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Venezuela releases first photos of Chavez in hospital

Venezuela on Friday released the first photos of President Hugo Chavez since he underwent his fourth round of cancer surgery in Havana back in December. The shots gave Venezuelans living in a state of limbo without their once media-happy and larger than life commandante a first glimpse of him as…

Secret donors funded media campaign against wind farms

Secretive funding network channelled millions to stop state governments moving towards renewable energy Conservatives used a pair of secretive trusts to fund a media campaign against windfarms and solar projects, and to block state agencies from planning for future sea-level rise, the Guardian has learned. The trusts, Donors Trust and…

Carnival Triumph and six other cruises from hell

From pirate attacks to storms to an outbreak of norovirus, worse things do often happen at sea As the cruise ship Carnival Triumph approached the dock in Alabama this morning, passengers chanted “Let me off! Let me off!” Four days earlier, an engine fire had knocked out the ship’s power and transformed…

Pistorius arrives in court to face murder charge

South Africa’s superstar sprinter Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius arrived in court on Friday to face charges that he murdered his model girlfriend at his luxury home on Valentine’s Day. Two police vehicles arrived at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court, with the amputee athlete sitting in the back of one, his head…

Asteroid to whiz past Earth

NASA is keeping close tabs on a sizable asteroid set to whiz past our planet Friday in what the US space agency says is the closest flyby ever predicted for such a large object. About 150 feet (45 meters) in diameter, the asteroid — dubbed 2012 DA 14 — is…

Compensation sought for Brazil blaze victims

A private association has filed a lawsuit in the wake of a fatal Brazil nightclub fire, demanding three million reais ($1.5 million) for each family of the 239 victims, a lawyer said. The Anecol group filed the suit against the Kiss club’s owners, as well as members of the band…

Thai couple smooch to new world record of two and a half days

A kiss lasting nearly two-and-a-half days propelled one determined Thai couple to a new record for the world’s longest smooch on Valentine’s Day. Hospital security guard Ekkachai Tiranarat, 44, and 33-year-old housewife Laksana locked lips for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds, smashing last year’s Guinness World Record by…

Experts tell farting flyers: Let it rip!

A group of medical specialists has provided an answer to a dilemma that has faced flyers since the Wright brothers took to the air in 1903 — is it okay to fart mid-flight? The experts’ recommendation is an emphatic yes to airline passengers — but a warning to cockpit crews…

U.S. regulators approve bionic eye

U.S. regulators approved a so-called bionic eye, giving hope to people with a rare genetic disease. Developed by California-based Second Sight Medical Products, Inc., the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System is the first retinal implant for adults with advanced retinitis pigmentosa that results in the gradual loss of vision and…

LA Lakers owner in hospital for cancer

Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who has been in failing health for the past year, has been hospitalized in intensive care for cancer, the Los Angeles Times reported. The 79-year-old was taken to hospital in July for “dehydration” and underwent surgery a month later for an undisclosed illness. The…

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