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Veteran Palestinian hunger striker freed, family says

HEBRON, Palestinian Territories — Palestinian hunger striker Thaer Halahla, who fasted for 76 days in protest at Israeli prison conditions, was released on Tuesday evening, relatives told AFP. Family members in the West Bank city of Hebron said that Halahla, who along with fellow inmate Bilal Diab set a record…

Nasdaq readies payouts for Facebook IPO glitch: WSJ

EW YORK — Nasdaq is taking steps toward compensating investor losses due to computer glitches that fouled trading on the first day of Facebook’s $16 billion IPO, the Wall Street Journal said Tuesday. Nasdaq OMX Group, which operates the Nasdaq exchange, has told brokers that it expects to submit plans…

More than 72,000 Kias being recalled due to airbag concerns

South Korean car maker Kia is recalling around 72,600 of its small Rio models due to a fault that could lead to an airbag being dangerously deployed on a child, US safety officials said Tuesday. Rio cars made between 2006 and 2008 are affected by the recall, the National Highway…

National debt due to double, says Congressional Budget Office

US debt is on track to double the size of the entire economy in the next 25 years, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday in its grim view of America’s fiscal future. The CBO said that under present policy, in which current tax rates are upheld and lawmakers do…

Space shuttle Enterprise damages wing on journey to the Intrepid

The final frontier may be tough, but, as a damaged wingtip proves, the space shuttle Enterprise’s final journey by barge through New York is no picnic. The Enterprise suffered minor damage to a wingtip when it collided with a piling near a bridge while being transported to a museum on…

U.S. confident in killing top Al-Qaeda leader with drone strike

The United States said Tuesday it was certain a CIA drone strike killed Al-Qaeda number two Abu Yahya al-Libi, claiming its top scalp from the terror group since eliminating Osama bin Laden. A US official told AFP that Washington had a “high degree of confidence” that Libi was killed in…

Climate change means industries are gearing up for Arctic oil rush

The small group of international scientists, politicians and business leaders are using the Arctic research station as a makeshift conference centre for urgent talks on how to fast-forward a low carbon economy. They have come to the snowy archipelago of Svalbard, a few hundred miles from the North Pole, to hear…

Scientists fighting genetic diseases face ethical challenges

Aaron began to stand out at primary school. He was unlike other children in subtle ways that at times were hard to put a finger on. He couldn’t hold a pen properly. His balance was a little poor. He just seemed different from his classmates. There is no subtlety to…

U.S. asks India to take ‘more active role’ in Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta encouraged India to play a “more active role” in Afghanistan during talks Tuesday in New Delhi, US officials said. Washington has previously worried about India antagonising its arch-foe Pakistan and preferred New Delhi retain a modest profile in the Afghan conflict, restricted to troop training…

Turkey accepts new wave of Syrian refugees

The flow of refugees from strife-torn Syria to neighbouring Turkey has resumed in earnest after the failure of an April peace plan, with more than 2,000 arrivals in the past three days, officials said Tuesday. The number of Syrian refugees in camps set up in southeastern Turkey reached 26,747 on…

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