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Obama pledges to ‘do more’ on climate change in Berlin

President Barack Obama on Wednesday pledged that the United States “will do more” to tackle the threat of climate change and said the world must do likewise before it is too late. “Our generation must move towards a global compact to confront a changing climate before it is too late,…

British royals don’t know the sex of the baby due in mid-July

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine do not know the sex of their baby, which is expected in mid-July and should be born by natural delivery, palace sources said Wednesday. The baby, which will be third in line to the throne, will be born in the same London hospital…

Apple TV adds HBO GO and WatchESPN apps to device

Apple on Wednesday added HBO GO and WatchESPN to the line-up of programming available on its Apple TV devices that stream shows from the Internet to living room screens. “HBO GO and WatchESPN are some of the most popular iOS apps and are sure to be huge hits on Apple…

Study of Siberian cave reveals permafrost could thaw within decades

Areas of permafrost could start to thaw within decades, freeing long-stored greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, according to a study released on Wednesday that measured ancient stalagmites in a Siberian cave. Continuous permafrost — land that is frozen all year round — starts to thaw when temperatures rise around 1.5…

Frace faces unseasonal storms and weather havoc

Flash floods in southwestern France claimed two elderly victims in the space of 24 hours as unseasonal storms caused havoc across huge swaths of the country on Wednesday. Flights into Paris were disrupted as the French capital sweltered in conditions more akin to Hong Kong at this time of year…

China begins exporting ‘Yunnan Red’ wine to Europe

For years the Chinese have been buying up wine from Europe, but with domestic wine production predicted to overtake Australia and Chile by next year, Tiana Wu is hoping European drinkers are ready to be tempted by a glass of her “Yunnan Red”. “We produce one million cases per year.…

Jawbone fitness wristband teams up with nonprofit to promote healthy children’s lifestyles

Fitness wristband maker Jawbone on Tuesday teamed with Alliance for a Healthier Generation to promote healthier lifestyles in children. Jawbone introduced an orange edition of its UP band, with $20 of price to be routed to the Alliance, which was founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation…

Plans for Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday celebration move forward

Nelson Mandela’s foundation has vowed to press ahead with upcoming 95th birthday celebrations, as the global peace icon underwent a 12th day in hospital Wednesday for a recurring lung infection. On his July 18 birthday, various charity organisations and businesses will paint schools, hand out food parcels and books, and…

Three Dutch farmworkers die after falling into manure silo

Three farmworkers died on Wednesday after falling into a manure silo in the northern Netherlands, with a survivor flown to hospital in a critical condition, police said. “Three men died and a fourth has been taken to hospital in a critical condition,” police spokesman Paul Heidanus told AFP of the…

Freeway bridge collapse kills one and injures another in Arizona

(Reuters) – A freeway bridge under construction collapsed in Mesa, Arizona, on Wednesday, killing one worker and injuring another, a fire department spokesman said. The collapse occurred when four workers were removing supports from the bridge being built for the State Route 202 freeway, Captain Forrest Smith of the Mesa…

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