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Deepwater trial: Oil spill a ‘classic failure’ of BP management

Former BP consultant describes culture of greed that led to worst oil spill in US history as sprawling civil case continues A culture of “every dollar counts” at BP led to the fatal Deepwater Horizon disaster and the US’s worst ever oil spill, a court heard on Tuesday. Bob Bea, an expert…

Coen brothers sign on to write Jolie-directed film about World War II hero

Oscar-winning film-makers will rewrite initial draft of Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand’s tale of US war hero Lou Zamperini The Coen brothers are to work on the screenplay for Unbroken, a historical drama about American second world war hero Lou Zamperini that will be Angelina Jolie‘s next film as director, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Oscar-winning film-makers…

Turkey seeks to relocate European foster children to Muslim families

Turkey has embarked on a campaign to retrieve children of Turkish immigrant families living in Europe who are fostered by foreigners, and instead place them in homes where their cultural identity can be preserved. The step comes after a court in the Netherlands refused last week to return nine-year-old Yunus…

Bernanke: Economy still needs Fed’s stimulus, not cuts

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday that the US economy still needs the Fed’s stimulus, and warned that looming steep budget cuts could further slow growth. Stressing that high unemployment remains the key challenge to the economy, Bernanke told a Senate panel that the central bank’s extraordinary $85 billion…

Pistorius to hold memorial service for girlfriend he shot

South African star athlete Oscar Pistorius will mourn the girlfriend he is charged with murdering in a private memorial service Tuesday night, his publicist said. “Oscar specifically requested the memorial service as he continues to grieve and remains in deep mourning for the loss of his partner Reeva (Steenkamp),” a…

Princeton University offers free houses to anyone willing to haul them away

Princeton University gives away free houses to anyone willing to haul them away (via NJ.com) PRINCETON – Princeton University is giving away seven houses along Alexander Street that would be otherwise slated for demolition, for free. The catch? You have to haul them away yourself. The seven available houses are…

Pope Benedict XVI accelerated conservative ideology in Latin America

Pope Benedict XVI’s legacy in Latin America, the world’s most Catholic region, is marked by a victory of conservative theology and the demise of home-grown leftist religious thought, experts here say. During his eight-year papacy Benedict continued the church’s march to the right that began under his predecessor, the charismatic…

Germany set to approve fracking ‘with conditions’

The German government is prepared to give the go-ahead to the revolutionary oil and gas technique of “fracking” in Germany, but under certain conditions, according to a ministry paper obtained by AFP on Tuesday. Under a draft proposal by the economy and environment ministries, fracking would be banned in areas…

Bandmate: Russia could release jailed Pussy Riot members early

Freed Pussy Riot punk Yekaterina Samutsevich vowed to pursue every legal route to free her jailed bandmates, saying there was still a chance the Russian authorities could free the two women early. “The main task is to get Nadya and Masha out,” Samutsevich told AFP in an interview, using the…

Poor families beat eviction in Spain against all odds

The walls of the apartment are cracked and patched with damp, but the faded family photographs of Maria Luisa Brana, her husband and their four children, are still hanging. Eight months ago the five of them — all jobless, like millions in Spain’s recession — faced being thrown out for…

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