Traditional Thai massage gains Unesco heritage status

Practice of nuad Thai, which has gained global recognition, is added to Unesco’s ‘intangible cultural heritage’ list

The body-folding, sharp-elbowed techniques of Thai massage have been added to Unesco’s prestigious heritage list.

Originating in India and practised in Thailand for centuries, the massage was popularised when a special school opened in the 1960s to train massage therapists from around the world.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 9:16pm

Man saves dog after leash gets caught in elevator door – video

A Houston man, Johnny Mathis, saves the day – and the dog – by leaping into action when the leash of a neighbour's pet gets caught in an elevator door.  A security camera at their apartment complex captures the entire dramatic rescue. Mathis is thankful he was on hand to help: 'It could happen to anyone. A second is all it takes' 

• Florida dog drives doughnuts in unmanned car before police rescue

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Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 9:06pm

Australia's bushfires have emitted 250m tonnes of CO2, almost half of country's annual emissions

Exclusive: forest regrowth can reabsorb emissions from fires but scientists fear natural carbon ‘sinks’ have been compromised

Bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland have emitted a massive pulse of CO2 into the atmosphere since August that is equivalent to almost half of Australia’s annual greenhouse gas emissions, Guardian Australia can reveal.

Analysis by Nasa shows the NSW fires have emitted about 195m tonnes of CO2 since 1 August, with Queensland’s fires adding a further 55m tonnes over the same period.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 8:42pm

Thousands of 'penis fish' appear on California beach

Fat innkeeper worms typically burrow under the sand but recent storms have swept away layers, leaving them exposed

I’m not sure this is what the Weather Girls meant when they sang, “It’s raining men.”

Related: 'Truly astounding': inside the Farallon Islands' battle against a plague of mice

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Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 8:32pm

Queensland anti-protest laws 'inherently disproportionate', UN human rights experts say

Special rapporteurs say act could be used to ‘unduly restrict the right to freedom of peaceful assembly’

United Nations human rights experts have detailed “serious concerns” with anti-protest laws recently adopted in Queensland, which they say are “inherently disproportionate” and criminalise peaceful demonstrations.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:00pm

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