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EU summit in spotlight as debt crisis deepens

EU leaders debate “a big leap forward” to strengthen their union and save the euro at a two-day summit starting Thursday, but divisions may scuttle efforts to shore up the single currency. European Union heads of state and government gather from 3:00 pm (1300 GMT) as the debt crisis, now…

Can women ‘have it all?’ US writer stirs debate

An Ivy League scholar and mother-of-two is touching a raw nerve by questioning whether high-flying career women with families, at least American ones, can truly “have it all.” Writing in The Atlantic magazine, Anne-Marie Slaughter cited her own downshift from powerful State Department official to mere Princeton University professor as…

News Corp board agrees to split in principle: WSJ

The board of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has agreed in principle to separate its larger entertainment division from struggling publishing businesses, according to the Wall Street Journal. An official announcement is expected to come Thursday, said the newspaper, which is one of the units of the global media-entertainment conglomerate. The…

Suu Kyi ends triumphant European tour in Paris

Myanmar’s democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi wraps up her triumphant tour of Europe in France on Thursday, after being lauded during her visits as a model of peaceful resistance to dictatorship. The Nobel Peace laureate — who spent almost two decades under house arrest for her freedom struggle —…

Watchdog group cites ‘deplorable’ abuse at Apple’s China suppliers

A labour rights group said Thursday it had found “deplorable” conditions at Apple suppliers in China, following a probe of several firms that make the US technology giant’s hugely popular products. New York-based China Labor Watch said a four-month investigation of 10 suppliers to Apple in southern and eastern China…

Americans favor Obama to defend against space aliens: poll

Nearly two in three Americans think President Barack Obama is better suited than Republican rival Mitt Romney to deal with an alien invasion, according to a survey released Wednesday. National Geographic Channel contacted 1,114 adults across the United States last month for its fanciful opinion poll ahead of its new…

Attorney General Holder faces historic contempt vote

US lawmakers and the Obama administration braced for a divisive and unprecedented Thursday vote on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress after 11th-hour talks failed to reach a deal. Defying calls from Democrats to scrap or postpone the vote to allow another chance for a…

Robot beats human at rock, paper, scissors. Every time.

Robot beats human at rock, paper, scissors. Every time. (via The Christian Science Monitor) It didn’t really come as a surprise when they started beating us at checkers. There are, after all, a finite number of possible configurations of pieces on the board (about 500 billion billion), each with an optimal…

Stockton, Calif. prepares for bankruptcy. Are other U.S. cities at risk?

Stockton, Calif., prepares for bankruptcy. Are other US cities at risk? The flag of Stockton, Calif., flies near city hall on June 26, in Stockton, Calif. (Ben Margot/AP) The city of Stockton, Calif., population 290,000, is paving the way for a court filing that would make it the largest US…

Astronomers use an old trick to open new window on extrasolar planets

Astronomers use an old trick to open new window on extrasolar planets A method astronomers have used for nearly 20 years to indirectly find planets orbiting other stars has for the first time been used to take the direct measure of an extrasolar planet itself. The approach not only yields…

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