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Personality is from 'nurture'

Personality is the result of nurture and not nature, according to a new study.

Zebra finches observed by a team of researchers at the universities of Exeter in England and Hamburg in Germany showed foster parents had a greater influence on the personalities of offspring than genes inherited from birth parents.

The findings, published in the journal Biology Letters, measured the personality of the birds by placing them in a new environment and counting the number of features they visited.

 

BLAZE ON TRAIN AT RUSH HOUR

A rush-hour fire in Moscow's underground railway injured dozens of people, forced the evacuation of thousands of commuters and closed parts of the network today.

The fire started after a power cable caught fire in a tunnel leading to the Okhotny Ryad station near Red Square.

More than 45 people sought medical help and seven were admitted to hospital. Most of them suffered from smoke inhalation.

 

KATE-PRANK DJ WINS 'TOP JOCK'

One of the Australian DJs who made a prank call to the central London hospital where Kate Middleton was being treated has been awarded the title of "top jock" by his employer.

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha was found dead three days after she took the call from Michael Christian and his colleague Mel Greig when they rang King Edward VII's Hospital where the British royal was being treated in December.

 

SHARIF BACK AS PAKISTAN'S PM

Pakistan's parliament has elected Nawaz Sharif as prime minister, marking a historic transfer of power in a country that has undergone three military coups.

Sharif received 244 votes in the 342-seat parliament, returning him to the prime minister's office for an unprecedented third time.

The vote was widely expected after Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-N won the May 11 elections.

Sharif, who was deposed in a military coup in 1999, will today be sworn in by the president.


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