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Second suspect in beheading of British soldier appears in court

One of the men accused of hacking to death a British soldier in London attended court for the first time on Monday, while his co-accused appeared in a separate hearing via videolink from prison. Michael Adebolajo had a bandaged left hand and held up a Koran as he appeared at…

Telescope finds gas exoplanet giant ‘four to five times’ the mass of Jupiter

Breaking new ground in the detection of planets beyond our solar system, European astronomers on Monday said they had recorded the most lightweight world to be discovered so far through direct observation. Hundreds of extra-solar planets have been found since 1995, but almost all of them have been discovered through…

Saudi prince reserves portions of Disneyland Paris for $19.5 million

A Saudi prince spent 15 million euros ($19.5 million) for three days of fun at Disneyland near Paris to celebrate his degree, the group that runs the theme park said Monday. Prince Fahd al-Saud booked entire areas of the park over May 22 to 24 for his 60-odd guests. The…

Bradley Manning trial ‘dangerous’ for civil liberties: experts

Soldier faces charge of ‘aiding the enemy’ by downloading and leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents The trial of Bradley Manning, the US soldier who leaked a trove of state secrets to WikiLeaks, could set an ominous precedent that will chill freedom of speech and turn the internet into a danger…

West Virginia town to rollback gun restrictions in public pools and parks

By Lois Beckett, ProPublica If you feel unsafe at a public pool in Charleston, W.Va., you may soon have the right to lie there on a towel with a handgun at your side. For 20 years, Charleston has been an island of modest gun restrictions in a very pro-gun rights…

Single mothers in Chinese provence face hefty fines for birthing out of wedlock

Women in Wuhan province could be fined £17,000 – six times average disposable income – for having a child out of wedlock The central Chinese city of Wuhan has published a draft ordinance that would fine women who have children out of wedlock more than £17,000, highlighting the country’s entrenched…

NASA data reveal high risk of harmful radiation exposure on any manned Mars missions

New Nasa data shows radiation doses would be so high on a manned Mars mission that we must now debate the ethics of deep space exploration – or wait decades to develop safer technology It is time for idealism about missions to Mars to end. Going there with current technology…

India urbanites increasingly worried about pollution

India’s cities are becoming more polluted and unhealthy, according to a new survey published Monday showing growing concern about the impact of high economic growth on the environment. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) research group based in New Delhi questioned 4,039 people living in India’s six biggest cities about…

India claims drugs are safe after firm pleaded guilty to making fraudulent U.S. drugs

India, known as the “pharmacy to the world”, Monday defended its lucrative generic drug industry as safe and strongly regulated after the nation’s biggest drug firm pleaded guilty to US charges of making adulterated medicines. In a bid to defend its generic export sector, the government also charged that “isolated…

Russian villagers suspected of stabbing neighbor to death because he was gay

Russian villagers are suspected of kicking and stabbing to death a neighbour in the remote far Eastern region of Kamchatka because he was gay, investigators said Monday. The suspects, three men in the village of Zaporozhye, allegedly killed a man on Wednesday “because their fellow villager had a non-traditional sexual…

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