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Ireland pardons soldiers who deserted to fight Nazis in World War II

Thousands of Irish soldiers who deserted their neutral nation’s military to fight with the Allies in World War II will be officially pardoned under a new law set to be passed on Tuesday. About 5,000 deserters were court martialled or dismissed from the Irish defence forces in 1945, a move…

Irish nudist goes for a stroll in view of nuns at priory

An Irish naturist was ticked off after his stroll in the hills of Provence in southern France caused consternation amongst the nuns at a local priory, police said Tuesday. “We got several calls from one of the nuns of the Congregation of St-Jean who was quite concerned to see a…

‘Prisoner X’ sabotaged spy mission to recover bodies: report

Australian-Israeli Mossad agent Ben Zygier unwittingly sabotaged a top secret spy operation aimed at bringing home the bodies of Israeli soldiers missing in Lebanon, a report said Tuesday. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which broke the story in February of Zygier’s arrest, detention and suicide in a Tel Aviv jail, said…

Lawyers say case against Kim Dotcom threatens Internet freedom

Lawyers for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom accused the US government Wednesday of launching a flawed prosecution against their client with “frightening” implications for all Internet users. The New Zealand-based Internet tycoon’s legal team released a “white paper” to coincide with a visit to Auckland by US Attorney General Eric Holder,…

‘Nobel-worthy’ medical breakthrough: Antibiotics could cure 40% of back pain patients

Scientists hail medical breakthrough by which half a million UK patients could avoid major surgery and take antibiotics instead Up to 40% of patients with chronic back pain could be cured with a course of antibiotics rather than surgery, in a medical breakthrough that one spinal surgeon says is worthy…

California’s Marin wetlands in critical condition

Marin County Parks is spearheading a project that has volunteers donating their weekends to reviving 110 acres of Kent Island and Bolinas Lagoon. The next phase is to strip nonnative plants — which have largely displaced native vegetation — and restore the natural habitat that has been disrupted…  …

Sleeping bag coat for the homeless finds fans in the fashion world

A few years ago, Veronika Scott, now 23, set up a coat manufacturing business in a graffiti-covered building in an old Irish manufacturing neighborhood of Detroit. She had a few sewing machines and a drive to help the homeless. She wanted to make a coat that transforms into a sleeping……

Adobe Photoshop ditches $2,599 ‘Creative Suite’ price tag for $50 ‘Creative Cloud’ subscriptions

A decade ago, Adobe Systems introduced Creative Suite, a collection of design and development applications. Today, the San Jose company announced it would effectively do away with Creative Suite, and replace it with Creative Cloud, a $50-a-month subscription…  …

Scientists may have found Brazilian ‘Atlantis’

Brazilian geologists announced the discovery, 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) from Rio, of what could be part of the continent that was submerged when the Atlantic Ocean was formed as Africa and South America drifted apart 100 million years ago. Roberto Ventura Santos, a top official at Brazil’s Geology Service (CPRM),…

300,000 day-old babies die each year from infections and other preventable causes in India: report

More than 300,000 babies die within 24 hours of being born in India each year from infections and other preventable causes, a report said Tuesday, blaming a lack of political will and funding for the crisis. India accounts for 29 percent of all newborn deaths worldwide, according to the charity…

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