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New species of lizard found in Australia

Scientists announced Monday the discovery of a new species of lizard fighting to survive among the sand dunes outside Perth in Western Australia. They fear it is only a matter of time before the six-centimetre (two-inch) long Ctenotus ora, or the coastal plains skink, will be extinct with urban sprawl…

Penguin and Random House agree to publishing merger

British publisher Pearson on Monday said it had agreed to merge its Penguin division with consumer publishing rival Random House, owned by German media giant Bertelsmann. “Pearson and Bertelsmann today announce an agreement to create the world’s leading consumer publishing organisation by combining Penguin and Random House,” said a statement.…

French president Hollande to meet with World Bank

French President Francois Hollande holds talks on Monday with the heads of the World Bank and other top economic bodies to discuss the eurozone debt crisis and ways to kickstart growth. The meeting will start at 11:00 am (1000 GMT) at the Paris headquarters of the OECD and will be…

Showdown set on bid to give UN control of Internet

It is expected to be the mother of all cyber diplomatic battles. When delegates gather in Dubai in December for an obscure UN agency meeting, fighting is expected to be intense over proposals to rewrite global telecom rules to effectively give the United Nations control over the Internet. Russia, China…

Social media helps out as Hurricane Sandy approaches

Locating the nearest emergency shelter or chatting live with forecasters — social networks were abuzz with the latest news, tips and reassurance Sunday as Americans hunkered down for Hurricane Sandy. The massive storm, which has already killed at least 66 people in the Caribbean, is expected to pummel large swathes…

Chocolate re-conquers the world

History is coming full circle: borrowed from the Aztecs four centuries ago, perfected for the palate by the Europeans, chocolate is conquering new worlds, with sales booming from Asia to Brazil. Every second, 95 tonnes of chocolate are wolfed down around the world, or three million tonnes a year, according…

Test allows doctors to see disease without microscope

Scientists in Britain say they have developed a super-sensitive test using nano-particles to spot markers for cancer or the AIDS virus in human blood serum using the naked eye. As it does not need sophisticated equipment, the test-tube technique should be cheap and simple, making it a a boon for…

Vatican says it regrets honoring notorious British pedophile

The Vatican said Sunday it regretted conferring a papal knighthood on Jimmy Savile in 1990, but said there was no way to revoke the honour despite revelations of child sex crimes committed by the disgraced British television star. The Vatican is “deeply saddened that someone who has been defiled in…

New York Stock Exchange closes trading floor ahead of Hurricane Sandy

The New York Stock Exchange announced it will close its trading floor and make transactions only electronically Monday, due to the imminent arrival of Hurricane Sandy. NYSE Euronext has decided to “suspend physical trading floor operations” and would “trade all NYSE-listed securities on NYSE Arca, the company’s fully electronic exchange,”…

Berlusconi ‘declares war’ on Italian PM

Italian ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi’s warning that his party could withdraw its support for the government was seen by the press Sunday as a declaration of war against Prime Minister Mario Monti and a bid to show he still carries political weight. However analysts saw it as an empty threat made…

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