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Will the United Nations protect us from an asteroid?

Will the United Nations protect us from an asteroid? (via The Christian Science Monitor) At the moment, Earth has no coordinated, international plan for how to respond to an impending asteroid strike. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/AP) Earth is not alone. It has lots, and lots, of asteroids for companionship – companions that, should…

Rock legends The Who to stage ‘last big tour’ in 2015

British rock legends The Who are to stage their “last big tour” the year after next, frontman Roger Daltrey said in comments published Tuesday, citing their advancing years. But he told Rolling Stone magazine that the band, whose members are approaching their 70s, will continue to make music after that…

U.S. promises to end funding for overseas coal projects

The United States said Tuesday it would end most financing of coal projects overseas, taking a potentially significant step to curbing carbon emissions blamed for climate change. The decision puts into action a pledge in June by President Barack Obama to pursue more climate-friendly development policies. The World Bank, where…

Spanish miners go on strike after gas leak kills six

Spanish miners launched a 48-hour work stoppage Tuesday as they recalled the horror of a methane gas leak that swiftly killed six coal workers in the troubled industry’s deadliest accident in 18 years. The gas suffocated the six workers in a mine in northwestern Spain on Monday, officials said, spreading…

French director will turn Lehman Brothers’ collapse into a musical

The 2008 collapse of investment bank Lehman Brothers is to be brought to the stage next month in a play described as a bit like watching the film “Titanic”. “When you go to see ‘Titanic’ you know what happens at the end,” said director Arnaud Meunier, adding that his play…

World Bank declares Singapore and Hong Kong most business-friendly places in the world

Singapore and Hong Kong rank the world’s best places to run a business, while mainland China remains far down the list, according to the World Bank’s annual competitiveness survey Tuesday. The Southeast Asian entrepots and finance centers topped the survey for the eighth straight year, with New Zealand, the United…

Oscar Pistorius will face additional gun charges at murder trial

South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius faces two additional gun-related charges at his trial for the murder of his girlfriend, the prosecution said Tuesday. The prosecution won permission to add the charges to their main case against Pistorius for the Valentine’s Day murder of Reeva Steenkamp, even though the two…

Poland’s pension takeover plan could face court challenge

State legal experts in Poland on Tuesday cast doubt on the constitutionality of a planned pension reform, which they said could be interpreted as expropriation. Centre-right Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced last month a pension reform aimed at curbing public debt, which is approaching legal limits. Under the plan the…

French retailers win right to open on Sundays

A French appeals court ruled on Tuesday that leading DIY chains Castorama and Leroy Merlin may keep their stores open on Sunday, in a possible landmark ruling against laws which critics say are archaic. Under French law, retailers can open on a Sunday only under specific conditions: if they are…

Head trauma treatment advances mean less available organs for transplants

Successes in preventing and treating head trauma over the past decade has had the unfortunate consequence of fewer organs being available for transplant, according to a new Canadian study. Researchers at the University of Calgary looked at 2,788 adult patients with brain injuries admitted to hospitals in southern Alberta over…

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