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Study: Americans increasingly use mobile phones to keep up with politics

A growing number of Americans are using mobile phones to keep up with or play a role in politics, but some say they are getting unwanted political messages, a study showed Tuesday. The Pew Internet & American Life study showed some voters are using smartphones as real-time fact-checkers or to…

French and U.S. scientists win physics Nobel Prize for quantum manipulation

Serge Haroche of France and David Wineland of the US won the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday for their work on measuring and manipulating individual particles while preserving their quantum-mechanical nature. The pair were honoured for “groundbreaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems,” the jury…

British man gets community service for posting soldiers should ‘go to hell’ on Facebook

Azhar Ahmed must do 240 hours of community service after writing on Facebook: ‘All soldiers should die and go to hell’ A man who posted a Facebook message following the deaths of six British soldiers which said: “All soldiers should die and go to hell” has been sentenced to a…

Arrested Greek anti-fascist protesters claim ‘Abu Ghraib-style’ humiliation

Fifteen people arrested in Athens says they were subjected to what their lawyer describes as an Abu Ghraib-style humiliation Fifteen anti-fascist protesters arrested in Athens during a clash with supporters of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn have said they were tortured in the Attica General Police Directorate (GADA) – the…

UN calls for $20 billion global social safety net for poor countries

Most people are not protected against unemployment, illness, disability, crop failure or soaring food costs. But investing in social protection would save on emergency relief, argues the UN UN experts have called for a $20bn global fund to promote the creation of social safety nets for the most vulnerable people…

U.N. says global hunger is down but progress is slowing

The UN’s food agency revised down the number of the world’s hungry on Tuesday to just under 870 million but slammed the figure as “unacceptable” and warned that the fight against hunger was slowing down. “With almost 870 million people chronically undernourished in 2010-2012, the number of hungry people in…

Study: Tomatoes can lower stroke risk

Eating tomatoes can dramatically reduce the risk of having a stroke, according to a new study out on Monday that provided more support for diets rich in fruits and vegetables. The key factor appears to be the powerful antioxident lycopene, according to the Finnish study published in the Neurology journal.…

Modern life comes to Nepal Himalayas

In the Nepalese hamlet of Simen, five days’ walk from the nearest town, children pay for schooling with wood or animal dung, and life appears untouched by modernity — but change is coming. Just two valleys away in Dho Tarap village, business is booming and satellite dishes that beam in…

Indian TV claims to expose umpires in fixing scam

An Indian TV station said it has exposed six leading cricket umpires willing to fix matches and provide inside information on the teams in exchange for cash payments. Hindi-language India TV on Monday broadcast video clips in which the umpires, including a serving international umpire, faced questions from undercover reporters,…

Australian study will use Botox to treat hay fever

The best-selling wrinkle erasing drug Botox will be used in an Australian study to treat hay fever, researchers said Tuesday after it showed promise in providing relief in early trials. Philip Bardin, a professor at the Monash Medical Centre which is linked to Melbourne’s Monash University, said Botox was already…

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