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Philippine Supreme Court suspends law requiring free condoms and sex ed

The Philippines’ highest court suspended on Tuesday a controversial birth control law that had met fierce opposition from the powerful Catholic Church. Voting 10-5, the Supreme Court issued a four-month freeze against the law, which requires government health centres to hand out free condoms and schools to teach sex education,…

New film retells story of Soviet hikers meeting mysterious death

A new film by a Hollywood director has revived a mystery of how a group of Soviet hikers met their grisly deaths on a Russian mountainside in unexplained circumstances more than 50 years ago. The film, “The Dyatlov Pass Incident”, loosely retells the true story from 1959 when nine students…

Genocide trial against former dictator begins in Guatemala

A genocide trial started Tuesday against former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who is accused of presiding over one of the bloodiest chapters of his country’s brutal civil war. Judge Jazmin Barrios opened the proceedings despite attempts by the defense team to postpone the trial against the 86-year-old former strongman,…

Marine biologists: Small fish trawling leads to more jellyfish

Marine biologists say they have proof that excessive trawling of small fish species leads to proliferation of jellyfish, a worsening phenomenon whose causes have been unclear. The scientists monitored ecosystems in two ocean zones a thousand kilometres (600 miles) apart, traversed by the same current. One zone was off Namibia,…

BlackBerry CEO calls iPhone interface outdated

BlackBerry CEO calls iPhone interface outdated (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View In this May file photo, Thorsten Heins, president and CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), delivers the keynote speech during the BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, Fla. Heins told the Australian Financial Review that the…

Experts: Airport security set for boom despite budget cuts

The airport security sector is still expected to soar despite US budget cutbacks as air traffic grows and the threat of terrorism persists, analysts say. Screening passengers and baggage as well as surveillance at airports is a business that has boomed as countries radically tightened security in the wake of…

Lamb meat doesn’t pass inspection at factory where horse meat was found

French authorities Tuesday said they had found 57 tonnes of minced lamb that did not conform to European standards at the factory of Spanghero, the firm at the heart of the horsemeat scandal. The French company sparked a European food alert by allegedly passing off 750 tonnes of horsemeat as…

European Union considers ban on insecticides to save bees

The European Commission said Tuesday it will try again to get member states to back a two-year ban on insecticides harmful to bees whose numbers have been in sharp and worrying decline. EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg told EU agriculture ministers meeting in Brussels that he wanted to revisit the…

Europe triples recycling in a decade

Recycling of household waste has tripled in Europe over the past decade but some countries are dragging their feet for meeting a target set for 2020, the European Environment Agency (EAA) said in a report issued on Tuesday. From 2001 to 2010, recycling of materials and composting of organic waste…

Number of dead pigs in Shanghai river approaches 15,000

The number of dead pigs found in a river which runs through Shanghai has reached nearly 15,000, officials and reports said Tuesday, as a newspaper claimed the government was concealing the true tally. The images of dead pigs in China’s commercial hub have proved a huge embarrassment for the city,…

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