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Chevron fined $17.5 million over Brazil spill

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian authorities said Monday they were slapping a $17.5 million fine on US oil firm Chevron in connection with a major spill off Rio de Janeiro state last year. Magda Chambriard, director general of the National Petroleum Agency (ANP), told a press conference that the new…

Flame cyber virus linked to more malware: report

WASHINGTON — The Flame virus believed to be part of a cyberwarfare effort against Iran was developed as early as 2006 and is linked to at least three other malware programs, a new analysis said Monday. The report suggests that the effort to develop Flame, widely reported to be part…

Bahrain police face trial over torturing medics

DUBAI — Bahrain’s public prosecution has charged seven police officers over the torture and maltreatment of Shiite medics detained in the aftermath of nationwide protests last year, authorities said on Monday. The two defendants facing the “most serious” charges have been referred to the High Criminal Court over the “use…

Louvre opens new wing to restore ‘full glory to Islam’

PARIS — Paris’s famed Louvre museum this week opens a new wing of Islamic art in a bid to improve knowledge of a religion often viewed with suspicion in the West. Costing nearly 100 million euros ($131 million), it is funded by the French government and supported by handsome endowments…

McDonald’s opens Asian-inspired ‘McNoodles’ in Austria

Fast food chain McDonald’s is branching out: after salads and wraps, the burger restaurant is entering the noodle business. From September 20, the chain will add Asian noodle boxes — “McNoodles” — to its menu, but only in Austria and only for a two- or three-month trial period. “They could…

Survey: Global tablet sales to hit 126 million this year

Global sales of tablet computers are expected to surge to 126.6 million in 2012, driven by the iPad and rivals with a smaller format, a market research firm said Monday. The survey by IHS iSuppli predicted a robust 56 percent annual increase in shipments for the tablet market in 2012,…

Apple outpaces previous iPhone sales with 2 million orders in 24 hours

Apple said Monday that it received more than two million orders for its new iPhone 5 in 24 hours, and that many new orders would be pushed back into October because of strong demand. “iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response…

Royals sue as topless Kate pics spread to Italy

The royal family embarked on a legal battle Monday to try to stop the spread of topless photos of Prince William’s wife Catherine, as an Italian magazine splashed the pictures across a special 38-page edition. “The queen is nude!” read the front-page headline of Chi magazine which reproduced the photos…

Earthworms ‘marry’ in Taiwan ceremony

Seventy “lucky earthworms” have been married off in an elaborate wedding ritual in south Taiwan in a bid to raise awareness about the environment and the problem of soil erosion, organisers said Monday. The worms arrived Sunday at Takang Park in Tainan city inside a traditional wedding sedan draped in…

Cambodians fight malaria with the push of a button

Cambodian villagers armed with a little medical know-how — and their mobile telephones — are the nation’s new foot soldiers in the fight against drug-resistant malaria. In the small village of Phnom Dambang near the Thai border, locals know that early detection and treatment is crucial to containing the virulent…

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