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Foxconn denies iPhone link as it freezes China hiring

Taiwan technology giant Foxconn has slowed new hiring at its vast China factories, it said Thursday, but denied the move was linked to weak demand for Apple’s iPhone 5, which it produces. “Due to an unprecedented rate of return of employees following the Chinese New Year holiday compared to years…

Heart surgeon featured in honored documentary reluctant to leave Sudan for Oscars

Italian heart surgeon Gino Strada would really rather not be in Los Angeles for Sunday’s Academy Awards, where a documentary about the life-saving work he does in Sudan is up for an Oscar. “I would prefer to be here and doing surgery,” said the head surgeon at the Salam Centre…

National Gallery of Art exhibition traces history of pre-Photoshop altered images

n this era of Photoshop software and Instagram filters, should people recoil at the notion of photo manipulation? Not at all, said the curator of a landmark exhibition on the topic that opened in Washington this week. After all, we’ve been living with altered images since photography was invented in…

The children who work in India’s rat-hole coal mines for $4 a day

Thirteen-year-old Sanjay Chhetri has a recurring fear: that one day, the dark, dank mine where he works will cave in and bury him alive. Like thousands of children in India’s remote northeast, Chhetri begins work in the middle of the night, ready to dig pits, squat through narrow tunnels and…

Lead investigator in Oscar Pistorius case is facing attempted murder charges

Detective who gave shaky evidence at bail hearing is on seven charges himself over alleged drunken shoot-up The prosecution case against the Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has been dealt serious blows as South African police admitted a series of blunders in their murder investigation – and the chief…

Japan vows to continue whale hunt after clash with Sea Shepherd activists

Japan vowed on Thursday to continue its whale hunt in the Southern Ocean after clashes with the militant conservationist Sea Shepherd group, which claimed Tokyo had been forced to end the programme. “We are keeping our whaling programme,” an official at Japan’s Fisheries Agency told AFP, denying a report that…

White House vows to aggressively combat trade secrets theft in new cybersecurity strategy document

The US government vowed to aggressively combat a rise in the foreign theft of trade secrets amid mounting concerns over recent hacking attacks allegedly emanating from China. A new strategy document released by the White House did not explicitly name China, but warned that foreign governments and firms had stepped…

Scientists create lifelike ears with 3D printing

Researchers have engineered artificial human ears that look and act like the real thing thanks to 3D printing, giving hope to patients missing all or part of their ears. The new ears, practically identical to human ones, could provide the solution long sought by reconstructive surgeons to treat thousands of…

Why promising minority students aren’t signing up for AP exams

Why promising minority students aren't signing up for AP exams The number of high school students passing at least one Advanced Placement (AP) exam is up overall this year, but students from minority groups still lag behind their white peers, particularly in math and science. Among members of the class…

Lawsuits allege Carnival Triumph could have made port much sooner

Carnival Triumph could have made port much sooner, lawsuits allege Two prior incidents involving the propulsion system of the Carnival cruise ship Triumph may have set the stage for the Feb. 10 engine-room fire that left the ship powerless and without toilets for five days at sea, according to a…

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