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Russia charges all 30 Greenpeace activists with piracy

Russian investigators said Thursday they had charged all 30 crew members of Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise ship with piracy over a protest against Arctic oil exploration, an offence that carries the risk of a lengthy prison term. A court in the northern city of Murmansk last week detained the crew members…

A new Leonardo da Vinci painting might have been discovered

An Italian weekly said in its Friday edition that a new painting by Leonardo da Vinci of Renaissance noblewoman Isabella d’Este has been reliably authenticated with carbon dating. The portrait, which was believed to have been either lost or never even painted, belongs to an Italian family which kept it…

Citigroup fined $30 million for tip-off to big clients

Massachusetts on Thursday fined Citigroup $30 million for improperly releasing market-sensitive information on an Apple supplier to large clients including hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors. In December 2012 Taiwan-based Citigroup Global Markets analyst Kevin Chang divulged to a handful of clients a lowered production forecast for Apple iPhones and iPads…

Bioethicists worried over patent on ‘designer babies’

European bioethicists raised the red flag Thursday over an American patent for a method that could allow people to choose genetic traits like eye colour in children sired from donor eggs or sperm. The patent for what is called a “gamete (egg or sperm) donor selection” method, was granted by…

Doctors still overprescribing antibiotics despite danger of superbugs

US doctors prescribe antibiotics to six out of 10 patients with a sore throat, even though only one infection in 10 is severe enough to merit them, researchers said Thursday. Overprescribing of antibiotics is dangerous because it contributes to the rise of superbugs that do not respond to treatment. US…

Replica of Tutankhamun’s tomb aims to divert tourists from threatened site

An exact replica of the tomb of Tutankhamun is set to be installed near the 3,000-year-old original, in what one of the world’s leading Egyptologists has called a revolutionary development in Egyptian archaeological conservation. Officials hope the £420,000 project will prolong the life of the original while promoting a new…

Majority of U.S. executions come from just 2 percent of counties

The arbitrary nature of the death penalty as practiced in the US is laid bare in a new study that shows that just 2% of counties across the nation have generated most of the executions in the past 40 years. A new report from the Death Penalty Information Center in…

Stock market continues to tank over budget impasse

US stocks fell Thursday as continued concern about the US budget impasse, underscored by a dire Treasury report, and weak US services sector data offset other upbeat economic data. About 55 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 121.41 points (0.80 percent) to 15,011,73. The broad-based S&P 500…

U.S. slaps sanctions on Rwanda over rebel use of child soldiers

The United States slapped sanctions on Rwanda on Thursday over the use of child soldiers by rebels with alleged ties to the army. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that the United States was invoking the Child Soldiers Protection Act in sanctioning Rwanda, as Washington seeks…

Greek neo-Nazi leader detained on criminal charges

The leader of Greece’s Golden Dawn party was to be taken to a high-security prison Thursday pending his trial on criminal charges, as the government cracks down on the neo-Nazi group. Nikos Michaloliakos, charged with running a criminal organisation, will be the first Greek party leader to be put behind…

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