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Three Libyan soldiers wounded in new Benghazi attack

Three Libyan soldiers have been seriously wounded in a new attack in the eastern city of Benghazi after deadly clashes with jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia, a security official said Friday. “Unidentified men fired a machinegun at a patrol on Syria Avenue in Benghazi, wounding three troops” late Thursday, the official…

Three unpublished J.D. Salinger stories leaked online via eBay

Three stories by the notoriously reclusive author J.D. Salinger were leaked online Wednesday. They were being auctioned as a book on eBay, but an anonymous Reddit contributor noticed that the seller had included a PDF scan of it in the description. According to the seller, the “book” was published in…

South Korea orders history textbook revisions in political battle over nation’s birth

South Korea’s Education Ministry has ordered revisions to a number of high school history textbooks, part of a long-running ideological battle over the narrative of modern Korean nationhood. In a statement Friday, the ministry said the publishers of seven government-approved textbooks had been ordered to revise 41 instances of “obscure…

Behind mask of secularism, France hardens face towards Islam

A landmark court ruling this week is set to increase the pressure on French Muslims, potentially at the expense of the country’s fraught race relations, experts fear. Frenchwomen who wear headscarves out of faith could see their freedom to do so curtailed after a Paris appeals court’s decision to uphold…

Britain to give parents more time off after the birth of a child and more options on using their paternal leave

Britain announced on Friday final details of a plan enabling couples to share parental leave after the birth of their child in a bid to help working mothers and give fathers more time with their children. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the proposals “challenge the old-fashioned assumption” that women…

Sweden divided over requiring HIV-positive people to inform partners before sex

When Lina Afvander got her HIV diagnosis, it came with a set of prescriptions and a disclosure obligation, which legally requires HIV-positive people in Sweden to reveal their status before having sex. “My strategy is that I don’t expose myself to this situation that often, I just don’t have that…

European Union fails to convince Ukraine to sign trade agreement

A European Union bid to draw mighty ex-Soviet state Ukraine into the Western fold headed for failure at a summit ending Friday held amid a worsening EU-Russia tug-of-war. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite told AFP that leaders of the 28-nation-bloc had failed to convince Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to sign up…

Are U.S. phone landlines in danger of being disconnected?

America’s plain old telephone network is rapidly being overtaken by new technology, putting US regulators in a quandary over how to manage the final stages of transformation. Though the timing remains unclear, the impact of change and what it means for roughly 100 million Americans who remain reliant on the…

U.S. company ‘SpaceX’ postpones first satellite launch into space

Private US company SpaceX postponed the launch of a rocket carrying its first telecommunications satellite on Thursday after two unsuccessful attempts at take-off. The launch at a US Air Force base in Cape Canaveral, Florida was moved to Thursday after an attempt on Monday was aborted. The unmanned Falcon 9…

Australia blocks Archer Daniels Midland takeover bid

The Australian government rejected Friday the Aus$3 billion (US$2.7 billion) sale of GrainCorp to American agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), saying it went against the national interest. Treasurer Joe Hockey said the sector was still moving towards more robust competition and a foreign takeover of the biggest grain handler…

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