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Obama heads to Mexico to discuss trade and drug war

US President Barack Obama headed to Mexico on Thursday to put trade back at the heart of bilateral ties, but his southern neighbor’s shifting drug war tactics loom large over the visit. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto hosts Obama on the first stop of a three-day trip that will also…

New ‘Porn Studies’ academic journal to debut next spring

By John Dugdale, The Guardian First peer-reviewed journal invites experts to contribute in time for spring debut Porn Studies needs your contributions. The Routledge academic periodical will debut next spring, and a call for papers appeared this week soliciting submissions for “the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to critically explore…

Benedict XVI returns to Vatican to visit new Pope

Two months after his historic resignation, Benedict XVI was set to return to the Vatican on Thursday, where he will live in a former monastery in an unprecedented arrangement that will see a pope and a former pope both housed in the tiny state. It is expected to be a…

Scientists develop device that can detect oncoming seizures in epilepsy patients

A tiny device implanted in the brain of epilepsy sufferers has for the fist time been able to predict the onset of seizures, scientists reported on Thursday. The potentially life-saving device works with electrodes that monitor electrical activity on the brain surface, they wrote in The Lancet Neurology. The electrodes…

Oldest known Nazi concentration camp survivor dies at 107

The oldest known male survivor of the Nazi concentration camps, Austrian-born Leopold Engleitner, has died at the age of 107, Austrian media reported Thursday. Engleitner passed away on April 21 but his death was only announced now in accordance with his wishes, said the daily Salzburger Nachrichten. A Jehovah’s witness…

Britain signs agreement with off-shore havens to share tax information

Bermuda, the Turks and Caicos and other British overseas territories with extensive financial centres have signed agreements to share tax information in what the British government hailed Thursday as a major victory in the battle against tax evasion. Anguilla, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat and the Turks and Caicos…

Obama to announce nominees for commerce secretary and trade rep.

President Barack Obama will announce nominees for commerce secretary and US trade representative on Thursday, a White House official said. Penny Pritzker, an experienced and successful businesswoman, will be nominated as commerce secretary. She has worked in real estate, hospitality, senior living, financial services and other industries, the official said.…

Tunisian dean acquitted of slapping veiled female student

The Tunisian university dean accused of slapping a veiled female student said he was acquitted on Thursday, in a case that has come to symbolise bristling tensions between Islamists and secularists. Habib Kazdaghli said “Tunisian justice acquitted me,” adding that two students on trial for having sacked his office at…

Greek neo-Nazi lawmaker arrested for attempting to assault Athens mayor

Greek police fired tear gas to break up an event staged by neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn in Athens Thursday and one lawmaker tried to assault the city’s mayor for banning the gathering, police said. Golden Dawn MP Giorgos Germenis verbally abused and attempted to hit Athens mayor Giorgos Kaminis inside…

Watch: Yugoslav communist leader Josip Broz Tito’s bunker turned into a modern art museum

Sarajevo – Obsolete and lifeless for years, a secret anti-nuclear shelter built inside a remote Bosnian mountain during the Cold War for Yugoslav communist leader Josip Broz Tito has opened its doors as a modern art space. “The idea of installing a contemporary art collection in Tito’s bunker is absolutely…

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