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Almost half of the world’s food thrown away, report finds

Figures from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers show as much as 2bn tonnes of food never makes it on to a plate As much as half of all the food produced in the world – equivalent to 2bn tonnes – ends up as waste every year, engineers warned in a…

Fears for a dozen killer whales trapped in Canada ice

Twelve killer whales could be in imminent danger after getting trapped by ice in the Hudson Bay off the shore of northern Quebec, the Canadian broadcaster reported. Video posted on the CBC website showed the giant sea mammals taking turns to breathe by popping up through a small patch of…

Defense attorney alleges police brutality in Delhi gang-rape case

A defence lawyer accused Indian police on Thursday of beating confessions out of five men charged with murdering and gang-raping a student in New Delhi, as they were due to appear in court again. Speaking before a hearing at which a magistrate is expected to transfer the case to a…

With Chavez absent, Venezuela launches new presidential term

With President Hugo Chavez ailing and absent, Venezuela’s leftist government launches a new presidential term Thursday with a display of popular support on the day he was to be inaugurated. Leaders of other leftist Latin American government also began arriving in Caracas to pay tribute to Chavez, 58, who has…

Google chief Eric Schmidt urges North Korean leaders to adopt Internet freedom

Google chairman Eric Schmidt told North Korean officials their country would never develop unless it embraced Internet freedom, he said on Thursday as he returned from a visit to Pyongyang. Former US ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson, who led the trip, urged North Korea to adopt a moratorium…

Auto union calls on Chrysler to go public

An auto union pension fund has moved to push Chrysler to go public so that the fund can sell its shares in the automaker on the open market, Chrysler said Wednesday. The number three US automaker said the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, which holds 16.6 percent of Chrysler shares,…

9/11 prosecutor wants conspiracy charge dropped

The chief prosecutor for Guantanamo’s military tribunals recommended Wednesday dismissing one of eight charges against five prisoners accused over the September 11 attacks. Brigadier General Mark Martins has asked the Pentagon official who oversees the military commissions at the US military jail to drop the conspiracy charge, while keeping intact…

Iran blamed for spat of high-powered cyber attacks on U.S. banks

US financial institutions are being pounded with high-powered cyber attacks that some suspect are being orchestrated by Iran as payback for political sanctions. “There is no doubt within the US government that Iran is behind these attacks,” James Lewis, a former official in the state and commerce departments and now…

Biden: Gun panel not just a photo-op

US Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday promised real action to curb gun violence, including possible executive orders by President Barack Obama, and insisted his policy panel on the issue was no photo-op. Biden spoke before meeting gun control advocacy organizations and victims of firearms violence and a day before meeting…

Four Polish soldiers re-tried in Afghan war crimes case

Four Polish soldiers, accused of committing war crimes in Afghanistan, on Wednesday faced the first day of a re-trial after Poland’s Supreme Court last year overturned their acquittal, a military court spokesman said. The case marks the first instance in which Polish troops have faced a court martial for war…

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