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U.K.’s Cameron to testify in phone hacking probe June 14

Prime Minister David Cameron is to appear next week before an inquiry into press ethics sparked by the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers. Cameron, whose government has been under fire over a series of revelations about its closeness to Murdoch’s media empire, will give evidence on June 14, according…

U.S. sounds EU alarm as Merkel pushes political union

US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke became the latest to sound the alarm over the European crisis as German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for a stronger European political union. Amid growing international calls for action as a brutal Spain ratings downgrade heightened the eurozone crisis, Merkel held talks in Berlin…

Einstein was right, neutrino researchers admit

A team of scientists who last year suggested neutrinos could travel faster than light conceded Friday that Einstein was right and the sub-atomic particles are — like everything else — bound by the universe’s speed limit. Researchers working at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) caused a storm when…

Mite helps virus destroy bee colonies: study

Parasitic mites linked to the deaths of millions of bee colonies worldwide may have destroyed them by incubating a potent virus and spreading it through the hives, according to a new report. The findings, published Thursday in the journal Science, could help explain the mysterious collapse of bee colonies in…

Facebook opens online center for social apps

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook began rolling out an App Center for mini-programs that plug offerings such as Pinterest or Draw Something into the leading social network. The App Center feature opened its virtual doors in the United States with 600 programs geared for Web browsers as well as those for…

Watchdog aims to broaden ‘blood diamond’ ban

WASHINGTON — Blood diamonds were once the scourge of African nations used to fund years of brutal civil wars. Now a UN-mandated watchdog aims to stop gem greed from fueling more violence in trouble spots. Some 10 years after the Kimberley Process (KP), representing 76 countries, was set up to…

Syrian woman blogger gets human rights award

DUBLIN — Syrian woman blogger Razan Ghazzawi has been honoured with this year’s Human Rights Defenders at Risk award by the Dublin-based Front Line Defenders foundation, the group announced on Friday. Ghazzawi, who has become a symbol of the Syrian uprising, is currently on trial before a military court charged…

Russia vows to block UN mandate for Syria intervention

ASTANA — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Thursday vowed there would be no UN Security Council mandate for outside intervention in Syria, indicating Moscow would use its veto to block any military action. “There will not be a Security Council mandate for outside intervention, I guarantee you that,” Lavrov told…

Romney outraises Obama in May dash for cash

WASHINGTON — Republican Mitt Romney thumped President Barack Obama in campaign fundraising in May, and while the incumbent’s team is dismissing the surge, it could sow concern among Democrats five months from the election. Figures released Thursday show Romney outraised Obama for the first time in the White House race,…

Powerful 6.0 quake strikes southern Peru

LIMA — A powerful magnitude 6.0 quake shook southern Peru on Thursday, US seismologists said, with Peru authorities indicating no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The US Geological Survey said the temblor had a depth of 99.7 kilometers (62 miles). It struck at 11:03 am (1603 GMT) some 117…

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