Ants that ‘explode’ to fight foes discovered on Borneo

When threatened by other insects, worker ants can rupture the wall of their body, which leads to their death and the release of a yellow toxin from their glands that either kills or holds off enemiesKUALA LUMPUR: A species of ant that “explodes”…

Indian YouTube singer has tearful reunion after 40 years

Khomdram Gambhir Singh was welcomed home to remote Manipur 40 years after he left, reunited with family when someone saw a YouTube video of him singing. Photo: AFP An Indian man missing for 40 years has had an emotional reunion with his family…

At 96, Mexican woman fulfills dream: going to high school

Guadalupe Palacios, who is seeking to live out her dream of finishing high school by her 100th birthday, is the most enthusiastic student in the classroom. Photo: AFP MEXICO: Guadalupe Palacios stands out in her high school class in Mexico, and it…

Study of Marco Polo’s will sheds new light on famed traveller

An exact replica of Marco Polo’s 700-year-old last will and testament, is seen in Rome, Italy, April 10, 2018. Picture taken April 10, 2018ROME: On January 9, 1324, the Venetian traveller, merchant and writer Marco Polo was preparing for his final…

Japanese man, 112, recognized as world’s oldest male

A farmer and lumberjack in his youth, Nonaka later ran a hot spring inn in his hometown of Ashoro, on Hokkaido island. Photo: Reuters ASHORO, Japan (Reuters) – A 112-year-old Japanese man born months before Albert Einstein published his theory of…

Nine-year-old Kashmiri boy invents counting pen

Muzaffar Ahmad Khan; Photo: ANI TwitterA nine-year-old kid from Gurez valley in Indian occupied Kashmir has invented a ‘counting pen’ that keeps a word count while writing.”It is a pen with a casing attached to its rear. Once someone starts…

Boy unearths legendary Danish king´s trove in Germany

Parts of the silver treasure are pictured on a table in Schaprode, northern Germany on April 13, 2018BERLIN: A 13-year-old boy and an amateur archaeologist have unearthed a “significant” treasure trove in Germany which may have belonged to the…

Malala, Imran among world’s most admired people in 2018

Photo: File Pakistani Nobel Laureate and education activist Malala Yousufzai and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan are among the world’s most admired people, according to an annual study compiled by YouGov.Malala is the seventh most admired…

Nestle to launch ruby chocolate KitKat in Europe and Americas

The move is part of a wider effort by Nestle, the world’s largest packaged food company, to push its confectionery creations upmarket with special innovations-ReutersZURICH: Nestle will launch a ruby chocolate version of its KitKat brand in…

Japanese confirmed as world´s oldest living man aged 112

Masazo Nonaka. Photo: Guinness World Records Masazo Nonaka from Japan was recognised Tuesday as the world´s oldest man at the ripe old age of 112, as his family revealed his secret: sweets and hot baths.Nonaka, who was born on July 25, 1905 –…

India woman writes ‘BOMB’ on suitcase, leads Brisbane airport into panic

Photo: TwitterA mislabeled bag at the Brisbane airport sent the Australian Federal Police (AFP) into a frenzy as they discovered a bag “BOMB to BRISBANEâ€� at the baggage claim.Venkata Lakshmi, 65, who was travelling from Mumbai to Brisbane last…

90,000-year-old finger from Saudi desert may rewrite human history

The single fossil finger bone of Homo sapiens – pictured from various angles – from the Al Wusta site, Saudi Arabia. Photo: ReutersA fossil finger bone dating back about 90,000 years that was unearthed in Saudi Arabia’s Nefud Desert is pointing…

First mock flight lands at new Islamabad airport

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Hitler’s portrait of a lover to go up for auction

FILE PHOTO: The signature of former German dictator Adolf Hitler is seen on a painting of the old registry office in Munich, at Weidler auction house in Nuremberg November 18, 2014. REUTERS BERLIN: An oil portrait believed to have been painted by…

Far from war, Basra’s cats lap it up in their own hotel

Cats are seen in cat hotels in Basra. Photo: ReutersBASRA: A world away from Iraq’s battlegrounds, Basra’s cat-lovers have found a haven for their favorite pets.Veterinary student Ahmed Taher Maki has turned his home in the southern city into…

Rare dinosaur prints found on Scotland’s Isle of Skye

 Dozens of rare footprints belonging to dinosaurs made some 170 million years ago have been discovered on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, offering an important insight into the Middle Jurassic era, scientists said on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters LONDON:…

SpaceX launches cargo to space station using recycled rocket, spaceship

SpaceX. Photo: APSpaceX blasted off a load of supplies Monday for the International Space Station aboard a rocket and a cargo ship that have both flown before, marking the second such flight for the California-based company.”Falcon 9 is on its…

Malala built girls school, a symbol of change in Pakistan

Pakistani students arrive at the Khpal Kor Model School, which was built with Malala Yousafzai´s Nobel prize money, in Malala´s home district of Shangla in Pakistan´s Swat region. Photo: AFP SHANGLA: Dozens of girls in grey-and-white uniforms…

First hijab-wearing Muslim to compete in Miss England

Maria Mahmood from Birmingham is set to become the first hijab-wearing Muslim to compete in Miss England.The 20-year-old who hopes to change mindsets about Muslims through the beauty pageant is through to the semi-finals. And if she wins, she aims…

Volkswagen storing around 300,000 diesel vehicles at US facilities

Reacquired Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sit in a desert graveyard near Victorville, California, US, March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy NicholsonVolkswagen has taken parking lots to a whole new level in the United States and will not be emptying them…

New frog species found in Venezuela and Colombia

The Hyloscirtus japreria frog is a new species discovered in the remote Perija mountain range shared by Venezuela and Colombia. (La Salle Natural History Museum of Venezuela)Venezuelan and Colombian scientists have identified a new species of frog…

NASA resuming search for planets orbiting stars beyond solar system

TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is shown in this photo obtained by Reuters on March 28, 2018. Photo: ReutersThe search for worlds circling stars far beyond our solar system will resume in the coming weeks with NASA’s launch of a…

Canadian teen wins $1,000 a week for life on 18th birthday

Photo: FileA Canadian teenager who bought a scratch ticket for the first time to celebrate her 18th birthday has hit the jackpot.Charlie Lagarde, from the province of Quebec, bought the scratch ticket to celebrate turning 18 on March 14.She won,…

Nine Pakistanis feature on Forbes ‘30 under 30’ Asia list

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Traces of Nimrod found in Gwadar: report

Photo: BBC UrduAn ancient gate named ‘Sutak Deen Dar’ some 150 kilometres from Gwadar has been traced back to Nimrod. BBC Urdu quoted experts as saying that ‘Sutak Deen Dar’ is symbolically referred to as a gate as it led to Mesopotamia from…

The longest flights in the world

PERTH: Qantas on Saturday launched the first non-stop passenger service linking Australia and Europe, with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner departing Perth for London on one of the longest flights in the world.The service makes Qantas one among a handful of…