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U.S. and China clash over Snowden but see trade progress

The United States reprimanded China for not handing over fugitive leaker Edward Snowden, but the two powers saw progress elsewhere in ties including on reaching an investment treaty. In wide-ranging annual talks seen as important by Beijing, the United States on Thursday openly criticized China for not extraditing Snowden —…

Malala defies Taliban to take world stage

Malala Yousafzai is to address the United Nations on Friday, nine months after a Taliban gunman put a bullet in her head believing he was ending the Pakistani teenager’s campaign for girls’ education. The young woman will mark her 16th birthday with her first public speech since making a near…

Three gored in Pamplona bull run

Three men were gored by half-tonne bulls as they raced through Spain’s northern city of Pamplona, the bloodiest run of this year’s celebrated San Fermin festival. The three runners, a 20-year-old American and two Spaniards aged 31 and 42, were all rushed to hospital. The extent of their injuries, the…

Twitter hands over data in French anti-semitism case

Twitter said Friday it had handed over data to French authorities to help identify the authors of anti-Semitic tweets following a complaint from a Jewish students’ group. A French court in January ordered the company to provide the data after the complaint from France’s Union of Jewish Students (UEJF).…

U.K. govt postpones plain cigarette pack plans

The British government on Friday announced that plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes in the UK have been postponed, sparking an angry response from health campaigners. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told lawmakers in a written statement that the decision had been delayed because the government wants more time to…

Experts squabble over ‘earliest’ Chinese inscriptions

Fierce debate has erupted among experts in China over the discovery of 5,000-year-old inscriptions that some believe represent the earliest record of Chinese characters. Pottery pieces and stone vessels unearthed at the Zhuangqiaofen archaeological site in the eastern province of Zhejiang push “the origin of the written language back 1,000…

‘Dead’ man wins election in Mexico town

A man who was allegedly certified as dead almost three years ago has won a race for mayor in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Leninguer Raymundo Carballido Morales won the election in the small town of San Agustin Amatengo by just 11 votes last Sunday as the candidate of…

Ireland passes law allowing extremely limited rights to abortion

Bill passes which will allow for abortions only when woman’s life is under threat or if she is suicidal Irish parliamentarians passed a groundbreaking law allowing limited abortion rights in the Republic. Enda Kenny and his coalition government pushed through the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill, which will allow…

Parents keep Austin-Healey Sprite automobile baby accidentally bought on eBay with iPhone

A toddler clicks away on a smart phone. What’s the worst that could happen? She could could buy a roadster off eBay. That’s what happened to one Oregon family last month. Their 14-month-old toddler bought a 1962 Austin-Healey Sprite through an eBay…  …

NASA’s IBEX –Interstellar Boundary Explorer– maps solar system’s tail for the first time

NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, has for the first time mapped the tail – or, tails – that stream out behind our solar system as it moves through the galaxy. Researchers have for years theorized that our solar system should have…  …

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