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Dutch airline to run planes on cooking oil

THE HAGUE (AFP) – Dutch airline KLM announced on Wednesday that it will use a biofuel generated from used cooking oil to power more than 200 commercial flights between Paris and Amsterdam starting in September. “There will be 50 percent traditional kerosene and 50 percent biofuel extracted from used cooking…

Emperor penguin makes rare appearance in New Zealand

WELLINGTON (AFP) – Wildlife experts said they were astonished Wednesday at the appearance of an Emperor penguin in New Zealand, some 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) from his Antarctic home. The penguin, a juvenile male, arrived at a beach on the Kapiti Coast, 40 kilometres north of the capital Wellington on…

Google breaks billion-visitor barrier

SAN FRANCISCO — Figures released by industry tracker comScore credited Google with being the first online operation to attract more than a billion visitors in a single month. Slightly more than a billion people went to Google websites in May in what comScore billed as an unprecedented turn-out on the…

U.S. Congress may approve limited force in Libya

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US lawmakers will consider two bills authorizing limited military action in Libya over three months after Washington joined Western allies in an air war on Moamer Kadhafi’s regime. The bills were unveiled Tuesday night as President Barack Obama has come under fire from fellow Democrats and Republicans…

Greece builds on vote victory in race to cut and privatize

ATHENS (AFP) – Greek ministers raced on Wednesday to meet a two-week deadline for budget cuts in return for EU-IMF cash to pay current bills and contain the eurozone crisis, hours after winning a confidence vote. While the government managed to prevent any defections as it won the confidence motion…

Sixty Qaeda prisoners escape from Yemen jail

ADEN — More than 60 Al-Qaeda prisoners escaped from a south Yemen jail on Wednesday after they clashed with guards, killing one and wounding two others, security and medical officials told AFP. The prisoners fled the central jail in al-Mukalla, capital of the Hadramawt province, into the nearby mountains after…

Fed speaks again as weak indicators cloud outlook

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is set to give his second-ever press conference Wednesday as signs of weakness in the world’s biggest economy cloud prospects for a stimulus reduction. The central bank’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) on Tuesday debated an eventual exit strategy from the…

Bahrain court jails opposition activists ‘for life’

DUBAI (AFP) – A special Bahrain court on Wednesday sentenced eight Shiite opposition activists to life in prison for “plotting to overthrow” the kingdom’s Sunni regime, state news agency BNA reported. The National Safety Court of first instance also jailed 13 others for terms ranging from two to 15 years…

Italy calls for an end to NATO’s bombing campaign in Libya

ROME (AFP) – Italy called for a suspension of hostilities in Libya on Wednesday in the latest sign of dissent within NATO as the civilian death toll mounts and Moamer Kadhafi shows no signs of quitting power. “We have seen the effects of the crisis and therefore also of NATO…

Van Gogh’s ‘self-portrait’ actually his brother: study

THE HAGUE — Art researchers at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum said Tuesday they have “discovered” a work by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh — long thought to have been a self-portrait — was in fact a picture of his younger brother Theo. “According to current opinion, Vincent van Gogh never…

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