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Large Hadron Collider sets new record with proton collision

The world’s largest particle collider notched up a new record on Thursday as it escalated its quest to find fundamental matter and explore the origins of the Universe, CERN said. At 00:38 am Thursday (2238 GMT Wednesday), the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) brought together two opposing beams of protons, each…

Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika unconscious after heart attack

Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika, 78, was unconscious in hospital Thursday after suffering a heart attack, a medical source said. “He had a cardiac arrest, he is still unconscious since 9:00 am (0700 GMT),” a senior official at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe said on condition of anonymity. Mutharika, a…

Saudi Arabia rules out sending women athletes to London

The head of the Saudi Olympic Committee has ruled out sending women athletes from the ultra-conservative kingdom to the London Olympics this summer, local dailies reported on Thursday. Prince Nawaf bin Faisal said, however, that Saudi women taking part on their own are free to do so and the kingdom’s Olympic authority would “only help in ensuring…

Blasts temporarily shut down Iraq-Turkey pipeline

Overnight blasts in southeastern Turkey on Thursday temporarily shut down a pipeline pumping oil from Iraq, with Kurdish rebels suspected to be behind the explosions, authorities said. Three blasts hit the section of the pipeline running near the border city of Idil in the Sirnak province, sparking a fire, said a statement by the Sirnak regional…

Malaysia axes Singapore ballet show over tights

Authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia have abruptly cancelled a show by a Singapore ballet troupe amid concern that their costumes would be too revealing, a dance group said Thursday. Bilqis Hijjas, president of Malaysian arts group MyDance Alliance, said performers from the Singapore Dance Theatre were denied visas for the performance scheduled for this weekend due to the “indecency of…

Mali slips into chaos as world gropes for response

Fears mounted Thursday that Al Qaeda-linked Islamists were turning Mali into a rogue state despite the announcement by Tuareg rebels that their 10-week military offensive was complete. As the Tuareg trumpeted the success of a decades-old struggle to “liberate” their homeland, their fundamentalist comrades-turned-rivals began imposing sharia in northern Mali, also leaving an…

China artist Ai Weiwei ordered to remove home webcams

Chinese artist and government critic Ai Weiwei said he was ordered to take down four live webcams he installed in his home this week to mock authorities’ round-the-clock surveillance of him. Ai, who was held in secret detention for 81 days last year as part of a widespread clampdown on dissent in China, said authorities had…

Coroner’s final report: Whitney Houston drowned after ingesting cocaine, other drugs

LOS ANGELES — Pop legend Whitney Houston may have overdosed on drugs and alcohol before drowning face-down in her bathtub, coroners said, giving grisly details of her shocking death in February. The 48-year-old was found lying face down in her bathtub in the Beverly Hilton hotel, the Los Angeles County…

N.Y. residents cry foul over university growth plans

NEW YORK — Plans to expand the New York University campus in Greenwich Village are running into resistance from local residents, who say it would destroy a historic section of Manhattan. A local coalition that includes 50 area business owners is demanding that the university modify plans that would add…

Snake forces Australian flight to make emergency landing

SYDNEY — An Australian pilot was given the fright of his life when a snake slithered from the dashboard of the plane he was flying, forcing him to make an emergency landing, according to airline officials. Braden Blennerhassett was on a freight run for Air Frontier from Darwin to the…

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