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Syria massacres up to 200 in Hama

Demonstrators hold opposition flags during a protest against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Hama on July 6. Photo: Reuters Syrian troops using tanks and helicopters have massacred more than 150 people in the central province of Hama, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says. A rebel leader put the toll at more than 200. It is obvious that the regime ...

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Spain imposes more austerity amid protests

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s government imposed more austerity measures on the beleaguered country Wednesday as it unveiled sales tax hikes and spending cuts aimed at shaving €65 billion ($79.85 billion) off the state budget over the next two and a half years. A day after winning European Union approval for a huge bank bailout and breathing space on its deficit ...

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Richard Branson: Galactic spaceship to blast off in 2013

Virgin boss Richard Branson unveiled plans for LauncherOne, Virgin Galactic’s new small, low-cost satellite launcher Wednesday. Richard Branson hangs out of the window of SpaceShipTwo, currently on display for the first time in Europe at the Farnborough Airshow, with a model of LauncherOne. According to Branson, the maiden voyage for LauncherOne is expected to be 2015. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo is ...

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Afghan Torture Allegations Rattle Relations With U.N.

By NATHAN HODGE And HABIB KHAN TOTAKHIL KABUL—Relations between the United Nations and the Afghan government have deteriorated over the suggestion by a U.N. official that Afghanistan’s intelligence agency used torture to extract confessions in its investigation of mysterious illnesses striking schoolgirls. Hundreds of schoolgirls have been hospitalized in Afghanistan in recent weeks, reporting symptoms such as dizziness, fainting and ...

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Smallest moon yet spotted around Pluto

Pluto may have been kicked out of the planet club, but it has gained yet another companion. Scientists announced on Wednesday the discovery of the smallest moon yet around the icy orb, bringing the count of its known moons to five. “We’re not finished searching yet,” said Hal Weaver of Johns Hopkins University, who thinks there may be more. The ...

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Drug abuse on the rise in Afghanistan

Drug addiction is reportedly on the rise in Afghanistan, which remains the largest producer of opium. About three per cent of Afghans abuse narcotics, making the country the world’s top user per capita, according to UN reports. But only a small fraction of addicts have access to proper treatment. Jennifer Glasse reports from Kabul. 53 Source: Al Jazeera Email Print ...

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Costa Concordia captain ‘distracted by phone call’ before disaster struck

The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia has said he was distracted by a phone conversation shortly before the cruise liner crashed into a reef off an Italian island and capsized, killing 32 people. Captain Francesco Schettino of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia Photo: AP 7:11AM BST 11 Jul 2012 Francesco Schettino described the collision to private Italian TV channel Canale ...

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San Francisco plans to ban officials from buying Apple Macs

City officials in San Francisco plan to block local government agencies from buying new Apple Macintosh computers. The move follows the firm's decision to pull out of a green certification scheme designed to identify which electronic devices pose the least risk to the environment. CIO Journal reported the ban was designed to encourage Apple to reconsider. It noted local officials ...

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