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World’s first double-leg transplant has limbs amputated due to unrelated illness

The world’s first double-leg transplant patient has had both limbs amputated after an unrelated illness forced him to stop taking anti-rejection drugs, the Spanish hospital that carried out the operation said Tuesday. “The patient who had two legs transplanted at the Hospital La Fe in 2011 had to undergo an…

European monitoring of civilians still far less than U.S.

European governments’ ability to monitor citizens’ online activity on security grounds has increased significantly in recent years. But the scale of surveillance remains limited compared to what has been happening in the United States and is generally subject to strict controls, officials say. Under a directive approved by the 27-member…

Pope admits to ‘gay lobby’ in Vatican administration

Pope Francis has admitted the existence of a “gay lobby” inside the Vatican’s secretive administration, the Curia, according to sources cited Tuesday by religious media. “In the Curia, there are truly some saints, but there is also a current of corruption,” the 76-year-old is quoted as having said during an…

Russia offers to consider possible Edward Snowden asylum request

Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says any appeal for asylum from whistleblower who fled US will be looked at ‘according to facts’ Russia has offered to consider an asylum request from the US whistleblower Edward Snowden in the Kremlin’s latest move to woo critics of the west. Snowden fled the United States…

Russian LGBT rights activists detained after ‘kissing protest’

By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian police detained more than 20 gay rights activists involved in a “kissing protest” on Tuesday outside parliament where lawmakers were preparing to pass a bill banning homosexual “propaganda”. The bill is one of a series of socially conservative measures garnering support in the…

EU wants privacy guarantees from U.S. amid PRISM crisis

The EU said Tuesday it will seek a strong commitment from the United States to respect the rights of European citizens, following revelations that Washington is running a worldwide Internet surveillance programme. Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner, “will raise the issue with force and determination” at a meeting in…

China launches longest-ever manned space mission

China Tuesday began its longest manned space mission with the launch of the Shenzhou-10 rocket, state television showed, as the country steps up an ambitious exploration programme symbolising its growing power. The rocket ascended above the Jiuquan space centre in the Gobi Desert trailing a vast column of flame. The…

‘Anarchist’ accused in Cleveland bridge bomb plot goes on trial

By Kim Palmer AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) – Opening statements begin Tuesday in the trial of Joshua Stafford, a self-described anarchist accused of plotting to blow up a four-lane highway bridge near Cleveland. The plot failed. Stafford, 24, is the only one of five defendants to go on trial in the…

Turkish riot police clash with protesters in Taksim Square, as Erdogan dismisses them as ‘riff-raff’

By Nick Tattersall and Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of protesters armed with rocks and fireworks on Tuesday as they tried to take back control of a central Istanbul square at the heart of fierce anti-government demonstrations. Hundreds…

Riot police move in on anti-G8 UK protesters

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) – Police in riot gear moved in on a central London building where activists had planned an anti-G8 protest through the British capital on Tuesday before next week’s summit of world leaders. The demonstrators had said they would stage a “Carnival Against Capitalism” across London…

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