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Bill Gates’ ‘hand in pocket’ draws criticism in South Korea

Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ casual style was the subject of criticism in some South Korean media Tuesday after he shook hands with President Park Geun-Hye, with one hand in his pocket. The picture of the meet-and-greet between Gates and Park Monday was splashed on the front page of every national…

Fear of violence forces France to increase security ahead of country’s same-sex marriage vote

Paris police have stepped up security for the city’s gay community ahead of a final parliamentary vote Tuesday on a bill that will make France the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage. After months of acrimonious debate and hundreds of street protests that have occasionally spilled over into violence, a…

British armed forces urged to stop recruiting minors because they’re more expensive to train than 18-year-olds

Two campaign groups on Tuesday called for Britain to stop recruiting 16 and 17-year-olds to its armed forces, a practice that has been abandoned by most countries. Child Soldiers International and ForcesWatch said Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) wasted up to £94 million ($143 million, 110 million euros) a year…

Car bomb explodes outside French embassy in Tripoli injuring two

A car bomb hit the France embassy in Libya on Tuesday, wounding two French guards and causing extensive damage in the first attack on a foreign mission since militants stormed the US consulate in Benghazi in September. Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdel Aziz branded the act a “terrorist” incident, and…

Climate change forces India’s apple farmers up the Himalayas

Set in the Himalayas, Kashmir is a green, saucer-shaped valley full of fruit orchards and surrounded by snowy mountain ranges.(Mukhtar Khan/AP/File) The hills of Thanedar-Kotgarh…  …

How the burning of fossil fuels was linked to a warming world in 1938

Seventy-five years ago this month an amateur weather-watcher from West Sussex published a landmark paper in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society directly linking the burning of fossil fuels to the warming of the Earth’s atmosphere. Guy Callendar was a successful steam engineer by trade, but in his…

Ebay warns Internet sales tax unfair to small businesses

Ebay has begun lobbying millions of its users against a bill it claims will impose an unfair tax burden on small businesses. The US Senate is expected to vote early this week on the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that will give states the power to collect online sales tax…

Anthony Weiner returns to Twitter

Anthony Weiner, the disgraced ex-US congressman forced to resign after tweeting lewd photos of himself to women, on Monday reopened a Twitter account in an apparent political comeback drive. Weiner, 48, who said earlier this month he was weighing a comeback with a run for mayor of New York City,…

Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s YouTube account provides clues about his radicalization

A YouTube account apparently belonging to Tamerlan Tsarnaev gives tantalising hints of his radicalisation before the Boston bombings, and includes a speech by a Russian militant cradling a gun, a bizarre attack on Harry Potter, and songs by a popular Russian rapper. Tsarnaev created a YouTube channel in August 2012,…

Natural compounds in dark chocolate found to increase calmness

Research to be published in the May issue of the Journal of Psychopharmacology has found cocoa polyphenols have a positive impact on mood in healthy individuals. “To our knowledge, this is the first randomized, controlled trial to substantiate the effects of cocoa polyphenols on positive mood states in a non-clinical…

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