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Shepherds were tending sheep in Central Asia at least 8,000 years ago

Shepherds were tending sheep in Central Asia at least 8,000 years ago

Science
April 8 (UPI) -- Neolithic herders were tending flocks of sheep and goats as early as 8,000 years ago on the slopes of Central Asia's mountains. The earliest crops and domesticated livestock originated around 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent of Mesopotamia and the mountains of Western Asia. Advertisement During the millennia that followed, the so-called Neolithic Revolution spread north in Europe and south into Africa and South Asia. However, most researchers estimated it took a few thousand more years for sheep, cattle and goats to make their way to Central Asia. The latest research, published Thursday in the journal Nature Human Behavior, suggests livestock were moving along the trade pathways that would come to form the Silk Road much earlier than previously thought. The retur...
Ferry sinks after colliding in Bangladesh; at least 25 dead

Ferry sinks after colliding in Bangladesh; at least 25 dead

World
An official says rescuers have recovered 25 bodies from a river outside Bangladesh’s capital after a ferry collided with another vessel and capsizedByThe Associated PressApril 5, 2021, 10:12 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleDHAKA, Bangladesh -- Rescuers have recovered 25 bodies from a river outside Bangladesh's capital after a ferry collided with another vessel and capsized, an official said Monday.The ferry ML Rabit Al Hasan sank Sunday night after being hit by a cargo vessel in the Shitalakkhya River in Narayanganj district, just outside Dhaka, officials said.Fire and civil defense official Ershad Hossain said rescuers recovered five bodies overnight and 20 others on Monday. Nine other people remained missing, he said.Hossain said the double-decker ferry w...
‘Horrifying’ violence has killed at least 43 children in Myanmar, report says

‘Horrifying’ violence has killed at least 43 children in Myanmar, report says

World
At least 43 children have died in violence during Myanmar's coup, according to reports described as "horrifying".The death toll of children has more than doubled in the past 12 days and the total number of people killed now stands at 521, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) says. The youngest victim was a girl aged just seven years old.A total of 15 children under the age of 16 are among the casualties, including children aged nine and 11.Among those killed were a 13-year-old boy who was reportedly shot in the head while trying to run away from armed forces, and a 14-year-old Mandalay boy who was reportedly shot dead while he was inside or around his home. ...
‘Horrifying bloodshed’: At least 114 protesters shot dead in Myanmar – reports

‘Horrifying bloodshed’: At least 114 protesters shot dead in Myanmar – reports

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At least 114 people have been killed across Myanmar after security forces opened fire on protesters, according to local media reports.The deadly tally is said to include 13 in the country's second-biggest city, Mandalay, nine in the nearby region of Sagaing and seven in the commercial capital Yangon. A five-year-old is reported to be among those killed.The shootings came as people took to the streets again to protest against the 1 February coup, in defiance of a warning that they could be shot "in the head and back", as the junta celebrated Armed Forces Day. Image: The latest killings came as the junta celebrated Armed Forces Day Demonstrators had referred to the public holiday by its original name, Resistance Day, to mark the beginni...

At least 15 dead, 400 wounded in Equatorial Guinea blasts

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Equatorial Guinea authorities say a series of explosions at a military barracks in Equatorial Guinea killed at least 15 people and wounded at least 400 othersBy SAM MEDNICK and JOSEPH WILSON Associated PressMarch 7, 2021, 9:31 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleOUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso -- A series of explosions at a military barracks in Equatorial Guinea killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 400 others on Sunday, authorities said.State television TVGE read out a statement from President Teodoro Obiang Nguema which said the explosion was due to the “negligent handling of dynamite” in the military barracks located in the neighborhood of Mondong Nkuantoma in Bata. He said that the explosion occurred at 4 p.m. local time.“The impact of the explosion cau...