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Shridhar Chillal of India stands with his grand daughter Shraddha Chillal at an announcement that the five fingernails he grew for 66 years will be displayed in Ripley’s Believe it or Not in New York. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

They took 66 years to grow but only a couple of minutes to chop off. On Wednesday, Shridhar Chillal from Pune, India, who holds the Guinness World Re(...)

It is nearly impossible to know what’s really going on up in space

There is a seemingly minor administrative change in the new American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act. Passed unanimously by the US House of Represe(...)

India’s supreme court castigated the authorities for not acting quickly enough to protect the Taj Mahal in Agra. Photograph: EPA/STR

India’s supreme court has declared that preservation of the Taj Mahal from environmental degradation is a “hopeless cause”. Responding to a public-in(...)

Google said it would start to showcase local news more within its search results. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Google is set to extend its global initiative aimed at supporting journalism in the digital age to online video, with a $25 million investment that wi(...)

Duduzane Zuma at Johannesburg’s specialised commercial crime court on charges of corruption, on Monday. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

One of former South African president Jacob Zuma’s sons has been charged with corruption linked to the alleged attempted bribery of a senior governme(...)

Flies were found in food businesses by Food Safety Authority inspectors in June.  Photograph: Getty

A high volume of live and dead flies in one premises, grease dripping from an extraction canopy onto a dishwasher in another, “unidentifiable dirt” on(...)

Lorraine Walsh: “Imagine seven surgeries to try and preserve fertility and allow us to have the children we so desperately longed for, followed by failed IVF because the surgery depleted my ovarian reserve due to compromised blood supply.”  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

“I can’t imagine what you must be going through” is what Galway woman Lorraine Walsh has generally heard when she has told people she is one of the wo(...)

A computerised impression of the Shivaji statue planned near the Mumbai shoreline.

For all the famed exploits of the 17th century Hindu warrior king Shivaji, he never extended his domain to Bombay, instead watching from afar as the f(...)

South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co estimated on Friday earnings grew at the slowest pace in more than a year in the second quarter, as ana(...)

Austria’s chancellor Sebastian Kurz listens to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani during a joint press conference  in Vienna on Wednesday. Photograph: Robert Jaeger/AFP/Getty Images

A potential confrontation between the US and Iran is brewing in the Strait of Hormuz after Tehran threatened to block the Gulf passageway in retaliati(...)

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