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Court rejects German woman’s claims Higgs boson experiment posed danger

A German woman who feared the Earth would be sucked into oblivion in a black hole has failed in her court bid to stop the work of the world’s most powerful atom smasher. The higher administrative court in Muenster, western Germany, rejected her claims, ruling there was no evidence the…

Berlin art exhibition explores concept of freedom

An exhibition exploring the concept of freedom through post-World War II artworks begins a European tour here Wednesday, a stone’s throw from where the Berlin Wall once stood. With paintings, videos, photos, drawings and art installations, the “Desire for Freedom” exhibition at the German Historical Museum in central Berlin spotlights…

Dominique Strauss-Kahn seeks damages over publication of photos with his girlfriend

Lawyers for disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a woman named as his new girlfriend sought damages in court Tuesday from two French magazines for publishing “stolen photographs” of them together. The magazines named in the suit are VSD and Closer, which had published photographs of Strauss-Kahn and Myriam L’Aouffir…

Prelate: Pope John Paul I was definitely not poisoned in 1978

Pope John Paul I, who reigned for just 33 days in 1978 before dying of a heart attack, was definitely not poisoned, the prelate advocating a sainthood for the late pontiff said on Tuesday. Monsignor Enrico dal Covolo said in an interview with the TGCOM blog that the documents and…

Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit abruptly resigns

Vikram Pandit has abruptly quit as chief executive of Citigroup. The US investment bank said on Tuesday Pandit had stepped down as chief executive and left the company’s board with “immediate effect”. Citi said Pandit will be replaced by Mike Corbat, the bank’s current head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Pandit said…

The nun who became a sex therapist

Dr Fran Fisher’s latest book blows the lid off the repressed sexuality of convent life. And it’s a subject the former nun knows first hand From nun to sex therapist isn’t an obvious career path but, says the former Sister Jane Frances de Chantal, “when you’ve been starved for a…

Smoking in cars higher than UN pollution threshold

Smoking in cars raises levels of dangerous fine-particle pollutants to many times the limit recommended by the world’s health agency, a study published on Monday said. Doctors in Britain measured concentrations of fine particles in cars driven by 17 people, 14 of them smokers, using an electronic monitor on the…

Hundreds affected after thieves switch painkiller medicine with water

undreds of Australians were given water instead of pain-killing medication after thieves siphoned off the drugs from ambulance supplies and refilled the empty vials from the tap, officials said Tuesday. Authorities in the state of Victoria said large amounts of the drug fentanyl had been taken and an investigation was…

Thieves steal several paintings from Dutch museum housing Picasso and Van Gogh works

Several paintings of considerable value were stolen from Rotterdam’s Kunsthal museum where works by world-renowned 19th and 20th century artists including Picasso and Van Gogh hang, police said Tuesday. “There was a break-in during the night and a few paintings were taken that represent a considerable sum,” Rotterdam police spokeswoman…

Romney a no-show for Nickelodeon’s ‘Kids Pick the President’ program

President Barack Obama wooed Americans not yet old enough to vote Monday in a unique children’s television news special that his rival Mitt Romney opted to avoid. Obama fielded pre-recorded questions from under-18s on topics as varied as the economy, gun control, gay marriage and heartbreak during the half-hour program…

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