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California aquarium successfully hatches rare sea dragons

A Southern California aquarium has successfully bred the rare weedy sea dragon, the lesser known cousin of the seahorse that resembles seaweed when floating. San Diego’s Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography said in a news release Thursday that two weedy sea dragons have hatched this week, making the …

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Fighting coronavirus fears in Japan is an Olympian task

The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics were supposed to be a celebration of recovery and a powerful symbol of how Japan has put a run of natural disasters and bad luck behind it. But it’s looking increasingly likely that the fallout from the coronavirus epidemic will spoil the party. While there …

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Chair of Iowa Democratic Party resigns amid caucus fiasco

The chair of the Iowa Democratic Party resigned Wednesday after a disastrous caucus process beset by technical glitches led to a days-long delay in reporting the results, inconsistencies in the numbers and no clear winner. The embarrassing episode also threatened Iowa’s cherished status as the first voting contest of the …

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London’s Big Ben more damaged than first thought

Britain’s Big Ben tower at the Houses of Parliament was more badly damaged by German bombs during World War Two than originally thought, experts said on Thursday, as the bill for its restoration rose by nearly 20 million pounds ($35 million Cdn). The 177-year-old tower has been swathed in scaffolding …

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