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Justin Bieber ticketed for ‘driving like a maniac’

LOS ANGELES — Teen heartthrob singer Justin Bieber was pulled over and cited for speeding “like a maniac” to shake off paparazzi Friday near Los Angeles, police and a lawmaker who witnessed the incident said. A California Highway Patrol (CHP) spokesman said officers saw two vehicles speeding on the 101…

Facebook apologizes for deleting post on human rights abuses in Syria

Facebook has apologised after it mistakenly deleted a free speech group’s post on human rights abuses in Syria. The social network on Friday removed a status update by Article 19, which campaigns for freedom of speech, that linked to a Human Rights Watch report detailing alleged torture in the Arab…

Human rights group attacks Thailand plan to deport pregnant migrant workers

Thai government proposals to deport pregnant migrant workers will heighten discrimination rather than boost the fight against human trafficking, Human Rights Watch said Friday. Thailand’s Labour Ministry recently proposed expelling migrant workers, believing they will receive better care in their own countries. The rights group said the measure was floated…

Romania votes to impeach president

Romania’s parliament voted Friday to impeach President Traian Basescu in a spiralling political crisis that has raised warnings in the West that the country’s democracy is under threat. A total of 258 lawmakers out of 432 voted in favour of the move against the centre-right Basescu, said Dan Radu Rusanu,…

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un gets new official theme song

Over the past decade or so, the bubblegum pop and kitsch dance routines of South Korean K-pop bands have taken the charts by storm across Asia and Latin America. Across the Korean border to the north, meanwhile, broadcasters are prompting a track somewhat less likely to find international success: a…

Brad Pitt’s mother endorses Mitt Romney in local paper

Brad Pitt's mom endorses Mitt Romney, slams Obama (via The Christian Science Monitor) Actor Brad Pitt and his mom don’t see eye to eye on politics. Jane Pitt came out in support of Mitt Romney in a letter to the editor of the Springfield (Missouri) News-Leader on Tuesday. As a…

Study: ‘Urban mining’ for precious metals in e-waste more fruitful than traditional mining

“Deposits” of gold in electronic waste are around 50 times richer than ore mined from the ground, according to figures put forward by recycling experts on Friday. The amount of precious metal junked in cellphones, laptop computers, PCs and other electronic goods is rising hugely but very little of it…

Pena Nieto wins Mexico’s presidential election

Enrique Pena Nieto decisively won Mexico’s presidential election, the electoral office said Friday, issuing final vote results following a demand for a recount by his closest rival. Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who had contested the provisional tally, scored 31.59 percent of the vote, against 38.21 percent for Pena…

Higgs: It’s ‘nice to be right sometimes’

The British scientist who gave his name to the Higgs boson particle spoke Friday of his delight after researchers affirmed its existence, saying it was “nice to be right sometimes”. Professor Peter Higgs was making his first detailed public comments since researchers at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)…

U.S. economy adds 80,000 jobs in June, unemployment unchanged at 8.2 percent

The United States added a meager 80,000 jobs in June, the third month of weak job creation amid a sluggish economy, official data showed Friday. The unemployment rate was unchanged from May at 8.2 percent, the Labor Department said. The private sector accounted for all of the jobs growth, creating…

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