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Farmworker who killed white supremacist in South Africa given life sentence

A black farmworker was jailed for life Wednesday for killing South African white supremacist Eugene Terre’Blanche, two years after the murder sparked fears of violence that never materialised. Chris Mahlangu was convicted of bludgeoning Terre’Blanche to death in April 2010 on the rightwing extremist’s rural farm, where he had long faded from…

CBO: Plans to slash deficit will send U.S. into double-dip recession

The US Congress’s budget analysts said Wednesday that current plans designed to slash the budget deficit after January 1 will plunge the country into recession and push up joblessness. The Congressional Budget Office said the poison-pill political deal on the budget last year — sharp cuts to spending and tax increases that will hit…

Cape Town residents told to look for renegade hippo

Residents in South Africa’s city of Cape Town have been asked to keep a look-out for a renagade young hippopotamus which is popping up in gardens and roads after moving into a suburban lake. City officials are hoping the two-year-old calf will return back to its pod after appearing in an unfenced reserve following…

Berlin panda dies at age 34

The oldest male panda bear in the world, a gift from China to former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt, died Wednesday aged 34 in Berlin, its zoo said. Bao Bao, the last remaining panda in Germany, was a present from then Chinese communist leader Hua Guofeng to Schmidt during a state visit in November 1980. The…

Study: Risk of genetic abnormalities in babies rises as father’s age increases

Do older fathers doom their children to genetic disease? This is the question raised by a new study that says older men produce moregene mutations in the children they sire, boosting their risk ofschizophrenia and autism and possibly other diseases. A father’s age is by far the biggest factor determining the rate of…

Nearly half of Swedes think cancer is contagious

Nearly half of Swedes aged between 16 and 20 think cancer is a contagious disease, according to a study by a Swedish charity supporting young patients published Wednesday. Ung Cancer found that 44 percent of young people thought that leukaemia could be transmitted via contact with someone’s blood. “We didn’t think their knowledge would be…

YouTube launches ‘elections hub’

YouTube launched a 2012 “elections hub” Wednesday devoted to the November vote in the United States, which will include live coverage from the two major party conventions and other political news. The Google-owned video service said this would be “a one-stop channel for key political moments from now through the upcoming…

DOJ seizes three websites distributing pirated material in Android app store

US authorities have seized three website domain names involved in distribution of pirated Android phone apps, in the first such action involving mobile app marketplaces. The Justice Department announced late Tuesday that they acted under a court order in coordination with international law enforcement, including Dutch and French officials, against applanet.net, appbucket.net and…

Military postpones Guantanamo-9/11 trial due to Hurricane Isaac

The US military said Wednesday it has postponed preliminary hearings for the trial of alleged September 11 plotters held at Guantanamo Bay because of Tropical Storm Isaac. Already postponed due to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and a technical glitch, the hearings were to have begun Thursday and run through August…

Record spike as West Nile cases climb to 43 deaths

The United States is experiencing the worst outbreak of West Nile virus since the mosquito-borne disease was first detected in 1999, health officials said Wednesday. At least 41 people have died so far this summer and health officials have identified a total of 1,118 cases across the country. The entire year of 2011…

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