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Egypt confirms 10 barred from presidential vote

CAIRO — Egypt’s electoral commission confirmed on Tuesday that 10 candidates have been barred from running for president, ruling out a challenge by two Islamists and Hosni Mubarak’s ex-spy chief. “The commission rejected all appeals presented by the 10″ candidates among 23 who applied to stand in the election scheduled…

Oil safety weak two years after BP spill: studies

WASHINGTON — Offshore drilling safety and oversight is still lacking two years after the massive BP oil spill sullied the US Gulf Coast, two reports released Tuesday have found. A presidential commission tasked with investigating the spill said it was “encouraged by the progress being made” by the oil industry…

November launch for new version of ‘Halo’ videogame

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft on Tuesday announced that a new installment to the hit videogame “Halo” will be released in November, and predicted it would launch the next decade of the hugely popular franchise. “Halo 4″ crafted exclusively for play on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 consoles will launch worldwide on November…

U.S. offers reward for killer of Chinese students

LOS ANGELES — US authorities have offered $200,000 in reward money to find whoever killed two Chinese graduate students in Los Angeles last week, after more funds were pledged Tuesday. The male and female students from the University of Southern California (USC) were shot in the early hours of last…

Top Republicans in Congress finally back Romney

WASHINGTON — They didn’t come with a flourish or in a much-plugged TV appearance, but endorsements by the top two Republicans in the US Congress finally arrived Tuesday for Mitt Romney, the party’s all-but-certain nominee. Sensing the inevitability of a Romney victory in the battle to see which Republican squares…

Pulitzer Prize picture highlights ethics debate

WASHINGTON — It is a picture of pure horror that is difficult to look at. But Agence France-Presse photographer Massoud Hossaini’s gut-wrenching image of an Afghan girl crying in fear after a suicide bomber’s attack last December was widely disseminated and on Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news…

New prostate cancer therapy shows fewer side effects: study

A new prostate cancer treatment using high frequency sound waves may be a viable alternative to surgery and radiotherapy with less chance of incontinence or impotence, researchers said Tuesday. A clinical trial funded by Britain’s Medical Research Council examined the efficacy of a new treatment known as high-intensity focused ultrasound…

U.S. House Speaker Boehner endorses Romney

Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner ended his neutrality Tuesday in the Republican presidential race, endorsing Mitt Romney and saying he’d be “proud” to help him win the US election. “It’s clear now Mitt Romney is going to be our nominee,” Boehner told reporters following a bruising, months-long…

Payment via smartphone ‘going mainstream’ soon

Using smartphones or tablets as digital “wallets” will be common within a decade, largely replacing cash and credit cards, according to a Pew Research survey released on Tuesday. Sixty-five percent of “technology stakeholders and critics” who responded to an opt-in poll by Pew Research and Elon University Imagining the Internet…

Apple among the worst coal-powered cloud services: Greenpeace

Apple disclosed sensitive information about energy demand at the data centre housing its iCloud service for the first time on Tuesday, defending its green credentials in the face of a campaign by Greenpeace. In a report rating 14 companies leading the migration from local computers to cloud computing, Greenpeace gave…

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