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Aging Mars rover discovers geological mystery

NASA’s Opportunity rover, older brother to the Curiosity rover that landed on Mars last month, has made a new discovery that geologists find both puzzling and exciting, the US space agency said Friday. Opportunity, which has been on the Red Planet since 2004, has come across an outcrop of tiny…

Apple fends off Samsung challenge in US trade panel

Apple prevailed Friday at a US trade panel in a patent infringement complaint filed by South Korea’s Samsung over wireless communication technology for the iPhone and other Apple devices. A judge at the US International Trade Commission, a quasi-judicial agency which investigates trade complaints, found “no violation” by Apple of…

Bodies of Americans killed in Libya attack flown home

The remains of four Americans, including US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, killed in an assault on the US consulate in Benghazi arrived Friday in the United States. The remains were carried, one-by-one from the belly of a C-17 transport aircraft by seven marines in dress uniform, in transfer cases…

White House asks YouTube to review anti-Islam film for terms of use violations

The White House said Friday it had contacted video sharing website YouTube to ask for a review of an anti-Muslim movie that sparked riots and attacks on US diplomatic posts in the Arab World. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said that officials “reached out to YouTube to call the…

First video evidence of Mali amputations

BAMAKO — The first video evidence of amputations carried out by Islamic extremists occupying northern Mali was on Friday obtained by AFP. The video secured by AFP from a Malian journalist in Bamako was shot by a local cameraman with the agreement of the jihadists, the day after the amputations…

Job training program transforms transgender lives in Bangladesh

A love for lipstick and eyeliner meant a lifetime of discrimination for Saiful Islam, until a transgender training scheme in Bangladesh helped bring him hard-won acceptance and land him his dream job. Many transgender people in south Asia, where they are known as hijras, are thrown out by their families…

French president outlines green energy policy

President Francois Hollande Friday pledged to close France’s oldest operational nuclear plant in 2016 and rejected seven proposals for shale gas exploration on health and environment concerns. “The Fessenheim plant which is the oldest in our country, will be closed at the end of 2016 in conditions that will guarantee…

UN asks for religious support in fighting world hunger

The UN food agency Friday said it was looking for support from world religious leaders in the fight against global hunger as the agency’s chief met the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople. “Eradicating hunger not only makes economic and political sense, it is also a moral issue,” Food and Agriculture Organisation…

100 countries agree to tighten banking regulations

More than 100 countries support key changes to international bank regulation principles as a result of the global financial crisis, the Basel Committee of banking supervisory authorities said Friday. “Drawing on lessons learnt during the financial crisis that began in 2007, the revised Core Principles represent a significant step forward”…

Pentagon: U.S. sends team of Marines to Yemen

The United States has sent Marines from the Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team to help protect its embassy in Yemen during demonstrations, the Pentagon said Friday. “A FAST platoon is now on the ground in Sanaa,” spokesman George Little told reporters, describing the deployment of the 50-strong unit as a “precautionary…

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