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Sony CEO and 39 other executives give up bonuses in ‘unprecedented’ gesture

Dozens of Sony executives including the firm’s chief are foregoing bonuses this year in an “unprecedented” step to atone for a slump in its embattled electronics unit, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Chief executive Kazuo Hirai is among 40 top managers who will not get a bonus estimated at several hundred…

Israel still refuses to negotiate 1967 boundaries with Arab League

Israel will keep refusing to negotiate on the basis of a total withdrawal from land it seized during the 1967 Six-Day War, a minister said Wednesday after the Arab League modified its peace plan. “If Israel agrees to come to the negotiating table while accepting in advance that talks would…

81-year-old British soap star arrested on rape charges

British police on Wednesday arrested “Coronation Street” star William Roache, the longest-serving star in the world’s longest-running soap opera, on suspicion of rape. Roache, 81, has played lothario Ken Barlow in the series portraying life in a fictional northern English town since its first episode on December 9, 1960. He…

Google Plus racks up followers, but not all are devoted

When Google launched its social networking service, Google Plus, during the summer of 2011, tens of millions of people clamoured to sign up for an account. But within months, critics had panned the new service, pointing to user pages bereft of meaningful content and exchanges. They said the new social…

Watch: Disputed Venezuelan election leads to bloody brawl between lawmakers

Political tensions over Venezuela’s disputed presidential election boiled over in the National Assembly as government and opposition lawmakers clashed. “I’m not the only one who has been beaten. They have struck several lawmakers. (Assembly speaker) Diosdado Cabello has to be held to account personally,” said opposition lawmaker Julio Borges. He…

U.N. officials: Force-feeding Guantanamo protesters violates international law

Force-feeding hunger strikers is a breach of international law, the UN’s human rights office said Wednesday, as US authorities tried to stem a protest by inmates at the controversial Guantanamo Bay jail. “If it’s perceived as torture or inhuman treatment — and it’s the case, it’s painful — then it…

Steady stream of space debris rains down on Earth

Low Earth Orbit is the region of space within 1,200 miles of the Earth’s surface. It is the most concentrated area for orbital debris. Photo by NASA Orbital Debris Program Office. On a January night in 1997, Lottie Williams of Tulsa, Okla., was strolling through the park with friends…  …

Green labels scare conservatives away from energy efficient products

Conservatives are less likely to purchase products labelled as environmentally friendly, according to research published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “A popular strategy for marketing energy efficiency is to focus on its environmental benefits,” Dena Gromet of the University of Pennsylvania, the lead author…

U.S. commission accuses Western Europe of ‘very aggressive secularism’

A US panel criticized Western European countries Tuesday for “aggressive secularism” as it released a report on religious freedom that took aim at laws banning full-face veils in public. For the first time, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom — whose members are appointed by the government — included…

Breast implants may delay cancer diagnosis: study

Breast implants may delay cancer diagnosis in women, said a study Wednesday that urged a thorough probe into the potential health risks of this type of cosmetic surgery. In a review of 12 earlier studies of breast cancer patients, a team of epidemiologists from Canada found that women with implants…

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