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Bradley Manning reportedly punched a female soldier, was ‘non-responsive’ at times

Witnesses in the trial of U.S. Army private Bradley Manning testified on Sunday that he once struck a female colleague, often exhibited strange behavior and regularly flouted of regulations within his unit, Politico reported on Tuesday. Capt. Casey Fulton said in court that she ordered Manning be stripped of his…

Fort Hood shooting suspect says he was defending Taliban

A US army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people at a Texas military base said Tuesday he plans to mount a defense arguing he attacked soldiers in order to defend the Taliban. Major Nidal Hasan, who faces the death penalty if convicted, has asked to delay his upcoming court martial…

‘Extinct’ frog hasn’t croaked —it’s a ‘living fossil’

The first amphibian to have been declared extinct by the world’s conservation watchdog has been named a “living fossil” after it was rediscovered alive and well in northern Israel, researchers reported on Tuesday. In 1996, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) put the Hula painted frog (Discoglossus nigriventer)…

Connecticut becomes first state to pass legislation requiring genetically modified (GM) food labeling

The small US state of Connecticut became the first to pass legislation requiring food products with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such. But the law, passed on Monday, will not go into effect until a number of other states in the northeastern region where Connecticut is located follow…

Unusual study suggests saving corals requires battling deforestation first

Conservationists fighting to save coastal coral reefs should think first about combatting local deforestation rather than attacking the wider peril of global warming, suggests an unusual study published on Tuesday. Sediment washed downriver by tree-depleted land can cripple near-shore corals, as it clouds the water and diminishes the light on…

Die Hard director John McTiernan ‘disintegrating’ in prison on 12-month jail sentence

Die Hard director John McTiernan serving 12-month jail sentence in complex case involving wiretaps and late-night phone calls He’s one of Hollywood’s most celebrated filmmakers, has worked with Sean Connery, Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson, and grossed hundreds of millions at the box office. And he is now serving…

Sweden sees boom in stay-at-home dads

At the Humlegaarden park in central Stockholm, Anders Weide keeps an eye on his young daughter Alma sleeping in her pram as he waits for a friend who’s gone to change his son’s diaper. In Sweden, the image surprises no one. “It’s very important to see fathers walking in town…

White House issues executive orders to curb ‘patent trolls’

The White House issued a series of executive orders Tuesday aimed at curbing so-called “patent trolls” who use the legal system to stifle innovation, especially in the tech sector. The move comes amid pressure to stem abusive patent litigation from companies that do not sell products or services, but sue…

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister apologizes to the injured, asking ‘responsible citizens’ to stop protesting

Turkey’s government apologised on Tuesday to protesters hurt in clashes with police during days of demonstrations and called for an immediate end to the protests. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc moved to calm tensions after days of street clashes that have left at least two people dead, saying the government…

119 dead as survivors tell of ‘sea of flames’ at massive Chinese poultry plant fire

Survivors of an inferno at a Chinese poultry processing plant told of their desperate attempts to save others, as relatives of the 119 people killed demanded answers from authorities, media reported Tuesday. “It was complete disorder, everyone was running,” said Chen Hengwu, a worker who escaped unhurt at the Baoyuanfeng…

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