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Ireland apologizes for ‘slave labor’ at Catholic-run laundries

Taoiseach Enda Kenny forced into finally saying sorry for ‘the hurt and trauma’ caused to up to 10,000 Magdalene women The Irish State has finally said sorry to 10,000 women and girls incarcerated in Catholic Church-run laundries where they were treated as virtual slaves. Taoiseach Enda Kenny was forced into…

Booker prize-winning author Hilary Mantel calls Kate Middleton’s image ‘plastic’

By Mark Brown, The Guardian Award-winning novelist’s comments about ‘plastic’ Duchess of Cambridge spark spasm of press fury Hilary Mantel has woken up to something of a firestorm after a long speech she recently made about the royal family and society’s relationship with them was interpreted as an “astonishing and venomous…

General Allen to retire and opts out of NATO top job

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that General John Allen will retire and not accept the top job at NATO, as he seeks to take care of his family after a 19-month tour in Afghanistan. “Today, I met with General John Allen and accepted his request to retire from the military…

Military invests in smartphone reconnaissance

Military invests in smart-phone reconnaissance (via The Christian Science Monitor) Imagine a smart phone that can record your facial features, identify a criminal suspect with voice recognition, and reduce fraud in welfare and other programs. In a few years, Smart Mobile Identity technology (SMI) may become an essential part of…

How Nicolaus Copernicus rewrote the rules of the solar system

How Nicolaus Copernicus rewrote the rules of the solar system (via The Christian Science Monitor) The Google homepage today depicts seven metal planets rotating around a painted sun – an homage to the pioneering Renaissance-era astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. So who was Copernicus, exactly? Well, for one, he was the man who first…

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…

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