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Sheep genes reveal room for improvement: study

Sheep are among the most genetically diverse domesticated animals, and further breeding could yield more meat and wool, according to a new US study. The study, published Tuesday in the online journal PLoS Biology, maps out the ancestry of sheep going back 11,000 years, to the origins of animal husbandry, and shows that…

Times editor apologizes for email hacking

The editor of The Times has apologised to a blog-writing detective who was unmasked by a former reporter of the newspaper who allegedly hacked his email. James Harding told an inquiry into British press standards that he “sorely” regretted the intrusion and expected “better of The Times”. Detectives are investigating claims that the…

Greece faces hour of decision on austerity, rescue

Greece reached the hour of decision on Wednesday over more budget cuts demanded by the EU and IMF and a debt deal to obtain a second rescue and close a key chapter in the eurozone crisis. A finalised plan on new Greek aid that was hammered out with theEuropean Union and International Monetary…

Iraq wants to limit private security contractors

Iraq deeply mistrusts private security companies and wants to limit their operations here, officials say, while the contractors themselves have faced bureaucratic delays and detentions. This mistrust stems from perceived arrogant behaviour by employees of these firms in the past and various incidents of violence involving them. The most infamous incident was…

Nokia cuts 4,000 jobs in fight for smartphone market

World-leading mobile phone maker Nokia will cut 4,000 jobs at itssmartphone manufacturing facilities in Finland, Hungary and Mexico by the end of 2012, it said on Wednesday. “The expected headcount impact by country is 2,300 in Komarom (Hungary), 700 in Reynosa (Mexico) and 1,000 in Salo (Finland),” company spokesman James Etheridge told AFP. The job cuts…

Amazon tests e-commerce waters in India

US online retail giant Amazon has made its first foray into Indiawith launch of a shopping website, Junglee.com, as it tests the waters for a possible full entry into the nation’s e-commerce market. India’s e-commerce business is set to boom as incomes and consumer demand climb in a country of 1.2 billion people…

China issues ultimatum to bloggers and blog commenters

Microblog users in Beijing who do not register using their real names by mid-March will be banned from posting comments, a local official said on Wednesday, as authorities tighten their grip on the web. The Chinese capital recently ordered users of weibos — popular microblogs similar to Twitter — to…

Ai Weiwei to build London 2012 Olympics pavilion

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is reuniting with the Swiss architects with whom he created Beijing’s spectacular Bird’s Nest Stadium, to build a pavilion for this year’s London Olympics. Ai, along with the Swiss firm Herzog and de Meuron, will join forces again to design a pavilion for the…

British cabinet member complains about ‘anti-business culture’

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has vowed to fight an “anti-business culture” in Britain, warning that a row over executive pay and bonuses threatens the country’s fragile economic recovery. “Let me say something about the row over bonuses and pay,” Osborne said in a speech to the Federation of…

Meet the heroes of India’s quest to wipe out polio

Later this month, India will be removed from a dwindling list of countries where polio is considered endemic, a huge achievement made possible by people like Madara, a 76-year-old street hawker. At a temporary immunisation camp in a slum in the northern district of Ghaziabad, 23 kilometres (14 miles) from…

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