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Two arrested in Canada over terror bomb plot: police

MONTREAL — Canadian police said Tuesday they had arrested two people “inspired by Al-Qaeda” who allegedly plotted to bomb the provincial legislature in western British Columbia. John Stewart Nuttall and Amanda Marie Korody — who were detained Monday, Canada Day — allegedly planned to use pressure cooker devices on the…

French competition watchdog raids Apple stores

French competition authorities last week raided several stores of US tech giant Apple following a complaint by failed local firm eBizcuss of unfair trade practices, officials said Tuesday. Officials from the Autorite de la Concurrance confirmed the raids but did not say where they took place and how many outlets…

Deaths from prescription painkillers spike in a decade

US women are dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers at an alarming rate, with five times more deaths in 2010 than 1999, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. A total of 6,631 women died from taking pills like Vicodin and Oxycontin in 2010, four times as…

Prosecutors call last witness in Bradley Manning court-martial

By Ian Simpson FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – Court-martial prosecutors called their last witness on Tuesday against the soldier charged with providing a trove of secret material to WikiLeaks in the biggest leak of classified files in U.S. history. Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, faces 21 charges, including espionage,…

German court jails KGB couple for spying during the Cold War

A German court Tuesday jailed a married couple for spying for the Russian secret services for more than 20 years in one of the country’s biggest espionage cases since the Cold War. The pair, identified only by the code names Andreas and Heidrun Anschlag, were planted in the former West…

Long John Silver’s packs 3,700 milligrams of sodium into America’s ‘worst’ restaurant meal

WASHINGTON — A batter-laden fried fish dish packs two weeks worth of harmful trans fat in a single serving and was named worst restaurant meal in America Tuesday by a US consumer advocacy group. The Big Catch meal, sold at the fast food chain Long John Silver’s, contains 33 grams…

Sen. Mark Udall’s brother missing in Utah after back-country hike

DENVER (Reuters) – Aerial and ground crews searched the rugged mountains of western Wyoming for the younger brother of U.S. Senator Mark Udall who was overdue from a week-long back-country hike, authorities said on Monday. James “Randy” Udall, 61, was on a solo hike in the Wind River Range mountains…

First ladies Michele Obama and Laura Bush draw attention to African women’s health

By Mark Felsenthal DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and predecessor Laura Bush combined their star power to draw attention on Tuesday to efforts to improve women’s health and welfare in east Africa. Michelle Obama is visiting Tanzania on the last day of President Barack Obama’s…

India launches first of seven navigation satellites

India launched the first of seven satellites for its domestic satellite navigation network on Tuesday, its space centre said, in the first step to creating a scaled down version of the US Global Positioning System. A rocket took off in the early hours from a site in the southeastern state…

Vatican theologians judge John Paul II’s ‘miracles’ qualify him for sainthood

The Vatican congregation in charge of examining candidates for sainthoods has recognised a second miracle by John Paul II, leaving just a papal signature necessary to authorise the former pope’s canonisation, Italian news agency ANSA reported Tuesday. The Polish pope is likely to be canonised by the end of the…

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