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Pippa Middleton receives ‘startling’ recognition for new book

Kate Middleton’s younger sister Pippa describes her stardom — and the attention paid to her behind — after last year’s royal wedding as “startling”, in a book to be released this month. “It is a bit startling to achieve global recognition (if that’s the right word) before the age of…

French police block adultery site from posting ads of politicos as womanizers

French police Monday blocked a Canadian adultery website from posting spoof ads casting presidents Francois Mitterrand, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande as womanisers, the site said. “What do all these men have in common? They should have thought of AshleyMadison.com,” runs the strapline of the cheeky ad, which…

Finnish prime minister unharmed after knife attack

A man wielding a knife tried to attack Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen in the south-western town of Turku on Monday, but was swiftly arrested by police, the prime minister’s office said in a statement. “Prime Minister Katainen’s security men have apprehended a person who had brought a sharp weapon…

European private equity group Permira buys Ancestry.com

European private equity group Permira will take over the popular Nasdaq-listed genealogy website Ancestry.com for $1.6 billion in cash, Permira announced on Monday. The European private equity firm offered $32 a share for the site, the company said, nearly 10 percent above Friday’s close and 41 percent over the company’s…

UN offers guidance on ‘cyberterrorism’

The United Nations published Monday a report offering guidance and support to countries on tackling “terrorists” who use the Internet to plan attacks, recruit and disseminate propaganda. “Just as Internet use among citizens has increased in the past few years, terrorist organisations also make extensive use of this indispensable global…

Pussy Riot band members sent to remote prison camps

Two members of the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot have been sent to remote prison camps to serve their sentences, the group has said. Maria Alyokhina, 24, will serve the rest of her two-year term at a women’s prison camp in Perm, a Siberian region notorious for hosting some of…

South African photographer who chronicled apartheid’s fall died at 82

South African photographer Alfred (Alf) Kumalo, who chronicled his country’s transformation from apartheid to democracy, died Sunday in Johannesburg at the age of 82, local media reported. Born in 1930 in the Alexandra township in Johannesburg, Kumalo became a photojournalist at the age of 21. During his career, he covered…

World cycling organization strips Lance Armstrong of 7 Tour de France titles

Disgraced Lance Armstrong’s fate was sealed on Monday, as cycling’s under-fire world governing body decided to back a life ban for doping and strip him of his record seven Tour de France titles. The International Cycling Union (UCI) said it supported the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) decision to erase the…

Study: Open access publishing of science research rising at unanticipated rate

A new study shows that the rise of open access publishing of academic research is faster than anyone had previously realised Read all about it: academic publishing is changing faster than anyone has realised, according to a new study reported today in BMC Medicine. Before 2000 the vast majority of research…

Iran hangs 10 drug traffickers despite Amnesty appeal

Iran executed 10 drug traffickers in a prison in Tehran on Monday, despite repeated calls from Amnesty International to halt such hangings. The men sent to gallows were convicted of trafficking more than a tonne of opium and a tonne of methamphetamine, according to the website of the prosecutor’s office…

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