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UN urges strict hygiene to prevent worldwide spread of China’s deadly H7N9 virus

The United Nations on Friday presented a list of recommendations, including a strict hygiene culture and keeping different breeds of animals apart, to try to curb the spreading of the H7N9 flu virus which has killed six people in China. “With the virus harder to detect, good biosecurity measures become…

White House would ‘not be surprised’ by North Korea missile test launch

The White House said Friday it “would not be surprised” if North Korean carries out another missile test, after reports that Pyongyang had moved two mid-range rockets to its eastern coast. “We’ve obviously seen the reports that North Korea may be making preparations to launch a missile, and we’re monitoring…

Drone strike ‘condolence payments’ for targets killed ‘an expression of sympathy toward a victim’: U.S. Army

The U.S. drone war remains cloaked in secrecy, and as a result, questions swirl around it. Who exactly can be targeted? When can a U.S. citizen be killed? Another, perhaps less frequently asked question: What happens when innocent civilians are killed in drone strikes? In February, during his confirmation process,…

UN human rights chief slams failure to shut Guantanamo

Washington is breaking international law by holding detainees indefinitely at Guantanamo and must honour a pledge to shut the controversial jail, the UN’s human rights chief said Friday. “I am deeply disappointed that the US government has not been able to close Guantanamo Bay, despite repeatedly committing itself to do…

Army’s Major General Ralph Baker stripped of command amid sexual misconduct allegations

A US army general responsible for operations in east Africa has been stripped of his command amid reports of sexual misconduct, a Pentagon official confirmed on Friday. Major General Ralph Baker, the commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, was relieved of his duties by the outgoing head…

Tim Pernetti: I wanted to fire Mike Rice ‘immediately’ but Rutgers’ legal process dictated decision

Tim Pernetti resigned as Rutgers athletic director Friday, the latest member of the Scarlet Knights athletic program to be ousted in the wake of the Mike Rice scandal. As Rutgers president Robert Barchi and other school officials prepared for a news conference in New Brunswick, Pernetti issued a letter…  …

Is Facebook’s smartphone just a new way to collect data about you?

Facebook’s move to launch a branded smartphone is raising concerns for privacy advocates. (Jeff Chiu/AP/File) Using Facebook on your phone? Soon, the company will…  …

New face-sized tarantula discovered in trees in Sri Lanka

Wired reports on what may be a new species of tarantula in Northern Sri Lanka, and it’s unlikely to be appearing on the island nation’s tourism materials any time soon. Writer Nadia Drake describes the tree-dwelling Poecilotheria rajaei  as “about the size of your face” – the human face apparently…  …

Poll: Support for legal marijuana may have reached ‘tipping point’ at 52 percent

Support for legal marijuana may have reached tipping point, poll finds (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View A marijuana leaf is displayed at Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle last year. Fifty-two percent of Americans support legalizing the use of marijuana, the first time polls have…

Germany smacks down Apple’s patent on ‘slide to unlock’ feature

Germany’s patent court invalidated Friday a patent held by Apple — and contested by rivals Motorola and Samsung — on its “slide to unlock” function for smartphones, but the ruling can still be appealed. The federal patent court ruled that the the horizontal swiping gesture was not a technical innovation…

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