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Canadian court: No royalties for Internet downloads

Canada’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that no royalties need to be paid to recording artists or song publishers when videogames or movie soundtracks are downloaded on the Internet. Deciding on five landmark copyright cases, the court said that record labels and recording artists are not eligible for additional “communication” royalties…

Asian manufacturers pay $571 million for price-fixing LCD displays

Three major Asian manufacturers have agreed to pay fines of $571 million to US states as part of the ongoing case on price-fixing of LCD displays for electronic devices, officials said Thursday. The settlements were reach with Japan’s Toshiba Corporation, AU Optronics of Taiwan and LG of South Korea, according…

Authorities discover drug-smuggling tunnel on U.S.-Mexico border

US and Mexican authorities have unearthed a 240-yard-long drug smuggling tunnel under their joint border, the latest such find in the violence-scarred region, officials said Thursday. The six feet high by two feet wide (1.8 meter by 0.6 meter) tunnel, equipped with lighting and ventilation, was discovered on Saturday when…

U.S. tourist injured in Spanish bull run

Six people were hospitalised Thursday after running through the streets with charging bulls at Spain’s San Fermin festival, including one visitor from the United States, authorities said. Those injured in the sixth bull-run of the colourful fiesta included a 62-year-old local and a person from San Francisco, California, both of…

South Korea liquor labels warn against drunken violence

South Korea’s top liquor maker said Thursday it has started labelling bottles with warnings against drunken violence, in a country which is one of the world’s heaviest alcohol consumers. Hite-Jinro said from Tuesday it began labelling soju and beer bottles sold in Seoul with messages reading: “No more drunken violence!…

9 dead in avalanche on ‘Cursed Mountain’ in French Alps

An avalanche swept over a group of foreign climbers in the French Alps on Thursday, killing at least nine people — with the dead believed to include three Britons — in the deadliest such disaster in the region in a decade. Most of the dead found after the early morning…

Energy agency says oil prices may fall 7 percent in 2013

Oil prices are unlikely to fall much further over the balance of this year but could come under pressure in 2013 as the global economy falters due to slower US and Chinese growth, the IEA said Thursday. The International Energy Agency, which advises developed countries on energy policy, said supply…

Italian police forced to apologize for gay slur in training manual

Italian police apologised this week after they were forced to change a training manual that listed homosexuality as a “sexual deviance” in the same category as bestiality, incest and necrophilia. A passage in the 585-page manual, which was being used internally in officer exams in the Carabinieri police force, read:…

Former Barclays chief Bob Diamond could be brought before Congress, sources say

Washington politicians considering asking former Barclays chief executive to testify as Libor-fixing controversy crosses to US US politicians are considering summoning Barclays’ former boss Bob Diamond to Washington to answer questions about the Libor-fixing scandal, in a sign that the controversy is becoming an ever hotter issue in the US.…

Farm production ‘needs to rise 60 percent by 2050′: UN

World farm production must rise 60 percent by 2050 to meet the needs of a growing population but this has to happen in “a more sustainable way,” the UN food agency FAO and the OECD said on Wednesday. “It’s mostly going to be about productivity,” Angel Gurria, head of the…

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