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Spain will continue seeking damages over Prestige oil disaster

Spain will appeal for damages over the Prestige tanker disaster which choked its northwest coast in oil, the government said Monday, after a court acquitted all defendants of causing the spill. The court on Thursday acquitted the ship’s crew and a top Spanish maritime official and awarded no compensation for…

Yahoo vows to encrypt website traffic

Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer on Monday said the Internet firm will begin encrypting data to protect users from online snooping. By April of next year, Yahoo will have encryption in place to protect information shared by users of its online properties as well as information exchanged between the Internet firm’s…

‘Wildcat’ strike grounds scores of Brussel Airlines flights

Strike actions by Brussels Airlines pilots grounded scores of flights on Monday to and from mainly European destinations, the company said. “Due to a wildcat strike action of a number of our pilots, we are forced to cancel some of our flights,” read an update on the airline’s website. It…

Indonesia reports 163rd death from H1N1 virus

An Indonesian woman living near the capital Jakarta has died of bird flu, the health ministry said, the latest death from H5N1 in the country hardest hit by the virus. The 31-year-old housewife from Bekasi in West Java province is the 163rd fatality from the virus in Southeast Asia’s biggest…

Google will pay U.S. $17 million in privacy settlement

Google has agreed to pay $17 million to settle an investigation by US states into its use of unauthorized tracking software on Apple Safari Web browsers, officials said Monday. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the multistate agreement on Google’s “unauthorized placement of cookies on computers using Apple…

Researchers link extended birth control use to glaucoma risk

Women who have taken birth control pills for three years or more face twice the risk of developing the eye disease glaucoma, a top cause of blindness, researchers said Monday. The study was based on survey answers by 3,406 women over age 40 in the United States, and was presented…

U.N. Assembly cheers as Palestinians cast first vote

The Palestinians voted for the first time at the UN General Assembly Monday and claimed the moment as a new step in its quest for full recognition by the global body. Most of the 193 members of the General Assembly stood in applause when Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour cast a…

MySpace founder says Rupert Murdoch ruined the once-popular website

Chris DeWolfe has given an illuminating interview to the Daily Telegraph’s Katherine Rushton. The co-creator and former chief executive of MySpace accused Rupert Murdoch of ruining the social network after News Corp bought it, for $580m, in 2005. Its popularity was short-lived. It was soon overtaken by Facebook and in…

Uruguay’s marijuana legalization law could set new tone for war on drugs in Latin America

Inhaling deeply from a large joint of unadulterated cannabis, Marcelo Vasquez grins at the imminent prospect of his outlawed passion becoming Uruguay’s newest state-sanctioned industry. This week, the country’s senate is expected to pass the world’s most far-reaching drug legalisation, which should transform Vasquez from a petty criminal into a…

Young Conservatives of Texas to hold ‘Catch an Illegal Immigrant’ event on Wednesday

The University of Texas at Austin chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) will be holding a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Game” on campus Wednesday. According to event’s Facebook page, “[t]here will be several people walking around the UT campus with the label ‘illegal immigrant’ on their clothing. Any…

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