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New eco-friendly denim-making process uses 92 percent less water

It takes lots of water and chemicals to make a pair of jeans, and environmentally conscious clothing makers caught on years ago to the need to make more sustainable versions these popular pants. But a Swiss chemical company said Tuesday its process for making eco-friendly jeans could streamline those efforts,…

French consular agent arrested in India for abusing his 3-year-old daughter

A French consulate official in the Indian IT hub of Bangalore was remanded in judicial custody Tuesday following his formal arrest on suspicion of sexually abusing his three-year-old daughter. The official, identified as a “consular agent”, was remanded in custody for 14 days by a local magistrate pending further judicial…

Night shifts may increase breast cancer risk by 30 percent

Night work may increase a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer by 30 percent — a slightly elevated but “statistically significant” risk, French researchers said Tuesday. This placed night work in the same order of risk as factors like genetic mutation, a late first pregnancy or hormonal treatment, Pascal Guenel,…

Aung San Suu Kyi speaks of family’s ‘sacrifice’ in Britain

Aung San Suu Kyi began an emotional return to Britain Tuesday, visiting her former home of Oxford and speaking about the “sacrifice” her sons and late husband were forced to make. She was greeted at Oxford University, her alma mater, after taking part in a debate at the London School…

Swedish CDC releases ‘Test Nooky’ app to promote condom use

Ever wonder what it would be like to sleep with a mean film director, a socialite or the guy who does voice-over in movie trailers, or perhaps with one of your Facebook friends? As part of a new safe-sex initiative, the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control (SMI) on Tuesday…

Pressure high at ‘intense’ Iran nuclear talks

Iran and world powers on Tuesday dug in for a second day of attritional talks in Moscow aimed at breaking an increasingly risky deadlock in the decade-long crisis over the Iranian nuclear programme. With the United States and Israel refusing to rule out military action and Tehran facing severe economic…

Sri Lanka jails elephant-keepers over ‘vicious’ killing

A Sri Lankan court has jailed four staff from a well-known elephant orphanage over the death of a 23-year-old elephant that was fatally injured with sharp sticks in an apparent effort to control it. The male, which was living at the Pinnawala elephant orphanage, a popular tourist attraction near the…

Hong Kong residents evacuated as WWII bomb is found

Hong Kong police on Tuesday evacuated scores of people from homes and offices after an unexploded World War II-era bomb was discovered at a construction site. Workers found the British artillery shell near a busy road in the Fortress Hill neighbourhood, and a police bomb disposal squad was called to…

Microsoft unveils ‘Surface’ tablet in iPad challenge

Software giant Microsoft unveiled its first tablet computer, Surface, in a major hardware launch clearly designed to take on long-term rival Apple’s market-ruling iPad. Chief executive Steve Ballmer described the iPad challenger — complete with a built-in stand and ultra thin covers-cum-keyboards in a range of colors — as a…

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi returns to Britain after 24 years

Aung San Suu Kyi begins a bittersweet return to Britain Tuesday, during which she will be showered with honours and have an emotional family reunion after nearly a quarter of a century in Myanmar. During her four-day visit the democracy icon will also meet members of Britain’s royal family and…

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