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Incoming Greek finance minister allegedly faints hours before taking oath

Incoming Greek finance minister Vassilis Rapanos was admitted in hospital on Friday, the government said, with unconfirmed reports saying the 65-year-old senior banker had fainted. The chairman of leading Greek lender National Bank, Rapanos was taken to a private hospital in Athens, a government spokesman said, hours before he was…

Scientists perform world’s first in-utero tumor surgery on fetus

When Tammy Gonzalez saw what appeared to be a giant bubble blowing from her unborn baby’s mouth during an ultrasound scan, the joy of pregnancy turned to despair as doctors diagnosed a rare and potentially fatal tumour. Now, two years later, she has revealed for the first time how her…

Ray Bradbury’s work inspires Internet censorship code

Ray Bradbury’s fiction looks set to enter the structure of the internet, after a software developer has proposed a new HTTP status code inspired by Fahrenheit 451. Tim Bray, a fan of Bradbury’s writing, is recommending to the Internet Engineering Task Force, which governs such choices, that when access to…

Google accused of withholding evidence from Texas antitrust probe

Texas attorney general says that search giant is wrongly classifying email conversations between non-lawyers as being covered by lawyer-client privilege. The Texas attorney general is accusing Google of improperly withholding evidence to stymie an investigation into whether the company has been abusing its dominance of web search. The allegations surfaced…

Syrian Olympic chief ‘banned from London 2012′

General Mowaffak Joumaa, head of Syria’s National Olympic Committee, is believed to have been barred over links to regime The head of Syria’s National Olympic Committee, General Mowaffak Joumaa, is understood to have been banned from attending the London Olympics next month because of his links with Bashar al-Assad’s regime…

Solar plane makes flight over Moroccan desert

A solar-powered plane early Friday completed a flight over the Moroccan desert to showcase renewable energy, as a key summit in Rio discussed “greening” the world economy. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse landed in Ouarzazate at 26 minutes after midnight (2326 GMT) after having taken off from Rabat at dawn on…

World’s top banks hit with Moody’s downgrade

The health of 15 of the world’s largest financial institutions has been called into serious question after Moody’s downgraded their credit ratings, citing risk exposure and the eurozone crisis. Some of the biggest names in banking — including Goldman Sachs, Barclays, Citigroup, HSBC and Deutsche Bank — saw their ratings…

E-book trend slow at U.S. libraries: study

Even as e-book sales surge, Americans are slow to look to their public libraries to take advantage of the format, a study showed Friday. The Pew Internet & American Life Project found just 12 percent of Americans ages 16 and older who read e-books say they have borrowed an e-book…

WikiLeaks founder denounces Australia, Sweden

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lashed out at Australia and Sweden on Friday as he spoke for the first time since turning up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London requesting political asylum. The former computer hacker told Australia’s ABC radio of his fears that he would end up in the hands…

More protests planned against Egypt military ‘coup’

Egypt’s political forces have called for more protests on Friday against the ruling military’s power grab, as the nation nervously awaits the results of the first post-Mubarak presidential election. Hundreds of people spent the night in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, with more protests planned for Friday afternoon, the Muslim Brotherhood and…

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