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Chad officials: No link between meningitis vaccines and sick children

Chad’s government on Tuesday said a team of international experts have not been able to find any links between the hospitalisation of 38 children and their recent vaccinations against meningitis. The children fell ill in the northern village of Gouro and were admitted to hospital after being vaccinated in a…

Apple projected to post fall in profits for first time in a decade

Tech firm’s period of ‘hyper growth’ begins to stall with Wall Street analysts saying demand for iPhone 5 lower than forecast Apple is forecast to report the first fall in profits since its financial turnaround a decade ago, as its period of “hyper growth” comes to an end. Wall Street…

Marine band confirms Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem at inauguration

The singer has joined the ranks of Yo-Yo Ma and Whitney Houston, after lip-synching her way through the rousing song It may not be Watergate, but Barack Obama’s second term has been hit by its first “scandal”, barely 24 hours since he took the oath of office. The United States…

Iraqi authorities claim to have released 888 prisoners

Iraqi authorities claimed on Tuesday to have freed 888 prisoners in two weeks to placate month-long rallies in the country’s Sunni areas that have hardened opposition against the Shiite prime minister. The demonstrations come amid a political crisis that has pitted Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki against several of his erstwhile…

AT&T buys Alltel assets for $700 million

US telecom giant AT&T said Tuesday it had agreed to acquire spectrum, retail stores and other assets from Atlantic Tele-Network’s Alltel brand for $780 million. The Alltel retail wireless operations has some 585,000 subscribers and covers some 4.6 million people in primarily rural areas in six states: Georgia, Idaho, Illinois,…

Mozilla unveils two smartphone prototypes

The Mozilla Foundation on Tuesday unveiled two preview smartphones as it invited developers to try its new open-source mobile operating system challenging Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. The announcement marked a major step forward for the new Firefox OS mobile operating system which is being built using open Web standards,…

Olympic stadium in London to host rock concerts

A string of live rock concerts will be held in London’s Olympic Stadium in July, music promoter Live Nation announced Tuesday, making them the first events in the Olympic Park since the 2012 Games ended. Wireless Festival and Hard Rock Calling, hitherto held in Hyde Park in central London, will…

EU delays approval of genetically modified crops until 2014

The European Commission has decided to freeze the approval process for genetically modified food crops through the end of its mandate next year while it works towards an agreement with EU member states. “The Commission, if it wants, could launch a procedure to authorise the farming of one GM soya…

World unemployment figures set to rise in 2013

A record 202 million people could be unemployed across the world in 2013, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Tuesday. Five years on from the onset of the financial crisis, unemployment is on the rise again as economies around the world lose jobs and the fragile recovery is threatened…

CIA and Pentagon have long-running influence over Hollywood’s representation of military

The CIA and the Pentagon pulled out all the stops for the creators of “Zero Dark Thirty,” staging interviews with officials and a Navy SEAL for an inside account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Critics praised the movie’s gritty and gripping feel but, with the film due for…

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