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French Internet access provider Free ceases blocking online ads

French Internet access provider Free has ceased blocking online advertising following a ministerial request, in a case that tests the relative strengths of telecommunications providers and Internet giants such as Google that use the net to generate huge revenue streams. A system that blocked online advertising via the Freebox Revolution…

Poachers slaughter 11-member Kenyan elephant family

Kenyan wildlife rangers on Tuesday were tracking a team of poachers who massacred a family of 11 elephants in what they said was the worst single such killings in the country in the past three decades. “We have not lost as many elephants in a single incident since the early…

Only iPads stolen in raid on Microsoft office in Silicon Valley

Apple products were the only items taken when thieves targeted Microsoft’s research and development centre in California.  Microsoft’s reputation as the “less cool” rival to Apple appears to have been reinforced, after thieves raided its Silicon Valley offices – but only stole a collection of iPads. The thieves made away…

Climate change, debt and inequality ‘threaten financial stability,’ according to World Economic Forum report

Ahead of Davos 2013, World Economic Forum calls on policymakers to step up their efforts to tackle the three big dangers cited by a panel of 1,000 experts Persistent economic weakness is sapping the ability of governments to tackle the growing threat of climate change and threatens a global “perfect…

Amnesty International demands Egypt stop military trial of journalist

Advocacy group Amnesty International has called for the release of an Egyptian journalist facing military trial under a controversial law that allows the army to court-martial civilians. The army arrested Mohamed Sabry, a freelance video journalist and an activist who opposed military trials, in the eastern Sinai peninsula while he…

Nepal jails mob for burning suspected ‘witch’ alive

A court in Nepal has jailed members of a mob who burned alive a 40-year-old woman after accusing her of casting black magic spells in a remote southern village, an official said Tuesday. Mother-of-two Dhengani Devi Mahato died when she was severely beaten, doused in kerosene and set alight in…

Amy Winehouse killed by alcohol poisoning: inquest

A second inquest into the death of troubled British singer Amy Winehouse confirmed Tuesday that she died of accidental alcohol poisoning. The same verdict of death by misadventure was given at a re-hearing of the inquest which was ordered after it emerged that the first, in October 2011, was heard…

Japan finds rare Tang Dynasty copy of Wang Xizhi work

An extremely rare copy of a work by fourth century Chinese calligraphy legend Wang Xizhi has been unearthed in Japan, the first such discovery in four decades, Tokyo National Museum said Tuesday. No original works survive, despite their having been treasured by Chinese emperors throughout history for their contribution to…

Dutch priest to display photos of Church quitters

A Roman Catholic priest in the Netherlands is to put on display the names and photographs of parish members trying to leave the Church in a bid to get them to stay. “This is a large parish, and I don’t known everyone: by putting up the photos I thought someone…

David Bowie releases first song in decade

British rock icon David Bowie broke a decade-long musical silence on Tuesday, unveiling a new single to coincide with his 66th birthday and announcing that he will release an album in March. The outlandish star surprised fans by posting a video for the single, entitled “Where are We Now?”, on…

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