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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…

9/11 ‘mastermind’ Khalid Sheikh Mohammed speaks in court, lectures judge

9/11 cases: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed speaks in court, lectures judge In a surprise move on Wednesday, accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed urged the military judge presiding over his case at Guantánamo not to be swayed by broad claims of US national security invoked by prosecutors, nor by sympathy for…

Erotic icon ‘Emmanuelle’ actress Sylvia Kristel dies aged 60

Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, who starred in the iconic 1974 erotic French film “Emmanuelle” and over 50 other movies, died in her sleep overnight after suffering from cancer, her agent said Thursday. “She died during the night during her sleep,” Marieke Verharen of Features Creative Management told AFP of the…

Colombia and FARC rebels to start peace talks

Colombia’s government and leftist FARC rebels were set to kick off peace talks in Norway on Thursday in what a Bogota official called a “respectful and cordial” atmosphere. Oslo and later Havana are hosting the talks that seek to end Latin America’s oldest conflict, which has claimed hundreds of thousands…

Harpooned husband case back in court

The conviction for murder of a Madagascan woman who allegedly tricked one of her many lovers into killing her husband with a fishing harpoon goes to appeal in France on Thursday. In a case her lawyers say is a test of whether the French courts can deal fairly with people…

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