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Study: World faces food crisis if American weight-gain trends spread

If the human race keeps growing fatter at American rates, the Earth may face a rise in food demand equal to that of nearly a billion extra people, British researchers warned on Monday. Expanding waistlines in the rich world pose a grave threat to our planet’s finite resources, said the…

Reality star Jack Osbourne diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

Jack Osbourne, 26, son of rock legend Ozzy Osbourne, has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the former reality television star revealed to People magazine. “I was just angry and frustrated and kept thinking, ‘Why now?’” a distressed Osbourne told the celebrity magazine in an article posted on its website late…

Iraqi Kurdistan’s ban on female circumcision, domestic violence met with spotty implementation

In June 2011, Iraqi Kurdistan passed a landmark law that criminalised female circumcision and domestic violence, but one year on, activists remain frustrated with its patchwork implementation. In what is a conservative society even by Middle East standards, the passage of the law last year was hailed by rights groups…

Facebook will settle ad lawsuit for $10 million

Facebook will pay $10 million to settle a lawsuit from users who claimed their names, images and other information were improperly used in advertising described as “sponsored stories,” court documents showed. According to documents dated earlier this month and available online, Facebook and a series of plaintiffs submitted an agreement…

Supreme Court rules U.S. must repay Native American tribes for federal programs

The US Supreme Court Monday ordered the government to repay to Native American tribes the costs of running federal programs including education, homeland security and environmental protection. In a victory for the Navajo Indians and several other tribes, the top court ruled by five to four the government must reimburse…

Microsoft hints it will compete with Apple on iPad

Microsoft kept the tech world buzzing Monday ahead of a mysterious announcement which has fueled speculation the software giant may unveil a product to challenge the Apple iPad. The venue for the invite-only announcement, shrouded in secrecy reminiscent of tech mega rival Apple’s media-frenzied unveilings, was disclosed to participants only…

Facebook buys facial recognition software startup Face.com

Facebook on Monday said it has bought a startup specializing in software that lets computers recognize people’s faces in digital images. It was not disclosed how much the leading social network paid for Face.com or what its plans are for the company. “People who use Facebook enjoy sharing photos and…

Vatican’s number two says journalists like to ‘play Dan Brown’

The Vatican’s number two, the reported target of a power struggle in the Church, alleged divisive forces at work on Monday as the Holy See said 23 people had been questioned in a leaks scandal. In a rare outburst, the Secretary of State appeared to lash out at those who,…

‘Canadian Psycho’ extradited from Germany

The Canadian porn actor accused of the grisly killing and dismemberment of a Chinese student in Montreal last month, was extradited from Germany to Canada Monday in a case that has sent shock waves through several countries. “Luka Rocco Magnotta was removed from Berlin by a Canadian military transport in…

The iPhone makes up half of smartphone sales the U.S. even though Android wins globally

Here’s a statistic: in the first quarter of 2012, of the 18m smartphones sold in the US through carriers, the majority went to existing smartphone owners. Less than half – about 8.6m – went to new smartphone owners: people upgrading from a featurephone or getting their first phone. (The former…

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