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Video game industry sales dropped 25 percent in a year

US videogame sales extended their decline in February with a 25 percent monthly drop compared with a year ago, according to an industry tracker. NPD Group said Thursday that total sales of hardware, software and accessories were $810 million in February, down from $1.09 billion 12 months earlier. Videogame hardware…

China finds another 800 dead pigs in a river

Shanghai fished another 809 dead pigs out of its main waterway on Friday, bringing the total carcasses found this week to 8,300 in a scandal that has spotlighted China’s troubles with food safety. The swine effluent discovered flowing down the Huangpu river — which supplies a fifth of the commercial…

Song creation app wows crowd at South by Southwest

Two brothers from Australia pulled big crowds at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival with a novel app that lets anyone create a song just by crooning into a smartphone. Jam, released eight weeks ago for Apple’s iPhone, was developed by Joe and Sam Russell, members of a musical family…

Swiss police raid home of a ‘healer’ who injected 16 with HIV-tainted blood

Swiss police on Friday stormed the Bern home of a self-proclaimed healer who failed to turn up for his trial on charges of injecting 16 people with HIV-tainted blood. Bern police arrested the unnamed 54-year-old man and a woman in the raid, they said in a statement, without providing further…

U.S. spying still under shadow of Iraq intelligence failures

US spy agencies still live under the shadow of disastrous intelligence failures that paved the way for the Iraq war, and now face a crucial test as they track Iran’s nuclear program. In the run-up to the invasion of Iraq 10 years ago, the CIA and other intelligence services confidently…

‘Kidnapped’ Irish property tycoon arrested

An Irish property developer who claimed he was kidnapped for eight months has been arrested on suspicion of wasting police time, Irish media reported on Friday. Kevin McGeever, 68, was found in an emaciated and dishevelled state at the end of January, wandering along a road in County Leitrim, western…

Iraq war killed 120,000 and cost $800 billion, study estimates

At least 116,000 Iraqi civilians and more than 4,800 coalition troops died in Iraq between the outbreak of war in 2003 and the US withdrawal in 2011, researchers estimate. Its involvement in Iraq has so far cost the United States $810 billion (625 billion euros) and could eventually reach $3…

India blocks exit of Italian ambassador

India’s home ministry has put the country’s airports on alert to prevent the Italian ambassador leaving the country amid a dispute over two Italian marines who skipped bail while on trial in New Delhi, a ministry source said Friday. The source quoted an order faxed to immigration authorities as saying:…

Egypt Islamists say UN women’s rights declaration is threat to society

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has warned that a UN document demanding global standards to prevent violence against women is un-Islamic and would lead to the “complete degradation of society.” Governments and NGOs from around the world are to wrap up two weeks of discussions in New York on ways to end…

U.S. military members suing over Japan nuke disaster

U.S. service members are suing the Tokyo Electric Power Co. for more than $2 billion on grounds the utility lied about the dangers of helping clean up the nuclear disaster that struck two years ago, a newspaper reported Thursday. The case was first filed by nine plaintiffs in December but…

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