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High-profile female police officer shot dead in Afghanistan

Gunmen on Thursday shot dead one of the most high-profile female police officers in Afghanistan, underlining the threat to women who take on public roles in the country. Lieutenant Islam Bibi was a well-known face of female advancement, but admitted to receiving regular death threats from people who disapproved of…

Statue of Liberty shakes off Sandy, reopens today

She didn’t even get her skirt wet. Yet when Hurricane Sandy caused a wall of harbor water to wash over her island home, Lady Liberty was forced to close up shop for months. She reopens to visitors today amid fanfare — visiting dignitaries, fireworks…  …

Promising new system developed to harness ocean current energy

Ocean currents are a very promising-looking source of renewable energy, but the technology for capturing ocean current energy and using it to create electricity hasn’t matured yet. However, that may soon change — a new ocean current harnessing system…  …

Apple powering Nevada datacenter with solar farm

Apple’s Nevada data center has been in the works for quite some time: a 2,200-acre plot outside of Reno will host a 90,000-square-foot datacenter that, in turn, will support the tech giant’s cloud services. Apple will reportedly spend $1 billion…  …

Zimmerman studied Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law: witness

By Barbara Liston SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – Former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was well versed in Florida’s self-defense laws before he shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, despite a previous claim to the contrary, jurors were told at Zimmerman’s trial on Wednesday. The contradiction came into evidence…

British surveillance firm denies bugging Ecuador’s embassy

LONDON (Reuters) – A British private surveillance company denied on Thursday that it had bugged the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been living for over a year. Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino made the allegation against the Surveillance Group Ltd in Quito on Wednesday, adding…

How close are we to getting superpowers?

X-ray vision, inisibility cloaks, time travel and even immortality – they were all once firmly in the realms of science-fiction, but they are now inching closer to reality What would your superpower be? If it’s x-ray vision, your dream could be a step closer to reality. Next month, at a…

Guilt lingers over murder of ‘witches’ at Norway’s ‘Gates of Hell’

Four centuries ago in the remote Norwegian Arctic, a region known as the “Gates of Hell” for its harsh climes, dozens of women were prosecuted for witchcraft and killed. Centuries afterwards, a sense of collective guilt lingers, and the women wrongfully convicted for non-existant crimes are remembered at a memorial…

Egyptian army detains ousted president Mohamed Morsi, rounds up Brotherhood leaders

Egypt’s army was Thursday holding the country’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi in detention, hours after abruptly forcing him out of office following days of deadly protests against his turbulent rule. A senior military officer told AFP the army was “preventively” holding Morsi, whose government unravelled after the army…

Mandela children’s remains to undergo forensics

The exhumed remains of three of Nelson Mandela’s children at the centre of an ugly family feud were due to undergo forensic tests Thursday before reburial in the ailing anti-apartheid hero’s childhood village. The tests — to confirm that the remains are those of the three children — were expected…

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