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Science budget cuts will threaten Europe’s recovery, say research heads

European Commission president warned that infrastructure projects crucial to the growth of member states will be hit The heads of some of the world’s leading research organisations have warned the president of the European commission that cuts to the EU science budget will threaten the economic recovery of the region.…

Iran’s summer earthquake leaves 100,000 shivering in tents as winter descends

Iran's summer earthquake leaves 100,000 shivering in tents as winter descends As winter settles in on this remote province of Iran, a pair of earthquakes that devastated the area in mid-August will likely claim new lives. The Aug. 11 quakes devastated the mud and mud-brick houses typical of this area. Of…

Meet Marcelo Ebrard — the man who remade Mexico City

The man who remade Mexico City Jose Guadalupe Gonzalez walks among giant paper-mache renderings of fantastical dragons and serpents, called alebrijes, with his wife and two teenage daughters in the middle of Mexico City’s Zocalo to celebrate Day of the Dead. Later, the family considered catching a play for free,…

Two more U.S. servicemen arrested in Japan

Two more US servicemen were arrested in Japan on Friday, police said, as anti-American sentiment runs high following the rape of a woman in the southern Japanese island of Okinawa. Police in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, arrested 23-year-old US sailor Oscar Hayes Wiygul III on suspicion of public indecency after…

Pakistan suspends mobile phone network over security fears

Pakistan suspended mobile phone services in major cities on Friday to prevent terror attacks from marring commemorations for the holy month of Muharram, officials said. Mobile and wireless phone services were temporarily blocked in the commercial capital Karachi, the southwestern city of Quetta and in parts of the capital. It…

Activists slam marriage of 12-year-old in Malaysia

Malaysian activists on Friday slammed the wedding of a 12-year-old to her 19-year-old boyfriend, renewing their calls for the government to outlaw child marriages. Nur Fazira Saad and Fahmi Alias married last week in northern Kedah state after the girl’s father agreed to the union and an Islamic court granted…

Rejected Beatles demo tape resurfaces and is up for auction

he Beatles demo tape that record label Decca overlooked — a decision branded the biggest mistake in music history — has resurfaced and is up for auction, according to newspapers. Recorded on New Year’s Day 1961, Decca artists and repertoire man Dick Rowe passed over the Liverpool group and signed…

Japan’s secret economic weapon: women

In next month’s general election, politicians — nearly all of them men — will make promises on what they will do to fix Japan’s economic morass. Very few of them will even mention women. The country’s problems are well known: more older people are living longer as the workforce that…

Cross-dressing Chinese grandfather finds fame

A 72-year-old Chinese man who became an Internet sensation after his granddaughter used him as a cross-dressing model to promote her clothing store, was delighted at his new-found fame, she said. Lu Qing, who lives in southern China’s Guangdong province, posted pictures of her grandfather dressed in an array of…

Film planned on life of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence

A film is being planned about the life and times of Michael Hutchence, the frontman of Australian rock band INXS who committed suicide 15 years ago, according to a report. Former Hollywood screenwriter Bobby Galinsky, best-known for his work on the 1990 Kiefer Sutherland thriller “Flatliners”, told ABC on Friday…

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