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Global investment in renewable energy at record high

Global investment in renewable energy surged to a new high last year, despite the widespread recession. But experts warned that the rate of growth was showing signs of slowing, and would need to speed up if the world’s economies are to be transformed on to a low-carbon footing. Last year,…

Online troll sentenced to 26 weeks in prison for harassing British official

An online “troll” who sent a threatening email to Conservative MP Louise Mensch received a suspended sentence Monday and was banned from contacting a string of well-known figures from Alan Sugar to CIA chief David Petraeus. Frank Zimmerman, 60, was handed a 26-week prison sentence suspended for two years over…

Apple to preview iPhone software upgrade

Apple is expected to preview its new iPhone operating system (iOS 6) and show off some revamped MacBook laptops as it kicks off an annual gathering of developers on Monday in San Francisco. The Internet buzzed with rumors about what the notoriously secretive maker of iPads, iPhones, iPods, and Macintosh…

Afghanistan road bomb injures woman in ambulance giving birth

A roadside bomb in Afghanistan killed five people Monday and injured two, including a pregnant woman, when it ripped through the ambulance rushing them to hospital for her to give birth, police said. The woman was wounded but survived and gave birth without any complications, but four relatives died along…

Zoologists breed endangered turtle on artificial Bangladesh beach

Zoologists have for the first time bred a critically endangered turtle species using an artificial beach, Bangladeshi specialists announced on Monday. The northern river terrapin, scientific name Batagur baska, is extinct in the wild in Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam, and survives only in tiny numbers in Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and…

Two former football players among those shot dead at pool party near Auburn University

Two former US college football players were among three people shot dead at a pool party near Auburn University, a renowned powerhouse in the sport, Alabama police said Sunday. The three victims in the incident in the southern US state were identified as Ed Christian, Ladarious Phillips and Demario Pitts,…

Woodward and Bernstein: Nixon ‘far worse’ than we thought

Almost four decades after the infamous Watergate break-in, the reporters who broke the story have concluded that then-president Richard Nixon was “far worse” than they thought. Nixon resigned in August 1974 for his administration’s role in a June 17, 1972, burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate…

UK consumers keeping food past ‘sell by’ date to save money on food

Consumers trying to save money are gambling with their health and risking food poisoning by ignoring use-by dates on food, according to research published by the government’s food watchdog. In an effort to spend less and make their food go further, many are also keeping leftovers for longer than the…

Spanish TV uses aliens to define country’s recession

An alien spaceship hovers over a dusty, recession-hit Spanish town and is confronted by a young man looking up: “Now that we’re down in the dumps you think you can conquer us?” It’s a beer advert, one of a string of new TV commercials that tackle the downturn head-on, trying…

David Cameron leaves 8-year-old daughter in pub

David Cameron left his eight-year-old daughter at the pub for around a quarter of an hour following a family lunch, Downing Street confirmed Monday. Nancy Cameron wandered off to the toilets while the prime ministerand his wife Samantha were arranging lifts and the couple only realised she was missing once they got home, The Sun newspaper…

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