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Suit seeks Chevron assets in Brazil over Ecuador claims

QUITO — Plaintiffs have filed suit in Brazil to seize Chevron assets to pay off $18 billion in damages awarded by an Ecuadoran court for damage to the Amazon rain forest, the parties said Thursday. The claim was filed by Brazilian lawyer Sergio Bermudes on behalf of Ecuadoran Indians in…

Libya seeks release of detainees in Iraq

TRIPOLI — A Libyan delegation is in Baghdad to negotiate the release of countrymen detained in Iraqi prisons, senior officials said on Thursday, adding that eight prisoners have been pardoned. “We will receive some of the (Libyan) prisoners that are in Iraq,” Justice Minister Hmeida Ashur told AFP. “The order…

Man convicted of violating copyright for linking to video content

A man has been convicted on conspiracy charges relating to his operation of surfthechannel.com, a website offering links to TV and video content. Newcastle crown court heard Anton Vickerman’s site had up to 400,000 users a day and made about £35,000 a month in revenue. While UK prosecutors did not…

Former UK drug adviser: Scientists need access to psychedelic drugs for research

Scientists should have access to illegal psychedelic drugs such as LSD and psilocybin to aid them in brain research, according to the government’s former drug adviser Professor David Nutt. He said that research into the deepest mysteries of the brain, including consciousness and mental illness, had been curtailed by the…

Local Japanese government seeks to preserve ‘miracle pine’ tree

A local government in northern Japan is seeking funds to preserve a so-called “miracle pine” tree that survived last year’s tsunami, officials said Thursday. The city of Rikuzentakata will open a Facebook page on July 5 to ask for donations for the tree — the sole survivor among some 70,000…

British recession worse than previously thought

Britain’s recession is deeper than thought as official data on Thursday shows the economy shrank 0.3 percent in the first quarter following a higher-than-expected 0.4-percent contraction in late 2011. The Office for National Statistics said in a statement that British gross domestic product (GDP) shrank 0.3 percent between January and…

Naked Chinese woman blocks ambulance carrying husband’s lover

A woman in China is facing the death penalty after she ran over her husband’s lover and her 4-year-old daughter and then stripped naked to block an ambulance from taking them to the hospital. Zhang Shih is suspected of crashing her car into Wang Lu and her 4-year-old daughter over…

New Zealand high court: MegaUpload raid was illegal

WELLINGTON — New Zealand police acted illegally when armed officers raided Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s Auckland mansion earlier this year, a High Court judge ruled on Thursday. Judge Helen Winkelmann said the search warrants police used when they raided the Internet millionaire’s property as part of a US probe into…

Police order: Assange must turn himself in

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been served with a police letter saying he has to present himself to a London police station on Friday, according to sources. Assange has been seeking political asylum inside Ecuador’s embassy in London since last week as he tries to avoid extradition to Sweden, where…

Russia against Syria solutions ‘dictated from abroad’

Russia said Thursday it backed a political transition in Syria but rejected Western pressure to call for the exit of President Bashar al-Assad, ahead of international talks on ending the spiralling conflict. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov poured cold water on hopes that world powers have already agreed a common strategy…

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