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Israel says no connection to anti-Islam film

JERUSALEM — Israel on Wednesday denied any connection to an anti-Islamic film which was reportedly produced by a US national with Israeli nationality, which sparked attacks on the US missions in Egypt and Libya. “It is nothing to do with us, Israel is not connected in any way to this…

Apple breaks its own iPhone 5 embargo

Apple’s attempts to keep details of its latest iPhone under wraps were temporarily blighted on Wednesday, after the technology giant published four articles about the “iPhone 5″ on its website hours before the official announcement. The articles – including an official press release, titled “Apple introduces iPhone 5″, and an…

U.S. poverty rate drops in 2011

US households saw incomes shrink for a second straight year in 2011 as the economy struggles to recover from the Great Recession, but the poverty rate also edged lower, official data showed Wednesday. The report came less than two months ahead of the November 6 election, with President Barack Obama…

Dutch pot smokers hope elections bring reversal on marijuana restrictions

Amsterdam’s pot smokers cast a keen, if somewhat hazy eye on Wednesday’s election, hoping for a government that will reverse plans to register them in a database and ban sales to foreigners. “You have to go out and vote, vote for any left-wing party, it doesn’t matter who, because they…

Higgs Boson scientists map long-term global strategy for particle physics

Scientists who searched for the famous Higgs Boson concluded a three-day brainstorming session on Wednesday for mapping a long-term global strategy for particle physics. The conference in Krakow, Poland, follows the July 4 announcement of the discovery of a new particle consistent with the elusive boson, which is believed to…

Researchers find Facebook peer pressure gets out the vote

A single Facebook message on a congressional election day in 2010 prompted about a third of a million more Americans to cast their vote, scientists said on Wednesday. The biggest-ever experiment into social networking confirms that peer pressure in cyberspace helps get out the vote in the real world, they…

Poachers killed 100 rhinoceros in South Africa in slaughter surge

Poachers have killed 100 rhinoceros in South Africa in less than two months, a surge in killings that took the tally for the year to 381, authorities said Wednesday. More than half of the animals were killed in the world-famous Kruger National Park with the rate of the slaughter likely…

South Korea deploys ‘floating toilets’ after U.S. warning on shellfish farms

South Korea will spend over half a million dollars on building floating toilets around shellfish farms to boost sanitary controls, officials said Wednesday, after US health authorities warned of contamination. The first of 11 facilities, which each cost 60 million won ($53,300), appeared on Tuesday off the southern port city…

Japanese ‘miracle’ pine cut down and preserved

A lone pine tree that stood as a symbol of hope in Japan, after surviving the huge tsunami that swept away a forest of 70,000, was being cut down in a bid to preserve it. The tree, which came to be known as the “miracle pine”, will be sliced into…

Report: Unemployment dropped in Britain

The number of unemployed people in Britain fell by 7,000 to 2.59 million in the quarter to July compared with the three months to April, official data showed on Wednesday. Britain’s unemployment rate was stable at 8.1 percent, the Office for National Statistics said in a statement. The rate and…

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