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Who tickets from cancelled 1979 concert still good for 2013

Fans who held on to tickets from gig in Providence, Rhode Island, can redeem them 33 years later when the band return Thirty three years after the Who were forced to cancel a concert in Providence, Rhode Island, fans who held on to their tickets will finally be able to…

U.S. Navy defends ‘great green fleet’ from Republican attacks

Navy secretary and Obama administration move to head off spending bill that would effectively shut down biofuels project The US Navy has gone into battle to save its “great green fleet” from Republicans in Congress who are trying to sink the ambitious biofuel project in what should have been its…

PETA urges Indian snake charmers to switch to fakes

Animal rights group PETA on Friday called on India’s snake charmers to use fake reptiles during an upcoming serpent festival and spare the animals their annual torture. The Indian unit of US-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said snakes were abused during the annual Naag Panchami festival,…

Sea rise threatens ‘paradise’ Down Under

When Elaine Pearce left Sydney for the seaside peace of Old Bar 12 years ago she was assured her new house was a solid investment, with a century’s worth of frontage to guard against erosion. But three neighbours have already lost their homes to the rising ocean and there are…

Outcry as Aussie women’s basket team fly economy

Australian basketball officials on Friday said they would review travel policies after stinging criticism that the men’s team travelled to the London Olympics in business class but the women in economy. Sports Minister Kate Lundy called for more equitable arrangements after learning that the Australian Opals, captained by global star…

Syria rebels seize Iraq border after deadliest day

Syrian rebels sought to seal off President Bashar al-Assad’s embattled regime from the outside world by seizing border posts amid calls for protests nationwide Friday on “the Ramadan of victory.” Members of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) fought a raging battle with Syrian troops at the Bab al-Hawa border…

Online woes spark first ever loss for Microsoft

Microsoft has posted its first ever loss, shedding $492 million in the fourth quarter due to a massive $6.2 billion write-down to reflect the slump in value of its online operations. Microsoft still recorded an annual profit of $16.98 billion and said Thursday the results reflected “solid revenue growth and…

‘Mad Men’ dominates Emmy nominations

“Mad Men” dominated nominations for the primetime Emmy awards, a triumph for the 1960s-themed series that almost failed to return for its fifth season this year. The show is up against “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” the British-made “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones” and “Homeland” for best drama series, but unlike…

Obama warns of cyber threats to the U.S.

President Barack Obama warned of cyber threats to critical US infrastructure and called on Congress to take action in an op-ed published Friday in the Wall Street Journal. “The cyber threat to our nation is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face,” Obama wrote. “Foreign…

Nobel laureate, discoverer of HIV, says cure in sight

The Nobel laureate who helped to discover HIV says a cure for AIDS is in sight following recent discoveries, in an interview with AFP ahead of a global conference on the disease. Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008 as part of a team that discovered…

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