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China’s Wanda opens its answer to Hollywood

A massive "movie metropolis" billed as China's answer to Hollywood opened on Saturday, aiming to boost the domestic film industry and attract foreign producers. A total of 50 billion yuan ($7.9 billion) has been invested in building the studio complex in the eastern port city of Qingdao, according to the project's initiator, Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda, which is owned by one of China's richest men Wang Jianlin. But the opening lacked the high-wattage star power that turned out for the project's inauguration in…

Does Pentagon still have a UFO program? The answer is a bit mysterious

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon acknowledged on Saturday that its long-secret UFO investigation program ended in 2012, when U.S. defense officials shifted attention and funding to other priorities. But as to whether the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program has continued to investigate UFO sightings since its funding ended five years ago could rank as an unexplained phenomenon. The New York Times reported on Saturday that the hush-hush program, tasked with investigating sightings of unidentified flying objects, or…

UN dishes up prickly pear cactus in answer to food security

ROME: The prickly pear cactus, considered an essential food in Mexico, could be the answer to much of the world's food security woes, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Thursday. "While most cacti are inedible, the Opuntia species has much to offer, especially if treated like a crop rather than a weed run wild," the FAO said in a statement. The UN organisation -- which convened a group of experts to study the plant's potential and help farmers and policy makers use it in a more strategic and…