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French woman astonished at trillion euro phone bill

A Frenchwoman who received a telephone bill for an amount equivalent to nearly 6,000 times the country’s annual economic output has had the real amount she owed waived — after finally convincing the company they must have made a mistake. Solenne San Jose, from Pessac in the Bordeaux region of…

German cabinet approves law allowing circumcision

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet Wednesday passed a draft law to allow circumcision in Germany after a court said the rite amounted to grievous bodily harm, a ruling that caused international uproar. The new legislation, which must now be passed by the German parliament, “makes clear that circumcision is possible in…

NASA: SpaceX supply capsule successfully reached space station

A capsule on a first privately-run resupply mission successfully linked up Wednesday with the International Space Station, the US space agency NASA said. A robot arm operated by two of the six astronauts aboard the space station snatched the Dragon capsule at 1056 GMT, more than thirty minutes ahead of…

Mobile devices knock PC off technology throne

The PC is not dead, but it’s no longer king of the technology universe. As Microsoft prepares to launch Windows 8, the newest version of its operating system, the tech landscape is dramatically different from three years ago, when Windows 7 was launched. The market for mobile devices such as…

Rolling stones release new song on greatest hits album

A new song by the Rolling Stones, one of two included in their forthcoming “Grrr!” greatest hits album, will be released on Thursday, the group’s Universal record label said. “Doom and Gloom”, recorded in Paris over the summer, will be broadcast by radio stations and available as a digital download…

Dominique Strauss-Kahn: ‘Leave me alone!’

Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has pleaded to be left alone and says he is facing a “media assault” in an interview with French weekly Le Point. “I have never been convicted, not in (France) nor in any other country,” he said in the interview, due to appear on…

Pope prays in Arabic for first time

Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday pronounced a blessing in Arabic at his weekly audience in front of 20,000 pilgrims on St Peter’s Square — the first time the language has been used at such an event. “The pope prays for all Arabic speakers. May God bless you all!” the pope…

Anti-doping agency: Armstrong scheme ‘most sophisticated’ ever

The US Anti-Doping Agency said Tuesday it has gathered “overwhelming” evidence that Lance Armstrong and fellow US Postal Service cyclists had engaged in sport’s biggest doping conspiracy ever. In a statement, the agency said it was releasing its “reasoned decision” and more than 1,000 pages of supporting evidence to the…

European book publishers fear future with Eurozone crisis

Faced with tumbling sales, publishers from crisis-battered eurozone countries gathered at the world’s biggest book fair Wednesday determined to weather the storm for a brighter future. Greece, in the midst of painful reforms and cuts to stave off bankruptcy, is in fighting mode and has boosted the number of publishers…

Japan stem cell Nobel laureate to get research boost

Japan’s Nobel prize-winning Shinya Yamanaka will likely get up to 30 billion yen ($383 million) for his stem cell research over the next decade, an official said Wednesday. The Japanese science and technology ministry is looking at giving at least 2.7 billion yen of extra money to support Yamanaka’s work…

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