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World’s oldest ever man turns 116 in Japan

Jiroemon Kimura, the oldest man ever recorded, celebrated his 116th birthday Friday with a message from Japan’s prime minister as health chiefs launched a study into why his home city boasts so many centenarians. It was a busy day for Kimura, who also greeted guests including the mayor of Kyotango…

UPDATED: 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect in custody

This is a developing story and will be updated as soon as new information becomes available. Further below, you’ll find AFP’s live coverage. Reload this page for updates. Watch this livestream from CBS Boston below: Watch this livestream from WHDH Boston below: Update from The Raw Story, 10:12 p.m. EST:…

Internet drug dealing on the rise thanks to Bitcoin currency and coded listings

The internet is starting to rival the backstreet as a place to buy illicit drugs, according to findings from the 2013 Global Drugs Survey, with 22% of users reporting the had bought drugs online. The online marketplace Silk Road has risen to notoriety in recent years as essentially an eBay…

Texas fertilizer plant explosion has devastating effects on small town

Rescue workers were on Thursday night picking through the devastation caused by an explosion at a Texas fertiliser plant that destroyed scores of homes and killed up to 15 people. The blast devastated a large section of West, a small town around 20 miles north of Waco, leveling buildings and…

Boston bombing casts grim shadow over London Marathon

Sunday’s London Marathon will take place amid a climate of heightened security and increased vigilance following the fatal bomb attacks that plunged the Boston Marathon into tragedy. The twin blasts that killed three and wounded more than 180 in Boston on Monday have prompted organisers of the London race to…

Judge dismisses Viacom lawsuit against YouTube

A US judge dismissed for the second time a billion-dollar lawsuit by entertainment giant Viacom accusing Google-owned website YouTube of knowingly profiting from pirated video clips. US District Court Judge Louis Stanton firmly stood by his original decision in the case after being instructed by an appellate court to take…

Gun lobby funded all but three senators who voted against background checks

All but three of the 45 senators who torpedoed gun control measures in Congress on Wednesday have received money from firearms lobbyists, according to new analysis by the Guardian and the Sunlight Foundation. Some, such as Indiana Republican Dan Coats, registered donations from pro-shooting groups as recently as three weeks…

‘Carbon bubble’ leading to another financial crisis, economists warn

The world could be heading for a major economic crisis as stock markets inflate an investment bubble in fossil fuels to the tune of trillions of dollars, according to leading economists. “The financial crisis has shown what happens when risks accumulate unnoticed,” said Lord (Nicholas) Stern, a professor at the…

Texas fertilizer factory was fined by regulators in 2012

The Texas fertilizer factory where an earthquake-like explosion killed up to 15 people was fined by US regulators in 2012 over its transport of hazardous materials, documents showed Thursday. The blast at the West Fertilizer Company on Wednesday — which destroyed dozens of homes in the small town of West…

Guatemala judge drops ex-dictator’s genocide trial

The current genocide trial against ex-Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt was dropped Thursday in a surprise legal move, but a judge is likely to launch fresh proceedings, officials said. The development, on account of procedural reasons, will delay public deliberations over events that have divided the country for 30 years.…

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