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Greek unemployment climbs to 27 percent

Greek unemployment climbed to 27 percent of the workforce in February compared with 26.7 percent a month earlier, the state statistics agency said on Thursday. The number of unemployed rose to 1,320,189 while 3,568,186 were registered as employed. The highest rate was registered for youths aged 15-24, at 64.2 percent.…

Brother of Blind Chinese activist says he was beaten

The brother of a blind activist who has fled China said he himself was savagely beaten by two men on Thursday, in what he called an intensification of reprisals against the activist’s family. Chen Guangfu said his family has endured a campaign of harassment beginning last month, ahead of the…

Omega-3 fatty acids not beneficial for high-risk heart disease patients

Fish oil supplements rich in omega-3 fatty acids are not beneficial for patients at high risk of cardiovascular troubles and already being medicated, a study found Wednesday. In the study, carried out in 2010 in Italy with 12,513 patients, half the group took an omega-3 supplement and the other half…

Dead Boston bombing suspect finally buried: police

Slain Boston Marathon bomber suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has finally been buried, ending a growing row over what to do with his body, police in the Massachusetts town of Worcester said Thursday. “As a result of our public appeal for help, a courageous and compassionate individual came forward to provide the…

Nazi version of Wagner opera shut down in Germany

A Nazi-themed production of Richard Wagner’s “Tannhauser” opera has been cancelled in Duesseldorf after realistic death scenes distressed audience members, the opera house said Thursday. The Rheinoper said it was aware that the concept and its implementation would be “controversial”. “But it was with great astonishment that we noted that…

Teen’s ‘anti-spoiler’ plugin keeps Twitter from ruining favorite shows

Fed up with Twitter friends ruining the plots of her favorite TV shows, high school senior and budding software engineer Jennie Lamere took matters into her own hands. She’s finalizing an Internet browser plugin called Twivo that uses keywords inserted by the user — like a show’s title or the…

Mao Zedong’s grand-daughter worth more than $815 million according to China’s ‘New Fortune’ magazine

The appearance of a grand-daughter of Mao Zedong, founding father of Communist China, on a list of the country’s richest citizens prompted online accusations of hypocrisy Thursday. Kong Dongmei, now in her early 40s, and husband Chen Dongsheng ranked 242th with personal wealth estimated at five billion yuan ($815 million)…

Disgraced former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling receives prison sentence reduction in new DOJ deal

The prison sentence of disgraced former Enron chief executive Jeff Skilling will be cut by as much as 10 years under a deal announced Wednesday by federal criminal prosecutors. Currently in prison on a 24 year sentence for for securities fraud, false statements and other charges, Skilling will see his…

Italian fashion knitwear legend Ottavio Missoni dead at 92

Italian knitwear impresario Ottavio “Tai” Missoni, whose distinctive colourful zigzag dresses became a global fashion empire, died on Thursday at his home in northern Italy at 92, his family said. Missoni co-founded the fashion brand in 1953 with his wife Rosita Jelmini and their designs have graced the rich and…

U.S. wants to keep nine bases in Afghanistan: Karzai

After more than 11 years of US-led military intervention in Afghanistan, the two countries are hammering out a deal to allow a limited US troop presence to remain after the international coalition leaves next year. The size of the “residual” force has not been agreed, with numbers ranging from 2,500…

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