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How human food is changing wildlife

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Searching for a snack: ‘Human food’ can make up as much as 30% of a black bear’s diet If a bear is awake, it is hungry; any rubbish bin, landfill site, farm or even a car could provide a meal. But in an increasingly urbanised landscape, bears and other wildlife eat more “human food”, which is shifting their behaviour and biology. A study in the journal Scientific Reports found that bears with a diet rich in human food hibernated as much as 50 days less…

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Hillsborough trial: Liverpool fan saw ‘human cascade’

Image copyright PA Image caption Match commander David Duckenfield denies the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 fans A Liverpool supporter pulled fans from a “human cascade” on the terrace at Hillsborough, he has told a court. Frederick Eccleston said the central pens of the Leppings Lane terrace were “ram-packed full of people” while pens to the side were “half-empty”. He told Preston Crown Court he recalled “pulling people by their arms, their legs, their hair, their cheeks”. Former match commander David Duckenfield, 74, denies the gross negligence manslaughter of 95…

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Hotels train staff to spot human trafficking

Image copyright Getty Images The front line for preventing human trafficking might not be at airports, international borders or in police raids. It might be at the hotel check-in desk. An international hotel chain has completed a two-year project to train half a million staff with the aim of spotting potential victims of trafficking. Marriott’s workforce, in almost 7,000 hotels, have completed a process of mandatory training teaching them to look out for warning signs. “Hotels can unfortunately be unwilling venues for this unconscionable crime,” David Rodriguez, the hotel group’s…

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Siberian cave findings shed light on enigmatic extinct human species

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists using sophisticated techniques to determine the age of bone fragments, teeth and artifacts unearthed in a Siberian cave have provided new insight into a mysterious extinct human species that may have been more advanced than previously known. The entrance to Denisova Cave, which contains evidence of previous habitation by extinct human species, in the Anui River valley in the Altai mountains of Siberia, Russia, is shown in this image released on Jan. 30, 2019. Richard Roberts/Handout via REUTERS Research published on Wednesday shed light on the…

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Wang Quanzhang: China jails leading human rights lawyer

Image copyright Family Image caption Wang Quanzhang went missing in a 2015 crackdown China has sentenced prominent human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang to four and a half years in prison for state subversion. Wang, 42, had defended political campaigners, victims of land seizures, as well as followers of the banned spiritual Falun Gong movement. He was one of several lawyers and activists arrested in 2015 crackdown, and was the last to go on trial. China has in recent years intensified its prosecution of rights lawyers. Mr Wang was “found guilty…

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Kiwibot delivery robot catches fire after ‘human error’

Image copyright Talia Desch A food delivery robot was destroyed after it caught fire because of “human error”, its creator has confirmed. Kiwibot autonomous delivery robots have been rolling around the University of California, Berkeley campus for two years. On Friday, students found one of the robots in flames and shared photos on social media. Kiwi said the cause was a “defective battery” that had been accidentally installed in the robot. “One of the batteries for our robot that was idling started smouldering, eventually leading to some smoke and minor…

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Mulvaney called Trump ‘terrible human being’ in 2016, video shows

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mick Mulvaney has been praised by President Trump for doing “an outstanding job” while in the administration President Donald Trump’s choice of new acting White House chief of staff once described him as “a terrible human being”, it has emerged. A video shows Mick Mulvaney making the disparaging remark in a debate shortly before the 2016 presidential election. “Yes, I am supporting Donald Trump, but I’m doing so despite the fact that I think he’s a terrible human being,” Mr Mulvaney says. He describes Mr…

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Southwest Airlines flight U-turns after human heart discovery

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The plane was reportedly in the air for about three hours A US passenger plane travelling from Seattle to Dallas was forced to turn back hours into its flight because a human heart had been left on board. Southwest Airlines says the organ was flown to Seattle from California, where it was to be processed at a hospital to have a valve recovered for future use. But it was never unloaded and its absence was not noticed until the plane was almost half-way to…

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Huawei CFO arrest ‘violates human rights’, China says

Image copyright EPA Image caption Meng Wanzhou was detained while transferring between flights in Vancouver China has urged the US and Canada to “clarify” the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer. The daughter of the founder of the Chinese telecoms giant was arrested in Vancouver on 1 December and could face extradition to the US. Details of the arrest have not been released but the US has been investigating Huawei over possible violation of sanctions against Iran. China demanded her release, saying her detention was possibly a rights…

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