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British scientist calls for ‘major nuclear program’ to head off climate change

A leading British academic has called for accelerated research into futuristic geo-engineering and a worldwide nuclear power station “binge” to avoid runaway global warming. Peter Wadhams, professor of ocean physics at Cambridge University, said both potential solutions had inherent dangers but were now vital as time was running out. “It…

Scientists introduce ‘nano-velcro’ to detect mercury in water and fish

Scientists in Switzerland and the United States on Sunday said they had created a “nano-velcro” textile that offers a swift, sensitive and low-cost way of detecting mercury, a toxic and accumulative pollutant, in water and fish. The fibres are made out of gold nanoparticles that are coated with compounds called…

West to recognize Kosovo’s sovereignty 13 years after war ended

On the eve of a meeting of Western powers gathered in the International Steering Group which will officially grant Kosovo full sovereignty, Pristina on Sunday prepared to celebrate. A huge stage was set up in the main Mother Teresa Square for an open air concert of bands from Kosovo, Albania,…

New evidence suggests that there may never have been life on Mars after all

Instead of a warm, wet and possibly life-bearing planet as some scientists contend, early Mars may have been a hostile and volatile place with frequent volcanic outbursts, a study said Sunday. Earlier research had theorised that certain minerals detected on the surface of the Red Planet indicated the presence of…

Afghan cultural guide: If coalition soldier asks to see photo of your wife, don’t shoot him

KABUL — Don’t take offence if NATO soldiers exit the shower naked or ask to see a picture of your wife — it is normal and no reason to open fire, intone new cultural guidelines from the Afghan defence ministry. Five thousand copies of a hastily written 28-page brochure have…

Actor Keira Knightley: New Anna Karenina film a ‘punch to the stomach’

TORONTO — Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece “Anna Karenina” has been adapted for the silver screen more than a dozen times, but British filmmaker Joe Wright’s latest movie version arguably tops them all. Starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, the 130-minute film premiered internationally this week at the Toronto International Film Festival,…

Romney and Ryan claim their foreign policy expertise is better than Obama’s

The Republican White House ticket sought to neuter the perceived foreign policy edge of the Obama electoral campaign on Sunday, attacking the president’s record whilst bragging of their own experience overseas. The current administration was guilty of failing to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Mitt Romney claimed during an interview with…

Al-Jazeera says news service hacked again

DOHA — Qatar-based Al-Jazeera news network’s mobile service was hacked on Sunday, four days after a number of its Internet websites came under cyber attack, it reported on its website al-jazeera.net. “The story claiming that the Prime Minister (Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem) has been the target of an assassination attempt…

Romney says Federal Reserve action would not boost job growth

WASHINGTON — Republican White House challenger Mitt Romney said in an interview broadcast Sunday that a Federal Reserve boost to the economy would do little to create US jobs in the short term. “I don’t think that easing monetary policy is going to make a significant difference in the job…

France’s socialist president set to unveil unprecedented austerity plan

PARIS — France’s Socialist President Francois Hollande was due to announce on Sunday unprecedented belt-tightening measures of billions of euros amid mounting discontent over the flagging economy and job cuts. Hollande, whoe popularity ratings have taken a dive less than four months after he took power, is looking vulnerable as…

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