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Powerful tornadoes strike Texas

WASHINGTON — At least two tornadoes ripped across northern Texas Tuesday, flipping huge trucks like toys, tearing off roofs and grounding flights but apparently causing only minor casualties. One twister touched down in a parking lot full of tractor-trailers — large trucks that move shipping-container sized cargos, and television images…

Scientist reveals how he made bird flu that could spread between people

Researcher created a hybrid of H5N1 bird flu and swine flu viruses then isolated a strain that can infect cells in the throat A scientist whose work was deemed too dangerous to publish by US biosecurity advisers revealed for the first time on Tuesday how he created a hybrid bird…

‘We don’t know of any Kony video’: villagers tell of reality of violent attacks

As world attention is drawn to their plight, victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army say their situation is getting worse “I don’t want to go back home, I’m too scared,” says Brigitte Seleigi, who fled her village after it was attacked by the Lord’s Resistance Army on 10 March, one…

EU opens two antitrust investigations into Google’s Motorola Mobility

European regulators opened Tuesday two antitrust investigations against Motorola Mobility, bought by US Internet giant Google, in the latest chapter of an escalating patent war with Apple and Microsoft. The European Commission said it would check whether Motorola had abused a dominant market position on patents by seeking injunctions to…

Canadians protest wind power subsidies over environmental concerns

Hundreds of Canadians demonstrated on Tuesday calling for an end to subsidies for wind power, saying noise from colossal turbines is making some people sick and driving down rural property prices. Organizers told AFP about 800 farmers and other rural residents rallied outside a clean energy forum in downtown Toronto…

Rebel clashes in Timbuktu prompts concern for ancient treasures

The seizure of Timbuktu by a fractious group of separatist and Islamist rebels in northern Mali has raised fears for the fate of the legendary city’s ancient manuscripts and architectural treasures. Timbuktu, a cradle of Islamic learning and a thriving trade centre in its 16th-century heyday, was overrun Sunday by…

Conservations wait as time is ripe for pandas to breed

The clock is ticking, and the heat is on. A giant male panda loaned to Britain by China has just 36 hours to make his move on his female companion or he’ll have to wait another year. Conservationists at Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland put Yang Guang together in the same…

Obama calls Ryan budget ‘thinly-veiled social Darwinism’

A gladiatorial President Barack Obama on Tuesday accused Republicans of plotting “social Darwinism” and hammered out the economic vision on which he will build his bid for a second White House term. Obama, apparently bristling to start mixing it with his Republican foe ahead of November’s election, made an impassioned…

Saudi man blows $136,000 on bottle of champagne from 1990

A Saudi millionaire splurged $136,000 on a bottle of champagne at Dubai’s glitzy Cavalli club over the weekend, a UAE newspaper reported on Tuesday. “The Saudi Arabian and his friends guzzled” a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal in the early hours of Saturday morning, the 7DAYS newspaper said, citing the…

Facebook countersues Yahoo! over patent claims

Facebook on Tuesday fired back at Yahoo! with a countersuit charging that the floundering Internet pioneer is violating the social network’s patents — and not the other way around. The move came after Yahoo! filed suit against Facebook in a California court last month accusing the social networking giant of…

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