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World’s population will hit 7.2 billion next month

The world’s population will hit 7.2 billion next month and 10.9 billion by 2100, with most of the growth a result of high birthrates in the developing world, the United Nations said Thursday. The UN’s latest “World Population Prospects” report said the number of people inhabiting the planet at the…

Bill Clinton calls Obama’s Syria policy ‘a bad mistake’

Bill Clinton has taken issue with President Barack Obama’s Syria policy saying “it’s a bad mistake” for the United States not to intervene, US media reported Thursday. Speaking at a private event, the Democratic party icon and former president made a rare foray into foreign policy at a moment when…

Apple executive denies plot to fix e-book prices

A top Apple executive acknowledged Thursday that prices of best-selling e-books rose after the tech giant launched iPad book sales in 2010, but denied any role in a plot to fix prices. Eddy Cue, a senior vice president for many of Apple’s Internet products, did admit in federal court that…

Guantanamo hearing spirals into notebook safety debate

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – The Guantanamo prison warden testified on Thursday that he banned defense lawyers from bringing spiral notebooks into client meetings because the metal spirals could be removed and made into garrotes. He appeared ready to demonstrate when the judge in…

U.S. warns of cyber attacks on medical devices

US authorities on Thursday warned makers of medical devices and hospital networks to step up efforts to guard against potential cyber attacks. The US Food and Drug Administration said implanted devices, which could include pacemakers or defibrillators, could be connected to networks that are vulnerable to hackers. An FDA warning…

Public kissing to be a public indecency in Swazi town

Kissing in one town in the kingdom of Swaziland could now land you in a bit of trouble. Love birds locked in spasms of romance in the town of Siteki have been forewarned: their amorous embrace may cost them a $12 fine. “Public kissing that is to the extreme and…

Police: Four people killed in St. Louis shooting

At least four people in St. Louis were killed Thursday in what police are describing as an apparent murder-suicide. Two men and two women were killed, police said. The shooter was among the dead. Multiple people were shot at the Cherokee Place Business Incubator in the 2700 block of Cherokee…

EU mandates all new cars be outfitted with device to call in case of crash

The EU wants all new passenger cars fitted out by October 2015 with a life-saving automatic dial-up system so emergency workers can speed to the site of a crash as swiftly as possible. “When an accident happens, every minute counts,” the bloc’s Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said Thursday on proposing…

Dubai unveils world’s tallest twisted tower

Dubai has inaugurated the world’s tallest twisted tower built at a cost of $272 million, setting a yet another record for skyscrapers and other engineering marvels. The 310-metre (1,017-foot), 75-storey residential Cayan Tower is twisted at 90 degrees from top to bottom and was inaugurated earlier this week in Dubai…

Anti-immigrant lawmaker on first black Italian minister: ‘Won’t someone rape her?’

A councillor belonging to Italy’s anti-immigrant Northern League party called Thursday for the country’s first black minister to be raped, sparking an outcry and her expulsion from the party. “Won’t someone rape her, just to make her understand what victims of this terrible crime feel? For shame!” Dolores Valandro, a…

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