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Hungary shown ‘new evidence on No 1 Nazi suspect’

The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Centre has confirmed that Laszlo Csatary, accused of complicity in the killings of 15,700 Jews, had been tracked down to the Hungarian capital. “I confirm that Laszlo Csatary has been identified and found in Budapest,” the centre’s director Efraim Zuroff told AFP. Ten months ago an…

Drugs arsenal could help end AIDS: WHO

Thirty years into the AIDS epidemic, a cure remains elusive but a growing arsenal of drugs could someday help end new infections, the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS chief says. The key is figuring out how to best manage the latest advances, Gottfried Hirnschall said in an interview with AFP during…

Sri Lankans name new fish genus after atheist Dawkins

Sri Lankan scientists have identified a new genus of fresh water fish and named it after the evolutionary biologist and renowned atheist Richard Dawkins. Lead researcher Rohan Pethiyagoda, 56, said the new genus, named Dawkinsia, comprises nine species that are found only in South Asia and are characterised by long…

Berlusconi hints at comeback in German interview

Italy’s former leader Silvio Berlusconi Monday gave a strong hint that he would return to politics, declaring he would “never leave his party in the lurch” as rumours swirled of an imminent comeback. In an interview in Germany’s mass circulation daily Bild, Berlusconi said he was “often and persistently” asked…

Libyan Olympic chief kidnapped in Tripoli: official

The president of Libya’s Olympic Committee Nabil al-Alam was kidnapped by gunmen in the centre of Tripoli and taken to a secret location, a committee official told AFP on Monday. “Nine gunmen posing as members of the Libyan army removed Mr. Alam from his car in the centre of the…

HSBC seeks to evict Hong Kong ‘Occupy’ protesters

Global banking giant HSBC on Monday sought legal permission to evict a handful of protesters camped outside its Hong Kong headquarters, one of the last remnants of the “Occupy” movement in Asia. The bank named the “occupiers of the ground floor” of its downtown office tower as the defendants in…

Censors catch up with China’s ‘micro film’ movement

Boasting tens of millions of views and offering previously unheard of artistic freedoms, China’s “micro film” movement has made it possible for anyone with a smartphone to become a moviemaker. Until last week the Internet-based films — made by everyone from first timers to established directors — existed in a…

New Zealand to clamp down on ‘legal’ highs

New Zealand announced plans on Monday to ban the use of drugs offering so-called ‘legal’ highs unless manufacturers can provide clinical evidence that they are safe. Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne described the move as a knockout blow to the market for products such as synthetic cannabis and legal “party…

Microsoft breaks from NBC to launch own news portal

Software giant Microsoft has parted company with NBC News, pulling out of their joint venture MSNBC to launch its own online news service, the two companies announced. Moving on “allows us to go out and innovate,” Bob Visse, general manager of MSN.com, said, confirming that MSN.com had begun hiring for…

New UN campaign against ‘organized crime’

The UN’s drugs and crime office launched a new media awareness campaign on Monday to highlight the threat posed by the multi-billion dollar operations run by organised crime groups worldwide. International crime rackets pull in an estimated annual turnover of $870 billion (710 billion euros), the United Nations Office on…

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