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White House issues executive orders to curb ‘patent trolls’

The White House issued a series of executive orders Tuesday aimed at curbing so-called “patent trolls” who use the legal system to stifle innovation, especially in the tech sector. The move comes amid pressure to stem abusive patent litigation from companies that do not sell products or services, but sue…

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister apologizes to the injured, asking ‘responsible citizens’ to stop protesting

Turkey’s government apologised on Tuesday to protesters hurt in clashes with police during days of demonstrations and called for an immediate end to the protests. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc moved to calm tensions after days of street clashes that have left at least two people dead, saying the government…

119 dead as survivors tell of ‘sea of flames’ at massive Chinese poultry plant fire

Survivors of an inferno at a Chinese poultry processing plant told of their desperate attempts to save others, as relatives of the 119 people killed demanded answers from authorities, media reported Tuesday. “It was complete disorder, everyone was running,” said Chen Hengwu, a worker who escaped unhurt at the Baoyuanfeng…

Grounds to believe chemical use by both sides in Syria: UN

UN investigators on Tuesday said they had “reasonable grounds” to believe chemical weapons have been used by both sides in Syria, and warned that crimes against humanity are now occurring daily in the war-torn country. “Allegations have been received concerning the use of chemical weapons by both parties,” said the…

Pricey tickets for Rolling Stones tour test limits of live-concert market

The Rolling Stones 50th-anniversary tour plays its third and final night in Chicago Monday, and continues throughout North America and Europe…  …

Woolly Mammoth found in Siberia with liquid blood in it reopens cloning debate

The mammoth is estimated to be about 10,000 years old, and was discovered in the remote New Siberian Islands, in the Arctic. The region is relatively cold — getting as low…  …

Obesity and poor nutrition hurting world economy, UN warns

The UN’s food agency on Tuesday said obesity and poor nutrition weigh heavily on the global economy and told governments that investing in food health would bring big economic as well as social returns. Lost productivity and spiralling health care bills linked to malnutrition “could account for as much as…

American tourist gang-raped in northern India: police

An American tourist was allegedly gang-raped by a truck driver and two of his accomplices in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, police said Tuesday. “The 30-year-old was raped by men in a truck on Monday night. They offered her a lift and she accepted it,” police inspector Abhimanyu…

Sandy Hook victims’ parents slam Michael Moore in petition to block publication of ‘gruesome’ crime scene photos

Michael Moore has been forced to deny suggestions he called for the release of gruesome photographs from the Sandy Hook school shootings, after parents of victims launched an online petition berating the US documentary film-maker for his alleged insensitivity and calling for new laws to keep them out of the…

Bolivia tries to drum up demand for ‘legal’ coca products —including coca toothpaste

Urged on by President Evo Morales, Bolivians had been trying to turn coca leaf, the base ingredient of cocaine, into popular treats ranging from candies to pastries. (Juan Karita/AP)…   [Image credit: africa924 / Shutterstock.com.]…

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