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Hollywood tries to weaken copyright treaty for blind people

Treaty to make copyrighted works available for visually impaired people – 90% of whom live in global south – coming up against film lobby Negotiators from 186 countries are in Marrakech this week trying to hammer out the text of an international treaty that aims to make copyrighted works more readily available…

Russian cosmonauts will take Olympic torch to International Space Station

Russian cosmonauts will in November take the Olympic torch to the International Space Station and on a space walk ahead of the 2014 winter games hosted in Sochi, Russia’s space agency announced Monday. The spectacular stunt will be the first time the Olympic torch has left the Earth’s atmosphere, and…

Snowden says he got Booz Allen job for access to NSA programs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Edward Snowden said he accepted a job at contractor Booz Allen Hamilton to gain access to details of the U.S. National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, according to the South China Morning Post. Snowden, who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton for roughly three months at an NSA facility…

Angelina Jolie blasts UN for lack of action on war rapes

Screen star Angelina Jolie on Monday criticized UN Security Council powers for their lack of action over wartime rapes, invoking Syria and other conflicts in a surprise speech to the body. Ambassadors from Russia, China, the United States, France and Britain — bitterly divided over the Syria war — listened…

Police arrest British man for murder of Iraqi family in French Alps

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – Police in Britain have arrested a man on suspicion of conspiracy to murder a British family of Iraqi origin who were killed in a high-profile murder in France last year, French public prosecutor Eric Maillaud said on Monday. Saad al-Hilli, an Iraqi-born British engineer, was found shot…

Exiled blind Chinese activist urges Taiwan to stand up to China’s ‘illegitimate’ government

Exiled, blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng on Monday urged Taiwan to stand up to China’s “illegitimate” communist government, as he visited the self-governing island amid controversy over his future in the United States. Chen told AFP in an interview that Taiwanese leaders including President Ma Ying-jeou and the parliamentary speaker…

New York origami convention highlights West’s love of this Asian art

Hundreds of enthusiasts gathered in New York over the weekend for a convention celebrating origami, the ancient Asian art of paper folding, as the craft gains increasing recognition as serious art in the West. Animals, shapes, landscapes and spaceships constructed with astonishing intricacy were on display at OrigamiUSA, all fashioned…

Italian court sentences former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to 7 years for sex with minor

MILAN (Reuters) – A Milan court sentenced former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Monday to seven years in jail and banned him from public office after finding him guilty of paying for sex with a minor and abusing his powers of office to cover up the affair. The verdict…

Assange: Snowden receives refugee papers from Ecuadorian government

(Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Monday that fugitive U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden had received refugee papers from the Ecuador government to secure him safe passage as he fled Hong Kong over the weekend. “In relation to Hong Kong, Mr Snowden was supplied with a refugee…

Supreme Court rules generic drug makers cannot be held liable for defects

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that makers of generic drugs already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cannot be held liable under state law for claims of design defects. In a 5-4 vote, the court ruled for Mutual Pharmaceutical Co, a unit of…

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