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Daredevil to attempt record jump from edge of space

LOS ANGELES — An Austrian daredevil is hoping to make an unprecedented leap from the edge of space Tuesday, setting records as he breaks the speed of sound in freefall in the skies above the US state of New Mexico. Felix Baumgartner will ascend to 120,000 feet — nearly 23…

France fears hundreds of Islamist extremists at large

PARIS — France’s interior minister on Monday predicted more arrests of Islamic extremists and warned of possibly hundreds of home-grown militants at large following a crackdown that sent shockwaves through the country’s Jewish community. Manuel Valls issued his warning in the wake of a nationwide sweep at the weekend which…

Swedish twins separated at birth in Indonesia find 12 more siblings

A set of twins separated at birth in Indonesia when they were put up for adoption and who found each other this year in Sweden have discovered they have another 12 siblings, the two said on Monday. “We spoke to our biological mother this spring on Skype. She is around…

Study: Autistic children prompt worrying by wandering from safe places

Almost half of US children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder wander away from safe places, and about half go missing long enough to alarm their parents, a new study out Monday found. The study published in the journal Pediatrics on research by the Kennedy Krieger Institute that looked at more…

Study: Number of cyber attacks against U.S. doubled in three years

The number of cyberattacks targeting US organizations has doubled over the past three years, leading to hefty losses, a study released Monday showed. The study conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Hewlett-Packard said most of the attacks involve malicious code, denial of service, stolen or hijacked devices, or…

‘Midnight’s Children’ film finds distributor in India

A new film of Salman Rushdie’s 1981 novel “Midnight’s Children” is due to be released in India after fears it would not find a distributor in the country where it is set, according to a report. PVR Pictures has acquired the film to be shown in Indian cinemas by the…

U.S. will oppose global telecommunications regulations

The United States will oppose any major revision to 24-year-old global telecommunications regulations at an international conference in December, the head of the US delegation said Monday, insisting the Internet must remain free and open. “We need to avoid suffocating … the Internet space through well-meaning but overly-proscriptive proposals that…

YouTube launches dozens of original programming channels around the world

YouTube is launching dozens of new original programming channels, including several from France, Germany and Britain. The Google-owned online video service said this “new generation” of more than 50 channels would include topics such as fashion, automobiles, gaming and other topics. “From local cuisine, health and wellness and parenting to…

China sex fair highlights changing attitudes

Decades after Mao Zedong, couples are happy to browse sex toys together – but not all attitudes have changed “One-two-THREE! CONTROL! … and relax,” Ma Jian urges. The 78-year-old author is addressing a few dozen men clustered around a stage in Guangzhou, southern China, but he aspires to reach a much…

Nobel Prize-winning stem cell research holds dramatic potential

Research in reprogrammed cells, which on Monday earned the 2012 Nobel Prize, has been hailed as a new dawn for regenerative medicine but remains troubled by several clouds. Britain’s John Gurdon and Japan’s Shinya Yamanaka were honoured with the world’s paramount award in medicine for induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).…

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