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World cycling organization strips Lance Armstrong of 7 Tour de France titles

Disgraced Lance Armstrong’s fate was sealed on Monday, as cycling’s under-fire world governing body decided to back a life ban for doping and strip him of his record seven Tour de France titles. The International Cycling Union (UCI) said it supported the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) decision to erase the…

Study: Open access publishing of science research rising at unanticipated rate

A new study shows that the rise of open access publishing of academic research is faster than anyone had previously realised Read all about it: academic publishing is changing faster than anyone has realised, according to a new study reported today in BMC Medicine. Before 2000 the vast majority of research…

Iran hangs 10 drug traffickers despite Amnesty appeal

Iran executed 10 drug traffickers in a prison in Tehran on Monday, despite repeated calls from Amnesty International to halt such hangings. The men sent to gallows were convicted of trafficking more than a tonne of opium and a tonne of methamphetamine, according to the website of the prosecutor’s office…

South African mine violence investigation reopens

An inquiry into 46 deaths during a violent mine strike in South Africa reopened Monday after it was postponed for victims’ families to travel and hear how their loved ones died. Police lawyers told the commission that officers fired live ammunition at strikers at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana…

Protesters storm Libyan private TV station

Demonstrators stormed the offices of a private Libyan television station in Benghazi Sunday, protesting coverage of the clashes in Bani Walid, one of the last bastions of Moamer Kadhafi’s regime. The demonstrators broke into the offices of Libya Al-Hurra station, wrecking the site and setting fire to an office, an…

Deadly gas use haunts Moscow theater hostages 10 years later

A decade after Chechen militants seized a Moscow theatre in a hostage crisis which left 130 people dead, victims’ families are still seeking answers about use of a deadly gas by Russian forces to end the siege. A total of 912 people, many of them children, were held hostage in…

Peace envoy urges truce as bomb rocks Damascus

Syria peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi appealed to both sides to call a truce to the conflict during a Muslim holiday this week after talks with President Bashar al-Assad, as a deadly blast rocked Damascus. The plea came as thousands of people demonstrated against the Syrian regime at the Beirut funeral…

Unprecedented demand for Rio’s rare pink diamonds

Global miner Rio Tinto said on Monday there was unprecedented demand for its rare pink and blue diamonds at its annual sale, with India and Japan among the keen buyers. The 2012 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, seen as the world’s most exclusive diamond sale, featured 56 single pink diamonds, including…

South Korea stops anti-North event after military threats

South Korean troops and riot police on Monday prevented activists from sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border after North Korea threatened a “merciless” military response. Groups of North Korean defectors had planned to launch balloons carrying 200,000 propaganda leaflets at 11:30 am (0230 GMT) from Imjingak Park on the border…

Obama, Romney campaigns on pace to raise one billion each

Obama, Romney Campaigns on Pace to Raise One Billion Each Reports to the Federal Election Commission show both presidential campaigns are on track to raise more than a billion dollars.…

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