

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Two health workers in Saudi Arabia have become infected with a potentially fatal new Sars-like virus after catching it from patients in their care – the first evidence of such transmission within a hospital, the World Health Organisation said. The new virus, known as novel coronavirus, or nCoV, is from the same family of viruses as those that cause common colds and the one that caused the deadly outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) that emerged in Asia in 2003. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Obama fires head of US tax agency over scandal

<!– google_ad_section_start –> An angry President Barack Obama sacked the acting head of the US Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday over a fast moving scandal sparked when officials unfairly targeted conservative groups. Obama said Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had asked for and received the resignation of tax agency chief Steven Miller and promised a new system of checks and safeguards to make sure the episode was not repeated. “Given the controversy surrounding this audit, it’s important to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward,” Obama said. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Japan reports economy grew at 3.5 percent annual pace in 1st quarter, beating expectations

<!– google_ad_section_start –> TOKYO (AP) — Japan reports economy grew at 3.5 percent annual pace in 1st quarter, beating expectations. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Obama says treasury secretary requested and received resignation of acting tax agency chief

<!– google_ad_section_start –> WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama says treasury secretary requested and received resignation of acting tax agency chief. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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NBA owners follow committee’s recommendation, reject bid to move Kings to Seattle

<!– google_ad_section_start –> DALLAS (AP) — NBA owners follow committee’s recommendation, reject bid to move Kings to Seattle. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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White House releases 100 pages of emails and notes on Benghazi attacks

<!– google_ad_section_start –> WASHINGTON (AP) — White House releases 100 pages of emails and notes on Benghazi attacks. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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First tropical storm of Pacific hurricane season forms off coast of Mexico, no land threat

<!– google_ad_section_start –> MIAMI (AP) — First tropical storm of Pacific hurricane season forms off coast of Mexico, no land threat. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Chelsea wins Europa League after Ivanovic scores in injury time for 2-1 win over Benfica

<!– google_ad_section_start –> AMSTERDAM (AP) — Chelsea wins Europa League after Ivanovic scores in injury time for 2-1 win over Benfica . <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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