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‘Anonymous’ hackers to protest Indian Internet laws

Global hacking movement Anonymous has called for protesters to take to the streets in 16 cities around India on Saturday over what it considers growing government censorship of the Internet. The call for demonstrations by the Indian arm of the group follows a March 29 court order issued in the…

AG Holder to investigate high profile leaks of classified national security info

US Attorney General Eric Holder appointed two prosecutors to lead a criminal investigation of high-profile leaks of classified national security secrets. The “highly-respected and experienced prosecutors will be directing separate investigations currently being conducted by the FBI,” Holder said in a statement. “I have notified members of Congress and plan…

Moody’s threatens to downgrade Germany if Greece leaves Euro

WASHINGTON — Moody’s warned Friday that a Greek pullout from the eurozone could lead to downgrades of the eurozone’s top-rated governments, including economic powerhouse Germany. Moody’s also said that an EU rescue of Spain’s banking sector could force a cut to Spain’s sovereign rating due to the “increased risk to…

Southeby’s to auction one of first hand-built Apple I computers

NEW YORK — There’s no screen, it was built in 1976, and the clunky design does not exactly recall today’s iPads, but the first Apple computer is expected to fetch up to $180,000 in New York. Sotheby’s in New York is auctioning the rare piece of computer history, which actually…

Quebec sues major tobacco firms for $60 billion

MONTREAL — The Canadian province of Quebec announced Friday that it is suing tobacco giants for more than $60 billion dollars in a bid to recover health care costs associated with smoking-related illnesses. The lawsuit targets the Canadian tobacco companies and their parent companies abroad and seeks damages related to…

Amazon tribe appeals for eviction of loggers from its land

RIO DE JANEIRO — A tribe that calls the Amazon rainforest home is urging the Brazilian government to stop the illegal logging of its land, a watchdog said Friday. In a statement, Survival International said the Awa tribe has made a “desperate appeal” to Brazil’s justice minister to “evict loggers…

Scientists map DNA of fetuses and raise ethical questions about ‘designer’ babies

A stunning breakthrough in biotechnology was announced this week that brings humanity closer to an Orwellian prospect: parents being able to choose the characteristics of an unborn child. For the first time, scientists have mapped the DNA of a fetus. They did so by using specimens from a pregnant woman……

Amnesty International: ‘Alarming’ increase in Iraq executions

Amnesty International on Friday condemned the “alarming” increase in executions in Iraq, which has put at least 70 people to death this year, and urged Baghdad to stop using the death penalty. “The killing of Abd Hmoud is part of an alarming escalation in executions in Iraq and we fear…

Philippine officials launch manhunt for kidnapped Chinese businessmen

Philippine security officials have launched a manhunt for two kidnapped Chinese businessmen in a mountainous town in the strife-torn south, a military spokesman said on Friday. The gang that kidnapped the two is believed to have hidden the businessmen in Naga, a town near the coast in the restive southern…

Scientists host NASA bake sale

Could some really great cupcakes be enough to send Americans back to the Moon? More than a dozen US universities are hosting events on Saturday to urge support for the cash-strapped space agency, which faces major cuts to its planetary programs in fiscal year 2013. Ranging from shoe shines to…

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