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British couple who helped Kenyan village with cannabis profits jailed

Michael Foster and Susan Cooper made hundreds of thousands of pounds from cannabis factory at their Lincolnshire farmhouse A couple who ran a cannabis factory have been jailed despite using most of the proceeds of their illicit activities to help a Kenyan village where they were regular visitors. Michael Foster,…

Newsweek drops print edition

Venerable US magazine Newsweek announced Thursday its last print edition would be December 31, saying it would turn all-digital to cut costs in an increasingly challenging media environment. “We are transitioning Newsweek, not saying goodbye to it,” wrote Tina Brown, editor-in-chief and founder of the online Newsweek Daily Beast Company,…

French paternity leave altered to include same sex couples

Paternity leave in France is to be rebranded as “child welcome leave” to ensure same-sex partners have equal rights to paid leave following the birth of a child. The move was approved overnight Thursday by the social affairs committee of the national assembly in line with a request made five…

U.S. unemployment claims rise again after sharp fall

New claims for US unemployment insurance benefits were a high 388,000 in the most recent week, the Labor Department said Thursday, reversing an unexpected sharp fall in the previous week. The new figure, covering the week to October 13, erased hopes from the previous week’s plunge that the US job…

Apple loses British appeal on Samsung ruling

Apple lost a British court appeal on Thursday against a ruling that Samsung’s Galaxy tablet is not “cool” enough to be confused with the iPad. The US tech giant had challenged a High Court judgement in July that South Korea’s Samsung did not infringe Apple’s registered design and that consumers…

First man to live without a heart dies

Czechs on Thursday mourned the death of Jakub Halik, a 38-year-old fireman, who became the first human ever to have survived six months without a heart on artificial life support, but succumbed to liver and kidney failure. Physicians treating an aggressive cancerous tumour in his heart removed it in April…

UN: World governments not on track to achieve temperature targets

Governments are “not on track” to achieve a target of keeping the average global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the UN climate chief said Thursday. Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), told a forum in Singapore that the…

Study: Young blood reverses some effects of aging

Blood from young mice improved learning and memory in older mice, and increased connections between their brain cells It is rumoured that the late Kim Jong-il would inject himself with blood from healthy young virgins in a bid to slow the ageing process. Remarkably, the North Korean dictator might have been onto…

Official: 65-year-old man dies during Athens protest

ATHENS: A 65-year-old man died from heart failure during a demonstration in Athens Thursday where riot police fired tear gas to repel firebomb-throwing protesters, a health ministry official said. “A 65-year-old man was taken to hospital where efforts to revive him failed,” the official told AFP, adding: “There were no…

Wisconsin senate race between Tommy Thompson and Tammy Baldwin now in dead heat

Why has the Wisconsin Senate race, once a lock for Democrats, tightened? The US Senate race in Wisconsin, between former Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) and US Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D), is now in a dead heat. The polarization is true to the state’s political character, but what also might be…

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