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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy caught in Twitter flap over comment about not ‘needing feminism’

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy was caught in the eye of a Twitter storm on Wednesday after telling French Vogue that her generation had no need for feminism. “In my generation we don’t need to be feminist,” said the former first lady, who is making a public comeback after her husband Nicolas Sarkozy’s…

Scientists make major progress in decoding wheat genome

A consortium of scientists said Wednesday they had made major progress in deciphering the genome of bread wheat, a vital crop whose DNA is notoriously complex. Publishing in the journal Nature, they said they had analysed between 94,000 and 96,000 genes in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum). The plant’s genome is…

Google underpaid Italian taxes by more than $310 million

A probe by Italian tax authorities into US Internet giant Google’s Italian arm has found it failed to declare income of 240 million euros ($310 million) and pay value added tax of 96 million euros. Google Italy rejected the accusations, saying it respected tax laws. The probe was aimed at…

Cyber Monday shoppers spend record $1.4 billion

Online sales for “Cyber Monday,” the traditional debut for US holiday Web shopping, jumped to $1.465 billion this year, a research firm said Wednesday. The report from comScore said sales were up 17 percent from the same day in 2001 and was the biggest Internet shopping day ever. For the…

China’s richest man sues Obama administration to build wind farm in U.S.

Why one of China's richest men is squaring off against Obama in court (via The Christian Science Monitor) One of China’s richest men squares off against President Obama in a Washington federal court today, challenging the US leader’s refusal, on national security grounds, to let him build a wind farm…

French court rejects appeal of ruling that Parkinson’s drug turned man into ‘gay sex and gambling addict’

A French appeals court Wednesday upheld a ruling ordering pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to pay 197,000 euros to a man who claimed that its drug to treat Parkinson’s turned him into a gay sex and gambling addict. The court in the northern city of Rennes said father-of-two Didier Jambart had suffered…

EU rejects study linking genetically modified corn to cancer

The EU’s food safety agency definitively rejected Wednesday a bombshell French report linking genetically modified corn to cancer, saying it failed to meet “acceptable scientific standards.” “Serious defects in the design and methodology of a paper by Seralini et al. mean it does not meet acceptable scientific standards,” the European…

British student avoids extradition for TV copyright infringement

A British student who created a website that let people watch films and television shows for free has struck a deal with the United States to avoid extradition, London’s High Court heard on Wednesday. Richard O’Dwyer, a 24-year-old student at Sheffield Hallam University, allegedly earned thousands of pounds through his…

Survey: French wine consumption down to a glass a day

French wine consumption has fallen to a new low with the average adult now consuming the equivalent of barely a glass a day, the latest edition of a major consumption survey has found. A study that will have viticulteurs weeping into their vats also revealed that fizzy drinks and fruit…

British government to implement minimum alcohol pricing to curb ‘drunken mayhem’

The British government is on Wednesday to announce minimum alcohol pricing in a bid to curb “drunken mayhem” on the streets of England and Wales. The coalition is set to unveil a consultation on setting a minimum price of 45 pence per unit of alcohol sold, 5 pence higher than…

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