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News Corp. unveils educational tablet Amplify

News Corp. took the wraps off its new tablet computer for the school market Wednesday, saying the device would use “digital innovation to transform teaching and learning.” Rupert Murdoch’s media conglomerate showed the Amplify device at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, after having announced plans in July.…

Researchers find sex cures migraines as well as medication

MUNSTER (Germany), March 6 — Pounding headache? Sex could cure what ails you just as well as medication, a new study from the University of Munster finds. Researchers recruited 800 migraine sufferers and 200 cluster headache sufferers. While findings are preliminary, results showed that more than half of the migraine…

Ahead of papal conclave, U.S. cardinals scrap press briefings over concern of leaks

The Vatican on Wednesday urged “greater reserve” ahead of the conclave to elect a new pope, as US cardinals scrapped their daily press briefings saying that “concern was expressed about leaks”. US cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, and Francis George, the archbishop of Chicago, had been due…

Private sector adds 198,000 new jobs in February, payroll firm says

The US private sector added about 198,000 new jobs in February, down from January but a bit better than the average of the last six months, payrolls firm ADP said Wednesday. The number was down from January’s 215,000, but that figure had been revised upward from the initial estimate by…

Twitter hack reveals Africa may be ‘soft underbelly’ of cyber security

Hackers have claimed the scalp of the South African Ministry of State Security’s Twitter account, underlining concerns that Africa may be the soft underbelly of global cyber security. As part of what was described as a large-scale attack spammers hijacked the @StateSecurityRS account to advertise a “miracle diet” before officials…

Chinese couples increasingly seek divorce to avoid property tax

Chinese couples are flocking to divorce to avoid a new tax property sales tax imposed by the government, after it left open a loophole for those who end their marriages. Government marriage registration offices — which also handle divorces — were swamped by scores of couples trying to untie the…

New data shows Eurozone sinking deeper into recession

The 17-nation eurozone sank further into recession in the last three months of 2012 as the debt crisis continued to exact a heavy price, official data showed Wednesday. The eurozone economy shrank 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with the third quarter when it contracted 0.1 percent,…

Bolshoi dancer confesses to acid attack on dance company’s director

A leading Bolshoi Ballet soloist and two other detained suspects have confessed to their involvement in the acid attack on the artistic director of world famous dance company Sergei Filin, Moscow police said Wednesday. One of the company’s leading male dancers Pavel Dmitrichenko , the suspected mastermind of the attack,…

Vietnam polices police bodies: No more short, fat traffic cops

Short, pot-bellied policemen will be banned from traffic duty in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi and given office jobs in a bid to improve the force’s public image, police said Wednesday. Details of the new height and weight restrictions were not available but the head of Hanoi’s traffic police said they were…

Report: Japan and U.S. agree to auto exemptions in free trade pact

Tokyo and Washington have agreed on exemptions for the auto industry in a mooted Pacific-wide free trade pact, as Japan readies to announce its entry into negotiations, reports said on Wednesday. The two Pacific powers agreed in principle that the United States will be able to keep tariffs on car…

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