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British ‘Tea Party’ UKIP surges, putting pressure on Tories and Cameron

United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage arrives in Westminster, London, May 3, after a successful night in the local council elections. David Cameron’s Conservative Party is being exposed by a surging UKIP demanding lower taxes.(Stefan Rousseau/AP……

Allosaurus dinosaur chomped like a bird of prey, say scientists

At first glance, a nearly 30-foot long, 150-million-year-old dinosaur may not seem to have much in common with a modern-day bird of prey, but according to new research, the Allosaurus and the falcon at least had the same table manners. In a study published this week in the journal Palaeontologia Electronica……

Most houses and public buildings in ‘Tornado Alley’ lack storm shelters

Seventy-five percent of the world’s tornadoes occur in the United States, yet few people who live in “Tornado Alley” bother with the trouble and expense of a proper shelter from the storms. Mel Evridge, 69, a retired builder who experienced both Monday’s twister in this Oklahoma City suburb that killed…

Polish doctors carry out world’s first life-saving face transplant

Polish doctors carried out the world’s first life-saving face transplant, the centre’s spokeswoman said Wednesday, weeks after a 33-year-old man was disfigured by a machine in a workplace accident. “It is Poland’s first face transplant and also the first in the world done to save the patient’s life,” Anna Uryga,…

International theft of U.S. intellectual property costs $300 billion per year: report

A high-powered commission said Wednesday that intellectual property theft was costing the United States the equivalent of all its exports to Asia and urged a tougher approach to China. The 11-month study led by high-ranking former US officials said that theft of software and other US-developed products was costing the…

House Foreign Affairs Committee approves harsh new Iran sanctions

Iran could face tightened sanctions within months after a US congressional panel Wednesday adopted a measure targeting the nation’s auto and mining industries as well as its foreign currency reserves. The House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, which would extend existing sanctions to the auto…

Eric Holder officially admits U.S. drone strikes killed four Americans

The United States formally said for the first time on Wednesday that it had killed radical Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and three other US citizens in anti-terror strikes abroad. The acknowledgement that Washington targeted Awlaki in Yemen in September 2011 and that the three others were not directly targeted, but…

Muslim leaders pray at Auschwitz during a Holocaust awareness visit

Muslim leaders from across the globe knelt in prayer for the Holocaust dead at the Auschwitz’s notorious Wall of Death on Wednesday, in an emotional visit to the Nazi German death camp in southern Poland. Imams from Bosnia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States offered…

IAEA says Iran expanding nuclear program

Iran is making significant progress in expanding its nuclear programme, including in opening up a potential second route to developing the bomb, a new UN atomic agency report showed Wednesday. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s latest quarterly update said that Tehran has accelerated the installation of advanced uranium enrichment equipment…

IRS director Lois Lerner refuses to testify at House hearing

The head of the IRS office that oversees non-profit groups refused to testify Wednesday at a congressional panel probing abuse at the US tax agency but defiantly declared she had done nothing wrong. Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations, invoked her Fifth Amendment constitutional rights against self-incrimination, citing accusations by…

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