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Hong Kong: Young enthusiasts want scientific study of aliens

Most people dismiss studies of UFOs and extra-terrestrials (ETs) as nothing more than pseudo-science based on myths, hearsay and wild imaginations, but Don Mak Ho-ting, 23, does not agree.

The talkative event organiser believes the issue of aliens and flying saucers needs to be scientifically studied by academics from a wide range of disciplines.

"Most people think UFOs and ETs are nothing more than science-fiction plots. Most of the talk about aliens is confined to playful jokes about their funny-looking appearances. Instead of being make-believe and lacking any scientific evidence, the study of aliens is a serious academic pursuit spanning subjects like physics and astrology," said Mr Mak, one of the members of the Hong Kong UFO Club. He was a guest speaker on a local radio programme about supernatural beings for two years.

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Truth about how UFOs affect cars is out there

June 21, 1954 -- Ridgeway, Ontario: A couple spotted a UFO while driving near Lake Erie. The UFO was metallic, shaped like a flattened sphere and the witnesses chased it in their car. When the car crossed the UFO's path, the car stalled. The UFO landed in the woods nearby and the car could only be restarted after pushing it some distance away.

May 1967 -- Vauxhall, Alta.: A couple saw a lit object in the sky. During the sighting, the headlights of their car flickered. Another motorist's engine failed during the sighting.

Winter 1995 -- Winnipeg, Manitoba: A car driving northbound to Selkirk stopped dead on the highway. The ignition failed repeatedly. A disc-shaped UFO hovered over the car for 15 seconds, then disappeared. After the departure of the object, the car functioned again.

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Woodford Green, UK: MoD appeals for calm after UFO sighting

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has appealed for calm after a UFO was spotted over Woodford Green.

Two residents have contacted the Guardian saying they saw a strange object flying through the sky last weekend above the Winston Churchill statue on Woodford Green.

MoD spokeswoman Susan Coulthard said: "It's certainly common that people see something they don't understand.

"There are many possible explanantions for such sightings, whether it is aircraft, ballons or other similar objects."

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Romania: Police blame ghosts for damage

Romanian cops have closed a vandalism investigation that left local houses in ruins by concluding ghosts were to blame.

Families living in Lilieci reported windows broken, bicycles flying through the air, objects moving on tables and candles blown out when there is no wind.

When they complained they were being hounded by evil spirits to police they were laughed at.

But after officers saw the evidence with their own eyes they filed a report saying that ghosts were to blame.

Mircea Hadimbu, 68, who says his house has now been completely wrecked, said: "The windows started to break one by one. I saw two bicycles moving through the air on their own."

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US: Pig-grabbing space aliens are the talk of Tappen, North Dakota, and beyond

Pig-grabbing space aliens are the talk of Tappen, North Dakota, and beyond.

But Torrey Briese, whose family counts three close encounters with the inexplicable, doesn't much worry what others think.

"Some people probably aren't going to believe it. I'm not even trying to convince anybody. We know what happened," said Briese, a member of the Tappen School Board whose family operates a ranch outside of town.

Briese and his wife, Myra, spoke Thursday of three strange occurrences experienced by family members in the past year, two of which were reported by their son Evan, 16.

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England: Retired police officer keeps up search for clues after UFO sighting in woods

A retired police officer is looking for clues in his bid to unravel a baffling UFO sighting on the outskirts of Boscastle.

John Dawn says he is keen to finally solve a mystery that unfolded in the early hours in woodland around half a mile from the village.

It was in October, 2003 that police were sent to investigate after a passing motorist reported seeing flickering lights off the Tintagel-Boscastle road.

One of the two officers drafted to the scene later told Cornwall UFO Research Group how he had expected to find a bunch of teenagers fooling around with fireworks.

Instead, he recalled: "I was first to see what looked like round white lights moving at all kinds of speeds in and around the trees.

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Mississippi man shares story of 1973 alien abduction

Charles Hickson didn't need the recent reports of a UFO sighting in Stephenville, Texas, to stir up memories of what he says was his encounter with alien visitors more than 35 years ago.

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US: Maybe McCain should debate Symington

A 10/9/97 letter from Sen. John McCain to a constituent about the so-called Phoenix Lights is making the Internet rounds ([HERE]) just in time for next month's anniversary commemoration in Scottsdale. But to the amazement of Dr. Lynn Kitei, no one has bothered to press the de facto Republican presidential nominee for an updated response.

Kitei is a Phoenix physician whose world view went sideways when an apparent V-shaped UFO surprised untold numbers of Arizonans on the evening of March 13, 1997. Kitei had seen and even photographed strange lights in the night sky two months earlier, but the mass sightings on that date ultimately drew her into the limelight as a lead investigator.

Kitei's work wound up in a documentary and a book by the same name, The Phoenix Lights. On the 11th anniversary of that event, she'll be unveiling an expanded version of the doc that features, among other things, a commercial airline pilot eyewitness and a 911 dispatcher who'll reportedly reveal how police helicopters were involved in the drama.

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Acid rain worries residents in Kaushambi

Residents of Uttar Pradesh's Kaushambi District are a worried lot as the area has been receiving acid rain for the past few days.

The stinking yellow coloured rain, reportedly each drop having half a centimeter diameter, has been giving nightmares to the residents of the area.

They say that the yellow rain has been falling mostly during the night though sometimes it falls during the daytime as well.

"For the past few days, we have been receiving yellow rain. We received more yellow rain in the night as compared to the day time although we saw yellow rain in the day as well. I have never seen anything like this in my life. Everybody is afraid," said Pushapa Manauri, a resident.

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Dom Armentano: UFOs and censorship - why Cato Institute dumped me

On Jan. 10, just one day after my article on UFO secrecy appeared in this newspaper and on this Web site ("Intelligent Extraterrestrial life: The Other Inconvenient truth?" Jan. 9), I was unceremoniously dropped as a Cato Institute adjunct scholar, a position I'd held for more than 20 years.

First some background. I'm a Ph.D. economist with a national reputation in the antitrust area. I've written books, journal articles, and many dozens of op-ed articles over the years on a variety of public-policy issues. My association with the libertarian Cato Institute in Washington, D. C. goes back many decades. Yet they cut me away in a heartbeat because I dared call for more government disclosure on the UFO phenomenon.