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My stomach has endured the full scope of awful foods this planet has to offer Trying adventurous food is a big part of travelling, but India, where I'm travelling through now, has more problems with [food] hygiene than anywhere else in the world. It's a cultural problem, as eating meat is a rarity in rural areas, so they treat it like a vegetable, keeping it in a cupboard. So when the occasional Westerner passes through, by the time it's pulled out, it's been in there for a few months. When travelling across poorer parts of India now, I try to survive off rice and dahl.

The News Matrix: Tuesday 3 September 2013

Graft crackdown hits demand for shark fin

The roof of a Hong Kong factory building is covered in drying shark fins. Consumption has fallen faster in China than in Hong Kong, suggesting the anti-graft campaign is having an effect.

Shark fin soup off the menu: China’s crackdown on extravagant banquets gives sharks a second chance

Sharp fall in shark fin consumption reflects anti-corruption drive, not changing attitudes

Oarfish, thresher shark or devil sea monster? Speculation continues to surround discovery of mysterious rotting carcass on beach

Experts from the country’s marine­ protection society Promar are now analysing the "sea monster" in a bid to identify it

German tourist Jana Lutteropp dies a week after losing arm in Maui shark attack

Jana Lutteropp, 20, had been in a "very critical condition" on life support following the attack in which she lost an arm

The News Matrix: Friday 16 August 2013

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Regent's Park may be not able to run to an Alpine peak, but the Open Air Theatre in its bosky embrace proves to be a lovely location for this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic in which the presence of the mountains is so strongly felt.

Maybe our ancestors will have beaks, like this swan

Scientist claims humans could evolve beaks instead of teeth

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Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum to head firm making films with Christian message

'We want good writers, actors, and producers who want to make honest, uplifting content'

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The News Matrix: Tuesday 28 May 2013

Death sentence for baby-killer

Police in inflatable rubber boats shoot at a shark off Muriwai Beach near Auckland as they attempt to retrieve a body following a fatal attack

Award-winning film-maker Adam Strange killed in shark attack off New Zealand beach

Police fired gunshots at huge predator before it disappeared

Walk on by: Buddhist monks on their way to a monastery in Bhutan

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'If there's something to see, I'm there'

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A British grandfather on holiday in Australia is being hailed as a hero after he grabbed a shark by its tail and tried to drag it away from people playing at the edge of the sea.

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