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Vatican: 100,000 Christians are killed every year for their faith

A top Vatican official has said around 100,000 Christians are killed every year for reasons linked to their faith and pointed to the Middle East, Africa and Asia as the biggest problem areas. Monsignor Silvano Maria Tomasi was quoted by Vatican radio on Tuesday as saying that the figures were…

Philippine Health Department drops ‘SEX’ slogan for call center

The Philippine Health Department said Tuesday it had dropped a cheeky slogan that recommended ‘SEX’ for call centre workers after the industry failed to find it funny. The SEX tagline, which stood for “Stress-free, Eat the right foods and Exercise”, was suppose to encourage the country’s army of call centre…

Google wants blimps to bring wifi access to sub-Saharan Africa

Search giant to bring wi-fi to remote African regions in emerging markets wi-fi roll-out Google is planning to develop high-speed wireless networks in sub-Saharan Africa with the help of high-altitude balloons that can transmit signals across hundreds of square miles. The internet search giant is already running high-speed fibre networks…

Christians who refused to counsel same sex couples rejected from European human rights court

Shirley Chaplin, Gary McFarlane and Lillian Ladele lose legal tussle over workplace discrimination at Strasbourg court Three British Christians who argued that their beliefs saw them wrongly disciplined by their employers for actions such as refusing to counsel same-sex couples have lost their legal battle at the European court of…

Chinese graffiti removed from Egyptian relic

Egyptian restoration experts have managed to remove graffiti from an ancient monument after it had been defaced by a Chinese tourist, the antiquities department said on Tuesday. Authorities had assigned a committee to assess the damage and concluded that the marks on the 3,500 year-old panel were superficial. The graffiti…

U.S. targets Costa Rica-based digital currency operator for money laundering

The United States on Tuesday unveiled what it said was the world’s “largest” money laundering probe against the digital currency operator Liberty Reserve. The Costa Rica-based entity, which operates a hugely popular online currency system outside of the control of national governments, is charged with running a “$6 billion money…

U.S. scientists who broke ground on human biological clock win Asian prize

Three scientists whose groundbreaking studies using fruit flies helped to uncover the workings of the human biological clock were Tuesday named the winners of the $1 million Shaw Prize. US scientists Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young received the award “for their discovery of molecular mechanisms underlying circadian rhythms”,…

U.S. weapons designs ‘hacked by Chinese’

US officials and defense firms have concluded that Chinese hackers have breached networks containing designs of many advanced US weapons systems, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. The Post, citing a confidential report prepared for the Pentagon, said the breaches were part of a broad Chinese campaign of espionage against US…

Lack of global reproductive health data threatens progress for women around the world

By Liz Ford, The Guardian World Bank says maternal mortality lower in countries where girls complete primary school and women become MPs, but bemoans lack of data on reproductive health Lack of reliable data is hampering progress on improving reproductive health services for women and “must be seriously addressed” at global…

Gunmen kill polio worker in Pakistan

Gunmen shot dead a female anti-polio worker in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, police said, the latest in a series of deadly attacks on vaccination teams. The two attackers on a motorbike opened fire on the team as they went to administer polio drops on the edge of the city of…

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