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BP seeks to dismiss ‘feeding frenzy’ of Gulf oil spill claims

BP asked a US appeals court on Monday to scuttle a “feeding frenzy” of “fictitious” compensation claims stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The British energy giant reached a $7.8 billion settlement last year with thousands of people and businesses hit by the worst environmental disaster in…

Patients searching for health info online face privacy threats: researcher

Patients searching for health-related information on the Internet may find their privacy threatened, said a research letter published in a major US medical journal on Monday. Marco Huesch, a researcher at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, searched for “depression,” “herpes” and “cancer” on various health-related websites and observed…

Al Jazeera employees in Egypt quit over editorial line

Several Al-Jazeera employees in Egypt have resigned because they disagreed with their employer’s editorial line, an official at the Qatari television told AFP on Monday. They did not say how many resigned, but media have reported that seven have left the company. “Several new employees at the Al-Jazeera Mobasher (the…

Bangladesh vows to improve factory workers’ rights and conditions

Bangladesh vowed Monday to improve workers’ rights and factory safety in the wake of a deadly garment factory collapse amid warnings that EU trade benefits might suffer if it does not make enough progress. The Bangladeshi government aims to ensure the Asian nation is home to a garment industry, “where…

Facebook begins rolling out ‘graph search’ feature

Facebook on Monday began rolling out a tool for US English language users to mine the social network’s trove of experiences for anything from restaurant choices to photos of far-off places. Facebook said that a “graph search” feature that it has tested since early this year is making a broader…

Turkish riot police fire rubber bullets and tear gas into demonstrators

Turkish riot police on Monday fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to block demonstrators from entering a small Istanbul park, the birthplace of deadly unrest that engulfed the country last month. Police moved after Turkish authorities reopened Gezi Park to public use earlier in the day. “Four people…

Egyptian sumo wrestler ready to fight during Ramadan

TOKYO, Japan — The Arab world’s first professional sumo wrestler says fasting for Ramadan will give him courage during his inaugural tournament in the famously weighty elite ranks of the sport. Egyptian Osunaarashi (Great Sandstorm) believes observing the Muslim holy month, which begins Tuesday, will boost his performance, despite not…

Italian mayor turns into Mr. Fix-It to save money in town budget

An Italian mayor and his council members have decided to fight the economic crisis proactively, picking up paintbrushes and re-painting the walls of their offices themselves to spare the town budget. They worked overtime and even chipped in for the material themselves. “The idea spread quickly and all the employees…

Muslim Brotherhood call to ‘uprising’ marks a dangerous turn in Egypt

A Muslim Brotherhood call for an uprising in response to a “massacre” of its supporters after the military’s ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi could mark a bloody new stage in the turmoil rocking Egypt, analysts warn. At dawn on Monday, after days of deadly violence and rising tensions between…

Park officials ask tourists not to litter with egg frying trick in Death Valley

Death Valley National Park has asked tourists not to test out the reputation of the world’s hottest spot by frying eggs on the ground, citing a growing litter problem at the popular US landmark. “An employee’s posting of frying an egg in a pan in Death Valley was intended to…

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