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Soccer federation chief backtracks on punishing teams for racist fans

FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Friday eased his hardline stance on combating racial abuse and violence in stadiums. Blatter previously said football clubs should be docked points or relegated if their fans were found guilty of racist abuse and violence, however he is now suggesting such measures would be difficult…

‘My name is Mark’: Facebook head’s teenage website resurfaces

A website thought to be the handiwork of Mark Zuckerberg at the age of 15 resurfaced on the Internet on Thursday, providing a glimpse into the early days of the famed Facebook co-founder. “Hi, my name is Slim Shady,” the creator of the website said in a message on an…

Former health official admits to illegal organ harvesting from living donors

A former top Kosovo health ministry official on trial for organ trafficking on Friday admitted that illegal kidney transplants were carried out at a Pristina clinic, but denied covering them up. Ilir Rrecaj told an EU-led panel of judges that the “transplants happened, but there was no licence for (them)”…

Rolling Stone’s London concert sold out 65,000 seats in less than 5 minutes

The 65,000 tickets for the Rolling Stones’ upcoming concert in London’s Hyde Park sold out in under five minutes on Friday. The clamour came despite anger from some fans at how much the ageing British rock legends are charging for their shows, with a standard ticket for July’s open-air Hyde…

Zoo to build power plant that uses panda poop to produce electricity

Not content with housing a pair of celebrity pandas that attract hordes of avid onlookers, a zoo in France has decided to put their droppings to good use by recycling them into gas and electricity. Yuan Zi and Huan Huan — “Chubby” and “Happy” in Chinese — arrived at Beauval…

American drivers still talk, text as much as ever despite laws against it

Americans are using cellphones and other gadgets behind the wheel as much as ever, despite widespread awareness of the risks involved, a federal government agency said Friday. Citing a 2011 survey, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said 660,000 Americans are talking or texting while driving at any given…

UN urges strict hygiene to prevent worldwide spread of China’s deadly H7N9 virus

The United Nations on Friday presented a list of recommendations, including a strict hygiene culture and keeping different breeds of animals apart, to try to curb the spreading of the H7N9 flu virus which has killed six people in China. “With the virus harder to detect, good biosecurity measures become…

White House would ‘not be surprised’ by North Korea missile test launch

The White House said Friday it “would not be surprised” if North Korean carries out another missile test, after reports that Pyongyang had moved two mid-range rockets to its eastern coast. “We’ve obviously seen the reports that North Korea may be making preparations to launch a missile, and we’re monitoring…

Drone strike ‘condolence payments’ for targets killed ‘an expression of sympathy toward a victim’: U.S. Army

The U.S. drone war remains cloaked in secrecy, and as a result, questions swirl around it. Who exactly can be targeted? When can a U.S. citizen be killed? Another, perhaps less frequently asked question: What happens when innocent civilians are killed in drone strikes? In February, during his confirmation process,…

UN human rights chief slams failure to shut Guantanamo

Washington is breaking international law by holding detainees indefinitely at Guantanamo and must honour a pledge to shut the controversial jail, the UN’s human rights chief said Friday. “I am deeply disappointed that the US government has not been able to close Guantanamo Bay, despite repeatedly committing itself to do…

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