Lifestyle

‘Game of Thrones’ altar discovered at ancient temple

Archaeologists have unlocked the secrets of an amazing 1,500-year-old altar discovered at a Maya temple deep in the Guatemalan jungle. The ornately carved altar was discovered in 2017 at the Maya site of La Corona, located in the Petén jungle near the Mexico border. When it was first found, the altar was encased in the […]

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Cat finds bag of ‘cocaine and heroin’ and brings it home

A cat has apparently found and brought home a bag of what are suspected to be class A drugs. The moggie’s owner, from St Pauls in Bristol, found the pet “curled up” next to the bag on Monday morning, meaning it acquired the drugs while out roaming on Sunday night, probably leaving a dealer out […]

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Squirrels caught in ‘Gordian Knot’ have tails freed

Five squirrels whose tails became tangled together in a “Gordian Knot” in their nest have been freed by a wildlife team in Wisconsin. The group of young grey squirrels were found with their tails entangled together with grass and plastic their mother had used as nest material. An animal rehabilitation team spent 20 minutes trying […]

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Oz PM puts hands up over explicit song use

Australia’s prime minister has apologised for posting a video on social media featuring a hip-hop song which has explicit and sexually charged lyrics. Scott Morrison, who has only been in the top job for three weeks, put the 11-second clip online showing MPs raising their hands during question time on Thursday. The full lyrics of […]

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Restaurant chain loses £145m after dead rat found in soup

A Chinese restaurant chain lost around £145m in market value after a pregnant woman found a dead rat in her soup. The rodent was found at the fast food restaurant Xiabu Xiabu, famous for its hotpots, in Weifang, a city in the eastern province of Shandong. The pregnant woman was dining at the chain with […]

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Students ‘binged on pizzas to avoid military service’

Twelve music students at a college in Seoul binged on pizza and hamburgers five times a day to deliberately gain weight and avoid military service, it has been claimed. The men accused of trying to dodge the mandatory programme had all shared weight-gain strategies with one another via an online chat group, according to authorities. […]

World

Environmental migration could be next challenge

“Climate change migration” could be the next challenge we face, according to a migration dynamics expert. “It is clear, that Sub-Saharan African countries will be hit the first and the hardest by the impacts of climate change, which will have a tremendous impact on agriculture,” said François Gemenne, a specialist on migration dynamics. “When you […]

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Tourists face €500 fine for sitting down in Venice

Visitors in Venice could be fined up to €500 (£445) for sitting in undesignated spots, as the city continues to struggle with overwhelming tourism levels. The idea, proposed by Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, will be voted on by the city council in October. It is the latest in a long list of measures designed to deal […]

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Yale Law dean: Reports that professor groomed female clerks for Kavanaugh ‘of enormous concern’

The dean of Yale Law School on Thursday responded to reports that a prominent professor at the school had advised students seeking judicial clerkships with Brett Kavanaugh on their physical looks, saying the reported allegations of faculty misconduct are “of enormous concern” and calling on anyone affected to come forward. According to reports in The […]

Entertainment

Freddie Highmore calls The Good Doctor a hopeful remedy for dark times

The hero of The Good Doctor, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, represents the show’s title in more ways than one. Dr. Shaun Murphy is exceptionally skilled at curing patients, but he’s also morally good, able to see the light in others even if he can’t always connect. The Good Doctor is breaking […]