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Canadian court: No royalties for Internet downloads

Canada’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that no royalties need to be paid to recording artists or song publishers when videogames or movie soundtracks are downloaded on the Internet. Deciding on five landmark copyright cases, the court said that record labels and recording artists are not eligible for additional “communication” royalties…

Court orders credit card company to un-block WikiLeaks payments

Whistleblower website WikiLeaks achieved its first major legal victory in a pushback against the U.S.-led financial blockade that’s crippled the publication and sapped more than 95 percent of its resources since 2010. In a ruling by the Reykjavík District Court in Iceland, credit card processing company Valitor, partner of both…

U.S. tourist injured in Spanish bull run

Six people were hospitalised Thursday after running through the streets with charging bulls at Spain’s San Fermin festival, including one visitor from the United States, authorities said. Those injured in the sixth bull-run of the colourful fiesta included a 62-year-old local and a person from San Francisco, California, both of…

South Korea liquor labels warn against drunken violence

South Korea’s top liquor maker said Thursday it has started labelling bottles with warnings against drunken violence, in a country which is one of the world’s heaviest alcohol consumers. Hite-Jinro said from Tuesday it began labelling soju and beer bottles sold in Seoul with messages reading: “No more drunken violence!…

9 dead in avalanche on ‘Cursed Mountain’ in French Alps

An avalanche swept over a group of foreign climbers in the French Alps on Thursday, killing at least nine people — with the dead believed to include three Britons — in the deadliest such disaster in the region in a decade. Most of the dead found after the early morning…

Energy agency says oil prices may fall 7 percent in 2013

Oil prices are unlikely to fall much further over the balance of this year but could come under pressure in 2013 as the global economy falters due to slower US and Chinese growth, the IEA said Thursday. The International Energy Agency, which advises developed countries on energy policy, said supply…

Italian police forced to apologize for gay slur in training manual

Italian police apologised this week after they were forced to change a training manual that listed homosexuality as a “sexual deviance” in the same category as bestiality, incest and necrophilia. A passage in the 585-page manual, which was being used internally in officer exams in the Carabinieri police force, read:…

Farm production ‘needs to rise 60 percent by 2050′: UN

World farm production must rise 60 percent by 2050 to meet the needs of a growing population but this has to happen in “a more sustainable way,” the UN food agency FAO and the OECD said on Wednesday. “It’s mostly going to be about productivity,” Angel Gurria, head of the…

Funding crisis at world’s largest refugee camp

Aid agencies warned Thursday that a critical shortage of funds is threatening lives in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp complex, the world’s largest, risking worsening an already volatile security situation. “Tens of thousands of lives (are) at risk with money for vital services set to run out in two to three…

The brief life of a Zeta foot-soldier

VERACRUZ, Mexico — Francisco had gone from one dead-end job to another, desperate for cash to buy medicine for his ailing mother. Finally he caved in and accepted an offer to join the Zetas, Mexico’s vicious paramilitary drug gang. The pay: $1,800 a month, a fortune in the eastern Mexican…

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