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As Obama visits Israel, Palestinians call on him to address ‘emergency situation’

Palestinians want President Barack Obama’s milestone visit this week to lead to a more active US approach to resolving the conflict with Israel, before the West Bank is overrun by Jewish settlements and it is too late for a two-state solution. “We are in an emergency situation,” independent Palestinian legislator…

Royal Air Force plane takes one million Euros to Cyprus

The government sent a Royal Air Force plane to crisis-hit Cyprus on Tuesday carrying one million euros in emergency loans for British military personnel, the defence ministry said. The cash cargo flight was a “contingency” plan in case banks in Cyprus stopped giving out money as the island deals with…

Giant squid DNA study produces ‘tantalizing questions’ for scientists

Scientists announced they had peeked into the DNA of the giant squid, seeking to demystify a deep-sea creature that has haunted sailors’ dreams for centuries. But their findings, published Wednesday, threw up some tantalising questions in turn. They include the likelihood that there is just one species of giant squid,…

Survivors reflect on Pope Francis’ role in Argentina’s bloody ‘dirty war’

Nobody in early 1976 was aware of the scale of the killing programme that Argentina’s military were secretly starting to execute. “At the beginning, we saw the military as saviours who had come to deliver us from the violence of the ultra-right death squads and far left terrorists that had desolated…

North Korea: B-52 flights an ‘unpardonable provocation’

North Korea on Wednesday condemned training flights by nuclear-capable US B-52 bombers over the Korean peninsula as an “unpardonable provocation” and threatened military action if they continue. The Pentagon says at least one B-52 has flown over South Korea in recent weeks as part of joint South Korea-US military exercises…

Caffeine helps prevent road crash risk: study

Research among long-distance commercial drivers in Australia has given weight to those who say coffee, tea or caffeine energy drinks or tablets help prevent dangerous drowsiness at the wheel. Investigators looked at crashes between 2008 and 2011 in New South Wales and Western Australia that involved vehicles of at least…

California pornmaker sued for failing to make actors wear condoms

An AIDS support group announced legal action Tuesday against a US porn film company for allegedly failing to enforce a new Los Angeles law requiring actors to wear condoms while on set. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) accused Immoral Productions of violating the Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry…

NYPD spent one million hours arresting marijuana users: report

Could New York hold the record for most pot possession arrests? A new report out Tuesday said police there spent about a million hours taking offenders into custody between 2002 and 2012. The findings by the Drug Policy Alliance, which favors the decriminalization of the substance, was done at the…

NASA’s Curiosity rover back online after memory glitch

NASA’s Curiosity rover, which has been exploring Mars since it landed to much fanfare last August, is back on active status Tuesday, after a memory glitch set the robot back. “We expect to get back to sample-analysis science by the end of the week,” said Curiosity Mission Manager Jennifer Trosper…

Botnet fraud wreaking havoc on advertisers: report

Security researchers have discovered a botnet they have dubbed “Chameleon” which they calculate is costing display advertisers around $6m (£3.9m) per month by falsely viewing billions of pages and adverts on about 200 sites owned by a small group of publishers. The discovery points to widespread fraud in which adverts…

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