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Apple outpaces previous iPhone sales with 2 million orders in 24 hours

Apple said Monday that it received more than two million orders for its new iPhone 5 in 24 hours, and that many new orders would be pushed back into October because of strong demand. “iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response…

Royals sue as topless Kate pics spread to Italy

The royal family embarked on a legal battle Monday to try to stop the spread of topless photos of Prince William’s wife Catherine, as an Italian magazine splashed the pictures across a special 38-page edition. “The queen is nude!” read the front-page headline of Chi magazine which reproduced the photos…

Earthworms ‘marry’ in Taiwan ceremony

Seventy “lucky earthworms” have been married off in an elaborate wedding ritual in south Taiwan in a bid to raise awareness about the environment and the problem of soil erosion, organisers said Monday. The worms arrived Sunday at Takang Park in Tainan city inside a traditional wedding sedan draped in…

Cambodians fight malaria with the push of a button

Cambodian villagers armed with a little medical know-how — and their mobile telephones — are the nation’s new foot soldiers in the fight against drug-resistant malaria. In the small village of Phnom Dambang near the Thai border, locals know that early detection and treatment is crucial to containing the virulent…

Weather woes delay space shuttle Endeavor’s transfer

Bad weather is delaying the transfer of the shuttle Endeavor from Florida to California where it will be put on show, the US space agency said. Endeavor, which completed its final mission last year, was scheduled to leave the Kennedy Space Center on the back of a modified Boeing 747…

Report: Billionaire Buffett finishes cancer treatment

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has completed radiation treatment for prostate cancer, according to a newspaper owned by the larger-than-life financier. “It’s a great day for me. Today I had my 44th and last day of radiation,” the tycoon told executives of newspapers he recently acquired on Friday, according to a…

American woman takes command of space station

A woman took command of the International Space Station for just the second time Monday, after three US and Russian colleagues left the orbiting space lab and landed safely in the Kazakh steppe. The Soyuz TMA-04M capsule touched down with US astronaut Joe Acaba and the Russians Gennady Padalka and…

Japan firms close Chinese plants after protests

Japanese firms including Panasonic suspended operations at plants in China, companies and reports said Monday, after mass anti-Tokyo protests at the weekend over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Speaking in Tokyo, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called for diplomatic efforts to resolve the worsening spat, a day after…

Google blocks anti-Islam film in Malaysia

Google has begun barring access in Malaysia to an anti-Islamic film that has sparked fury across the Muslim world after the country’s Internet regulator lodged an official complaint. The low-budget movie, entitled “Innocence of Muslims”, has angered followers of Islam for its mocking of the Prophet Mohammed, and for portraying…

Many mysteries remain as Alzheimer’s epidemic looms

More than 100 years after it was first caught in the act of decaying a patient’s brain, Alzheimer’s remains one of medicine’s greatest challenges as it robs ever more people of their memory and independence. Researchers make halting progress, reporting small steps forward along with many frustrating setbacks. And while…

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