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Romney urges ‘dramatic’ measures, not stimulus

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says the US economy needs “dramatic” measures to recover from a deep recession, but not another federal stimulus package. “I can absolutely make the case that now is the time for something dramatic and it is not to grow government,” the multimillionaire former…

Vietnam’s first gay pride parade helps unite the LGBT community

The first gay pride parade in communist Vietnam took place in the capital Hanoi on Sunday with dozens of cyclists displaying balloons and rainbow flags streaming through the city’s streets. Organised by the city’s small but growing Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, the event went ahead peacefully with…

Afghan museum regains looted treasures

Hundreds of archaeological treasures looted from Afghanistan were returned to the war-torn country’s National Museum on Sunday after being recovered with the help of the British Museum. Many of the 843 artefacts were seized as they were being smuggled into Britain after some 70 percent of the museum’s contents were…

No regrets for India’s first Playboy ‘Playmate’

The first Indian woman to pose naked for Playboy magazine says she is proud to have “pushed the envelope” in a country where public nudity in any form remains largely taboo. Minor Bollywood actress Sherlyn Chopra, 28, will feature in a nude spread in the November issue of the magazine,…

Apple co-founder Wozniak predicts ‘horrible problems’ with cloud computing

Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs, predicted “horrible problems” in the coming years as cloud-based computing takes hold. Wozniak, 61, was the star turn at the penultimate performance in Washington of “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” monologist Mike Daisey’s controversial two-hour expose of…

Ecuador court orders Chevron to pay $19 billion

An Ecuadoran court has ordered US oil firm Chevron to pay some $19 billion — a billion dollars more than an original order — by Monday for environmental damage. Attorney Juan Pablo Saenz said the plaintiffs could organize embargoes if Chevron does not comply with the order from a court…

Climate change to blame for extreme heat: NASA scientist

Human-driven climate change is to blame for a series of increasingly hot summers and the situation is already worse than was expected just two decades ago, a top NASA scientist said on Saturday. James Hansen, who directs the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, wrote in the Washington Post that…

Facebook user arrested over hacking threat

Hong Kong police said on Sunday they had arrested a 21-year-old man after he reportedly said on social networking site Facebook that he would hack several government websites. Police said the man, who was later released on bail, was held on suspicion of “access to a computer with criminal or…

Are we alone? NASA’s Mars rover aims to find out

Are we alone? Or was there life on another planet? NASA’s $2.5 billion dream machine, the Mars Science Laboratory, aims to take the first steps toward finding out when it nears Mars’ surface on Monday. The planet is Earth’s closest neighbor, and scientists have found signs of water there, hinting…

30 dead in separate suicide attack, drone strike in Yemen

A suicide attack at a town in south Yemen recently recaptured by the army from Al-Qaeda forces killed 20 people Saturday and wounded another 20, the governor of the province said. In a separate incident in the east of the country meanwhile, a suspected US drone strike killed five Al-Qaeda members late Saturday, a…

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