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Iran denies has plan to cut Internet access

Iran has denied online reports surfacing Tuesday that it plans to cut access to the Internet in August and replace it with a national intranet, according to a statement by the ministry of communication and information technology. The reports derived from a supposed interview withCommunications Minister Reza Taghipour published on April 1 that…

Dangers remain for cruise ships 100 years after Titanic

The Titanic was the pride of the industry when it went down off the coast of Canada on its maiden voyage a hundred years ago with the loss of 1,514 lives, a giant of a ship. These days, the trend is for even bigger and grander vessels, especially in the…

Mugabe illness reports ‘a lot of hogwash’

Zimbabwe on Tuesday dismissed reports that President Robert Mugabe was battling for life in aSingapore hospital as “a lot of hogwash”, after his absence forced cabinet to postpone this week’s meeting. “It’s a lot of hogwash,” Information Minister Webster Shamu told AFP. “This is not the first time we have heard these rumours. If anything like…

U.S. candidate Santorum’s daughter leaves hospital

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will resume campaigning on Tuesday after his daughter was released from hospital and returned home, his campaign said. “Rick and Karen are happy to announce that their daughter Bella has been discharged from the hospital and returned home earlier Monday evening,” spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement.…

Sony and Sharp warn of massive losses

Sony and Sharp, two of Japan’s best-known electronics giants, on Tuesday warned of record losses in the billions of dollars as they struggle to survive amid fierce global competition. Sony, the Tokyo-based maker of PlayStation consoles and Bravia televisions, blamed a tax charge for its expected full-year loss of 520 billion…

Court rules Britain can send Abu Hamza to U.S.

Britain can extradite jailed radical Muslim preacher Abu Hamza and five other alleged terrorists to the United States, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday. The court found “there would be no violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights” if the six were extradited,…

Spanish king’s grandson shoots self in foot

Spanish King Juan Carlos’ 13-year-old grandson accidentally shot himself in the foot while practising with his father, the palace said Tuesday. The boy, Felipe Marichalar Borbon, shot himself while learning to use a shotgun on the family’s estate in Soria, north-central Spain, on Monday, the royal household said in a statement.…

Number of U.S. teen births lowest in 70 years

The number of new teenage mothers in the United States is at its lowest level in nearly 70 years but remains the highest of any major developed country, according to official figures released Tuesday. The current rate of 34.3 births per 1,000 women aged 15-19 is down 44 percent from…

Brazil’s Rousseff tells Obama of ‘currency war’ worries

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has voiced concern to US President Barack Obama that the easy money policies of developed countries threaten the growth of emerging economies like Brazil. The comments from the leader of Brazil, the world’s sixth largest economy, came Monday on her first visit to the White House…

Dental X-rays linked to brain tumors

People who get regular dental X-rays are more likely to suffer a common type of brain tumor, US researchers said on Tuesday, suggesting that yearly exams may not be best for most patients. The study in the US journal Cancer showed people diagnosed with meningioma who reported having a yearly…

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