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Debate intensifies over ‘draconian’ cyber crime laws after Aaron Swartz’s death

As funeral services were held for Internet activist Aaron Swartz, the debate intensified over what some called a “draconian” US computer crime law used by allegedly overzealous prosecutors. An online petition calling for the removal of the prosecutors in his case garnered more than 31,000 signatures Tuesday and some of…

Estonian president’s Twitter fight with Paul Krugman becomes an opera

A Twitter feud in June between the Estonian president and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman who questioned the impact of Estonia’s austerity measures, is being turned into an opera, US composer Eugene Birman told AFP on Wednesday. “Our short opera will be first performed by Iris Oja and the…

Renewable energy at 15 percent but 2030 targets unlikely

The share of renewables in the global energy mix has increased over the past decade to more than 15 percent but doubts remain over whether a 2030 target of 30 percent is achievable, delegates to an international conference said on Wednesday. Fossil fuels still account for 80 percent of world…

Spanish city names town square after Clash singer

The Spanish city of Granada plans to name a square after the late British punk star Joe Strummer who sang of the town in one of his band The Clash’s classic tunes, an official said Wednesday. The driving rock anthem “Spanish Bombs” on the band’s 1979 album “London Calling” recalled…

Soot is number two cause of global warming

Soot is the second-biggest human contributor to global warming behind carbon dioxide, and its impact on climate change has until now been sharply underestimated, a new study has revealed. In the study published Tuesday in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, researchers admit that the uncertainties on the impact of…

Warner Bros options Reddit thread to create time travel movie

Post on social news website about US marines going back in time to destroy the Roman empire optioned by film studio In the past decade Hollywood has given us movies that began life as theme-park rides, board games, magazine articles, and even self-help books. Now get ready for the next…

Russian mafia boss shot dead in Moscow

A man believed to be one of Russia’s biggest mafia bosses was shot dead in the centre of Moscow on Wednesday as he was leaving a restaurant after lunch, the interior ministry said. Aslan Usoyan, known by his nickname of “Grandpa Hassan”, was killed by a shot from a sniper’s…

Pakistan’s foreign minister accuses India of ‘warmongering’

India is “warmongering” over deadly clashes in the disputed Kashmir region, Pakistan’s foreign minister said while calling for talks to end the new hostilities. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar spoke out after Pakistan reported another of its troops had been killed in Kashmir while India’s prime minister has warned there…

Aussie outlaw Ned Kelly to be buried beside mother

Legendary Australian outlaw Ned Kelly will finally be laid to rest beside his mother on Sunday in line with his final wishes at a plot not far from the site of his last stand, reports said. Descendants of the infamous bushranger, who was hanged at Old Melbourne Gaol in 1880…

Saudi clerics protest king’s move to empower women

A group of hardline clerics protested outside the royal palace in Riyadh against the king’s decision to appoint 30 women to the kingdom’s top advisory body, a YouTube video posted on Wednesday showed. The footage of Tuesday’s demonstration showed clerics protesting what they said were “dangerous changes in the country…

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