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First portrait of Duchess Kate unveiled

The first official portrait of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was unveiled Friday at a London gallery where it was hailed by its subject as “amazing” but slammed by some critics. The National Portrait Gallery commissioned award-winning artist Paul Emsley to produce the painting of Prince William’s wife after she became…

Federal Aviation Administration plans review of Boeing 787 Dreamliner

By Gwyn Topham, The Guardian Full review planned by the Federal Aviation Administration of the 787′s design and manufacture after two more safety glitches were reported Boeing’s troubled 787 Dreamliner is to face a full review of its design and manufacture by the US government after two more safety glitches were…

Anger as Norway police drop Breivik response probe

The family of a teenager killed by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik reacted angrily Friday after a probe into police’s slow response to the July 2011 twin attacks was dropped. “Apparently, no one will ever learn from the grave mistakes that were made on July 22, not the police…

Gun lobby takes aim at Biden’s guns task force

The top US firearms lobby emerged from talks with Vice President Joe Biden on curbing violence saying he cared more about stamping out gun rights than protecting school kids. Biden on Thursday met a representative of the National Rifle Association (NRA) along with other gun rights groups as part of…

Thief posts own picture on victim’s Facebook page

A suspected thief appears to have mistakenly posted his own picture on his victim’s Facebook page using a stolen tablet computer, South African media reported Friday. James and Barbara McCall returned from a weekend break to find thieves had broken into their home and had made off with digital cameras,…

Iran denies responsibility in cyber attacks on U.S. banks

Iran has denied US media reports it carried out cyber attacks on US banks, the official IRNA news agency said Friday, quoting a statement from Tehran’s UN mission. “The Islamic republic of Iran categorically denies any involvement in cyber attacks on American banks and denounces such methods which are a…

Red-dust sunset as west Australia braces for cyclone

Western Australians were bracing for a cyclone with residents warned to batten down for storms and destructive winds gusting up to 140 kilometres per hour (90 mph). Cyclone Narelle was estimated to be 525 kilometres (325 miles) north of Exmouth and 505 kilometres north-west of Karratha near the Pilbara mining…

Pollution turns Hong Kong harbour from ‘fragrant’ to foul

Hong Kong’s name may mean “fragrant harbour”, but cargo ships burning dirty fuel in what is one of the world’s busiest ports add to a foul layer of pollution that kills more than 3,000 people a year. Now the government is vowing to get tough, with activists hoping mandatory restrictions…

Apple sees China becoming biggest market: report

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, on his second visit to China in a year, said he expects the country to surpass the United States as the technology giant’s largest market, state media reported. Cook said Apple would launch new products in China, but declined to comment on reports the company…

Judge orders Colorado theater gunman to stand trial

A judge has ordered that alleged cinema gunman James Holmes stand trial over a massacre that killed 12 people in Colorado last July, court documents showed. Judge William Sylvester on Thursday found that prosecutors had established there was “probable cause” to believe the defendant committed the crimes, and ordered Holmes…

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