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French agency: Pregnant women’s exposure to certain plastics can lead to breast cancer for children

France’s food safety agency raised the alarm anew Tuesday over the use of bisphenol A, a chemical found in certain plastics, saying it said may expose unborn children to breast cancer later in life. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a common component of plastic bottles and canned food and drink…

Saudi Arabia denies reports of court-ordered paralysis

Saudi Arabia denied on Tuesday reports that a court in the kingdom has ordered a punishment of paralysis for a man who committed a crime that paralysed another man. The reports about the sentence, which sparked condemnation after Amnesty International urged the Saudi authorities to annul it, were “false,” a…

Indonesia fears bird flu outbreak could cause shuttlecock shortage

Badminton-crazy Indonesia is concerned a deadly bird-flu outbreak could claim an unlikely victim — the shuttlecock. Jakarta is to halt the import of all Chinese poultry products, including dried duck feathers used in the shuttlecocks, after the new H7N9 bird flu strain killed seven people and made 24 ill in…

WikiLeaks: U.S. accused Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos of staging ‘military drag show’

Then-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos forced his military chiefs to parade as women during a tasteless, sycophantic birthday party planned by his unstable wife, according to US diplomatic cables. The US ambassador to the Philippines in the mid-1970s, William Sullivan, wrote a series of blistering criticisms of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos…

U.S. Treasury chief Lew asks ‘able’ countries to drive economic growth

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urged countries with the “capacity” to help spur growth, after talks with his German counterpart here on Tuesday. Lew told a joint press conference with Wolfgang Schaeuble that the driver of economic growth would be consumer demand, adding “policies that will help drive consumer demand…

Microsoft and Oracle ask European Union to ‘protect competition’ against Google Android

Google was in the firing line again on Tuesday after a group of major companies, including Microsoft and Oracle, complained to the European Commission over Google’s offerings for Android-powered mobile phones. “We are asking the Commission to move quickly and decisively to protect competition and innovation in this critical market,”…

Clashes erupt as Britain grapples with Thatcher’s legacy

Britain wrestled Tuesday with violent passions ignited by the death of divisive former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, with critics of the “Iron Lady” clashing with police and supporters preparing to pay tribute to her in parliament. World reaction was also divided with Pope Francis hailing her promotion of freedom but…

Russia’s Putin faces thousands of pro-LGBT protesters in Amsterdam

Over 3,000 people protested Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Amsterdam on Monday, with rainbow flags flying at half-mast around the city that prides itself on enjoying every kind of freedom. The brightly dressed crowd chanted “Go home Putin!” during a festive protest opposite the museum where Putin had dinner…

U.S. official: Warlike rhetoric of North Korea ‘perfectly predictable’

With tensions on the Korean peninsula soaring to include threats of nuclear war, frustration is mounting at what US policy experts see as the failure of all efforts to rein in North Korea. Decades of threats have waxed and waned despite myriad attempts to reach out for talks or punish…

Rep. Mike Rogers: ‘Significant improvements’ to CISPA over privacy concerns

Backers of a cybersecurity bill which stalled in Congress last year offered changes in an effort to ease concerns of privacy and civil liberties activists. The two top lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee said the panel would meet Wednesday to vote on the Cyber Intelligence and Sharing Protection Act,…

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