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Middle East oil companies targeted in cyber war

Middle Eastern oil and gas companies have been targeted in massive attacks on their computer networks in an increasingly open cyber war where a new virus was discovered just this past week. The United States and Israel, believed to behind the first cyber sabotage campaign that targeted Iran’s nuclear programme,…

Scientists look to silvery fish to develop new non-polarising reflectors for optical fibers

Silvery fish have found a smart way to get around the laws of physics so that they maintain their reflective camouflage in open water, biologists reported on Sunday. Sprats, sardines and herrings have a skin that neutralises the polarisation of light, enabling them to keep their protective silver cloak, they…

Study proves pesticide exposure linked to bumblebee colony failures

Chronic exposure to pesticides has a bigger knock-on effect on bees than conventional probes suggest, according to a new study on Sunday touching on the mysterious collapse of bee colonies. Biologists at the University of London carried out an exceptional field study into bumblebees exposed to two commonly used agricultural…

Scientists confirm water extraction helped trigger deadly 2011 quake in Spain

Massive extraction of groundwater helped unleash an earthquake in southeastern Spain last year that killed nine people, injured at least 100 and left thousands homeless, geologists said on Sunday. The finding adds a powerful piece of evidence to theories that some earthquakes are human-induced, they said. Seismologists were surprised by…

Fidel Castro doing ‘very well’ according to ex-Vice President of Venezuela

Fidel Castro “is very well,” Venezuelan ex-vice president Elias Jaua said Sunday, after meeting the aged revolutionary icon amid a swirl of rumors the Cuban leader was on his death bed. The 86 year-old Castro “is very well, very lucid,” Jaua, a loyal supporter of leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez,…

Trial set for Cannes prostitution ring linked to Kadhafi’s dead son Mutassim

A hearing opens in a French court Monday in a case involving a high-end prostitution ring that was active during the Cannes Film Festival and possibly had ties to a son of slain Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi. Seven men and a woman will go on trial in the southern French…

Obama, Romney prepare for final policy debate amid debunked rumors of talks with Iran

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are spending the weekend hammering out their foreign policy battle lines ahead of their final debate, dropping off the campaign trail and dispatching their running mates to court voters in battleground states. The debate, which focuses on international affairs, will be the final chance for…

Murdoch aims to buy the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune

Two US newspapers, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, are reporting that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation is gearing up to acquire them. The titles are currently owned by the debt-laden Tribune Company, which is likely to end up in the hands of two investment firms and a bank…

Human rights advocates raise concerns over increased police Taser use

Concern is growing among human rights campaigners and politicians over the widespread and potentially lethal police use of Tasers after an innocent blind man was shot with a stun gun when his white stick was mistaken for a samurai sword. Colin Farmer, 61, was Tasered in the back after police…

Britain acted like empire over Julian Assange: Ecuador

LONDON — Britain behaved like it was still an empire in its threat to raid Ecuador’s embassy and arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the Ecuadoran ambassador to London said in an interview broadcast on Sunday. Ana Alban told BBC radio that the threat, made in August just before Ecuador granted…

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