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Methane spike: Is there life on Mars?

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Methane, a gas that on Earth comes mainly from living organisms, has been measured for the first time making a sudden spike on Mars, leaving scientists puzzled about its origin.

Porn stars ordered to wear condoms

A regional US federal appeals court ruled on Monday that pornographic movie actors in Los Angeles must wear condoms during sex scenes, upholding a lower court decision that was challenged by the adult

Barack Obama says Christmas shopping is confusing

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Running America, President Barack Obama can do. But finding a gift for his wife Michelle is a tough one. “She’s very fashionable and she looks good.

‘Culture’ is top word of 2014

A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind the U.S.

Aishwarya Rai honoured at beauty contest

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was honoured with a special award at the glittering Miss World 2014 ceremony. Photo: AP/ Twitter

Bollywood actress and former beauty queen Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was felicitated for being the most successful Miss World at this year’s edition.

New Bond film script stolen in Sony hacking

An “early version” of the screenplay for the new James Bond film was the latest victim of a massive hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertain-ment, its producers said in a statement on their website o

Good governance seems to be all about seeking coherence through confusion.

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) has become a very controversial issue.