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Engineers build bug-eyed camera that sees the world as flies do

Taking their cue from Nature, engineers have built a camera using stretchable electronics that scans the world like a fly’s compound eye — with a wide field of view and no distortion, they said Wednesday. The digital device, which has a multitude of tiny, pliable lenses like those found in…

Egyptian TV presenter arrested for slandering actress

Egyptian police arrested an Islamist television show host on Wednesday after a court sentenced him to a year in prison for slandering an actress, a police official said. Police stormed Abdullah Badr’s apartment early in the morning in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya and took him into custody so…

U.S. oil production and stocks surge while demand remains anemic

US oil stocks reached a new three-decade high and pressed crude prices lower Wednesday, as US oil production continued to surge while domestic demand remained anemic. US commercial stocks stood at 395.3 million barrels for the week ended April 26, the highest weekly inventory figure since the US Energy Information…

General Motors joins call for U.S. to address climate change

General Motors, the largest US automaker, on Wednesday joined a call for the United States to take greater action on climate change as it said that environmental concerns were critical for business. General Motors became the first automaker among 40 US companies in a joint appeal for policymakers in Washington…

Ohio executes man convicted of raping 6-month-old child

An Ohio man convicted of raping and murdering a six-month-old baby was executed by lethal injection on Wednesday after a last-ditch plea for mercy was dismissed. Steven Smith, 46, was declared dead at 10:29 am (1429 GMT), prison authorities in Lucasville, southern Ohio, confirmed after the execution. Smith was sentenced…

World economy isn’t growing fast enough to generate jobs for all the unemployed

The world economy is still not growing fast enough to generate jobs for tens of millions who have become unemployed but it is strengthening gradually, a top IMF official said Wednesday. While global growth is seen at 3.3 percent in 2013 and an even better four percent next year, this…

South Dakota Native Americans need $4 million to prevent sale of ‘Wounded Knee’ massacre site

Oglala Sioux must find nearly $4m to prevent massacre site being sold off, the latest in a series of issues that has the South Dakota tribe’s modernisers and traditionalists at loggerheads Horses are sacred to Native Americans. For Kevin Yellow Bird Steele, one of the tribal leaders of the Oglala Sioux,…

Sony CEO and 39 other executives give up bonuses in ‘unprecedented’ gesture

Dozens of Sony executives including the firm’s chief are foregoing bonuses this year in an “unprecedented” step to atone for a slump in its embattled electronics unit, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Chief executive Kazuo Hirai is among 40 top managers who will not get a bonus estimated at several hundred…

Israel still refuses to negotiate 1967 boundaries with Arab League

Israel will keep refusing to negotiate on the basis of a total withdrawal from land it seized during the 1967 Six-Day War, a minister said Wednesday after the Arab League modified its peace plan. “If Israel agrees to come to the negotiating table while accepting in advance that talks would…

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