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Pope’s butler jailed over leaked documents

The pope’s butler Paolo Gabriele will be locked up in a Vatican police cell Thursday after the prosecution decided not to appeal against his 18-month prison sentence for leaking papal documents, the Vatican said. Gabriele had been under house arrest since he was found guilty on October 6 of stealing…

Unemployment insurance claims dip once again

New claims for US unemployment insurance benefits dipped last week as the ailing jobs market continued to zigzag slowly toward better health, government data released Thursday showed. Initial jobless claims fell by 23,000 to 369,000 in the week ending October 20, the Labor Department said. That was better than most…

Digital subscriptions rise but revenues fall for New York Times Co.

The New York Times Co. on Thursday announced a modest profit in a quarter in which digital subscriptions rose but revenues fell, including from online and print advertising. The media company seeking to manage a shift to digital readership reported net income for the third quarter of $2.28 million, a…

Scientists: Dung beetles use balls of manure to keep cool

Dung beetles wearing tiny silicon boots have let scientists in on a long-guarded secret — they use the balls of manure they collect as mobile air conditioning units, a study said Thursday. The ground temperature in the African savannah can reach 60 degrees Celsius (140 Fahrenheit), causing most insects to…

WikiLeaks releases prisoner treatment manual from Guantanamo Bay

Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks website on Thursday started publishing more than 100 US Department of Defense documents including the first prisoner treatment manual for Guantanamo Bay. The latest release by the anti-secrecy site comes as Assange, who faces charges of rape and sexual assault in Sweden, remains holed up in the…

Two Americans killed in insider attack in Afghanistan

Two American soldiers were killed by a man in an Afghan police uniform on Thursday, the US military said, the latest in a series of insider attacks. “Two US Forces-Afghanistan service members died after an individual wearing an Afghan National Police uniform turned his weapon against them in Khas Uruzgan,…

40 whales die in mass stranding on west coast of India

About 40 whales died in a mass stranding on the west coast of India’s remote North Andaman island in the Bay of Bengal, wildlife officials said on Thursday. “The short-finned pilot whales were found by fishermen who alerted us and investigations show it was a case of mass stranding,” said…

Study: Aspirin helps fight some colorectal cancers

Aspirin can help prolong the life of patients suffering from colorectal cancer tumours with a specific genetic mutation, according to a new study released Thursday. The study of 900 patients carried out by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute — an affiliate of Harvard Medical School — found that the painkiller produced…

Google maps drawn into South Korea-Japan island dispute

South Korea on Thursday lashed out at Google for changing the name of an isolated set of islands at the centre of a territorial dispute with Japan on its English-language web mapping service. The protest came as Seoul and Tokyo are locked in a propaganda war to publicise their respective…

Russian rocket explosion created space junk that could ‘threaten’ station

The explosion of a failed Russian rocket upper stage has created a space junk cloud of 500 pieces which could threaten the International Space Station, a report said on Thursday. In one of the biggest orbital debris incidents of recent years the Briz-M rocket stage exploded in mid-October, two months…

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