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French doctors stand trial for covering up deadly radiation overdoses

Two hospital doctors and a radiologist accused of giving hundreds of cancer patients potentially deadly radiation overdoses and then destroying evidence to cover up the mistake, have gone on trial for manslaughter. At least seven people died out of a group of 24 patients who received doses of radiation up…

Canadian ‘Globe and Mail’ columnist accused of plagiarism

One of Canada’s leading newspaper columnists has been accused of plagiarism. After extensive and detailed research by a blogger, Globe & Mail writer Margaret Wente was alleged to have reproduced other people’s work in several columns (see here). The blogger, Carol Waino, has written several postings about the matter. And at…

South Korean dictator’s daughter apologizes for abuses

The ruling party candidate in South Korea’s presidential election offered her “sincere apologies” on Monday to victims of the repressive rule of her late father, military strongman Park Chung-Hee. “I believe that it is an unchanging value of democracy that ends cannot justify the means in politics,” Park Geun-Hye said…

Vietnam bloggers ‘anti-state propaganda’ trial opens

Hundreds of police surrounded a court in Vietnam on Monday for the opening of the trial of three bloggers, including one whose case has been raised by US President Barack Obama. Heavy security flanked the building in southern Ho Chi Minh City as the case began against Nguyen Van Hai,…

Minister: Palestinian state efforts at risk in cash crisis

Efforts to create a Palestinian state could collapse unless emergency funds are found to bail out its nascent government, the Palestinian finance minister said. The Palestinian Authority faces a $400 million shortfall this year and has already been hit by protests over the spiralling cost of living and spending cuts…

Locals hope yodelling class boosts Austrian tourism

Go hiking in the Alps around Salzburg these days and you won’t be surprised to hear a resounding “Hol-la ra-e ho-e he!” Amid the green pastures and snowy peaks that famously inspired Julie Andrews to launch into song in “The Sound of Music”, a new Yodel hiking trail — the…

Iran blocks access to Gmail

Iran blocked access to Google’s popular and relatively secure Gmail service Monday amid first steps by the Islamic republic to establish a walled-off national intranet separate from the worldwide Internet. Access to Google’s search page (www.google.com) was also restricted to its unsecured version, web users in Iran found. Attempts to…

Hitachi unveils indestructible data slivers

As Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones prove, good music lasts a long time; now Japanese hi-tech giant Hitachi says it can last even longer — a few hundred million years at least. The company on Monday unveiled a method of storing digital information on slivers of quartz glass that…

State Department slams Pakistani minister’s $100,000 filmmaker bounty

he United States denounced a $100,000 bounty offered by a Pakistani cabinet minister for killing the maker of an anti-Islam film that has triggered a wave of deadly, violent protests. Pakistan’s Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour on Saturday offered the “prize” for killing the filmmaker of “Innocence of Muslims” and…

Congo conflict puts endangered mountain gorillas in peril

Home to the famed mountain gorillas, Africa’s oldest national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been overrun by armed groups who have slaughtered wildlife and scared off much-needed tourists. For Belgian park director Emmanuel de Merode and his staff it is a time of great uncertainty and anxiety.…

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