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Essay Factories Luring Students into Cheating Scams

By: Karie Cornell

While college students like Brigham Young University’s Cici Woods count pennies to pay for classes, possibly thousands of her classmates use — and maybe get cheated by — contract-cheating services. Companies are selling online undergraduate and postgraduate essays written on-demand, tailored to their assignment. It’s not only academic fraud, which...

Got Your Trunks? Tusker Splashes Out on World Elephant Day

By: Lee Bullen

The world’s largest land mammal is given a chance to party on World Elephant Day, an attention-grabbing event designed to remind people that the species’ very existence is threatened. Started in 2012, the day is meant to encourage an appreciation of elephants and promote an understanding of the challenges they...

Superchef Spills the Secrets that Made Him the Best in the World

By: Joe Golder

Talk about a comeback: The thrice-bankrupt Auberge du Vieux Puits was recently named the world’s best fine-dining restaurant by Tripadvisor, the high-profile U.S.-based travel and dining ranking website. In an exclusive interview with Zenger News, Gilles Goujon, the French eatery’s owner and three-Michelin star chef, dished on a variety of...

THE WAY WE LIVE NOW: The farm in the Heart of the City

By: Sergii Kharchenko

This residential area in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, surrounded by skyscrapers, looks like it could be anywhere around the globe. But nearly invisible among the dozens of tall high-rises is a group of one-story houses. But everyone who lives in the area knows the local landmark: “the pit.” The pit has...

Game Not Over: Cult TV Gamers’ Show Set for Reboot

By: Jacob Smith

If you thought Mike Tyson had the biggest comeback of 2020, you were mistaken.  During the 2020 virtual San Diego Comic Con event in July, former 24/7 video-game TV network G4 announced that it is returning with a relaunch in 2021 courtesy of parent company Comcast. The network announced on...

VIDEO: Monkey See Monkey Phew

By: Kate Plummer

Ella Fitzgerald’s classic lyrics have never been truer in London: “It’s too darn hot.” That’s especially true of the squirrel monkeys at the ZSL London Zoo, whose keepers are working to help them beat the heat. Footage posted by the Zoological Society of London on Facebook shows the monkeys jumping...

VIDEO: Naked man gives chase as wild boar steals bag

By: Michael Leidig

It’s hard to say who was more surprised:  The naked man whose bag was stolen by a wild boar and her litter of piglets, or the animals being chased by the human. The panicked man, who was bathing in the nude at a Berlin lake, chased off the hungry boars,...

Love can blossom in the bleakest of places

By: Lee Bullen

Engagement photos typically take place in such serene settings as a park or pedestrian plaza. But for a Palestinian couple, the perfect setting for their pre-wedding pix turned out to be the refugee camp where the bride-to-be grew up.   The newly engaged couple are Samih Mazien Mahmoud, 23, and...

Moldovan police officer sheds 140 pounds

By: Sergiu Nazaru

A Moldovan police officer who has lost 140 pounds over the past three years attributes her success to discipline, dedication and diet. Corina Repesciuc, 27, who lives in Causeni in the district of the same name in southern Moldova, weighed 295 pounds (21.1 stone) n 2014 when she graduated from...

16 adorable wild cats born in Siberian zoo

By: Sergiu Nazaru

Three litters with a total of 16 adorable wild kittens with large, bright blue eyes were born at the zoo in Novosibirsk, Siberia earlier this month, the zoo announced in a July 18 post on the Russian social media network VK.com. An exact date of their births was not provided....

Earlier arrival: Archaeological dig makes startling find

By: Lisa-Maria Goertz

An archaeological study inside a Mexican cave suggests humans inhabited North America up to 15,000 years earlier than previously believed. Researchers made the discovery in a cave in the central-northern Mexican state of Zacatecas. The findings of the scientific expedition, led by archaeologist Ciprian Ardelean of the Autonomous University of...

Rare red panda born at Dutch zoo

By: Matthew Hall

A red panda cub, whose sex has not been released, was born at the Beekse Bergen safari park in Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands. The park displays about 1,250 animals from over 150 species, varying from small mammals to large birds. The International Union for Conservation of Nature categorizes the red panda...

From staying at home to cycling to Tibet

By: John Feng

While the coronavirus stifled many opportunities, a single dad in China came up with a unique solution: He took his 4-year-old daughter on an inspiring 2,500-mile cycling journey to Tibet over two months. Dou Haobei, 26, decided to make the most of the recent downturn in business during the pandemic...

Appalling Zoo Conditions in Ukraine Lead to Wild Animal Auctions

By: Kateryna Malofieieva

In Ukraine, public auctions have a wild side — offering lions and bears — in the country’s first case of confiscating wild animals. The animals are being “auctioned” for free because there is no way to pay for their accommodation. The bigger issue is the back story: The brutal treatment...