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Barnes & Noble unveils $199 Nook Tablet

NEW YORK — US bookseller Barnes & Noble unveiled a new version of its Nook tablet computer Tuesday, a device with the same $199 price tag as Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The seven-inch (17.78-centimeter) Nook Tablet also has eight gigabytes of memory like the tablet released by online retail giant Amazon…

Trial starts for student in gay cybercrime case

NEW YORK — A New Jersey judge oversaw jury selection Tuesday in the trial of a former student accused of secretly filming a gay roommate who later committed suicide, sparking a national debate over bullying of young homosexuals. Dahrun Ravi, born in India, faces up to 10 years in prison…

Eurozone opts to keep Greece under umbrella

Europe opted on Tuesday to keep Greece in the eurozone, agreeing a huge financial lifeline worth 237 billion euros but demandingAthens meet a long list of conditions first. The decision, reached after a marathon 13 hours of negotiations with private creditors and the International Monetary Fund, should avert a messy bankruptcy, but leaves…

Philippines captures militant wanted for beheadings

An Islamic militant accused of beheading Philippine soldiers and a host of other attacks was arrested on Tuesday after he was taken by surprise in his remote island hideout, authorities said. Security forces captured Abdulpattah Ismael, a member of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group, in a raid on a village on the strife-torn…

Can Obama’s volunteer army win him a second term?

In a cramped campaign office a couple of blocks from a sprawling General Motors assembly plant, Linda Koch rings the bell used to signal that a new volunteer has signed up for the fight to reelectPresident Barack Obama. “Woohoo!” the triumphant Koch chirps. “She’s bringing her sister too!” With the economy finally…

Yahoo! seeks to avoid Indian lawsuit over content

Internet giant Yahoo! on Tuesday applied to be removed from a lawsuit lodged in an Indian court against social networking siteshosting allegedly offensive content. More than 20 Internet firms, including Google and Facebook, have been named in the case, which follows meetings between government ministers and the companies over material seen as offending Muslims or defaming…

BASF buys electrolytes business from top rival

BASF, the world’s biggest chemicals maker, said Tuesday it has agreed to buy the electrolytes business for high-performance batteries from rival Merck KGaA for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition ”enhances the expertise we offer to automotive andbattery manufacturers around the world,” said board memberAndreas Kreimeyer. Electrolytes ensure the transport of electric charges inside a battery. “The electrolyte portfolio…

Strauss-Kahn detained over vice ring

French police detained former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahnfor questioning on Tuesday over allegations he took part in orgies in Paris and Washington paid for by a pair of businessmen. The 62-year-old former Socialist minister, who until last year was seen as the frontrunner to replace Nicolas Sarkozy as president of France, had been due to…

Afghan protests erupt over rumor of NATO troops burning the Koran

Afghan protesters firing slingshots and petrol bombs besieged the largest US-run military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday, furious over reports that NATO troops had set fire to copies of the Koran. Guards at Bagram airbase, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) north of Kabul, responded by firing rubber bullets from a…

Scientists regenerate 30,000 year-old plant

Fruit seeds stored away by squirrels more than 30,000 years ago and found in Siberian permafrost have been regenerated into full flowering plants by scientists in Russia, a new study has revealed. The seeds of the herbaceous Silene stenophylla are far and away the oldest plant tissue to have been…

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