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British scientists use urine to charge cell phone

British scientists on Tuesday reported they had harnessed the power of urine and were able to charge a mobile phone with enough electricity to send texts and surf the Internet. Researchers from the University of Bristol and Bristol Robotics Laboratory in south west England said they had created a fuel…

Microsoft seeks to disclose details of national security data requests

Microsoft said Tuesday it had asked the US government for permission to disclose details of how it handles national security data requests, citing “inaccuracies” in recent media reports. Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith said the company had asked the US attorney general “to personally take action to permit Microsoft and…

Faith leaders vow to overturn ‘Stand your ground’ laws

African-American faith leaders vowed Tuesday to harness anger over the Trayvon Martin case to overturn “stand-your-ground” laws and reassert the case for greater civil rights. Speaking outside Department of Justice headquarters, Reverend Al Sharpton announced a National Justice for Trayvon Day for Saturday with rallies outside federal buildings and court…

Prominent gay rights activist tortured and killed in Cameroon

Eric Ohena Lembembe, a prominent LGBT activist and journalist in Cameroon, was found dead in his home on Monday, according to Human Rights Watch. Friends became suspicious after being unable to reach him by telephone for several days. When they visited his home in the capital of Yaoundé, they found…

Sweden’s food safety watchdog finds arsenic in Chinese herbal remedy

Sweden’s food safety watchdog said on Tuesday it had found “extremely high” levels of arsenic in a Chinese herbal remedy, posing a “very serious health hazard.” The toxic substance was found in a product called Niu-Huang Chieh-tu-pien, which is claimed by online vendors of traditional Chinese medicine to cure numerous…

8 children die, 60 others hospitalized after eating bad school lunch

Eight children died and 60 others were taken ill, some hospitalised, on Tuesday after eating lunch served at their school in eastern India, officials said. “The eight children died after consuming the midday meal in their school,” local Bihar state administrator Abhijit Sinha told AFP by telephone.…

South Korea says crippling cyber attack came from the North

South Korea on Tuesday blamed North Korea for a crippling cyber attack last month against government and media websites, including the president’s office. The accusation came a day before the two Koreas are to hold fresh talks on reopening their joint industrial zone, amid fading hopes of an early agreement…

Rampaging wild boar terrorizes downtown Prague

A wild boar went on a rampage in downtown Prague on Tuesday, terrorising pedestrians and even smashing a window at a five-star hotel in the Czech capital before being sedated, police said Tuesday. “On Sunday at 9:15 am, a citizen called the emergency line saying a wild boar was swimming…

British lawmakers set to pass marriage equality bill

British lawmakers were set on Tuesday to pass a bill legalising same-sex marriage in England and Wales, paving the way for the first gay weddings in 2014. Members of parliament’s lower House of Commons were due to hold final debates on Tuesday evening, but they were expected to be little…

Snowden to stay at Moscow airport for now: lawyer

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden will stay in the transit zone of the Moscow airport where he has been holed up for three weeks while Russian authorities process his asylum request, a lawyer helping him said Tuesday. Anatoly Kucherena, a Russian lawyer who helped Snowden file an application for asylum…

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