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John Kerry vows to fight on for Antarctic marine haven

US Secretary of State John Kerry vowed to keep up the battle to set up a sanctuary to protect the unique marine ecosystem in parts of the Antarctic. And he voiced “regret” that attempts to create the world’s largest ocean sanctuary in the Ross Sea were blocked, with environmental groups…

Al-Qaeda Yemen branch says No 2 killed in U.S. drone strike

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has confirmed the death in a US drone strike of its deputy leader Saeed al-Shehri, whose killing has been announced several times by Sanaa. Shehri was released from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba in 2007 and was flown to Saudi Arabia, where he was put…

Cuba says its ‘obsolete’ weapons found aboard North Korea ship are Soviet-era

Cuba has announced that weapons found on a North Korean ship close to the Panama Canal were “obsolete” Soviet-era arms, which the communist island had sent to Pyongyang for repair. The declaration came a day after Panama said it had found military equipment, which it believed to be missiles, after…

Asiana passengers file lawsuit against Boeing

A group of 83 passengers from the Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed in San Francisco has filed a lawsuit seeking millions from the aircraft’s manufacturer Boeing, their lawyers said. While a final determination of what caused the deadly crash of the Boeing 777 is years away,Chicago-based Ribbeck Law said initial…

Air New Zealand will host country’s first same-sex marriage at 30,000 feet

Air New Zealand announced plans to stage the country’s first same-sex marriage at an altitude of 30,000 feet (9,000 metres), saying it wants to prove that love is truly in the air. New Zealand passed a bill allowing gay marriage in April but it does not become law until August…

British MPs pass same-sex marriage bill

MPs passed a bill legalising same-sex marriage in England and Wales, paving the way for the first gay weddings in 2014. The House of Commons decided Tuesday not to oppose a number of minor amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill proposed by the House of Lords. The legislation…

Putin says U.S.-Russia relationship ‘more important’ than NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Moscow’s relations with Washington outweighed the “squabbles” over a spying scandal revealed by US fugitive Edward Snowden, who has applied for asylum in Russia. “Relations between states are much more important than squabbles surrounding the work of security services,” Putin was quoted as saying…

‘FIDO’ computerized vest helps handlers communicate with service dogs

From Google’s computerized glasses to a sundry array of smart watches, mini-computers are cropping up everywhere to make our lives easier. And while it might seem a tad fantastical to start training dogs to use wearable computers, it’s a possibility…  …

Bradley Manning defense lawyers say conviction would set ‘extremely bad precedent’

The defence team representing Bradley Manning, the US soldier who leaked reams of state secrets to WikiLeaks, has made one last attempt to persuade the judge presiding over his court martial to dismiss the most serious charge against him: that he “aided the enemy”. Manning’s civilian lawyer David Coombs said…

Strange horned dinosaur roamed island continent Laramidia 76 million years ago

Palaeontologists in Utah on Wednesday said they had found the fossil of a strange horned dinosaur which roamed an island continent known as Laramidia. Dubbed Nasotoceratops titusi, the creature lived during the Late Cretaceous about 76 million years ago. It belonged to the family of herbivore ceratops dinos, of which…

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