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Scientists call BP spill subpoenaed emails an attack on academic freedom

A pair of scientists have accused BP of an attack on academic freedom after the oil company successfully subpoenaed thousands of confidential emails related to research on the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. The accusation from oceanographers Richard Camilli and Christopher Reddy offered a rare glimpse into the behind-the-scenes legal…

Wisconsin recall: A big deal for GOP conservatives, not just Scott Walker

Wisconsin recall: a big deal for GOP conservatives, not just Scott Walker (via The Christian Science Monitor) For Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s Tuesday’s recall election is about whether his bid to slash state spending, particularly at the expense of public-sector labor unions, will cost him his job. For Republicans more…

Egypt readies for mass demo against Mubarak verdicts

Egyptians in their hundreds began gathering Tuesday in Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square ahead of a mass demonstration to protest against verdicts handed down in ex-president Hosni Mubarak’s murder trial. Hawkers selling tea, cakes or flags took up positions at the square in downtown Cairo, which was closed to traffic for the 1500 GMT…

Pilot embarks on first solar-powered intercontinental flight

A Swiss adventurer soared above sun-splashed Spanish valleys toward Morocco on Tuesday on the world’s first intercontinental flight in a solar-powered plane. Bertrand Piccard, a 54-year-old psychiatrist and balloonist, took off into the night skies above Madrid in the Solar Impulse plane, a giant as big as an Airbus A340 but as light as an average…

Mystery virus sought ‘designs from Iran’

A mystery computer virus discovered last month and deployed in a massive cyberattack chiefly against Iran sought to steal designs and PDF files from its victims, a Russian firm said. Kaspersky Lab, one of the world’s biggest producers of anti-virus software, announced last month the discovery of the Flame virus, which it described as…

Liberal blogger stabbed in the Maldives

An outspoken Maldivian blogger known for his liberal views on religion is in intensive care after being stabbed by an attacker outside his home in the capital Male, police said Tuesday. Ismail Rasheed, who is better known as “Hilath,” had his blog blocked late last year by the Maldivian telecommunications authorities who…

Queen Elizabeth II attends jubilee church service

Queen Elizabeth II attended Tuesday a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London at the climax of her diamond jubilee celebrations, but without her husband who remains in hospital. Royals, churchmen, politicians and the cream of British society were packed into the pews beneath the iconic dome of the 17th-century cathedral in…

China tells embassies to stop issuing pollution data

China said Tuesday foreign embassies were acting illegally in issuing their own air quality readings and that only the government could release data on the nation’s heavy pollution. China’s cities are among the world’s most polluted, but until recently, official air quality measurements regularly rated their air quality as good — even as data…

Australia awaits key transit of Venus

Australia was gearing up Tuesday for the transit of Venus, an event with historical significance as a previous occurrence in 1769 played a key part in the “discovery” of the southern continent. When Venus on Wednesday passes between the Earth and the Sun, an astronomical event that will not occur again until 2117,…

U.S. drone strike targeted ‘Al-Qaeda No. 2′

A senior Al-Qaeda figure was the target of a US drone strike inPakistan’s tribal belt, reports said Tuesday, as officials kept tight-lipped on whether he may have been among the 15 people killed. Abu Yahya al-Libi, described by American officials as Al-Qaeda’s second in command but by other security experts as one…

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