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An Iranian man has broken the world record for the number of years spent without bathing.


He spent the last 60 years without a bath. The Iranian News Agency (IRNA) recently published pictures of the 80 year old man.


The agency noted that the man, Amoo Hadji, lives in the village of Dezhgah of Fars province in Iran.


The man’s most prized possession is his pipe, which is 3 inches in diameter.


Amoo Hadji lives in a stone shack built for him by his neighbours and he rests in a hole in the ground resembling a grave.


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German authorities said they have charged an 88-year-old former member of an SS armored division with 25 counts of murder over allegations that he took part in the largest civilian massacre in Nazi-occupied France.


Cologne state court spokesman Achim Hengstenberg said suspect Werner C., whose last name wasn’t given in accordance with German privacy laws, was also charged with hundreds of counts of accessory to murder in connection with the 1944 slaughter in Oradour-sur-Glane in southwestern France.

科隆邦法院發言人亨斯坦伯格指出,嫌犯維納 C.也被控以數百項與1944年法國西南部村莊「格拉納河畔奧拉杜爾」大屠殺有關的共謀謀殺罪。基於德國隱私法令,他的姓氏未公佈。

Dortmund prosecutors allege that the suspect shot 25 men, and then helped as troops blockaded and then set fire to a church, in which dozens of women and children were burned alive. In total 642 men, women and children were killed.


The suspect’s attorney, Rainer Pohlen, said his client doesn’t deny being at the village but said he never fired a shot that day and was not otherwise involved in any killings. The suspect was only 19 at the time.


On June 10, 1944 — just four days after the D-Day landings in Normandy — the German troops attacked Oradour-sur-Glane in reprisal for the French Resistance’s kidnapping of a German soldier.


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Scientists say they have discovered compelling evidence that diamonds exist in the icy mountains of Antarctica.


The researchers have identified a type of rock in the permanently frozen region that is known to contain the precious stones.


However recovering any Antarctic mineral resources for commercial purposes is currently forbidden.


Diamonds are formed from pure carbon under extreme heat and pressure at depths of about 150km in the Earth’s crust. Volcanic eruptions bring the valuable crystals to the surface, usually preserved in another type of bluish rock called kimberlite.


The presence of kimberlite has been a clue to significant deposits of diamonds in several parts of the world, including Africa, Siberia and Australia. Now researchers have, for the first time, found evidence of kimberlite in Antarctica.


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A small-town mayor in central Pennsylvania has an unusual campaign message: Don’t vote for me.


Bob Wiser is running unopposed for a second term as mayor of Port Matilda, a community near Penn State University.


But the 70-year-old resident recently decided he’d rather leave the post. Yet he missed the August deadline for taking his name off the ballot.


Wiser tells the Centre Daily Times that he’s asking voters to write in a qualified alternative candidate.


Wiser says he’s enjoyed his time in office. But he says he’s lost interest and is tired of butting heads with the borough council.


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An estimated 30 million people worldwide are living in modern-day slavery, according to the inaugural Global Slavery Index published Thursday.


The index, compiled by the Walk Free Foundation, said that while India by far had the largest number of enslaved people, the problem was most prevalent in the west African nation of Mauritania, where four percent of the population was deemed to be held in slavery.


The WFF hopes the annual index will help governments to monitor and tackle what it calls a "hidden crime".


"A lot of governments won’t like hearing what we have to say," chief executive Nick Grono told AFP.


Established in May last year, the WFF is a 20-strong team based in Perth on the Australian west coast, founded by philanthropists Andrew Forrest -- the chairman of Fortescue Metals Group -- and his wife Nicola.


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When Rob Taylor rolled down his car window on Christmas Eve and handed money to an apparently down on his luck man, the Iowa state representative from West Des Moines had no idea it was he who was about to receive a wondrous gift.


The man was dressed in shabby clothes and holding a sign indicating he was homeless. He stood on a bitterly cold street corner in the Des Moines suburb of Johnston handing sealed envelopes to people who gave him money.


The envelopes were stuffed with a letter and either a $10 or $100 bill. He handed out roughly $1,000 dollars in the 50 envelopes he gave away.


The letter inside the envelopes surprised Taylor when he opened it. It said that the ‘bum’ he just handed money wasn’t homeless, and was a successful business man giving back to people who do good.


Jonnie Wright was the man portraying the homeless panhandler. He told KCCI he did the giveaway because it was on his bucket list.


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Australia’s national science agency has issued a rare apology to a seven-year-old girl for not being able to make her a fire-breathing dragon.


The youngster, Sophie, wrote to a "Lovely Scientist" at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation(CSIRO), politely asking whether they could make her a winged pet of her own.

那個小傢伙,蘇菲,寫信給「聯邦科學暨工業研究組織 」(CSIRO)的「可愛的科學家」,客氣地詢問他們是否能夠為她製造一隻有翅膀的專屬寵物。

Sophie’s request prompted an unusual apology from the 87-year-old institution, which admitted "we’ve missed something".


"There are no dragons," it said in a blog reply posted on its website this week.


The enquiry had a fairytale ending Friday when the CSIRO announced that, thanks to Sophie’s letter, "a dragon was born".


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Likened to a weather forecast crossed with a church hymn, Switzerland’s national anthem could be binned in favour of a new version if campaigners get their way.




Too heavy on God and Alpine vistas, the anthem fails to reflect today’s values and has never been etched into the national psyche, critics say.




"Nobody knows the words! Anyone who tells you they do is a liar. Or else we manage the first few and afterwards we go ’la, la, la’," said Pierre Kohler, president of the jury holding an unofficial competition to choose a new anthem.


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Some 1400 people filed a joint lawsuit Thursday against three companies that manufactured Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, saying they should be financially liable for damage caused by its 2011 meltdowns.


Lawyers for the plaintiffs said that the lawsuit, filed at Tokyo District Court, is a landmark challenge of current regulations that give manufacturers immunity from liability in nuclear accidents. Under the Japanese nuclear damages compensation scheme, only the operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co., has been held responsible for the accident, triggered by a powerful earthquake and tsunami.


The 1415 plaintiffs, which include 38 Fukushima residents and 357 others from around the world, said that manufacturers _ Toshiba, GE and Hitachi _ failed to make needed safety improvements to the 4-decade-old reactors at the Fukushima plant. They are seeking compensation of 100 yen each, saying the idea is to raise awareness of the problem.


Akihiro Shima, a lawyer for the group, said that the nuclear plant manufacturers so far had not been held responsible "and their names are not even mentioned." The lawsuit is intended to bring attention to the problems of the system that protects the nuclear industry around the world, he said.(AP)



liable(for)︰負有…責任的、有…義務的。例句︰You are liable for this debt.(你有責任還清這筆債款。)

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A disgruntled viewer is suing Japan’s national broadcaster for mental distress caused by an excessive use of words borrowed from English.


Hoji Takahashi, 71, is seeking 1.4 million yen in damages from NHK.


"The basis of his concern is that Japan is being too Americanised," his lawyer Mutsuo Miyata told the news agency AFP.


English became more prevalent in Japan after World War II during the US-led occupation. This was followed by a growing interest in American pop culture.


The country’s modern vocabulary is littered with borrowed words, many of which are changed to fit the Japanese phonic structure.


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A couple who root for Ohio State say they’ve made sure their baby daughter embraces their football allegiance by giving her a name that implies automatic fandom: Scarlet Gray.


And those are the colors that Justin and Kim King’s 3-month-old daughter wears as her family watches Saturday games on their big-screen television.


Justin King tells The Sandusky Register the infant won’t have any choice but to be a Buckeyes fan for life.


Scarlet’s 3-year-old sister doesn’t share that obligation. Her name is Violet. (AP)



root for someone or something:慣用語,為某人、某事或某隊伍歡呼、鼓勵或表示支持。例句:We’re all rooting for the home team.(我們全都支持地主隊。)

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A bomb exploded in a bustling food market in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday, killing one person and wounding 13 others, officials said.


The blast hit Anarkali bazaar in the old city area of Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city and capital of relatively peaceful Punjab province.


TV footage showed broken tables and chairs outside a small restaurant in the street of food shops and stalls, where a bombing in July killed five people and wounded 50 others.


That attack was the worst bombing in Lahore since a teenage suicide attacker targeted a Shiite Muslim religious procession on January 25, 2011, killing at least nine people.


The attack came hours after a rare video interview was broadcast with Pakistan Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, who said he was still open to peace talks but complained the government had not taken any serious steps to begin a dialogue.(AFP)


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Saudi Arabia’s feared religious police entered a public park in the Gulf Kingdom and told women to stop using swings, an act that drew applause and criticism by viewers of a picture showing the men warning some women at the swings.


The picture went viral on social networks in Saudi Arabia before it was published by newspapers showing two men from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice warning women against using the swings.


“Some viewers of the picture supported the move by the Commission members on the grounds women using the swing could encourage men to harass or molest them,” the Saudi Arabic language daily ‘ Al Sada’ said.


“Others said they believe the act is not acceptable as it amounted to an unjustified interference and repression of women by the Commission.”


Saudi Arabia’s influential religious police also shut a restaurant in the conservative Kingdom for massive violations including allowing gender-mixing.


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There have been more than one thousand planets confirmed outside our Solar System, but only a few are within star clusters.


Using the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) HARPS instrument, researchers have found three new planets in the star cluster Messier 67.


Of these three newly discovered planets, two have been found orbiting stars similar to the sun.


There are two main types of star clusters:open clusters and globular clusters.


The open cluster is a group of stars recently formed in a single cloud comprised of gas and dust.


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The wearable computing craze went to the dogs with startup Whistle introducing a smart pendant that tracks physical activity levels and sleep patterns in canines.


"Whistle was inspired by my love of dogs," co-founder and chief executive Ben Jacobs said as his pooch, Duke, darted about a dog park near the company’s office in San Francisco.


"We’re introducing a window into their lives; creating a way for owners and veterinarians to take a preventative approach to our pets’ health."


Whistle devices attached to dog collars or harnesses use movement-sensing accelerometers to track activity and even how well a pet is sleeping, then relay the information wirelessly to smartphones or Wi-Fi hotspots.


An online database built in collaboration with researchers and veterinary groups allows individual dog activity patterns to be scrutinized for hints that something may be amiss.


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Kissing helps us assess potential partners if, like a Jane Austen heroine, we cannot wait forever for Mr Darcy to come along, a study suggests.


Scientists believe kissing helps people judge the quality of a potential mate through taste, smell and fitness.


Women were found to value kissing more highly in long-term relationships.


An online survey of 900 adults by the Oxford team, published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour, showed that men and women who were more attractive were more selective in choosing mates, and those groups valued kissing more highly.


This suggests that kissing helps in sizing up a potential partner, the study says.


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The guide dog that leaped onto subway tracks after his blind owner lost consciousness and fell off a station platform is assured a loving home after his retirement.


Cecil Williams, who has been recovering at a hospital with Orlando still by his side, had been slated to get another working dog in January or February to replace the 11-year-old black Lab.


Now, he would ideally like to have two dogs _ one working and one retired as a pet _ if logistics, physical abilities and finances allow.


If that’s not possible, the family that raised Orlando as a puppy says it will be "absolutely thrilled to have him back," said Guiding Eyes for the Blind spokeswoman Michelle Brier. "They’re very thrilled their little baby has made such a big difference." (AP)



by one’s side:慣用語,在某人身邊。

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Germany and Brazil are drafting a U.N. General Assembly resolution that would demand an end to excessive spying and invasion of privacy after a former U.S. intelligence contractor revealed massive international surveillance programs, U.N. diplomats said on Friday.


Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have both condemned the widespread snooping by the U.S. National Security Agency.


Charges that the NSA accessed tens of thousands of French phone records and monitored Merkel’s mobile phone have caused outrage in Europe. Germany said on Friday it would send its top intelligence chiefs to Washington next week to seek answers from the White House.


In response to the disclosures about U.S. spying, many of which came from fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the German and Brazilian U.N. delegations have begun work on a draft resolution to submit to the 193-nation General Assembly, several U.N. diplomats told Reuters.


General Assembly resolutions are non-binding, unlike resolutions of the 15-nation Security Council. But assembly resolutions that enjoy broad international support can carry significant moral and political weight.(Reuters)


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Two Czechs have breathed new life into telephone booths made obsolete in the cell phone age, converting them into mini libraries with the first installed at a Prague hospital recently.


On the shelves of the red booth, patients of the IKEM hospital will find a plethora of genres, including works by US crime writer John Grisham, Czech and Russian titles and biographer Andrew Morton’s "Diana: Her True Story".


Library mastermind Monika Serbusova, 27, said she and a friend drew inspiration from a similar project in Britain.


They won backing from a local phone operator, then built the libraries with the help of colleagues and friends, painting the booths and installing wooden shelves.


She said they intend to set up other libraries at a shopping centre and elsewhere. They currently have 700 books, but the selection will grow as people have promised to donate large collections. (AFP)


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Here’s a man who has been using ’Close-up’ brand of toothpaste for seven years in the hope of attracting a female. However, his hopes have been dashed and now he has decided to sue the brand as it has not aided him in attracting ladies with fresh smelling breath as the toothpaste ads suggest, according to Geobeats.


According to the 26-year-old man, Athony Olatunfe, Unilever Nigeria Limited has been sued and he has demanded that the company prove its claims with lab tests.


In the Close-up ads, women are shown flocking to men after they brush their teeth, Geobeats says.


Olatunfe says: "No girl ever agreed to even go out for a tea or coffee with me, even though I’m sure they could smell my breath. I always brush my teeth with so much close up gel to make sure the girls get turned on by my fresh breath as they usually show on TV."


The aggrieved man has submitted all of his used, half-used and unused tubes to the court as evidence. Unliever has been accused of ’cheating’ and causing him ’mental anguish’.


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