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Officer testifies stop-and-frisk program motivated by quotas and race

Officer secretly recorded conversation with his supervisor in which he is apparently told to target ‘male blacks 14 to 21′ The New York police department’s controversial stop-and-frisk program is being driven by a high-pressure quota system imposed upon lower-ranking officers by their supervisors, two NYPD officers testified in court this week. The claims were…

Study: 14 percent of childhood asthma may be caused by traffic pollution

As much as 14 percent of chronic childhood asthma may be caused by people living near busy roads and exposed to traffic pollution, a study in 10 European cities found Friday. The study, released by the European Respiratory Journal, matched local health data with exposure to traffic pollution in Barcelona,…

European Union looks into price fixing accusations against Apple

European Union competition watchdogs said Friday they were “looking into” potential anti-trust issues at iPad and iPhone giant Apple, following queries raised by telecommunications operators. “The European Commission has been made aware of Apple distribution practices for iPads and iPhones,” a spokesman for EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told a…

‘Things Fall Apart’ novelist Chinua Achebe dies at 82

Nigerian author recognised for key role in developing African literature has died in Boston, where he was working as a professor Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian novelist seen by millions as the father of African literature, has died at the age of 82. African papers were reporting his death following an illness and…

80-year-old Japanese man looks to climb Mt. Everest for the third time

A thrill-seeking Japanese octogenarian said Friday his third assault on Mount Everest will be the “ultimate anti-ageing” remedy, despite his recurring heart troubles. Yuichiro Miura is readying to begin his third ascent of the 8,848-metre- (29,028-foot) peak and recapture a record he previously held for being the oldest person to…

Malaysian condom maker expands to meet growing need in Asia

The array of cheeky condoms on Goh Miah Kiat’s desk — multi-coloured, textured and flavoured — would make most business executives blush. They come with grape and strawberry flavours, pleasure-boosting textures, barber pole-like striping, a “Baggy” model and its opposite, the missile-shaped “Powershot.” They hardly seem the stock and trade…

Obama visits Bethlehem’s Nativity Church attributed to Jesus’ birth

US President Barack Obama on Friday visited Bethlehem’s Nativity Church built on the site where tradition says Jesus was born, at the end of a three-day trip to Israel and the West Bank. The visit took place later than expected because of an unexpected sandstorm which forced the president to…

South African authorities put up shark net after attacks

South African authorities put up a shark exclusion net Friday at a popular beach in Cape Town, a first in the city as they try to avert further deadly attacks. The net was installed at Fish Hoek beach, where Great White sharks are common and three attacks have taken place…

Apple and Microsoft defend themselves against accusations of overcharging Australians

Technology giants including Apple and Microsoft on Friday defended their pricing policy in Australia at an official inquiry launched over concerns that they were overcharging customers. Australians, on average, are forking out 34 percent more for software, 52 percent more for iTunes music, 88 percent more for Wii games and…

Ninjas gather in Tokyo for women’s training seminar

More than 200 ninjas from around the world gathered at a Tokyo gymnasium Friday to kick off a two-day training seminar, especially designed for women. The disciples of Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi, the founder of the Bujinkan school, gathered from more than 17 countries at the Tokyo Budo-kan martial arts gymnasium…

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