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Twitter agrees to remove fake Indian prime minister accounts

Twitter has agreed to remove six fake accounts which purport to bePrime Minister Manmohan Singh’s following a request from the Indian government, the premier’s spokesman said on Thursday. The government asked the micro-blogging website to remove the accounts on the grounds that they misrepresented the prime minister and risked increasing ethnic or religious tension.…

State Department condemns Zimbabwe raids on LGBT rights group

The United States on Thursday condemned Zimbabwe over raids on the offices of a gay rights group and urged authorities to end a “pattern of abuse” against civil society. Activists said that two truckloads of police on Monday raided offices of the group Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, rounding up 44 people in what authorities called a…

Unemployment claims rise for the second straight week

More Americans filed claims for unemployment insurance last week, the second straight weekly rise amid a slow recovery in the jobs market, official data showed Thursday. Initial jobless claims rose by 4,000 to 372,000 in the week ended August 18, the Labor Department reported. The four-week moving average, which reduces week-to-week volatility, rose by 3,750 to 368,000. Three…

John Lennon’s killer denied parole for seventh time

Mark David Chapman, who shot dead Beatles star John Lennon in 1980, was denied parole from prison on Thursday for the seventh time, officials said Thursday. Chapman, 57, was told by the New York State Board of Parole at a hearing on Wednesday that despite his good behavior behind bars, he could not be…

NASA moves Curiosity rover from successful test drive to ‘blast mark’ site

After two weeks of checking instruments, testing software and practising its rock-zapping skills, Curiosity the Mars rover has taken its first baby steps across the surface of the red planet. Nasa announced on Wednesday that Curiosity had moved 4.5m and rotated through 120 degrees before reversing by 2.5m, a extra-terrestrial…

New Zealander jailed for ostrich egg assault on wife

A New Zealand man who assaulted his wife with an ostrich egg after her pet pig ran amok has been jailed for six months, it was reported Thursday. Phillip Russell lost his temper when he discovered the pig had damaged his power saw, verbally abusing his wife, spitting at her…

European ministers worry about ‘new Berlin Wall’ in North-South debt crisis split

European ministers warned Thursday that the debt crisis risks splitting Europe between north and south in an echo of the east-west division of the Cold War, as pressure mounted on Greece. “Two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a new split threatens to divide our continent, this time…

Pair lose appeal bid for notorious racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence

Two men jailed earlier this year for the notorious racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993 have lost the first round of their bid to challenge their convictions. Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, were given life sentences at the Old Bailey in January after being convicted…

Swedish prosecutors rule out visiting Julian Assange in London

Swedish prosecutors on Thursday ruled out travelling to London to question Julian Assange over alleged sex crimes even though the WikiLeaks founder’s lawyer said he had key information relating to the matter. “There is nothing new. We are still waiting for Mr Assange,” Helena Ekstrand, spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office,…

For millions of women, cooking dinner is a matter of life and death

For millions of women around the world, cooking the family meal is a daily, dangerous chore. Sweating over smoky open stoves, they put their lives and their children at risk every day. More than three billion people, or 40 percent of the planet’s population, still rely on open fires to…

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