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Ravi Shankar to receive posthumous Grammy award

Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar is to receive a posthumous lifetime achievement Grammy award, organizers of the music industry’s top prize show said Wednesday. Three-time Grammy winner Shankar, who died Tuesday in California, is among seven artists including Carole King and the Temptations named as Grammys Lifetime Achievement Award honorees.…

U.S. diplomacy goes virtual with youth video game

The United States expanded its e-diplomacy efforts Wednesday with the launch of a video game aimed at helping young people get a better understanding of American language and culture. The game “Trace Effects,” allows players to follow a university student named Trace, from the year 2045, who has accidentally traveled…

Clinton: No plans to run for president in 2016

Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said again Wednesday she has no plans to make a second bid to be America’s first woman president. “I’ve said I really don’t believe that that’s something I will do again,” she told Barbara Walters from ABC News. “I am so grateful I had…

Facebook unveils new privacy tools

Facebook on Wednesday unveiled simplified tools for protecting privacy at the world’s leading social network and made it easier for users whose pictures are on display to ask friends to remove them. Facebook privacy “kit” updates that will begin rolling out next week include shortcuts to controls; a simple-to-use log…

Facebook removes Taliban recruitment page

Facebook has taken down a page used by the Islamist guerrillas of the Pakistani Taliban to recruit new fighters, a spokesman for the US-based social network site told AFP on Wednesday. Earlier, the US-based SITE Intelligence Group said the Umar Media TTP page used Facebook as “a recruitment” tool. This…

Walmart CEO: Supply chain link to Bangladesh factory fire ‘complicated’

Global retailer Walmart said it had cut off a supplier that had sourced clothes for it from the Bangladesh garment factory where 110 workers were killed by a fire. Walmart chief executive Mike Duke said in New York late Tuesday that the company was tied to the disaster at the…

Lohan faces jail after New York club fight violated parole

A US court revoked actress Lindsay Lohan’s probation Wednesday, setting her up for a possible new jail sentence, after she was charged for allegedly lying to police about a car crash. The probation ruling was widely expected after the perennially-troubled 26-year-old was charged last month over the California car crash,…

Swedish artist allowed to use self-portrait on driver’s license

A Swedish artist has been given the go-ahead to use a painted self-portrait as the photo on his driving licence after authorities thought the super-realistic picture came from a camera, not a brush. Fredrik Saeker, 29, wanted to see if his work was good enough to pass for a snapshot,…

Chavez recovering from surgery in Cuba

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was recovering in a Cuban hospital Wednesday after six hours of surgery to treat a cancerous lesion in an operation his vice president said ended “successfully.” Chavez would soon begin a “post-operative phase” that would last several days, Nicolas Maduro said in a late Tuesday address…

Prehistoric man made cheese as long as 7,000 years ago

Pre-historic man was already making cheese some 7,000 years ago, using perforated clay pots as strainers, scientists said Wednesday. Cheese production would have been a key development in human history, allowing the preservation of milk in a non-perishable, transportable and more digestible form, said a report in the journal Nature.…

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