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Activists urge civil disobedience against Saudi Arabia’s ban on women drivers

Activists on Friday urged women to get behind the wheel for Sunday’s first anniversary of the Women2Drive campaign, which resulted in the arrest of people defying Saudi Arabia’s ban on women drivers. “The key to ending the ban imposed on women driving in Saudi Arabia starts with women themselves,” said…

U.S. health officials urge restaurants to stop selling South Korean oysters

US health authorities have urged restaurants and food outlets to stop selling all fresh, frozen and canned oysters, clams and mussels that came from South Korea over contamination fears. “These products and any products made with them may have been exposed to human fecal waste and are potentially contaminated with…

Obama to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao at G20 in Mexico Tuesday

President Barack Obama will meet next week with China’s President Hu Jintao at the G20 summit in Mexico, the White House announced on Friday. Deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters that the two leaders, who last met in Seoul at the nuclear summit in March, would discuss key…

Alleged massive wine fraud shakes Burgundy

An alleged massive wine fraud has shaken Burgundy, where investigators are focused on one of the region’s largest dealers and the local wine board is suing a former ally. “The Burgundy wine industry has decided to join proceedings as a civil party in order to be fully informed of the…

IMF urges comprehensive reforms in Spain

The IMF warned Friday that Spain must implement comprehensive reforms to win back market confidence even after securing a huge rescue loan for its stricken banks. In a hard-hitting report less than a week after the eurozone agreed on a banking rescue of up to 100 billion euros ($125 billion)…

Study finds fracking can cause earthquakes

Certain oil and gas operations that involve injecting wastewater underground can cause earthquakes, but the risk from hydraulic fracturing is generally low, said a US scientific report Friday. The report by the National Research Council found that the most significant risk of earthquakes is linked to secondary injection of wastewater…

Judge rules anorexic woman can be force fed

A former medical student who suffers from extremely severe anorexia can be force fed against her wishes, a high court judge has ruled. The 32-year-old, who has other chronic health conditions, lacked capacity to make a decision about life-sustaining treatment, Mr Justice Peter Jackson found. Those who knew her best,…

Samsung and Apple snag most smartphone profits

Samsung and Apple have captured more than half the global market for smartphones and over 90 percent of its profits, a research firm said Friday. ABI Research said global smartphone shipments grew 41 percent year-over-year to 144.6 million in the first quarter of 2012. Samsung and Apple accounted for 55…

3-D printing could make guitars un-smashable

Guitarists of the Pete Townshend school wouldn’t be impressed, but their managers would be. The Who’s pioneering instrument-smasher could find he’s met his match with one of the bespoke nylon-bodied guitars made by Olaf Diegel, professor of mechatronics at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. “You could throw one against…

A grieving father struggles to pay off his dead son’s student loans

By Marian Wang, ProPublica A few months after he buried his son, Francisco Reynoso began getting notices in the mail. Then the debt collectors came calling. “They would say, ‘We don’t care what happened with your son, you have to pay us,’” recalled Reynoso, a gardener from Palmdale, Calif. Reynoso’s…

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