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Pregnant royal Kate leaves hospital after four days

Prince William’s pregnant wife Catherine left a London hospital on Thursday, four days after she was admitted for treatment for acute morning sickness, an AFP photographer said. Holding a bouquet of yellow flowers and wearing a dark coat, Kate smiled at waiting media as she left the private King Edward…

Starbucks agrees to pay corporate tax to UK after evading payments

US-based coffee giant Starbucks said Thursday that it will pay around £10 million in corporation tax in Britain in each of the next two years after lawmakers roasted the company for avoiding taxes. Kris Engskov, the managing director of Starbucks UK, made the announcement in a speech in London amid…

Student convicted of Anonymous cyber-attacks on PayPal

By Sandra Laville, The Guardian Christopher Weatherhead took part in hacking group’s ‘denial of service’ attacks, one of which cost PayPal £3.5m A key member of the Anonymous hacking group has been convicted for his part in a series of cyber-attacks on Paypal and other major companies. Christopher Weatherhead, 22, who…

NOAA: Arctic lost record amounts of snow and ice last year

Findings from US science agency Noaa suggest widespread and irreversible changes because of a warming climate The Arctic lost more snow and sea ice between October 2011 and August 2012 than any year other on record, a premier US science agency reported on Wednesday, delivering the fullest picture to date of…

Greek schools ‘fertile ground for neo-Nazis’

Schools in crisis-hit Greece are proving fertile ground for Golden Dawn, the neo-Nazi group suspected of orchestrating attacks on migrants whose popularity is on the rise, anti-racism activists warn. Once a secretive group on the fringe of Greek politics, Golden Dawn picked up over 400,000 votes in a June election…

Megaupload boss wins right to sue New Zealand spy agency

Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom won the right Thursday to sue New Zealand’s foreign intelligence agency for illegally spying on him ahead of his arrest as part of a US probe into alleged online piracy. The High Court also ordered the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) to disclose details of any…

Global food prices fell 1.5 percent in November: UN agency

Global food prices fell 1.5 percent in November to their lowest level since June, with sugar, oils and cereals seeing the sharpest drops, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation said on Thursday. The Rome-based FAO’s Food Price Index averaged 211 points, down from 213 in October. The index had risen…

Zynga eyeing move into Nevada gambling scene

Social games pioneer Zynga confirmed Wednesday that it has taken a baby step into real-money gaming in the state that is home to casino-rich Las Vegas. Zynga said that it has applied to the Nevada Gaming Control Board for a “preliminary finding of suitability” that would clear the way to…

Pop group fun. scoops Grammy nominations

It was all fun. as the New York indie pop band with the oddly spelled name picked up no fewer than six Grammy nominations in their breakout year. During a gala nomination ceremony in country music’s hometown of Nashville, fun. found itself in the running for best album (“Some Nights”)…

Scientists say NASA’s budget inadequate for its goals

NASA suffers from a “mismatch” between its goals and the budget it has been given to achieve them, according to a panel that said the US space agency may need a complete overhaul. The National Research Council, which convened an independent group of top US scientists, urged the White House…

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