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China launches operation to free pandas into wild

China on Wednesday released six young captive pandas into semi-wild enclosures as part of a project aimed at helping the endangered bears adapt to the wild and eventually go free. Previous attempts by Chinese authorities to release pandas into the wild have proved unsuccessful. The last bear that was set free in…

Ex-policeman arrested in phone-hacking probe

Police probing the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the Worldtabloid arrested a former Scotland Yard officer on Tuesday onsuspicion of leaking information to a journalist. The 52-year-old was arrested at his home in Berkshire, west of London, by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), and is currently in custody at a police station in the area, the IPCC said…

Buying up crime souvenirs, a growing U.S. market

The calculator used by the Virginia Tech student killer is up for sale on the Internet along with a lock of hair snipped from notorious assassin Charles Manson and letters from several serial killers. The market for buying grisly souvenirs linked to infamous crimes is growing in the United States, with a half-dozen websites sharing…

Google makes search personal

Google wove content from its social network and Picasa photo-sharing service into its search formula to serve up personalized results to online queries. “Search plus your world” was billed as a major change to the leading Internet search engine. “There is a huge amount of content on the Web today but, at a certain…

World’s deepest sea vents reveal unknown creatures

The ocean’s deepest volcanic vents, kilometres below the surface, are teeming with life forms never before seen that thrive near super-hot underwater geysers, according to a new study. Eyeless shrimps and white-tentacled anemones were photographed bunched around cracks in the ocean floor spewing mineral-rich water that may top 450 degrees Celsius…

U.S. diplomat to meet Egypt Muslim Brotherhood

The US State Department’s number two is to meet Wednesday with leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood’s party after it claimed a crushing victory in the first parliamentary polls since a popular uprising ousted Hosni Mubarak. William Burns ”will meet leaders of the Freedom and Justice Partyat their headquarters in Cairo,” FJP spokesman Ahmed Sobea told AFP. “It will…

Iran nuclear scientist killed in car bomb blast

An Iranian nuclear scientist was killed on Wednesday in a Tehran car bomb assassination blamed onIsrael that threatens to ignite a dangerously tense international standoff over Iran’s atomic programme. An Iranian official immediately blamed “the Zionist regime” for the explosion, saying the method — two men on a motorbike attaching a magnetic…

73-year-old woman forced to enter bank with an ankle bomb

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Jan 10 (Reuters) – Authorities searched on Tuesday for a man who made a 73-year-old grandmother enter a bank wearing an ankle bomb in an attempt rob it. On Monday, Betty Davis entered an Arvest Bank branch in Fayetteville, Ark., about 140 miles from Little Rock. She…

Twitter lashes out at Google search changes

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter lashed out at changes Google Inc unveiled for its search engine on Tuesday, describing the changes as “bad” for consumers and for Web publishers. Twitter, a microblogging service which allows its users to broadcast short, 140-character messages to groups of “followers,” said Google’s changes would…

Court: Oklahoma can’t enforce Sharia law ban

DENVER (Reuters) – A federal appeals court upheld an injunction against a voter-approved ban on Islamic law in Oklahoma on Tuesday, saying it likely violated the U.S. Constitution by discriminating against religion. A three-member panel of the Denver-based U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the rights of…

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