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Burger King drops Irish supplier after horse meat found in burgers

LONDON — Burger King has ditched an Irish supplier of beef that is at the centre of a food scare after horse meat was discovered in beefburgers sold in Britain and Ireland, where it is deemed to be a taboo. The US fast-food giant said Wednesday it has decided to…

Mississippi’s only abortion clinic faces closure in six weeks due to new state law

Jackson clinic told it could be shut down in six weeks because it has failed to comply with controversial state legislation Mississippi’s only remaining abortion clinic, which won an eleventh-hour temporary reprieve from closure last summer, has been told it could be shut down in six weeks after it was…

French court rules Twitter must reveal author of racist tweet

A French court ruled Thursday that Twitter, which has steadfastly refused calls to police its millions of users, must hand over data to help identify the authors of racist or anti-Semitic tweets. The ruling follows a legal complaint lodged in October by France’s Union of Jewish Students (UEJF) which argued…

Lebanese couple defies Muslim divisions in a civil marriage

When Kholoud Sukkarieh and Nidal Darwish married in defiance of Lebanon’s ban on civil unions, they had no idea their initiative would attract so much support from fellow citizens — and even the president. The entire process took nearly a year and was done in secret to sidestep political obstacles.…

Shakespeare’s sonnets and MLK audio file stored in DNA

All 154 Shakespeare sonnets have been spelled out in DNA to demonstrate the vast potential of genetic data storage His words have touched the lovelorn and been pored over by brooding teenagers for more than four hundred years, but now some of the most romantic poems ever penned have been…

Japan confirms tenth death in Algeria siege

The Japanese government on Thursday confirmed the country’s tenth death in the Algerian hostage siege, its worst toll in an act of terror since the September 2001 attacks on New York. “We have now identified the remaining body,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters. “We have confirmed the death…

Goldman Sachs and Shell win Public Eye ‘shame’ awards at Davos

Campaigners at Davos on Thursday awarded their annual Public Eye shame awards to Goldman Sachs and Shell “for particularly glaring cases of companies’ greed for profit and environmental sins”. At an “award ceremony” on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Swiss chapter of Greenpeace and the…

Cameron claims Britain isn’t turning its back on Europe

Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday that Britain was not turning its back on Europe, after angering his EU partners by announcing plans for a referendum on membership. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Cameron said: “This is not about turning our backs on Europe — quite the…

Argentine ‘superhero’ facing weapons charges

A self-styled Buenos Aires superhero who fought crime armed only with a costume, mask and pepper spray, is now himself up on weapons charges. Thanks to an alleged shootout with muggers the superhero has been charged with carrying an unlicensed gun, police said Wednesday. The man who called himself Menganno…

15,000 crocs escape from South African farm

About 15,000 crocodiles have escaped from a farm in South Africa amid heavy rains and flooding, local daily Beeld reported. The predators sprung from the Rakwena Crocodile Farm in the far north of the country when owners were forced to open the gates to prevent a storm surge. A number…

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