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Guantanamo 9/11 hearings delayed to mid-October

Preliminary hearings for the trial of five alleged 9/11 plotters were canceled this week over Tropical Storm Isaac are now set for mid-October, the US military said Friday. The hearings, at which confessed September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is due to appear, are now due to take place from…

Apple awarded $1 billion in patent suit against Samsung

Apple won more than $1 billion in a massive victory Friday over South Korean giant Samsung, in one of the biggest patent cases in decades — a verdict that could have huge market repercussions. A jury in San Jose, California rejected Samsung’s counterclaims against Apple, according to media reports —…

As Tropical Storm Isaac advances, Gulf oil firms evacuate

WASHINGTON — Oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico braced Friday for Tropical Storm Isaac as it barreled toward Haiti on a northwest track that threatened offshore operations. BP said it was evacuating its Thunder Horse platform, the world’s largest offshore production and drilling facility. “With forecasts indicating…

Appeals court rejects graphic anti-tobacco packaging

A US court on Friday shot down orders to slap graphic anti-tobacco messages on cigarette packs, saying the government overstepped its authority by trying to “browbeat” smokers into quitting. In line with campaigns in several other nations, the United States planned from September 22 to require images on cigarette packs…

Sierra Leone passes law that carries heavy sentences for sexual abuse offenders

Sierra Leone lawmakers on Friday passed a sexual offences law introducing stiff minimum sentences for offenders that has been hailed as a victory in a nation where sexual abuse is rife. Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs Stephen Gaojia said the new bill was “a victory for Sierra Leoneans as it protects women, children and…

Report: Corruption in Algeria is pervasive

Corruption in Algeria is endemic and tearing at the fabric of society, an official human rights group said in a report published on Friday, calling for punitive measures against corrupt officials. The National Consultative Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, an official body, said in its annual report for 2011 that graft had “spread throughout…

Greenpeace activists raid Russian oil tanker

Greenpeace activists on Friday raided an Arctic oil rig owned by Russian group Gazprom that next year will controversially pioneercommercial drilling in one of the world’s last pristine reserves. Russia’s largest energy group doused the six-member team from helicopters with icy streams of water as they hung down on thick blue ropes from the side of…

Cambodia limits fishing to protect freshwater dolphins

The Cambodian government on Friday said it will limit fishing in a zone in the Mekong River to protect critically endangered freshwater dolphins. The Irrawaddy dolphin conservation area will cover a 180-kilometre-long (110 miles) stretch of river from eastern Kratie province to the border with Laos, the government said after the measure was approved in…

Hundreds of Scottish pigeons go AWOL again in Yorkshire’s Bermuda Triangle

The fascinating question of how homing pigeons navigate so successfully has been raised again by the failure of 219 birds to get safely back to Scotland after a mass release at the weekend. Only 13 of the original release at Thirsk on the plain of York on Saturday returned to…

Armstrong stripped of seven Tour de France titles

Lance Armstrong on Friday faced being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after abandoning his fight against the drug charges that have tainted his legacy. The 40-year-old former champion announced late on Thursday that he was dropping his legal challenge against the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which claim…

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