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Swiss nurse under fire for posting Facebook photo of corpse

A nurse in Switzerland who posted pictures of herself on Facebook sitting next to the corpse of an old woman came under fire Friday from her profession, as prosecutors said they had launched an investigation. The Swiss national nurses’ federation said in a statement it was “shocked and saddened” by…

SpaceX launches second rocket for cargo mission

Private space firm SpaceX launched its Falcon-9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Friday, carrying a resupply capsule to the International Space Station, NASA television showed. The rocket rapidly reached orbital altitude where it deployed the Dragon vehicle, carrying 1,200 pounds (544 kilograms) of supplies, on what was the…

iTunes U tops 1 billion downloads

iTunes U passed the one billion mark for downloads, according to Apple. More than 60 percent of the downloads went to people from outside of the United States. “It’s inspiring to see what educators and students of all types are doing with iTunes U,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president…

Egypt’s opposition leaders turn down invitation to meet with John Kerry

An Egyptian opposition head said he and colleague Mohamed ElBaradei have turned down invitations to meet Secretary of State John Kerry when he visits Cairo because of US pressure. Hamdeen Sabahi, a leader of the National Salvation Front (NSF), said late Thursday that he and ElBaradei objected to Washington’s call…

U.S. film and music industries roll out new anti-piracy program

A new “copyright alert” system has begun rolling out this week in the United States in an effort to curb online piracy. The system, informally known as “six strikes,” is a voluntary effort of the music and film industries, with the largest Internet service providers participating. The program will use…

Impending European ban forces cosmetics giant Shiseido to ditch animal testing

Japan’s Shiseido on Friday said it was mostly dropping animal-tested cosmetics, as the European Union gets set to finalise a sweeping ban on the sale of such products later this month. But the company said exceptions to the policy meant it would still allow animal testing when that was the…

Two U.S. sailors jailed in Japanese prison for Okinawa rape

Two US sailors who raped a Japanese woman in Okinawa last October, sparking island-wide anger, were Friday jailed for nine and 10 years, a report said. The Naha District Court in Okinawa said Christopher Browning, 24, should go to prison for 10 years while Skyler Dozierwalker, 23, should serve nine,…

Give needles and condoms to inmates to curb HIV: experts

Giving inmates drug substitution treatment, needles and condoms are key ways to help curb addiction and HIV infection in European jails, experts say, calling on authorities to change their approach to prison health care. “We support opioid substitution treatment and harm reduction measures, including needle exchange programmes. These measures are…

German villagers unafraid of ‘Big Bad Wolf’

Thirteen years after wolves returned to an east German village, its residents have not only overcome age-old fears to live peacefully alongside the predator but even come to enjoy the benefits of its presence. Nestled in the forested Saxony countryside in the land that bore the storytelling Brothers Grimm, Rietschen…

David Bowie releases first album in decade

British rock icon David Bowie released his first album in a decade Thursday, streaming the comeback record exclusively on iTunes. The highly anticipated surprise release — coming more than a week before its commercial launch on March 12 — will be streamed on Apple’s media player until the album is…

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