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Cosmo editor Helen Gurley Brown dies at 90

NEW YORK — Helen Gurley Brown, the saucy Cosmopolitan editor who delivered thousands of sex tips to single women and more than a few curious men, died Monday. She was 90. Gurley Brown, whose influence spread across 64 international editions of the low-brow, glossy magazine, died after a brief hospitalization…

Two South African police ‘hacked to death’ during clash at platinum mine

South African workers Monday hacked to death two police officers who came to quell deadly clashes between rival unions that claimed eight lives at a platinum mine run by leading producer Lonmin, police said. “Our police officers were responding to a protest at the mine. They came under attack from…

Europe braces as mosquitos venture north due to climate change

Behind air-tight doors in a lab in a southern French city, scientists in protective coveralls wage war against a fingernail-sized danger. Lurking in net cages is their foe: the Asian tiger mosquito, capable of spreading dengue fever and other tropical diseases in temperate Europe. First spotted in Albania in 1979,…

Indian yoga guru arrested for leading thousands in protest

NEW DELHI – Indian police on Monday arrested famed TV yoga guru and anti-corruption campaigner Baba Ramdev as he attempted to lead a procession of thousands of supporters to the national parliament. Ramdev, an eccentric saffron-robed holy man with a yoga empire that spans the globe, began a protest in…

Google accelerates launch of new music service that downgrades unlicensed music

Google is expected to accelerate the launch of its ambitious music service outside the US after the company announced last Friday that it will downgrade illicit filesharing sites in its search results. Websites that host unlicensed copies of songs and films will be relegated in Google search results from Monday,…

Syrian UN envoy defects in Geneva

Syria’s top representative at the UN Human Rights Council said Monday he had defected because he no longer felt able in that position to do anything for the Syrian people. “Basically, when I felt I could not help my people any more I had to move on,” Danny al-Baaj, the first Syrian diplomat…

Grisly YouTube footage of Syrian atrocities triggers outrage

Grisly footage of apparent atrocities in Syria triggered outrage Monday, as regime forces bombarded rebel strongholds around Damascus and launched a mass raid in the historic heart of the capital. The graphic videos posted on YouTube showed what appeared to be rebels callously throwing bodies off a post office building in a city near the northern metropolis…

Zimbabwe president warned of violent youth protests over unemployment

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Monday warned frustration among jobless youths could spark violent protests as the country prepares to vote on a new constitution, five years after deadly elections. “Youth unemployment and under-employment present one of the biggest challenges facing the nation, which if not addressed, is a potential threat to national…

Spanish wildfires displace thousands

Wildfires forced thousands of people to evacuate in Spain’s Canary Islands as flames ravaged a rare nature reserve, while another blaze killed two on the mainland, authorities said Monday. Engulfing the wooded hillsides in bright flames, the blaze on the island of La Gomera reduced trees and land to black dust and spewed grey smoke,…

Facebook accused of deceiving developers over security

Facebook has been accused of deceiving developers after it emerged that the social networking site did nothing to verify the security of applications it was paid tens of thousands of dollars to review, and which it assured users had been checked. It is believed Facebook was paid up to $95,000 (£60,600) by…

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