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SARS-like virus spreads to Italy as 10 people test positive

Around 10 people in Italy have tested positive for a SARS-like virus but have presented no symptoms and have not been quarantined, an infectious diseases specialist told the ANSA news agency on Monday. “They have not been isolated because they are not presenting with any symptoms,” Alessandro Bartoloni of the…

U.S. sits on sidelines as more than 60 countries sign arms trade treaty

More than 60 countries on Monday signed a landmark conventional arms trade treaty, but the United States held back from joining the first wave of signatories while Russia and China are expected to stay out of the accord. The UN-brokered treaty is the first covering weaponry of any kind for…

Apple in court over ebook price fixing accusations

Company has refused to settle over claims that it conspired with publishers to raise the price of products in the US Apple went on trial in New York on Monday, over accusations by the US department of justice of conspiring with publishers to raise the price of ebooks in the…

Second suspect in beheading of British soldier appears in court

One of the men accused of hacking to death a British soldier in London attended court for the first time on Monday, while his co-accused appeared in a separate hearing via videolink from prison. Michael Adebolajo had a bandaged left hand and held up a Koran as he appeared at…

Telescope finds gas exoplanet giant ‘four to five times’ the mass of Jupiter

Breaking new ground in the detection of planets beyond our solar system, European astronomers on Monday said they had recorded the most lightweight world to be discovered so far through direct observation. Hundreds of extra-solar planets have been found since 1995, but almost all of them have been discovered through…

Saudi prince reserves portions of Disneyland Paris for $19.5 million

A Saudi prince spent 15 million euros ($19.5 million) for three days of fun at Disneyland near Paris to celebrate his degree, the group that runs the theme park said Monday. Prince Fahd al-Saud booked entire areas of the park over May 22 to 24 for his 60-odd guests. The…

Bradley Manning trial ‘dangerous’ for civil liberties: experts

Soldier faces charge of ‘aiding the enemy’ by downloading and leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents The trial of Bradley Manning, the US soldier who leaked a trove of state secrets to WikiLeaks, could set an ominous precedent that will chill freedom of speech and turn the internet into a danger…

West Virginia town to rollback gun restrictions in public pools and parks

By Lois Beckett, ProPublica If you feel unsafe at a public pool in Charleston, W.Va., you may soon have the right to lie there on a towel with a handgun at your side. For 20 years, Charleston has been an island of modest gun restrictions in a very pro-gun rights…

Single mothers in Chinese provence face hefty fines for birthing out of wedlock

Women in Wuhan province could be fined £17,000 – six times average disposable income – for having a child out of wedlock The central Chinese city of Wuhan has published a draft ordinance that would fine women who have children out of wedlock more than £17,000, highlighting the country’s entrenched…

NASA data reveal high risk of harmful radiation exposure on any manned Mars missions

New Nasa data shows radiation doses would be so high on a manned Mars mission that we must now debate the ethics of deep space exploration – or wait decades to develop safer technology It is time for idealism about missions to Mars to end. Going there with current technology…

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