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‘Stockholm Syndrome’ — widely misused and misunderstood — turns 40

Forty years after a Swedish hostage drama gave rise to the term “Stockholm Syndrome”, the phenomenon is still being used, and misused, to explain the reactions of kidnap victims. But one man knows exactly how it works. Jan-Erik Olsson remembers clearly the strange things that happened after he walked into…

India state moves to ban black magic after anti-superstition activist gunned down

An Indian state government Wednesday approved legislation banning superstition and black magic, an official said, a day after a prominent champion of the bill was shot dead. Atheist Narendra Dabholkar, who for years campaigned for such a law, was killed on Tuesday by two gunmen on motorbikes as he was…

Astronaut describes terrifying moment of ‘drowning’ in space

Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano on Wednesday recounted clinging to the International Space Station as he drowned in his spacesuit in the terrifying moments following an as-yet unexplained leak. Writing on his blog from the space station, Parmitano said he felt drops of liquid on the back of his neck shortly…

Bank of America’s work practices questioned after intern who worked 12-hour days found dead

Death of Moritz Erhardt, a German student working for Merrill Lynch, triggers call for inquiry into excessive working hours in City Calls have been made for an overhaul of the long-hours culture among young staff working for banks in the City of London after the death of a “dedicated” German…

Facebook launches global Internet access initiative

Facebook and other technology giants launched an initiative Wednesday designed to give the whole world access to the Internet. The project is entitled Internet.org and its goal is to cut the cost of smart phone-based Internet services in developing countries. “Everything Facebook has done has been about giving all people…

Egyptian ambassador: Objective of crackdown ‘wasn’t to use massive force’

Egyptian Ambassador: Objective of Crackdown 'Wasn't to Use Massive Force' (via PBS News Hour) JUDY WOODRUFF: And now to a closer look inside the thinking of the Egyptian government and its actions over the last week. I’m joined by the country’s ambassador to the United States, Mohamed Tawfik. Mr. Ambassador,…

NASA begins selling shuttle launch platforms

Huge transporters mounted on crawler tracks also carried Apollo moon rockets from hangar to launchpad for liftoff Nasa is selling three huge mobile platforms used to launch the Apollo moon missions and the space shuttle – adding to the list of historic facilities and equipments it wants private industry to…

Thanks shallot! Indian police foil onion heist

Indian police have foiled a bid by robbers to make off with a truck laden with onions, in an unusual crime apparently motivated by rocketing prices of the staple food. Three men stopped a truck on the main road from the western city of Jaipur to the capital New Delhi…

Tech experts debate the smarts of the ‘smartwatch’

News that Samsung will unveil a “smartwatch” next month has sent rumour mills into overdrive within the tech community as it second guesses what the much-hyped gadget will offer. Wearable computing, including Google’s smart glasses, is considered the next frontier in consumer electronics following smartphones. Apple has long been rumoured…

Schoolgirl virginity tests prompt outrage in Indonesia

The education chief of an Indonesian city sparked outrage Wednesday after proposing that teenage schoolgirls should undergo virginity tests to enter senior high school. Activists accused Muhammad Rasyid of promoting “sexual violence against women” after he suggested the plan following the arrest of six high-school students for alleged prostitution. “If…

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