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India gang-rape victim’s companion will testify in murder trial

The companion of an Indian medical student who died after being gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi was to begin giving evidence on Tuesday in the trial of five adults accused of her murder, his father said. The 28-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, arrived at the…

North Korea ‘may stage multiple nuclear tests’

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak believes North Korea could detonate multiple devices when it goes ahead with a nuclear test expected in the coming weeks or even days. In an interview published Tuesday in the Chosun Ilbo daily, the outgoing president also acknowledged the huge challenge the international community faces…

‘Wild Thing’ singer and frontman for ‘The Troggs’ Reg Presley dies at 71

Reg Presley, lead singer of British 1960s rock band The Troggs, has died aged 71, a friend has said. Presley, best known for hits including “Wild Thing” and “Love Is All Around”, had announced a year ago that he was battling cancer and would retire from the band. Veteran music…

War veterans say meditation could help with PTSD

Meditation might sound an unlikely activity for men trained in killing people and blowing things up in Afghanistan and Iraq. But US war veterans say meditation could help heal the post-war mental disturbances that afflict a growing number of American soldiers, including possibly the ex-Marine who gunned down the country’s…

How to jailbreak your Apple iPhone 5

Want to jailbreak your Apple iPhone 5? Here's how. A few months after the iPhone 5 first hit shelves, the team over at Evad3rs has released the first jailbreak for Apple’s flagship phone.  Jailbreaking, essentially, is the act of opening up your phone to non-Apple-approved apps and extensions. A “jailbroken”…

Volgograd to vote on reverting back to Soviet-era name ‘Stalingrad’

It is a name synonymous with perhaps Moscow’s greatest military triumph, an internecine six-month standoff that killed well over 1 million people. But in 1961, Stalingrad was quickly renamed Volgograd as part of incipient efforts to remove the cult of Stalin from the Soviet Union. Locals, however, have long agitated…

Hackers steal data from U.S. Department of Energy

The US Department of Energy on Monday confirmed it was the target of a cyber attack in January, which stole employee and contractor data, but said no classified data was compromised. The agency, in a memo to staff released to AFP by a spokeswoman, said the “cyber incident that occurred…

Scientists ‘print’ 3D object with stem cells

Scientists on Monday said that for the first time they had printed 3D objects using human embryonic stem cells, furthering the quest to fabricate transplantable organs. Once fine-tuned, the technology should allow scientists to make three-dimensional human tissue in the lab, eliminating the need for organ donation or testing on…

NASA science balloon breaks longest flight record

After more than 55 days flying over Antarctica, NASA’s huge Super-TIGER scientific balloon has broken the record for the longest flight of its kind, bringing back a wealth of data, the US space agency said Monday. The Super-TIGER balloon spent 55 days, one hour and 34 minutes aloft at an…

Couch potatoes have lower sperm count

Men who watch television for 20 hours per week have almost half the sperm count of those who watch very little television or none at all, according to a study published on Tuesday. US researchers recruited 189 young men aged between 18 to 22, questioned them about their exercise, diet…

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