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U.S. military further investigating crass treatment of bodies in Afghanistan

The US military said Friday it was probing allegations of further misconduct by a Marine unit in Afghanistan that triggered outrage after members were seen in a video urinating on bloodstained corpses. US leaders in January condemned the behavior of the Marine unit and promised a full investigation. In the…

Britain’s royal family release home movies

Home movies filmed by Queen Elizabeth are to be released for the first time Friday, giving a glimpse of life behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace and showing a softer side of Britain’s royal family. The informal footage will be screened on Friday evening as part of a tribute documentary…

Developing nations boycott European Union LGBT rights event

The Africa, Caribbean and Pacific group of states boycotted an European Union event Friday because it was due to discuss how to fight discrimination against gay rights. Though some members of the so-called ACP group of 79 nations took part individually in the event titled “Discrimination hampers Development”, the group…

China opens the door to re-starting its nuclear program

Energy-hungry China could restart its nuclear projects, suspended after Japan’s Fukushima disaster in March last year, while new safety standards have been adopted in active plants, the government said. After the Fukushima accident triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami, Beijing announced a review of safety standards and emergency procedures…

World leaders agree Syria is on the brink of civil war

World leaders voiced fears on Friday that Syria stands on the brink of civil war but found little agreement on how to bring it back from the abyss, as 18 more people died in the relentless violence. Talks in Berlin between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin…

Secretary Clinton announces $75 million public-private partnership for maternal health

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday the United States would provide $75 million (60.5 million euros) to a private-public effort to improve the health of mothers and their babies in developing countries. Norway, the host of an international conference focusing on maternal health, said it would join the…

U.S. anti-counterfeiting treaty rejected by key European committees

Three key committees in the European Parliament, covering industry, civil rights and legal affairs, voted against the U.S.-sponsored Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) this week, sending a clear signal that activists pushing lawmakers to reject the treaty have had a major and lasting effect. Proponents of ACTA, which effectively exports U.S.…

World cancer cases to rise by 75 percent by 2030

Worldwide cases of cancer are likely to rise by nearly 75 percent by 2030, driven by demographic and lifestyle factors, according to a study published on Friday in the journal The Lancet Oncology. A team led by Freddie Bray of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon,…

Obama ‘sped up cyber-attacks’ on Iran’s nuclear program: report

President Barack Obama’s administration has taken direct responsibility for a rapid acceleration in cyber-attacks against Iran‘s nuclear programme. According to anonymous senior administration sources quoted in the New York Times, Obama decided to speed up a programme first launched by his predecessor, George W Bush, codenamed Olympic Games, whose aim was…

Pirates attack Greek oil tanker off Nigeria: IMB

Pirates attacked a Greek-owned oil tanker off Nigeria Friday but failed to hijack the ship after the crew hid in a safe room, the International Maritime Bureau said. The tanker was anchored off Lagos when armed pirates boarded early on Friday, said Noel Choong, head of the IMB’s piracy reporting…

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