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India’s beach state Goa tells Playboy Club franchise to take a hike

The holiday state of Goa has decided to reject a proposal for India’s first Playboy club on one of its beaches following complaints that it would promote prostitution, local officials said on Monday. A local lawmaker threatened to go on hunger strike last week if the nightclub was allowed to…

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in breast cancer gene patent case

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in a challenge by a contingent of breast cancer patients and women’s health organizations against a Utah company’s claim to being able to patent human genes. Bloomberg News reported that the high court used analogies like chocolate-chip recipes in discussing the case,…

Trial of neo-Nazi mass murderer delayed over press access issues

The start of the most high-profile neo-Nazi murder trial in Germany’s history was delayed from this week after judges announced Monday an overhaul of rules giving media access. Proceedings were to have begun Wednesday against a woman accused of being part of a far-right killer cell blamed for 10 murders.…

Authorities probe whether Samsung hired students to give HTC bad online reviews

Taiwanese authorities said Monday they had launched an investigation into allegations that South Korean tech giant Samsung hired students to post malicious comments about local rival HTC online. “The case was set up last week after we received complaints,” Fair Trade Commission spokesman Sun Lih-chyun told AFP. He said the…

Gitmo inmate who was deemed no threat describes cycle of hunger strikes and force feedings

An inmate detained at Guantanamo for over a decade without charge on Monday gave a graphic account of his participation in a two-month-old hunger strike at the US-run military prison. In an op-ed published in the New York Times entitled “Gitmo Is Killing Me,” Samir Naji al-Hasan Moqbel said he…

FDA secretly retests 100 different drugs after testing company admits its work was all fraudulent

On the morning of May 3, 2010, three agents of the Food and Drug Administration descended upon the Houston office of Cetero Research, a firm that conducted research for drug companies worldwide. Lead agent Patrick Stone, now retired from the FDA, had visited the Houston lab many times over the…

French vineyard to turn carbon dioxide emissions into toothpaste

As vineyards around the world face the threat of increasing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, one vineyard in France has planned to do its part to reduce its carbon footprint. The business plan makes perfect sense and is one that should be financially and environmentally sustainable. Chateau…  …

Chavez heir Nicolas Maduro wins Venezuela vote by slim margin as opposition cries foul

Venezuela’s acting President Nicolas Maduro was declared the winner of the election to succeed his late mentor Hugo Chavez by a razor-thin margin late Sunday, but his rival refused to concede defeat. The contested result plunged the deeply divided oil-rich South American country into uncertainty, with the handpicked heir of…

Anne Frank museum defends Justin Bieber after ‘belieber’ controversy

Amsterdam’s Anne Frank museum on Monday defended teen idol Justin Bieber amid a furor over his comments that he hoped the Jewish teen who died in a Nazi camp would have been a fan. “We think that what’s special is that a 19-year-old comes to the Anne Frank House and…

Afghanistan’s opium cultivation to surge in 2013: UN

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is expected to increase for a third straight year, expanding even to poppy-free areas this year, a United Nations report warned on Monday. The Afghanistan Opium Risk Assessment 2013 said Afghanistan was moving towards record levels of opium production this year despite eradication efforts by…

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