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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…

For-profit schools blamed for denigration of Sweden’s school system

Twenty years after Sweden’s school system opened the door for independent profit-making schools and expanded parents’ choice, sliding results have the leftist opposition saying the system is a textbook example of privatisation gone wrong. In 1992, the Nordic country introduced school vouchers that parents can use to send their children…

Sexual abuse of poor children in developing countries increasingly streamed online

The sexual abuse of children in developing countries is increasingly being live-streamed on Internet services such as Skype, Britain’s online child protection agency warned on Tuesday. Paedophiles are increasingly targeting poor families abroad, exchanging access to live video images of children in exchange for payment, the Child Exploitation and Online…

Study reveals drone strikes are deadlier to Afghans than manned aircraft

Study focusing on one year of conflict contradicts claims that robotic planes are more precise than manned counterparts A study conducted by a US military adviser has found that drone strikes in Afghanistan during a year of the protracted conflict caused 10 times more civilian casualties than strikes by manned fighter aircraft. The new…

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