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Man stabs his friend in the chest for being late

RUSSIA: Events took a shocking turn as an amusing argument between two friends turned hazardous when one appears to stab the other in the heart. A video recorded by a passenger at the train station shows a row that started between two possibly drunk pals. In the clip, the man uses a homemade weapon to kill his mate after an apparent row over punctuality. The video shows the last moments of the man, who traveled more than 700 miles from the city of Tyumen in the central Russian Tyumen Oblast region, to see his friend.…

How plants can tell friend from foe

A plant’s immune system can recognize whether a piece of RNA is an invader or not based on whether the RNA has a threaded bead-like structure at the end, say University of Tokyo researchers. Their finding provides an answer to the quarter-century-old question of why RNAs belonging to the plant escape its self-defence mechanism, paving the way for future biotechnological techniques to modify crops. Our immune system protects us from diseases and infections by fighting off viruses and other foreign substances. Plants…

Singer Selena Gomez reveals kidney transplant

LONDON: Pop star Selena Gomez revealed that she underwent a kidney transplant over the summer, in a post on her official Instagram account that showed her in a hospital beside her friend, who donated the organ. In the post, shared on Thursday, the “Good For You” singer said that fans had been wondering why she had been “laying low” over the summer. “I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health,” she said. Gomez, who has 126…

Friend of South Korea’s Park denies charges as trial begins

SEOUL: A friend of South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the centre of a corruption scandal that led to Park's impeachment in parliament denied charges of fraud and abuse of power on Monday on the first day of her trial. The friend, Choi Soon-sil, 60, who had not appeared in public since arriving at a prosecutors' office on Oct. 31, was led into court by two correctional officers, her head down, wearing a bulky grey prison suit with a number on her chest. She is charged with pressuring big businesses to pay money to…