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WikiLeaks publishes emails from Syrian officials

WikiLeaks said Thursday it was publishing over two million emails from Syrian political figures dating back to 2006 amid the bloody crackdown on dissent by Syria’s ruling regime. “Just now… WikiLeaks began publishing the Syria files, more than two million emails from Syrian political figures, ministries and associated companies dating…

Spain’s disco island toils to make partying pay

Sunburnt and full of beer and rum, thousands of Britons cheer as their national treasure Elton John takes the stage, in a glittery purple jacket under a Spanish sunset. On Ibiza, island of parties, this is the biggest of the summer: a festival of top singers and DJs aiming to…

‘Rightful heir’ to British monarchy dies in Australia

An Australian forklift driver who some historians argued was the true heir to the British throne has died in the small New South Wales town he called home, his local newspaper reported Thursday. Mike Hastings, 71, was a real-life aristocrat, born the 14th earl of Loudoun, who moved to Australia…

Apple preparing to launch smaller tablet

Apple is preparing to launch a smaller tablet computer in the coming months in a bid to maintain its edge in an increasingly crowded market, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The Journal cited unnamed sources as saying that component parts manufacturers had been ordered to gear up for mass…

Particle physics: A timeline

Following is a timeline of particle physics: 5th century BC: Greek philosopher Democritus suggests the Universe consists of empty space and of invisible and indivisible particles called atoms. 1802: John Dalton, a Quaker-educated English physicist and chemist, lays groundwork of modern theory of the elements and the atom. 1897: Electron…

Scientists suspect link between cat feces, female suicide

Women infected with a parasite spread by cat feces run a higher risk of attempting suicide, suggests a study of more than 45,000 women in Denmark published in a scientific journal this week. “We can’t say with certainty that T. gondii caused the women to try to kill themselves,” said…

Google in crosshairs over gun ban

Google has banned gun sales from its new shopping platform, a move drawing fire from hunters and weapons enthusiasts but praised by gun control activists. Google made the change May 31 when it transformed its “product search,” which had consisted of free listings, into “Google Shopping,” which has paid listings…

Methadone linked to 30 percent of painkiller overdoses

The prescription drug methadone is linked to over 30 percent of painkiller overdose deaths, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Tuesday. “Death from opioid overdose have increased four-fold in the past decade, and methadone now accounts for nearly a third of opioid-associated…

Algeria celebrates 50 years of independence

Algerian celebrations to mark 50 years since gaining independence from France kicked off with a giant open air performance inspired by the liberation struggle, followed by nationwide fireworks displays. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika attended the historical musical “The Hero” being staged at a theatre in the seaside resort of Sidi Fredj,…

Assange charges are ‘hilarious’: Ecuadoran Foreign Minister

Ecuador’s foreign minister has said that rape and sexual assault cases lodged in Sweden against Julian Assange are laughable, but no ruling has yet been made on the WikiLeaks founder’s asylum application. “Personally, (I think) this is hilarious,” Ecuadoran chief diplomat Ricardo Patino told reporters, explaining that Assange “is charged…

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