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Tearful Secretary Kerry thanks supporters after wife’s hospitalization

US Secretary of State John Kerry choked back tears Wednesday saying he had been “humbled” by the outpouring of support for his wife, who remains in hospital for tests after an apparent seizure. “Teresa is doing better, under evaluation and we hope improving,” Kerry said, opening two days of talks…

U.S. lags behind other wealthy nations in health and life expectancy

The United States spends more per capita on health care than any place in the world but lags behind other wealthy nations in health and life expectancy, according to research published on Wednesday. Japan still leads the world in terms of living the longest, with average life expectancy at 82.6…

Irish lawmakers to pass bill expanding access to abortion

Irish lawmakers are set to introduce abortion in limited cases where the mother’s life is at risk, when controversial new laws go to a final vote Wednesday night. The predominantly Catholic nation’s abortion laws faced global scrutiny after the death of 31-year-old Indian woman Savita Halappanavar in a Galway hospital…

Astronomers spot star embryo in largest ever galactic ‘womb’

Astronomers on Wednesday reported their best observation yet of a massive star embryo growing within a dark cloud — the largest stellar “womb” ever spotted in our Milky Way galaxy. The star, which could grow to 100 times the mass of our Sun and up to a million times brighter,…

Japan nuclear watchdog spots Fukushima ocean leak

Japan’s nuclear watchdog said Wednesday the crippled Fukushima reactors are very likely leaking highly radioactive substances into the Pacific Ocean. Members of the Nuclear Regulation Authority voiced frustration at Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), which has failed to identify the source and the cause of spiking readings of radioactive materials in…

Johannesburg censured for ‘misleading’ campaign promoting ‘world class African city’

The city of Johannesburg has been ordered to stop running part of its “world class African city” campaign by South Africa’s advertising authority, which ruled it was “misleading.” The Advertising Standards Authority upheld a complaint by resident Steven Haywood, who argued the city’s long-running marketing campaign “contain blatant untruths.” Johannesburg,…

Judge finds Apple guilty of ebook price-fixing conspiracy

A judge Wednesday found Apple guilty of a price-fixing conspiracy for electronic books, saying the company “conspired to restrain trade” with publishers to boost the price of ebooks. Judge Denise Cote, who presided over a trial in New York said in her opinion that “Apple is liable here for facilitating…

19-year-old Turkish university student brings death toll in prostests to 5

A 19-year-old university student who was hurt during anti-government protests that rocked Turkey last month has died from his injuries, bringing the death toll in the unrest to five, local media reported on Wednesday. Ali Ismail Korkmaz, who joined the demos on June 2 in the central Anatolian city of…

South Korean court orders Japanese steel company to pay for forced labor in WWII

A South Korean court on Wednesday ordered a Japanese steel giant to pay compensation over forced wartime labour in what was described as the first ruling of its kind, a report said. The decision marked the latest chapter in a 16-year legal battle launched by four South Koreans, now aged…

French court seizes tycoon’s assets over fraud charges

Corruption investigators in France have seized the assets of French tycoon Bernard Tapie, suspected of having committed fraud as part of an organised gang, judicial sources said Wednesday. The charge relates to a 400 million euro ($525m) state payout Tapie received in 2008 when Christine Lagarde, now the head of…

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