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Consumer complaints about Internet ads to surpass TV in the UK

The internet is on the brink of overtaking television as the most complained-about advertising medium in the UK, with the ad regulator recording a surge of almost 300% in the number of consumers registering concerns over digital campaigns to more than 10,000 last year. The Advertising Standards Authority – the…

Russia says ‘premature’ for new UN action on Syria

Russia on Wednesday cautioned against taking new UN action onSyria after the massacre of 108 civilians in Houla and sought more time for global envoy Kofi Annan’s imperilled peace plan to work. The comments came just a day after the US State Department said it hoped last week’s tragedy would spark a “turning point” in…

Australia moves to criminalize forced marriage

Australia on Wednesday moved to criminalise forced marriage, forms of slavery prevalent in the sex industry and the trafficking of organs. Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said such practices had no place in a democratic nation as she introduced the new laws, which she said covered “a spectrum of human misery”, into parliament for debate. “Tragically, nineteenth…

Study: Cricket swing theory does not hold water

The widely-held belief that moisture in the air during humid conditions helps make a cricket ball swing has been clean bowled in a scientific study. Swing bowling – when a delivery curves sideways in mid-air — has long been regarded as one of the game’s dark arts, not only deceiving hapless batsmen but…

Ghostbusters: is Hollywood a spiritual ‘vortex’?

Mystic healers. UFO hunters. Spirit mediums. People claiming psychic powers turn up everywhere. But in Hollywood, where dreams are made, the spiritual realm meets showbusiness. Watch out. Drive down a typical boulevard in Los Angeles, and within minutes you will spot a “psychic” sign offering to sort out your problems. Cults and…

UK politician: Professions should be more diverse

Professions including medicine, law should be doing more to recruit people from poorer backgrounds, a report is set to say Wednesday. Alan Milburn, the former Labour minister who is the government’s social mobility advisor, wrote in the Guardian that professions were making “no great galvanising effort” to broaden their talent pool. “There’s a…

Libyan women plunge into politics

Showing that women in Libya can be much more than just sexy bodyguards or accessories to murder, women are dipping into politics in the hope of drafting a constitution which protects their rights. “Women gave a lot of hard work to support the revolution, so why not enter the government now?” asked Samira…

Apple chief hints at innovation in TV

Apple chief Tim Cook on Tuesday vowed that creativity would remain in the company’s “DNA” and hinted that products on the horizon could come in the area of television. Cook was the star opening guest at a prestigious All Things Digital conference hosted by the Rupert Murdoch-owned technology news website at…

Black Italian player vows to walk off field if racially abused

Mario Balotelli, named in Italy’s 23-man squad for the European Football Championships, has threatened to walk off the pitch if he is racially abused by fans. The 21-year-old Manchester City star said in an interview withFrance Football magazine that he reacted differently when Juventusfans targeted him with racist chants during a match for his former club Inter…

Top court rules Assange can be extradited to Sweden

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden, but his extradition was put on hold to give his lawyers a chance to re-open the case. Britain’s highest court rejected the argument from Assange’s lawyers that the Swedish prosecutor who issued the arrest warrant over sex crime allegations was not entitled…

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