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Foxconn admits employing 14 year-old ‘interns’ in China

Taiwan’s Foxconn has admitted employing children as young as 14 on assembly lines at a plant in China, a fresh blow to the tech giant that has been attacked over its treatment of staff after several suicides. The company, which makes products for Apple and Sony, admitted it hired the…

U.S. embassy in Stockholm evacuated in security scare

The US embassy in Stockholm was evacuated on Wednesday over a possible security incident, a spokesman for the mission told AFP, while police said a suspect envelope had sparked the scare. “We’ve evacuated the embassy while we are investigating a possible security incident,” embassy spokesman Jeff Anderson said. “We are…

Half of all wetlands ‘destroyed since 1900,’ threatening human welfare

An alarming 50 percent of the world’s wetlands have been destroyed in the last 100 years, threatening human welfare at a time of increasing water scarcity, a new report said. Wetlands serve as a source of drinking water and provide protection against floods and storms, yet they have been decimated…

World ministers meet for crunch biodiversity talks

More than 70 environment ministers meet in India on Wednesday for key talks on halting the depletion of Earth’s natural resources, under pressure to put up money to match their political pledges. The high-level gathering comes two years after UN countries agreed at a conference in Japan to reverse by…

Earth-sized planet found orbiting nearest star

European astronomers on Wednesday reported they had detected a planet with about the mass of Earth which orbits the closest star to the Sun. The observation breaks new ground in the hunt for exoplanets — worlds that exist in other solar systems — although the planet itself is not “another…

Novelist Hilary Mantel makes history with second Booker Prize

Novelist Hilary Mantel on Tuesday made literary history by becoming the first woman and the first British author to be a two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize for fiction. Mantel picked up the prize, one of the highest profile awards in English-language literature, for “Bring up the Bodies,” part…

U.S. ambassador says he ‘understands anger’ over Okinawa rape claim

The United States ambassador to Japan vowed “complete and unequivocal cooperation” Wednesday over the alleged rape of a local woman by two servicemen on an island already fed up with the US military. Ambassador John Roos moved swiftly to reassure people on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa that he…

Concern as HIV cases rise 8 percent in Australia

Research on Wednesday showed HIV infections in Australia jumped eight percent last year and 50 percent in the past decade, which health activists said was a “call to action”. An annual report of HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections in Australia showed there were 1,137 new cases of the human…

Survival reflex sparks male perception bias: study

PARIS — You glimpse a stranger standing in the street. The light is hazy and the person’s face and clothing are indistinct. Who is it? Chances are you will think it is a man — and the reason for this is a survival reflex, according to an unusual study published…

Mexican drug lord ‘daughter’ arrested in southern California

LOS ANGELES — A woman who identified herself as a daughter of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been arrested after trying to enter the United States with false documents, officials said Tuesday. Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar, 31, was arrested Friday in San Ysidro in southern California, on…

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