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BlackBerry maker out to capitalize on rivals

Research In Motion launched a new software platform Tuesday that lets businesses manage smartphones made by rivals that have been devouring the BlackBerry maker’s market share. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion was launched as a “next-generation mobile device management solution” for companies faced with a growing trend of employees wanting to use…

ICC’s Israel war crimes probe halted pending UN decision

The International Criminal Court prosecutor said Tuesday he would hold off on a probe into alleged Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian territories until the UN rules on Palestinian statehood. “The office (of the prosecutor) has assessed that it is for the relevant bodies at the UN or the Assembly…

Bald ‘cancer Barbie’ doll to debut in 2013

The US maker of the famous Barbie franchise will release a doll next year that is bald in support of children who have cancer and lose their hair in treatment, a Mattel spokesman said Tuesday. The decision to launch the new doll, which Mattel described as “a friend of Barbie,”…

Transgender model Jenna Talackova raps Donald Trump over Miss Universe ban

LOS ANGELES — A sex-change model barred from Canada’s Miss Universe contest demanded Tuesday that Donald Trump clarify her position despite a U-turn by organizers, sparking a colorful exchange about the tycoon’s manhood. Jenna Talackova, 23, had complained after being disqualified from the contest, which chooses Canada’s candidate for the…

Powerful tornadoes strike Texas

WASHINGTON — At least two tornadoes ripped across northern Texas Tuesday, flipping huge trucks like toys, tearing off roofs and grounding flights but apparently causing only minor casualties. One twister touched down in a parking lot full of tractor-trailers — large trucks that move shipping-container sized cargos, and television images…

Scientist reveals how he made bird flu that could spread between people

Researcher created a hybrid of H5N1 bird flu and swine flu viruses then isolated a strain that can infect cells in the throat A scientist whose work was deemed too dangerous to publish by US biosecurity advisers revealed for the first time on Tuesday how he created a hybrid bird…

‘We don’t know of any Kony video’: villagers tell of reality of violent attacks

As world attention is drawn to their plight, victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army say their situation is getting worse “I don’t want to go back home, I’m too scared,” says Brigitte Seleigi, who fled her village after it was attacked by the Lord’s Resistance Army on 10 March, one…

EU opens two antitrust investigations into Google’s Motorola Mobility

European regulators opened Tuesday two antitrust investigations against Motorola Mobility, bought by US Internet giant Google, in the latest chapter of an escalating patent war with Apple and Microsoft. The European Commission said it would check whether Motorola had abused a dominant market position on patents by seeking injunctions to…

Canadians protest wind power subsidies over environmental concerns

Hundreds of Canadians demonstrated on Tuesday calling for an end to subsidies for wind power, saying noise from colossal turbines is making some people sick and driving down rural property prices. Organizers told AFP about 800 farmers and other rural residents rallied outside a clean energy forum in downtown Toronto…

Rebel clashes in Timbuktu prompts concern for ancient treasures

The seizure of Timbuktu by a fractious group of separatist and Islamist rebels in northern Mali has raised fears for the fate of the legendary city’s ancient manuscripts and architectural treasures. Timbuktu, a cradle of Islamic learning and a thriving trade centre in its 16th-century heyday, was overrun Sunday by…

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