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NGOs launch legal action against France over climate

The NGOs allege that France, where greenhouse gas emissions rose again in 2015, has not met its short-term climate objectives

Europe’s rhinos the latest target

The killing of a rhino in France is a warning that poachers may have found a new hunting ground – zoos.

World gets ready to rock for Live Earth

From New York to the Antarctic, from Shanghai to Rio de Janeiro, the world is getting ready to rock on Saturday as organisers of the Live Earth events seek to raise awareness of global warming. We publish a selection of the acts to look out for at the eight Live Earth concerts being promoted by former US vice-president Al Gore.

New Yorkers hope for moustache renaissance

''I think it's sexy,'' Donald Bradford says of the bushy growth that has adorned his upper lip for the past two months.Largely shunned since the 1980s, moustaches are enjoying something of a renaissance among young New Yorkers, following a comeback trail blazed by such hip role models as actor Nicolas Cage and the ultra-trendy fashion photographer Terry Richardson.

‘God or the Girl’: Catholic priesthood hits reality TV

God has finally come to United States reality television -- and against all guesses the oddball match has delighted the Roman Catholic Church. God or the Girl pits four aspiring young Catholic priests against their libidos during the final four weeks before their decisions to take the church's Holy Orders, with the vow of chastity.

Eye to eye, in search of a soulmate

''The eyes are the window of the soul.'' For New York's partying singles, that's the new credo for a good time and possibly a new partner. In a dimly-lit Manhattan bar, with soft music filling the background, 60 men and women sit in pairs gazing intently and silently into each other's eyes for a long, quiet three minutes, before switching to the next person.

US may soon salute Mrs President

Americans are getting used to the idea of being led by a female president, with political observers dreaming of a showdown between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Senator Hillary Clinton in the 2008 election. If polls and a television show about a woman president are any indication, Americans appear willing to elect their first woman president.

Writing is on the wall for New York graffiti artists

Having waged a long and largely successful war against its prolific graffiti artists, New York is seeking to disarm the city's hold-out "spray-painting punks" once and for all. Since January 1, a raft of new restrictions have come into force, including raising from 18 to 21 the age at which it is legal to possess "graffiti instruments".

Iron stomach needed for exhibition of Chinese bodies

Skinned and dissected, muscles, tendons and organs in full view, 22 bodies provided by a Chinese university have become one of the most controversial exhibitions seen in New York in recent years. The bodies have been placed in normal poses inside glass cases for people to gaze upon since Saturday.

Former Tyco executives sent to jail

Former Tyco International chief Dennis Kozlowski and his top lieutenant, Mark Swartz, were each sentenced to up to 25 years in prison in New York on Monday for looting the company of hundreds of millions of dollars. The two men stood accused of using the conglomerate as a personal piggy bank.

‘Dentally speaking, we all want to go to Hollywood’

Dazzlingly white, perfectly aligned ... and now with a touch of glamour: New York cosmetic dentists are offering smiles fit for a movie star. Recently, a semi-permanent prothesis -- known as ''snap-in veneers'' -- has become available. Made of resin, the veneers are placed over patients' teeth, allowing them to flash teeth like those of their favourite actor or actress.

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