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Obama sets out on 8-state campaign swing

President Barack Obama set off Wednesday on an eight state, 7,660 mile, 40-hour tour, in a show of confidence and commitment in battlegrounds that will decide the election. Thirteen days before he asks voters for a second term, Obama’s through-the-night, coast-to-coast trip will take in six of the most contested…

Lawyer: Pussy Riot members arrive at remote prison camps

The jailed Pussy Riot punks, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina have arrived at prison camps in remote Russian regions, a defence lawyer said Wednesday. “Tolokonnikova has arrived at corrective labour camp 14 in Mordovia and Alyokhina has arrived at camp 32 in Perm,” lawyer Violetta Volkova told the Interfax news…

Ecuador ‘very concerned’ about Assange’s health

Ecuador is “very concerned” about the health of Julian Assange after the WikiLeaks founder lost a lot of weight while staying at the country’s embassy in London, a foreign ministry official said while in Moscow. The deputy foreign minister of Ecuador, Marco Albuja, expressed his concern for Assange as he…

Apple patent wielded against Samsung possibly invalid

Samsung’s high-stakes legal battle with Apple was bolstered Tuesday by word that the US Patent and Trademark Office was second-guessing a patent at issue in the case. Officials re-examined an Apple patent for an effect that makes a smartphone screen appear to “bounce” when an edge is tugged by a…

H&M denies ‘slave-like’ wages at Cambodian factory

Swedish fashion giant H&M denied on Wednesday accusations that it encouraged “slave-like” wages at a subcontractor’s factory in Cambodia. “It’s completely incorrect,” H&M chief executive Karl-Johan Persson told Swedish daily Expressen. A documentary to be broadcast on Swedish television channel TV4 on Wednesday alleges that Cambodian factory workers producing goods…

Amazon to launch Japanese-language Kindle

Online shopping giant Amazon said Wednesday that it will launch a Japanese-language version of its hugely popular Kindle next month as it looks to break into the largely untapped Japanese e-book market. The retailer’s long-awaited announcement comes a day after Apple unveiled its new iPad Mini, the latest volley in…

Study: Men better multi-taskers than women

Working mothers may have to juggle more tasks than their husbands, but the long-held belief that women are better than men at multitasking is a myth, according to new Swedish research. “On the contrary, the results of our study show that men are better at multitasking than women,” Timo Maentylae,…

Report: Pollution as big a health problem as malaria or TB

Industrial pollutants harm the health of 125 million people, many of whom live in the developing world and work in mining Waste from mining, lead smelters, industrial dumps and other toxic sites affects the health of an estimated 125 million people in 49 low- and middle-income countries. This unrecognised health…

Ex-BBC head denies burying sex abuse probe

The former head of the BBC on Wednesday denied any role in shelving an investigation into allegations of widespread abuse of underage girls by the late British TV star Jimmy Savile. Mark Thompson, who is set to become CEO of the New York Times next month, told the newspaper he…

U.S. chides Kuwait in wake of protest clashes

The United States on Tuesday issued a veiled criticism of its ally Kuwait after 100 protesters were hurt in weekend clashes with police, defending the “universal right” to freedom of assembly. On Sunday, riot police used rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades and beat up hundreds of demonstrators to…

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