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Changes to Hungary’s constitution spur thousands to protest

Thousands of Hungarians gathered outside the country’s parliament in Budapest Saturday in protest at changes to the new constitution they say infringe on civil rights. After a demonstration on Thursday, protestors and a number of NGOs including Amnesty International launched a second rally against a package of measures due to…

British archaeologists: Stonehenge was an ancient rave spot

British researchers on Saturday unveiled a new theory for the origins of Stonehenge, saying the ancient stone circle was originally a graveyard and venue for mass celebrations. The findings would overturn the long-held belief that Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southwestern England was created as a Stone Age astronomical calendar…

Bieber cancels one of two Portugal dates

Canadian teen heartthrob Justin Bieber has cancelled one of two scheduled concerts in Portugal next week, just after completing what he admitted had been a rough week in London, promoters said Saturday. Within a few days, the 19-year-old pop sensation angered some of his fans for being late on stage,…

National cybersecurity efforts still stalled

How the U.S. plans to defend the nation’s critical infrastructure from hackers and other attackers still remains in limbo – again. As in 2012, legislators seem no closer to defining what safeguards can and will be implemented to prevent military and commercial networks from being breached.  At…  …

What have we learned from SARS?

A decade ago, a highly contagious and deadly new illness sent people worldwide scrambling to cancel flights and holidays as schools closed and sales of surgical masks spiked. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was the first “new” disease of the 21st century to jump from an animal host to humans,…

SXSW film opener sees return of Jim Carrey

Rubber-faced comic Jim Carrey returned to the big screen in fan-pleasing form by way of the opening feature of the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” stars Steve Carrell as a washed-out Las Vegas magician in ghastly sequined suits whose refusal to change with the times…

Greek Prime Minister says no more austerity

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Saturday promised his recession-weary nation that there would be “no more austerity measures” as international creditors prolonged an audit of crisis reforms. “There will be no more austerity measures,” Samaras said in a televised speech to his conservative party’s political committee. “And as soon…

Online museum project unearths ‘filthy’ Van Dyck masterpiece

A filthy oil painting locked away in a museum in the northeast of England was on Saturday revealed to be an original masterpiece by Van Dyck. The portrait was spotted when it was photographed for an ambitious project to catalogue every single one of Britain’s oil paintings in public ownership…

Prohibition lives on in Haddonfield, New Jersey

Anyone who wants a beer in Haddonfield, New Jersey had better be ready for a drive: buying or selling alcohol anywhere within city limits is punishable with jail time. Since long before Prohibition — the 13-year national ban on alcohol that started in 1920 — Haddonfield has been a “dry…

Saudi rights activists given heavy jail terms

A Saudi court on Saturday dissolved a human rights group and handed down heavy jail terms to two of its members, an AFP correspondent reported. The judge at the criminal court in Riyadh, in delivering his verdict ordered “the dissolution of the Saudi Association of Civil and Political Rights (ACPRA),…

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