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European campaign bills science as a ‘girl thing’

With few women in Europe taking up research jobs, a campaign launched Thursday by the EU executive seeks to convince teenagers that science is a “girl thing.” “Science does not just mean old men in white coats,” said Research and Science Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn. “The under-representation of women in a…

Iraqi lawmakers halt work until blast walls around statehouse are replaced

The speaker of the Iraqi parliament said on Thursday that he had ordered a halt to all work at the legislature until concrete blast walls removed in recent days are put back. Osama al-Nujaifi said that if the government were confident that the security precaution was no longer necessary, then…

U.S. and European Union form ‘global alliance’ to track online pedophilia

The European Union and the United States called on the rest of world Thursday to join them in a “global alliance” to combat child sex abuse on the Internet and track down paedophiles. The initiative aims to boost efforts to identify and protect victims, cut down on child pornography available…

Britain and U.S. consider offering immunity to Assad

Britain and the United States have discussed offering Syrian President Bashar al-Assad immunity from prosecution if he steps down as part of a political transition package, reports said Thursday. Britain’s Foreign Office said there was “no new offer” on the table when asked to comment on the reports in several…

Zookeepers hunt for squirrels that escaped during Japanese typhoon

Zookeepers in Japan were Thursday hunting a group of squirrels that made a break for freedom under cover of a powerful typhoon. About 30 of the bushy-tailed creatures saw their chance when typhoon Guchol felled a tree near their enclosure at Tokyo’s Inokashira Park Zoo, cutting a hole in the…

Assange bail donors stand to lose money if Ecuador asylum is granted

Why Assange's bid for Ecuador asylum may dismay supporters (via The Christian Science Monitor) As many questions as answers surrounded Julian Assange’s continued sojourn at the Ecuadorian embassy in London Thursday morning, as the Australian founder of WikiLeaks awaited Ecuador’s response to his plea for asylum. Mr. Assange’s decision Tuesday…

Sweden on alert after explosives found near nuclear plant

Swedish officials raised the alert level for the country’s nuclear plants after finding explosives in a truck near the biggest plant in the country, the Associated Press reports. Authorities say bomb sniffer dogs found the explosives near the plant near Ringhals, Sweden’s second-largest city, while conducting a security check Wednesday,…

UK awaits Ecuador decision on Assange’s asylum

The Foreign Office says it expects a decision by Ecuador on Thursday on the fate of Julian Assange, who has taken refuge in the country’s embassy in London and asked for political asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden. A spokesman said British officials had had an “amicable” conversation with the…

UN official: Drone strikes threaten 50 years of international law

The US policy of using drone strikes to carry out targeted killings presents a major challenge to the system of international law that has endured since the second world war, a UN investigator has said. Christof Heyns, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, fears that Barack…

Philippines seizes illegal China-bound ore

Philippine authorities said Thursday they had seized a huge amount of iron ore intended to be smuggled to China, as part of a long-running battle against illegal miners. The 50,000 tonnes of iron ore, believed to be worth more than $2 million, were found stockpiled near a private wharf at…

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