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Vienna Opera director is hospitalized after collapsing during performance

Vienna Opera’s musical director Franz Welser-Moest collapsed while conducting a Wagner opera after suffering a severe attack of lumbago when he raised his baton, the prestigious opera house said on Monday. The 52-year-old slumped onto his conductor’s podium Sunday at the end of the first act of the 4.5-hour long…

Tech giant Panasonic ‘investigated’ for alleged bribes

The US government is investigating whether a unit of Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corporation paid bribes abroad to ease business deals, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Citing company documents, the paper said the probe is focused on Panasonic Avionics Corporation (PAC), a subsidiary based in Lake Forest, California…

Bitcoin Foundation pushes back on new federal ‘guidance’

Federal regulators are starting to make noise about Bitcoin, the digital currency that’s gained in recognition and value over the past few years. Unregulated by a central bank and distributed via a peer-to-peer network, Bitcoins currently trade for around $89 apiece, not bad for something that only…   [Stack of…

Racial bias feeds the school-to-prison pipeline

Oakland High School sophomore Barry Williams answers a question from instructor Tiago Robinson during the Manhood Development Program at Oakland High School on March 12 in Oakland, California. This is the cover story in the Apr. 1 issue of The Christian Science MonitorWeekly.(Ann Hermes/The Christian…  …

Bomb test secrecy stirs suspicions on North Korea’s advanced nuclear capabilities: Washington Post

North Korea likely took meticulous steps to conceal any residue from its February nuclear weapon test, fueling suspicions that it is using a new bomb design with highly enriched uranium at its core, The Washington Post reported Sunday. Citing unnamed US officials and weapons experts, the newspaper said the effects…

Egypt’s ‘Jon Stewart’ Bassem Youssef freed on bail

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef was released on bail on Sunday after nearly five hours of questioning over alleged insults to the president and religion, highlighting concerns over freedom of expression in post-revolt Egypt. Youssef, whose weekly programme Albernameg (The Show) has pushed the boundaries of local television with its merciless…

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