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Morsi to speak from Tahrir on ‘rebirth of Egypt’

Egypt’s President-elect Mohamed Morsi is to address the people on the country’s “rebirth” at a rally at Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday, before being sworn in Saturday at the Constitutional Court. Morsi “is taking part in the march of a million Egyptians tomorrow at Tahrir Square and across the country,”…

French speakers urged to resist incursions from English

The Francophone world should vigorously defend the language of Moliere and abandon its “obsession” with the English language, an online appeal declared Tuesday ahead of a major gathering here celebrating French language and culture. French speakers’ alleged fixation on English “constitutes an obsession from another era and another world. It’s…

Japan finds 6.8 million tonnes of rare minerals used in electric cars, iPods and lasers

Japan has found a large deposit of rare earth minerals in its Pacific seabed, enough to supply its hi-tech industries for more than 200 years, a scientist said Friday. Around 6.8 million tonnes of the valuable minerals, used in electric cars, iPods and lasers, are sitting under the seabed near…

UN declares an ‘International Day of Happiness’

The United Nations on Thursday declared that March 20 each year will be the International Day of Happiness — and it wants everyone to join in the fun. The UN General Assembly passed a resolution proclaiming the new commemoration that adds to an already packed UN calendar of international days…

Doctor pulls 13cm live worm from man’s eye in India

A doctor in India has pulled a live 13 centimetre-long worm from the eye of an elderly patient who was complaining of persistent pain in an operation reminiscent of a far-fetched alien movie plot. When Dr V. Seetharaman examined 75-year-old patient P.K. Krishnamurthy at Mumbai’s Fortis Hospital this week, the…

Julian Assange rejects police request to surrender for breaking bail terms

Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, has said that he will ignore a request by the police to give himself up because he fears that the US has secret plans to extradite him to Washington. He said he had been advised that he was within his rights to…

Health care win boosts Obama legacy, fires up conservatives

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court enshrined Barack Obama’s legacy as a transformative president Thursday, but its fateful health care decision unleashed an explosive new row in an already volatile election. A divided conservative majority court narrowly upheld the bulk of Obama’s defining political act, a historic law that brought…

Ex-NASA astronauts aim to launch asteroid tracker

WASHINGTON — A private company made up of former NASA astronauts and US scientists said Thursday it is planning to build and launch its own space telescope to track dangerous asteroids and protect the Earth. The project by the B612 Foundation aims to launch the “first privately funded deep space…

U.S. Air Force faces growing sex scandal

WASHINGTON — The US Air Force said Thursday at least 31 female cadets were victims of alleged sexual assault by military instructors in a widening scandal at the service’s training command. General Edward Rice, commander of Air Education and Training Command, said authorities are investigating 12 male training instructors for…

Inside the complex health care case

WASHINGTON — In deciding to uphold the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care reforms, the US Supreme Court had to decide on four issues: 1. Is the individual mandate a “tax” or a “penalty”? At the heart of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, dubbed “Obamacare” by critics,…

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