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Bangladesh building disaster death toll passes 500

The death toll from the collapse of a factory complex in Bangladesh passed 500 Friday as the prime minister said Western retailers had to share some responsibility for the plight of garment workers. It also emerged that an engineer who had warned that the building may be unsafe before it…

Kindergarten head accused of poisoning and killing two children at rival school

Chinese police have arrested the head of a kindergarten and her associate over the deaths of two children from a rival school who ate yoghurt injected with rat poison, state media said. The five- and six-year-old girls from northern Hebei province died after eating the yoghurt which they had found…

100 dead and rescuers trapped in Darfur gold mine disaster

Around 100 miners are estimated to have died inside a collapsed gold mine in Sudan’s Darfur region and nine rescuers trying to free them are now trapped, a miner said on Friday. “Nine of the rescue team disappeared when the land collapsed around them yesterday (Thursday),” said the miner, who…

Chinese mock Beijing’s ‘People’s Daily’ newspaper over phallic headquarters

Unamused Chinese censors have been at work to stop people sniggering over the new Beijing headquarters of the People’s Daily newspaper, which bear an unfortunate resemblance to a giant penis. Photos of the imposing tower, which is still under construction, had Internet users tittering away, especially given one of Beijing’s…

Boston Marathon bombing suspects planned July 4 attack

Alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has told investigators he and his brother had originally planned to commit suicide attacks during Fourth of July celebration, reports said. The ethnic Chechen brothers had considered striking during Boston’s large city celebrations to mark the Fourth of July but aborted the plan after building…

Afghan interpreters fight for right to stay in Britain

Lawyers for three Afghan interpreters who served with British forces fighting the Taliban in southern Afghanistan have launched a legal challenge to a government decision not to let them settle in Britain, they said Friday. The three argue they should be entitled to the same treatment as interpreters with British…

Body found in chimney of law firm after staff noticed a bad smell

The body of a man has been found in the chimney of a law firm in central England, police said Friday. The corpse was found at the offices of Moody and Woolley solicitors in Derby on Wednesday. Derbyshire Police would not comment on reports that the 42-year-old man is believed…

‘Slayer’ rock guitarist Jeff Hanneman dies at 49

Metal guitar legend Jeff Hanneman, 49, has died of liver failure, his band Slayer announced. “Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother… passed away at about 11 am this morning,” read a statement posted by the group on its Facebook page on Thursday. Hanneman, who died at…

WATCH: Google leaders say connecting 5 billion more users to the web will ‘transform the world’

Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen call the Internet “the world’s largest ungoverned space,” a space that is increasingly growing. The tech moguls outline their vision of a world universally connected to the Internet in their recent book, “The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future…  …

Flight of the RoboBee: Researchers hope ‘drones’ could serve as a robotic pollinator for plants

Five individual robotic flies of identical design are shown alongside a U.S. penny for scale, demonstrating that the manufacturing process facilitates repeatability and mass production.(Courtesy of Kevin Ma, Pakpong Chirarattananon) A robotic fly with a body not much taller than a penny standing on…  …

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