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UKRAINE PARLIAMENT DEBATES AMNESTY FOR PROTESTERS
The Ukrainian Parliament is expected to debate an amnesty for pro-EU protesters who are being detained after the recent clashes in Kiev and other cities around the country, German news agency DPA reports. According to the capital’s Deputy Mayor Anatoly Golubchenko, the property damage from the ongoing protests in the city center of Kiev exceeds $2.5 million.

DEADLY CLASHES WITH ISLAMISTS IN PHILIPPINES
At least 40 fighters from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters have been killed in an assault launched by the Philippine army, Xinhua quotes a military official as saying. The rebels involved in the fighting want an independent Islamic state and have carried out deadly attacks over the last few years to thwart the ongoing peace negotiations between the government and the main Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Read more from Philippine daily, The Inquirer.

THE LIMITS OF THE OBAMA AGENDA

After President Obama’s State of the Union address yesterday, several commentators highlighted what The New York Times characterized as “scaled-down ambition,” as Obama admitted his limited power to push his agenda Congress.

  • The Los Angeles Times asks “what happened to the visionary politician who promised that his inauguration would mark the moment the rise of the oceans began to slow?” and answer by simply saying: “Reality has sunk in.”

  • In The Guardian, American columnist Gary Younge notes that the speech “could have been written at almost any time since Obama took office,” since it offered little novelty, adding that “when Obama said “Let’s make this a year of action,” it made you wonder what they'd been doing these past five years.”

BANGKOK TO DEPLOY 10,000 POLICE OFFICERS ON ELECTION DAY
Thailand’s government announced that 10,000 police officers will be deployed in the capital of Bangkok on Sunday, in a bid to counter anti-government protesters who have pledged to prevent the vote from taking place by blocking polling stations,The Bangkok Postreports.

TURKISH LIRA ON THE RISE AGAIN AFTER INTEREST RATE MOVE
The Turkish lira soared after weeks of free fall, following a decision from the country’s Central Bank to ramp up interest rates, despite the opposition of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Read more from Reuters.

VERBATIM
In a 2011 interview to be broadcast for the first time today by France 3, late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi calls former French President Nicolas Sarkozy "mentally deficient"...

CRIME INT’L
Poetry can be dangerous, especially in Russia. See why.

HOW TO GET FREE MEALS
A cunning man in China found a simple and legal way (at least in China) to eat free meals for almost a year. Read more about it here.

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Benjamin Button For Real? Scientists Are Close To Cracking The Code To Reverse Aging

The discovery that earned Japan's Shinya Yamanaka the 2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine has paved the way for new research proving that aging is a reversible process. Currently just being tested on lab mice, will the cellular reprogramming soon offer eternal youth?

A discovery about cellular reprogramming could help reverse aging.

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PARIS — Barbra Streisand loved her dog Samantha, aka Sammy. The white and fluffy purebred Coton of Tulear was even present on the steps of the Elysée Palace, the French President’s official residence, when Streisand received the Legion of Honor in 2007.

As the singer and actress explained inThe New York Times in 2018, she loved Sammy so much that, unable to bring herself to see her pass away, she had the dog cloned by a Texas firm for the modest sum of 50,000 dollars just before she died in 2017, at the age of 14. And that's how Barbra Streisand became the happy owner of Miss Violet and Miss Scarlet, two puppies who are the spitting image of the deceased Samantha.

This may sound like a joke, but there is one deeply disturbing fact that Harvard Medical School genetics professor David A. Sinclair points out in his book Why We Age – And Why We Don’t Have To. It is that the cloning of an old dog has led to two young puppies.

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