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Famous dugong dies after eating plastic

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Mariam the dugong died from an infection caused by bit of plastic in her stomach An orphaned dugong, made famous after it was rescued earlier this year in Thailand, has died. The animal named Mariam died on Saturday from an infection that was exacerbated by bits of plastic lining her stomach, according to officials. Mariam became an internet star after images showed her nuzzling
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Sudan conflict: Senior commander Hemeti vows to stick with deal

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Hemeti is widely regarded as the most powerful man in Sudan A key military leader in Sudan has promised to abide by a power-sharing agreement with the opposition.Mohamed Hamdan "Hemeti" Dagolo - widely regarded as Sudan's most powerful man - made the pledge in a BBC interview as the two sides prepared to sign the landmark deal later on Saturday.Its aim is to end
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Grace 1: US issues warrant to seize Iranian oil supertanker

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Grace 1, which is currently anchored in the Strait of Gibraltar, is carrying 2.1m barrels of oil The US Justice Department has issued a warrant to seize a detained Iranian oil tanker, a day after a judge in Gibraltar ordered it to be released.The Grace 1 supertanker, which is carrying 2.1m barrels of oil, was detained on 4 July on suspicion of illegally transporting
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Candida auris: The new superbug on the block

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The drug-resistant fungus, Candida auris, was only discovered 10 years ago, but is now one of the world's most feared hospital microbes.There have been outbreaks across the world, and new research shows higher temperatures may have led to an increase in infections.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called for better understanding of who is most vulnerable to reduce risk.Here is everything
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Why Nigeria has restricted food imports

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Nigeria has invested a lot in boosting rice production in recent years President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to block food importers' requests for foreign currency in a bid to boost local agriculture in Africa's most populous country.It is a continuation of a policy that the president began after coming to office in 2015, when he banned the use of
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Why I ‘married’ an anime character

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There is a word in Japanese for people who are obsessed with video games and anime - otaku. An increasing number of otaku now say they have fallen in love with anime characters and given up on the idea of real-world romance.Akihiko Kondo wakes up every day to the sound of his wife's voice. She calls him from across the room in her high-pitched, girlish,
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Why US lags behind on graphic cigarette warnings

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An employee in a shop in Australia selects a package of cigarettes The US wants to put graphic images on cigarette packets - the first change to health warnings on tobacco products in 35 years. Other countries have long used such shock tactics to discourage smokers, so why does the US lag behind? Grisly images of cancerous tumours and diseased lungs and feet.Stark