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Greta Thunberg files trademark for her name

 Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg has applied to trademark her name. She said on Instagram that the move would allow legal action against persons or companies trying to use her name or the …

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Belgian ex-King admits fathering child after DNA test

Former Belgian King Albert II has admitted he is the father of a woman born from an affair, after he was forced to give a DNA test which came back positive. He had been fighting the paternity claim by Belgian artist Delphine …

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Stress does make hair turn grey - scientists

Scientists have proven that extreme stress really can make the hair turn grey, by turning-off the pigment-regenerating stem cells which colour follicles. When the French queen Marie Antoinette was seized during the French Revolution, …

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IKEA recalls travel mugs due to chemical concerns

Swedish furniture company IKEA has urged customers to stop using Troligtvis travel mug due to fears that the product may exceed the prescribed limits for certain chemicals. In a statement, an Ikea spokesperson urged …

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Trump promises to protect gun rights in U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump said that Democrats in Virginia were "working hard" to take away Americans' Second Amendment rights, as thousands descended on the State Capitol in Richmond to attend a gun rights …

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Harry and Meghan giving up royal titles and state funding

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will give up their royal titles and eschew some state funding in a deal brokered to end a crisis that broke out after the couple announced they would step back from the royal family. The …

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Louvre reopens after strike

The Louvre in Paris, the world's most visited museum, has reopened after being shut down by workers striking over government plans to overhaul France's pension system, RFI reports. It was the first time since the strike began on …

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World warned of 'much extreme weather' in 2020

The past decade has been the hottest on record, the UN said, warning that the higher temperatures were expected to fuel numerous extreme weather events in 2020 and beyond. "The year 2020 has started out where 2019 left off - …

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Versace renounces use of kangaroo leather

The Italian fashion house Versace will no longer use kangaroo leather in its products, according to media reports. The decision was taken some time ago, affecting the fashion brand’s 2019 collection, but only came to light …

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Food 'made from air' to compete with soya?

Finnish scientists producing a protein "from thin air" say it will compete with soya on price within the decade. The protein is produced from soil bacteria fed on hydrogen split from water by electricity. The …

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Ways to extend disease-free life expectancy revealed

Experts from Harvard University and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences suggested that healthy habits such as drinking in moderation, staying slim and exercising for at least 30 minutes a day could extend people’s disease-free …

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Twitter to allow users to limit replies

Twitter has said it will test new features that allow users to control who can reply to their posts - or block replies entirely. "We want to help people feel safe participating in the conversation on Twitter," BBC cited the …

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Scientists name dangerous tea

Regular tea can be hazardous to health if it is not brewed with boiling water, Focus Online reports with a reference to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (Germany). The researchers found that barely warm water - 26 to 30 °C …

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Jeffrey Wright off to Gotham

It has been an exciting few years for fans of DC Comics’ Batman. And even though we’re only a few days into 2020, it’s shaping up to be yet another whirlwind. Because according to The Batman star Jeffrey …

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World's oldest woman turns 117 years old

Japanese Kane Tanaka has extended her record as the world's oldest person by celebrating her 117th birthday at a nursing home in Fukuoka in southern Japan. She marked her birthday with a party on Sunday along with staff and friends …

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'Holland' no longer exists in 2020

From January 1, the Netherlands will officially drop “Holland” from all literature and marketing materials, so the country will only be referred to be its official name. The move comes as part of a wider rebranding …

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