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Nairobi-based UN Environmental Program serves food destined for the trash

The green beans are fresh, the broccoli crunchy and the baby corn sweet, but having failed “cosmetic” tests of international supermarkets, the Kenyan-grown food was hurled out as waste. On Tuesday however, vegetables considered too ugly for shop-shelves were served at a special dinner for some 100 global environment ministers…

NASA briefly lost communication with International Space Station

The International Space Station lost communication with ground controllers on Tuesday but its commander says the crew is fine, NASA said. It blamed a problem in a data relay system. NASA said flight controllers in Houston were updating software on board the station’s flight computers when one of the station’s…

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt enter into rose winemaking business

Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have become the latest celebrities to turn their hand to winemaking with the launch next month of their own rose wine. The couple have teamed up with the French winemaking Perrin family to develop the “Miraval Cotes de Provence” label, named after their…

Women sit on Saudi council for first time

Thirty Saudi women took seats in Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council, for the first time in the ultra-conservative kingdom’s history, as they were sworn in before King Abdullah on Tuesday at his palace in Riyadh. The women took their seats in the same room with their 130 male colleagues and were…

BP to argue government charged ‘excessive’ fines for Deepwater Horizon spill

British energy giant BP on Tuesday vowed to “vigorously defend” itself in court next week over US government claims for “excessive” fines linked to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster. “BP will vigorously defend against gross negligence allegations,” the energy giant said ahead of the start of a…

Romanian police bust Israeli human egg-trafficking ring

Romanian police on Tuesday busted a human egg-trafficking ring involving Israeli specialists in assisted reproduction, just months after several Israeli doctors were sentenced in a similar case. Police and prosecutors said the network consisted of 11 people, including Israeli doctors and Romanian managers of a Bucharest clinic, but declined to…

UN urges investigation into hormone-disrupting chemicals

Scientists suspect chemicals which disrupt the hormone system are linked to early breast development, poor semen quality, low birthweight in babies and other problems, but more research is needed, UN agencies reported on Wednesday. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Health Organisation (WHO) said evidence is mounting that so-called…

Israeli court: ‘Prisoner X’ died by hanging in the shower

An anonymous detainee found dead in his prison cell in December 2010, identified by Australian media as Mossad agent Ben Zygier, died by hanging in his cell’s bathroom, an Israeli court revealed on Tuesday. “The deceased was found hanging in the shower of his detention cell, with a sheet around…

Spider-Man Broadway stuntman files $6 million lawsuit over injuries

By Matt Trueman, The Guardian Injuries allegedly caused by faulty rigging spark latest lawsuit to beset Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Every superhero needs a suit, but not the kind that beleaguered Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is attracting. A former stuntman on the production is the latest…

Marathon champ recalls Kenyan election terror: ‘We narrowly escaped death’

Five years since Kenya’s world marathon champion Luke Kibet narrowly escaped death in post-election violence that killed two of his colleagues, the runner is nervous as fresh polls approach. More than 1,100 people — including two international athletes — were killed in the chaos and ethnic violence that followed Kenya’s…

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