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6 million volunteers clean up garbage worldwide

More than six million volunteers from 96 countries collected an unprecedented 100,000 tonnes of garbage last year as part of a global, web-driven clean-up campaign, cyber-environmentalists said Friday. “Last year the most astonishing numbers of volunteers attended clean-ups in Sweden, Bulgaria and in Slovenia,” Tiina Urm, spokeswoman for World Cleanup…

EU and U.S. agree to share cybercrime data

The European Union and the US agreed Friday to share more data on cross-border cybercriminals at the opening of a new hi-tech unit aimed at helping police catch up with increasingly imaginative criminals. “This agreement will reinforce the cooperation, the exchange of information,” Europol chief Rob Wainwright told AFP at…

Saudi King appoints woman to advisory council for first time

Saudi King Abdullah appointed 30 women to the previously all-male consultative Shura Council in decrees published on Friday, marking a historic first as he pushes reforms in the ultra-conservative kingdom. The decrees gives women a 20 percent quota in the Shura Council, a body appointed by the king to advise…

Russia to allow some orphans to be adopted in U.S.

Russian children whose adoptions have already been approved by courts will go to the United States despite a blanket ban on all American adoptions, a Kremlin spokesman said on Friday. “Those who have received a court decision will go,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told AFP. “Those who do…

France reluctant to restrict newer generation birth control pill despite health concerns

France insisted Friday on restricting the prescription of newer-generation birth control pills even as Europe’s medicines watchdog declared there was no evidence to back a health warning. Citing concerns over risks of blood clots from the so-called 3rd- and 4th-generation pills, France said it would limit prescriptions of these contraceptives…

First portrait of Duchess Kate unveiled

The first official portrait of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was unveiled Friday at a London gallery where it was hailed by its subject as “amazing” but slammed by some critics. The National Portrait Gallery commissioned award-winning artist Paul Emsley to produce the painting of Prince William’s wife after she became…

Federal Aviation Administration plans review of Boeing 787 Dreamliner

By Gwyn Topham, The Guardian Full review planned by the Federal Aviation Administration of the 787′s design and manufacture after two more safety glitches were reported Boeing’s troubled 787 Dreamliner is to face a full review of its design and manufacture by the US government after two more safety glitches were…

Anger as Norway police drop Breivik response probe

The family of a teenager killed by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik reacted angrily Friday after a probe into police’s slow response to the July 2011 twin attacks was dropped. “Apparently, no one will ever learn from the grave mistakes that were made on July 22, not the police…

Gun lobby takes aim at Biden’s guns task force

The top US firearms lobby emerged from talks with Vice President Joe Biden on curbing violence saying he cared more about stamping out gun rights than protecting school kids. Biden on Thursday met a representative of the National Rifle Association (NRA) along with other gun rights groups as part of…

Thief posts own picture on victim’s Facebook page

A suspected thief appears to have mistakenly posted his own picture on his victim’s Facebook page using a stolen tablet computer, South African media reported Friday. James and Barbara McCall returned from a weekend break to find thieves had broken into their home and had made off with digital cameras,…

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