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A two-headed tortoise with two hearts and six legs has gone on show on Friday at the exhibition called Live Dragons at a natural science museum in Kiev, Ukraine

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A two-headed tortoise with two hearts and six legs has gone on show on Friday at the exhibition called Live Dragons at a natural science museum in Kiev, Ukraine. The 5-year-old Central Asian steppe turtle with two heads and six paws is displayed as part of the exhibition at the Science History Museum in Kiev. The Ukrainian-born reptile, on display at the museum, has a heart-shaped shell about a d...

History of chocolate is being re-told in Akmescit, capital of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Ukraine, where a chocolate museum was opened

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...eing re-told in Akmescit, capital of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Ukraine, where a chocolate museum was opened. Opened in 2008, the museum used 1,5 tons of Belgian chocolate to tell the story of chocolate. It took 6 months to make chocolate paintings and statues in a bid to tell the story of chocolate from Mayas to up to date. Every piece in the exhibition is unique and handmade. The most...

The Natural History Museum (NHM) in London has acquired the 1kg piece of the Tissint rock thanks to an anonymous benefactor

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...ell and has absolutely minimal contamination,” explained Dr. Caroline Smith, meteorite curator at the NHM. “It is as if it has just been blasted off Mars. It is effectively a pristine sample of Mars.” The Natural History Museum (NHM) in London has acquired the 1kg piece of the Tissint rock thanks to an anonymous benefactor NHM staff will use computed tomography (CT) scans to loo...

John Kerry has said US would be "disappointing" if Russia and China had helped fugitive Edward Snowden evade US attempts to extradite him from Hong Kong

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...would be “disappointing” if Russia and China had helped fugitive Edward Snowden evade US attempts to extradite him from Hong Kong. Speaking during a visit to India, John Kerry said there would inevitably be “consequences” to such a move. Edward Snowden flew from Hong Kong to Moscow on Sunday. A seat was booked in his name on a flight to Cuba on Monday morning, but he is not...

Vitaly Churkin told a Security Council meeting that Viktor Yanukovych wrote Vladimir Putin asking for troops in Crimea

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...nel besieged in their bases waited nervously for the deadline to pass, many of them preparing for an attack by Russian troops and pro-Moscow militias. However, a deputy commander at one of Ukraine’s units, named only as Major Lisovoy, told local ATR TV that there were no attempts to storm the base. “We’re all in high spirits, ready to defend our base. There was no official ultima...

Sergei Filin's eyesight was damaged when a masked attacker threw sulphuric acid in his face

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...ef report on the police website said the unnamed person was “one of the suspects” in the attack on January 17, which shocked the arts world. “The necessary investigative measures are now being taken,” it added. Sergei Filin’s eyesight was damaged when a masked attacker threw sulphuric acid in his face. He was released from hospital in Moscow last month for follow-up t...

Miss Piggy has now joined her on-screen paramour Kermit the Frog and other 19 puppets created by Jim Henson in the Smithsonian Institution's collection

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...n “They are like living beings.” The fame-seeking Miss Piggy will be on view within the museum’s American Stories exhibition, which starts in March 2014. Several other Muppets and Sesame Street characters will be part of a broader puppetry display that will open this November. “The Muppets are very much a touchstone to my childhood,” said museum director John Gray. J...

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe has visited Amsterdam's Anne Frank House museum, weeks after 300 copies of her famous diary were vandalized in Tokyo

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...after Japan’s surrender but was never charged and went on to serve as prime minister. Speaking at the Amsterdam museum, Shinzo Abe noted the “deep connection” between Japan and the Anne Frank diary, and the fact that many Japanese visit the museum. “Looking ahead to the many years of the 21st Century I would like to ensure that we will never see the same things happening, a...

The Louvre Museum in Paris did not open on Wednesday due to a strike organized by staff protesting over pickpockets

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The Louvre Museum in Paris did not open on Wednesday due to a strike organized by staff protesting over pickpockets. Staff at one of the world’s most visited museums said thieves, some of them children, were targeting both employees and tourists. Two hundred workers took part in a strike organized by the SUD union, according to AFP news agency. The Louvre Museum in Paris did not open on We...

The foundation that runs 9-11 memorial estimates that once the $700 million project is complete, the memorial and museum will together cost $60 million a year to operate

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The National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center is an awesome spectacle that moved and inspired some 4.5 million visitors in its first year. But all that magnificence comes with a jaw-dropping price tag. The foundation that runs the memorial estimates that once the $700 million project is complete, the memorial and museum will together cost $60 million a year to operate. T...

The Art Newspaper said the removal of the black paint on the replica had revealed "the fine details of the delicate Tuscan landscape", which mirrors the background of Leonardo's masterpiece

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...ys to analyze the original drawings underneath, conservators have concluded the work was carried out at the same time as Leonardo’s original. Prado Museum presented its findings at a conference on Leonardo da Vinci at London’s National Gallery. There is still some restoration to complete on the painting but, once it is finished, it will be exhibited at the Louvre in March, allowing vis...

A Russian passenger plane has crashed into a main road outside Moscow, killing at least four people

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...een eight and 12 people on board the Red Wings Tupolev-204, flight number RWZ9268, which was landing at Vnukovo airport. Images of the scene show the aircraft split into several pieces, with the cockpit on the road. Four people were severely injured, emergency officials said. A Russian passenger plane has crashed into a main road outside Moscow, killing at least four people The plane’s tail...

Pussy Riot members were jailed for two years for staging an anti-Kremlin protest in Moscow's main cathedral

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A Russian court in Moscow has begun hearing an appeal by three activists from punk band Pussy Riot. In August, three members of Pussy Riot were jailed for two years for staging an anti-Kremlin protest in Moscow’s main cathedral, Christ the Saviour. The Russian Orthodox Church said on Sunday that clemency should be possible for the trio as long as they repented what they called their “...

A video of Moscow plane crash has emerged showing how close one motorist came to becoming another victim of the deadly event

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...or Ministry officials believe the cause of the crash could be pilot error. Light snow was falling in Moscow at the time. The plane was flying in from Pardubice, in the Czech Republic after dropping off tourists and then returning to its home Moscow base with just crew on board. A criminal case over possible flight safety violations has been launched, said official spokesman of Investigative Commit...

Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed that Edward Snowden is still in the transit area at Moscow airport

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...ed. Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed that Edward Snowden is still in the transit area at Moscow airport Speaking at a news conference earlier on Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Moscow to comply with common law practices between countries and extradite Edward Snowden to America. “There are standards of behavior between sovereign nations. There is common law,...

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure said he was subjected to racist chanting during his team's 2-1 win in Moscow

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UEFA has decided to open disciplinary proceedings against CSKA Moscow for the “racist behavior of their fans” during their home Champions League match against Manchester City. Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure said he was subjected to racist chanting during his team’s 2-1 win in Moscow on Wednesday. The European governing body says the case will be dealt with by its discipli...

Edward Snowden has left the Moscow airport where he has been staying since June

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Edward Snowden has left the Moscow airport where he has been staying since June, his lawyer said. Anatoly Kucherena said Edward Snowden had received the necessary papers to enter Russian territory from the transit zone at Sheremetyevo Airport. Edward Snowden has left the Moscow airport where he has been staying since June Russia is currently considering his request for asylum. The US has charged...

Alexei Navalny has told supporters he will fight and win the Moscow mayoral vote, after he was freed from jail pending an appeal against a five-year jail term

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...d take part in campaigning for the election as long as it was possible. A number of riot police were at the station and security forces were deployed in the surrounding area, Interfax news agency reports. Hours after his conviction was announced in Kirov on Thursday, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Moscow in an unsanctioned demonstration. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman D...

Fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden has sent asylum requests to 21 countries

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...ntries to which he has applied. The 30-year-old former intelligence systems analyst, who is holed up at Moscow airport, is wanted by the US on charges of leaking secrets. US Secretary of State John Kerry was expected to discuss Edward Snowden’s case in talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Brunei. The WikiLeaks press release said that most o...

German Green MP Hans-Christian Stroebele has met Edward Snowden in Moscow

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...Edward Snowden set out his position in a letter, which Hans-Christian Stroebele showed to reporters at a news conference on Friday. The scale of the alleged US espionage has provoked international concern and calls for tighter supervision. Asian countries have protested at claims that Australia was involved in a US-led spy network. China has demanded an explanation of the reports, while Indonesia...

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has vanished from sight since she was moved to a new prison 10 days ago

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...ved any news about her and her current location was being kept secret. She had been on hunger strike at a penal colony in Mordovia. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and another band member were jailed over a protest in a Moscow cathedral. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has vanished from sight since she was moved to a new prison 10 days ago They were sentenced to two years’ imprisonment after performing a cru...

The two-year jail term of Yekaterina Samutsevich was suspended

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A Moscow court has freed Yekaterina Samutsevich, one of the convicted women from the punk band Pussy Riot, but upheld two-year jail terms for the other two. There were cheers in court when the two-year jail term of Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, was suspended. Earlier the trio spoke defiantly at the appeal hearing, saying their protest song was political and not anti-Church. In August they were jail...

Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden Jr. spoke to reporters after more than 300 people took to the streets Sunday, calling for him and other city officials to resign

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...locked traffic by lying down on Interstate 25 and unruly crowds trapped people and officers in cars. Protesters also started attacking each other, impeded emergency crews and blocked the entrance to a hospital. There was only one minor injury, an officer who hurt his knee, Gorden Eden said. Four protesters were arrested during the 12-hour demonstration. Sunday’s protest and another last week...

Saudi Arabia’s government has stepped up warnings to women not to defy a ban on female drivers by taking part in a mass driving protest

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...ver whether to lift the ban. Earlier this week, about 100 conservative clerics asked for an audience at the royal court in the capital, Riyadh, to denounce the campaign as a conspiracy by women and a threat to the country. But there have been indications of a less hardline attitude by the authorities than back in 1990, and at the second protest in 2011. As part of the latest campaign, dozens of wo...

Pakistani government has reached a deal with cleric Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri to end his mass protest near parliament in Islamabad

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Pakistani government has reached a deal with cleric Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri to end his mass protest near parliament in Islamabad, the two sides say. The details of the deal are unclear. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri’s supporters want the government to resign ahead of elections due to be held in May. Pakistan was thrown into crisis on Tuesday by the protests and a court order to arrest PM Raja Per...