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UN rapporteur: India’s laws not tough enough on violence against women

India’s new sex crime laws do not go far enough to protect women or tackle gender inequality, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women said on Wednesday. The legislation was passed following the fatal gang rape of a student on a Delhi bus in mid-December that sparked nationwide demonstrations…

White House: Obama examining ways to shut down Guantanamo

President Barack Obama is considering appointing a new senior State Department official to work out how to transfer detainees to permit the closure of the war-on-terror prison at Guantanamo Bay. The White House said Wednesday that Obama would consider the measure as part of the new effort to close the…

Lovesick tiger who escaped zoo to look for mate trapped and returned to captivity

A lonely male tiger that left the jungle and entered a zoo in eastern India in quest of a mate has been trapped, an official of the state-run park said on Wednesday. “It seems to have strayed into the zoo attracted by a tigress,” Sudarshan Panda, director of the Nandankanan…

Scientists think key to a longer life might be in the brain

Scientists said Wednesday they had found a brain region that controls physical ageing, and could target it to manipulate the lifespan of lab mice. The findings may be a step towards finding the holy grail of slowing human ageing, but have yet to be tested in human subjects. The research,…

Engineers build bug-eyed camera that sees the world as flies do

Taking their cue from Nature, engineers have built a camera using stretchable electronics that scans the world like a fly’s compound eye — with a wide field of view and no distortion, they said Wednesday. The digital device, which has a multitude of tiny, pliable lenses like those found in…

Egyptian TV presenter arrested for slandering actress

Egyptian police arrested an Islamist television show host on Wednesday after a court sentenced him to a year in prison for slandering an actress, a police official said. Police stormed Abdullah Badr’s apartment early in the morning in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya and took him into custody so…

U.S. oil production and stocks surge while demand remains anemic

US oil stocks reached a new three-decade high and pressed crude prices lower Wednesday, as US oil production continued to surge while domestic demand remained anemic. US commercial stocks stood at 395.3 million barrels for the week ended April 26, the highest weekly inventory figure since the US Energy Information…

General Motors joins call for U.S. to address climate change

General Motors, the largest US automaker, on Wednesday joined a call for the United States to take greater action on climate change as it said that environmental concerns were critical for business. General Motors became the first automaker among 40 US companies in a joint appeal for policymakers in Washington…

Ohio executes man convicted of raping 6-month-old child

An Ohio man convicted of raping and murdering a six-month-old baby was executed by lethal injection on Wednesday after a last-ditch plea for mercy was dismissed. Steven Smith, 46, was declared dead at 10:29 am (1429 GMT), prison authorities in Lucasville, southern Ohio, confirmed after the execution. Smith was sentenced…

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