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Oil rises as traders await US jobs report

World oil prices rose Friday on nervous trade ahead of a closely-watched US jobs report to be released later in the day, analysts said. New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for delivery in March, gained 65 cents to $97.01 a barrel. Brent North Sea crude for March…

Iran launches observation satellite: media

Iran on Friday launched an observation satellite into orbit above Earth, its third since 2009, the official IRNA news agency reported. “The Navid satellite was launched successfully…. It will be placed into an orbit (at an altitude) between 250 and 370 kilometres,” IRNA quoted the head of Iran’s Space Organisation,…

Scientists snare ‘superprawn’ off New Zealand

Scientists have captured a “supergiant” crustacean in waters seven kilometres (4.5 miles) deep off New Zealand, measuring 10 times the normal size of related species. The “supergiant amphipod”, which resembles a monster prawn, was found during an expedition to the Kermadec Trench north of New Zealand by scientists from the…

US White House hopeful Romney leads big in Nevada

Republican Mitt Romney was riding high Friday, the eve of Nevada’s presidential caucuses, after a new poll gave him a 20-point lead and real estate mogul Donald Trump endorsed his candidacy. The former Massachusetts governor, who scored a major win in Florida on Tuesday, was back on track after stumbling…

Wen says China has no intention to ‘buy Europe’

China’s Premier Wen Jiabao said Friday the Asian giant had neither the ability nor the intention to “buy Europe”, amid concerns over growing Chinese investment in debt-stricken eurozone economies. China is “willing to cooperate with Europe to fight the current crisis. Some people say this means China wants to buy…

164 dead as cold snap grips Europe

Europe’s cold snap has claimed 164 lives, as countries from Ukraine to Italy struggle with temperatures that plunged to record lows in some places and with more cold weather forecast. Entire villages were cut off in parts of eastern Europe on Thursday, trapping thousands, while road, air and rail links…

Kim Dotcom’s bail rejected in New Zealand

Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom has failed to overturn a ruling that he remain behind bars in New Zealand while US officials seek his extradition for alleged copyright piracy, according to reports. Dotcom appeared in the Auckland High Court to appeal a judge’s refusal last week to grant bail because he…

No girls to play with at school: India’s infanticide crisis

DEVDA, India — As the only girl in her noisy classroom of 22 boys, Padma Kanwar Bhatti is one defiant symbol of the toll exacted by India’s deadly preference for male children. Padma, 15, lives with her parents and two elder brothers in Devda, a village of 2,500 residents in…

Restored Magna Carta to go on display in Washington

WASHINGTON — A copy of the Magna Carta, the English royal manuscript setting out the rights of man, is to be displayed at the US National Archives in Washington from February 17, after a year of restoration work. The Magna Carta enshrined the rule of law in England at a…

Time to tax sugar to combat health crisis: experts

PARIS — Sugar should be identified alongside alcohol and tobacco as a health danger, and governments should tax sweetened drinks and food as part of their efforts to combat it. So says a commentary, published on Thursday in the journal Nature as part of a widening debate among doctors and…

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