Monthly archives: June 2013

Obama 'humbled' to visit Mandela's Robben Island jail

US President Barack Obama has toured Robben Island – the jail in which Nelson Mandela was kept for 18 years. He said he and his family were “deeply humbled” to visit the prison once inhabited by Mr Mandela – who remains critically ill in hospital. Mr Obama will go on to give a speech at the University of Cape Town and launch a multi-billion-dollar electricity initiative. The US leader did […]

US warns against Egypt travel after deadly clashes

The US has warned Americans not to travel to Egypt and has told non-emergency diplomatic staff to leave, as clashes continued in the country. The state department also urged US nationals in Egypt “to remain alert”. The warning came as at least three people – including a US citizen – died in clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi. Tensions have been rising ahead of a mass rally […]


Archaeologists unearth ancient royal tomb in Peru.

Archaeologists in South America have discovered the first undisturbed tomb of the ancient and mysterious Wari civilisation, unearthing the mummified bodies of three Queens alongside golden treasures and macabre human sacrifices. The 1,200-year-old ‘temple of the dead’ was found at the El Castillo de Huarmey site, a four-hour drive north of the Pruvian capital Lima. It provides a wealth of information about the enigmatic Wari empire that ruled the Andes […]

Dudley Zoo's snow leopard cub shown to public

There’s much excitement in the snow leopard enclosure as the first cub to be born at DZG in 12 years is set to make its public debut. The youngster, who was born on May 2, has been cosying up to mum, four-year-old Nanga in the internal den since birth, but this week has been peeking into the glass viewing area much to the delight of visitors.     Assistant Curator, Richard Brown, said staff were delighted with […]

South Korean doctors warn smartphones cause 'digital dementia'

South Korean doctors have found that increasing use of smartphones among young Koreans has led to a surge in incidence of “digital dementia” characterized by deterioration of cognitive abilities and symptoms found in people who have suffered head injury. According to Dr. Byun Gi-won, a South Korean expert in cognitive problems related to computer and smartphone usage at the Balance Brain Center in Seoul, the high incidence of digital dementia […]

Look out --The new Asian tiger mosquito is invading U.S.

There’s a new pest invading many American towns, and it’s about as menacing as it sounds: the Asian tiger mosquito. Named for the black-and-white stripes on its body, the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) was first brought to Texas in a shipment of tires (which are notorious for holding the standing water that mosquitoes require for breeding), the Wall Street Journal reports. The bug is worrisome for several reasons: Unlike […]

Qataris praise smooth transition

A mixture of sadness and hope was felt among many Qataris as rumours that the emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, had decided to hand over power to his 33-year-old son, came true. On Monday, the country’s leader – who has ruled for the past 18 years – announced that his heir apparent, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, would be taking over. A formal address to the nation is […]

Canada floods: Three killed as waters threaten Calgary

At least three people have been killed and more than a 100,000 forced to flee their homes as floods triggered by torrential rain hit western Canada. Officials have ordered the evacuation of the centre of Calgary, Alberta, after both rivers that flow through it, the Bow and Elbow, overflowed. The floods have washed away roads and bridges, cut-off electricity and submerged hundreds of homes. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper toured […]