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Swedish Assange assault accuser: I received many threats

One of the two Swedish women who accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of sex crimes has spoken out publicly about her ordeal for what is believed to be the first time. The woman, whose name has not been officially disclosed or published in the Swedish media but has been circulated…

Anger over East German medical ‘human guinea pigs’

Germany is confronting another chapter from its past — allegations that Western drug companies used more than 50,000 people in the former communist East as “human guinea pigs” in 1980s medical trials. News magazine Spiegel this week reported that a who’s who of big German, Swiss and US pharmaceutical companies…

New Zealand Supreme Court to hear Kim Dotcom appeal

New Zealand’s Supreme Court on Thursday granted Kim Dotcom leave to appeal a ruling that US authorities do not have to disclose all of the evidence they have against the Megaupload founder. The Court of Appeal in March had overturned a decision ordering US prosecutors to hand over the evidence…

Six dead in Texas storms

A powerful storm that may have spawned tornados ripped through northern Texas, killing six people and injuring more than 100, media reports said. The fatalities Wednesday night came in the town of Granbury in Hood County as the storm destroyed nearly 120 homes in one neighborhood, CNN reported, quoting county…

Hope guides visitors through revamped Red Cross Museum

Hope and human resilience are the guiding themes of the new permanent exhibit at Geneva’s International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, which will finally re-open its doors this week after a nearly two-year makeover. “It was important to have the museum be a museum of hope, to show that…

Two dead in collapse of Cambodian shoe factory

A ceiling collapsed at a shoe factory in Cambodia on Thursday killing at least two workers, police said, stoking concerns about industrial safety after last month’s disaster in Bangladesh. “Two workers — a man and a woman — were killed and six others were injured,” Khem Pannara, district police chief…

Jodi Arias faces the possibility of the death penalty

Jodi Arias, the US woman found guilty of slaughtering her boyfriend in 2008 in a high-profile murder case, could face the death penalty after a jury ruled Wednesday that she was “especially cruel.” The 32-year-old, convicted last week of premeditated first degree murder for killing ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, is on…

Only abortion clinic in North Dakota seeks to combat law to close it down

Lawyers for the only abortion clinic in North Dakota launched a legal bid on Wednesday to try and combat a new law that critics say is aimed at closing it down and leaving the state without any abortion providers. The law is one of a raft of anti-abortion measures due…

Survey finds scientific consensus on cause of climate change: humans

A survey of thousands of peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals has found 97.1% agreed that climate change is caused by human activity. Authors of the survey, published on Thursday in the journal Environmental Research Letters, said the finding of near unanimity provided a powerful rebuttal to climate contrarians who insist…

Obama accepts resignation of IRS acting chief over ‘inexcusable’ tea party scandal

Barack Obama fired the most senior tax official in the US on Wednesday in an effort to bring a speedy end to a scandal over the targeting for special scrutiny of Tea Party organisations and other conservative groups. Obama, speaking at the White House, described the conduct of the employees…

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