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Stone in South African cave boasts oldest-known human drawing - Dotemirates
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Stone in South African cave boasts oldest-known human drawing

Washington: A small stone flake marked with intersecting lines of red ochre pigment some 73,000 years ago that was found in a cave on South Africa's southern coast represents what archaeologists on Wednesday called the oldest-known example of human drawing.The abstract design, vaguely resembling a hashtag, was drawn by hunter-gatherers who periodically dwelled in Blombos Cave overlooking the Indian Ocean, roughly 190 miles (300 km) east of Cape Town, the researchers said.It predates the previous oldest-known drawings by at least 30,000 years. While the design appears rudimentary, the fact that it was sketched so long ago is significant, suggesting the...


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Poachers linked to South African drug gangs are threatening the existence of a species of abalone, a sea snail that is highly prized by restaurants in China, a new report says.Stocks of abalone are declining at an unprecedented rate, according to research by conservation group Traffic.The affected abalone species, Haliotis midae, is only found in the waters off the coast of South Africa.Traffic wants it to be put on the global list of endangered species.About 96 million abalone are thought to have been poached since 2000.Every year some 2,000 tonnes of abalone flesh are dried, and smuggled abroad, mostly by...
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Giant spider-web cloaks land in Aitoliko, Greece

Warmer weather conditions in western Greece have led to the eerie spectacle of a 300m-long spider-web in Aitoliko.A vast area of greenery has been covered by the web, reports the Daily Hellas. Experts say it is a seasonal phenomenon, caused by Tetragnatha spiders, which can build large nests for mating. An increase in the mosquito population is also thought to have contributed to the rise in the number of spiders. Maria Chatzaki, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University of Thrace, Greece said high temperatures, sufficient humidity and food created the ideal conditions for the species to reproduce...
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The Note: Uncertainties cloud Kavanaugh fight

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Pak court orders release of Nawaz Sharif, daughter; suspends jail term

Islamabad: In a major relief to the Sharif family, a top Pakistani court suspended on Wednesday the jail sentences of former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law in a corruption case and ordered their release from a high-security prison. A two-judge bench of the Islamabad High Court heard the petitions filed by former Sharif, 68, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar challenging their conviction related to the purchase of luxury flats in London. Justice Athar Minallah read the judgment and suspended the sentences handed to them by the accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir on July 6....
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'Start Here': Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation, NFL Hall of Famers threaten boycott and couple charged with assault. What you need to know to start your day.

It's Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. Here's what you need to start your day: 1. Kavanaugh's accuser wants FBI investigation before testifying Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago, will not testify before the FBI investigates the matter, according to a letter released Tuesday night by her lawyer to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee set a public hearing for Monday to give Ford and Kavanaugh an opportunity to answer questions from lawmakers about the allegations. Ford’s lawyer wrote in the letter that an investigation “will ensure that the crucial facts...
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Palestinian schools strive to modernize classrooms

RAMALLAH: As the teacher pointed to the large touch screen, her first-grade classroom came alive. With the click of a link, an animated character popped up on the screen, singing and dancing as it taught the children how to read.The day’s lesson was the Arabic letter “Raa,” and the screen displayed cartoon pictures of objects that contain the letter — desert, chair and pomegranate — as the teacher asked the children to come up with other words. The students smiled and sang along.Just a few years ago, such scenes were unthinkable in most Palestinian classrooms. Like elsewhere in the Arab...