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Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson’s husband cautioned by police

British art collector Charles Saatchi has accepted a police caution for assault following an incident with his wife, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, outside a London restaurant. The Sunday People tabloid showed pictures of Saatchi, a wealthy 70-year-old former advertising executive, with his hand around Lawson’s neck as they sat at…

At least 60 feared dead as monsoon lashes northern India

Torrential rains have triggered flash floods and landslides in northern India, leaving at least 60 people feared dead and thousands stranded after the monsoon covered the country ahead of schedule, officials said Tuesday. Authorities have called in military helicopters to try to rescue marooned residents and pilgrims after homes and…

Increased air pollution doubles risk of pregnant women having autistic children

Pregnant women who were exposed to high levels of air pollution were twice as likely to have a child with autism as women who lived in low pollution areas, a US study said. According to experts at Harvard University, the research is the first large national study to examine links…

Review shows FBI relied heavily on FISA-enabled ‘secret evidence’ to prosecute accused terrorists

By John Shiffman, Kristina Cooke and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI has used secret evidence obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to prosecute at least 27 accused terrorists since 2007, according to a Reuters review of public records. While the recent spotlight has been on the use…

U.S. patent case climaxes with win for Canadian vibrator maker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Couples in the United States looking to spice up their sex lives will have to do without certain adult toys after a U.S. trade panel ruled on Monday that some companies are violating a patent held by a Canadian company for a two-armed vibrator. The U.S. International…

Obama on prosecuting Edward Snowden: I will leave it up to the Department of Justice

Barack Obama addressed what he described as the public “ruckus” over the leaked National Security Agency surveillance documents on Monday, indicating that the US authorities would pursue extradition from Hong Kong of the whistleblower Edward Snowden. In his first public comments in 10 days about the NSA disclosures, Obama also…

Bill Clinton to Israelis: There is ‘no alternative’ to a Palestinian state

Former US president Bill Clinton said during a visit to Israel on Monday that he saw “no alternative” to a Palestinian state. Speaking at an event in honour of President Shimon Peres’ 90th birthday later this year, Clinton said: “I’m with Shimon on this, I don’t think that in all…

China now home to the world’s fastest supercomputer

A Chinese supercomputer is the fastest in the world, according to survey results announced Monday, comfortably overtaking a US machine which now ranks second. Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, achieved processing speeds of 33.86 petaflops (1000 trillion calculations) per second on a benchmarking test,…

Pesticide contamination kills up to 42 percent of water life: study

Pesticides may kill off water insects and other small aquatic life by as much as 42 percent, according to an analysis of German, French and Australian rivers and streams published on Monday. The study in US journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is the first to compare…

Study finds young Republicans are more liberal than they think

Public polls and voter registrations may be underestimating the number of liberals and independents in the United States. Young conservatives believe they are more conservative than they actually are, according to a study published June 13 in Social Psychological and Personality Science. Ethan Zell of the University of North Carolina and…

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