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Expert: London’s threat to storm Ecuador’s embassy for Assange ‘stupid’

Britain is considering using an obscure law to extract Julian Assange from Ecuador’s embassy in London, but law experts say the possibility is slim — and one says London’s actions are “stupid”. Before it granted asylum to the WikiLeaks founder on Thursday, Ecuador made an angry rebuttal of what it…

Britain: Pussy Riot sentencing is a ‘disproportionate response’

Britain added its voice to the international chorus of criticism of Russia on Friday after a court jailed three members of punk band Pussy Riot for criticising President Vladimir Putin. Alistair Burt, a junior foreign minister, said he was deeply concerned by Russia’s “disproportionate response” to what he said had…

‘Hunger Games’ surpasses ‘Harry Potter’ in Amazon sales

Amazon.com on Friday announced that “The Hunger Games” trilogy has replaced the “Harry Potter” saga as the online retail giant’s best-selling series of books. “Since debuting in 2008, Katniss Everdeen and the Hunger Games have taken the world by storm, much as Harry Potter did a decade before,” said Amazon.com…

French pandas stay cool with ice cream in record summer heat

Two Chinese pandas in a French zoo are chilling out in the current summer heatwave with the help of honey and apple ice creams. With temperatures set to touch 40 degrees Celsius (104F) in central France this weekend, Yuan Zi and Huan Huan have been enjoying the home-made treats as…

U.S. carbon emissions drop to 20-year low

US emissions of carbon dioxide blamed for climate change fell in 2011 and have slipped to a 20-year low this year as the the world’s largest economy uses more natural gas and less coal, data shows. The surprise drop from the world’s second biggest emitter comes despite the lack of…

Binyamin Netanyahu’s aides launch stinging rebuke to Israeli president Shimon Peres

Prime minister’s office says Shimon Peres should not speak out on Iran as he is too prone to mistakes Aides to Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu launched a stinging rebuke to the country’s president, Shimon Peres, after he said that Israel should not act alone in launching military action against…

Twitter horrifies third-party developers with warnings of cutoffs

Social media company plans to introduce per-hour and user limits on apps, as part of API changes. Twitter has horrified third-party developers by hinting that it will in future limit their size by preventing them having more than a certain number of users, as part of a wide-ranging shift in…

U.S. Army reports suicides more than doubled

Suicides among US Army soldiers more than doubled in July compared to June, the Pentagon said, the latest evidence of a worrisome trend that has vexed military leaders. Among active-duty troops, 26 soldiers killed themselves last month, compared to 12 in June, according to an army statement. The July toll…

Climate change driving Australian fish south

Australian scientists said Friday there was now “striking evidence” of extensive southward migration of tropical fish and declines in other species due to climate change, in a major ocean report card. Compiled by more than 80 of Australia’s leading marine experts for the government science body CSIRO, the snapshot of…

Richard Burton diary chronicles Liz Taylor infatuation

Previously unpublished extracts from the diary of iconic Welsh actor Richard Burton have revealed his “aching” love for screen siren Elizabeth Taylor, whom he married twice. Passages from the journal, which will be published in full in October, expose a sensitive side to the notoriously hard-drinking actor. “She has turned…

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