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Berlin Wall to host exhibit on the world’s tensest borders

BERLIN — Giant portraits of the world’s tensest borders went on display Tuesday on the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall, in what organisers called a protest underlining the futility of barriers to resolve conflict. The “Wall on Wall” project by German photographer Kai Wiedenhoefer features 36 panoramas taken…

WikiLeaks documentarian reveals Assange demanded $1 million for an interview

Alex Gibney’s film We Steal Secrets is the first WikiLeaks documentary out of the gate – but it nearly didn’t happen. The prolific film-maker talks Assange, Bradley Manning and paranoia with Steve Rose Had things worked out differently, Alex Gibney and Julian Assange could have been soulmates – instead, they’ve…

UN presses Vatican to release confidential files on child sex abuse

UN committee’s ‘list of issues’ will present Pope Francis with direct challenge to disclose whether secret deals were made to preserve church’s reputation The Vatican is to face tough questioning by a United Nations committee over the Catholic church’s record in tackling child sexual abuse by its clergy around the…

Police investigate Murdoch over secretly recorded meeting with Sun staff

Met investigates media mogul over alleged conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office following meeting with Sun staff Detectives are investigating Rupert Murdoch over comments made by the media mogul in an internal meeting with journalists from the Sun that was secretly recorded. The Metropolitan police is seeking to gain…

Companies put baby formula on sale in China amid price-fixing investigation

More companies have cut baby formula prices in China, they said, after coming under government scrutiny in an apparently widening price-fixing investigation. At least four more firms said they would slash prices in the world’s largest market for baby formula, according to separate statements. The government has yet to confirm…

Australia tests telescope devoted to exploring origins of the universe

Australia said it had taken a major step towards the ambitious Square Kilometre Array (SKA) astronomy project with the switching on Tuesday of a test telescope to explore the origins of the universe. Innovation Minister Kim Carr said the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), a low-frequency radio telescope operating at the…

Floods cost billions in damage so far in 2013

Floods that caused billions of dollars (euros) in losses were the world’s most expensive natural disasters so far this year, with central Europe being hit hardest, reinsurers Munich Re said on Tuesday. Altogether, natural catastrophes — also including earthquakes, tornados and heat waves — caused $45 billion (35 billion euros)…

European Union gives Latvia final OK to join

Economy and finance ministers from the 28 European Union countries gave the final green light to Latvia on Tuesday to join the eurozone on January 1 2014. “ECOFIN has taken final decision approving Latvia’s euro membership from 2014,” the EU’s current Lithuanian presidency announced via its Twitter account. “Yes we…

Russian official: Snowden agrees to asylum in Venezuela

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who has been holed up in a Moscow airport for more than two weeks, has agreed to an offer of political asylum from Venezuela, a top pro-Kremlin lawmaker said on Tuesday. “As was expected, Snowden agreed to (Venezuelan President Nicolas) Maduro’s offer of political asylum,”…

Mom accused in disabled daughter’s death lived with corpse for days, officials say

A severely disabled, 32-year-old Rebecca Wilson died in the cramped Manchester mobile home where she lived with her mother and brother, her body laying on a hospital bed surrounded by food…  …

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