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Russia hints plans to quit environmental Kyoto Protocol

Russia on Thursday hinted that it may refuse to sign up to a new round of targeted carbon cuts that could see the Kyoto environmental protection treaty extended beyond its end of 2012 expiry date. “One has to admit that we never got any real commercial gain from the Kyoto…

Brain wave-controlled robots hold hope for nuclear work

Brain wave-controlled robot suits that allow wearers to don heavy radiation protection without feeling the weight were unveiled in Japan on Thursday. Researchers showed off the latest incarnation of HAL, the Hybrid Assistive Limb, a full body suit that could eventually be used by workers dismantling the crippled Fukushima nuclear…

Africa faces spike in older people living with HIV

Sub-Saharan Africa is likely to see a more than 200 percent increase in the number of older people living with HIV in the next 30 years, thanks to improvements in lifesaving treatment, experts said Thursday. “The proportion of people living with HIV aged 50 and over is going to increase…

Google reports disappointing drop in profits

Google on Thursday reported a 20 percent drop in third-quarter profits, announcing disappointing results which sent the Internet giant’s stock price tumbling. Net profit was reported at $2.18 billion, compared to $2.73 billion in the same period a year ago. The results were made public in a regulatory filing hours…

Google threatens to ban French media if pay-for-content law enacted

PARIS (AFP) – Google has threatened to exclude French media sites from its search results if France implements a proposed law forcing search engines to pay for content, according to a letter obtained by AFP. The letter sent by Google to several ministerial offices this month said it “cannot accept”…

Fillmmaker claims Trump golf course neighbors suffered ‘malign, egotistical bullying’

Bafta-winning director Bill Forsyth shocked by film that reveals ‘lives put to hazard and craven political behaviour’ over resort The film-maker Bill Forsyth has claimed that people living next to Donald Trump‘s golf course have suffered from “malign, egotistical bullying” and “craven” political behaviour comparable to living in communist-era Romania. In an article…

British couple who helped Kenyan village with cannabis profits jailed

Michael Foster and Susan Cooper made hundreds of thousands of pounds from cannabis factory at their Lincolnshire farmhouse A couple who ran a cannabis factory have been jailed despite using most of the proceeds of their illicit activities to help a Kenyan village where they were regular visitors. Michael Foster,…

Newsweek drops print edition

Venerable US magazine Newsweek announced Thursday its last print edition would be December 31, saying it would turn all-digital to cut costs in an increasingly challenging media environment. “We are transitioning Newsweek, not saying goodbye to it,” wrote Tina Brown, editor-in-chief and founder of the online Newsweek Daily Beast Company,…

French paternity leave altered to include same sex couples

Paternity leave in France is to be rebranded as “child welcome leave” to ensure same-sex partners have equal rights to paid leave following the birth of a child. The move was approved overnight Thursday by the social affairs committee of the national assembly in line with a request made five…

U.S. unemployment claims rise again after sharp fall

New claims for US unemployment insurance benefits were a high 388,000 in the most recent week, the Labor Department said Thursday, reversing an unexpected sharp fall in the previous week. The new figure, covering the week to October 13, erased hopes from the previous week’s plunge that the US job…

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