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Top universities join free online teaching platform

Coursera set to shake up higher education model after adding 12 US and European institutions including Edinburgh University Twelve leading universities in the US and Europe have joined an internet platform created by two Stanford University scientists which provides free online access to classes designed by academics at elite institutions.…

Unique memorial in Rome honors new Christian martyrs

From the Bible of a murdered Pakistani government minister to the prayer book of a slain San Salvador archbishop, a Rome church has created a unique memorial to modern-day Christian martyrs. At a time of outrage over anti-Christian violence in Africa, the exhibits at the Basilica of Saint Bartholomew are…

Mexico drug violence cripples Monterrey

The historic district in this thriving industrial city was once packed with revelers enjoying Mexico’s economic boom times — but today it’s a ghost town, a victim of the country’s ongoing drug war. Most shocking was the speed of the change: just two years. The northern city of Monterrey is…

‘Canadian psycho’ victim’s mother pained by online video

The mother of the Chinese student victim in the “Canadian Psycho” murder and dismemberment case says her “most unbearable pain” is that the killing is still watched online, she told Canada’s public broadcaster. “What a disaster and huge pain for our family,” Zhigui Du said in an interview with the…

South Africa recalls 500,000 HIV test kits

South Africa is recalling 500,000 HIV test kits it ordered from a South Korean company despite a World Health Organisation (WHO) warning over inconclusive results, the health ministry said Tuesday. Authorities are investigating how the SD Bioline tests were ordered earlier this year after the WHO issued notices in November…

Taiwan finds H5N1 virus in birds smuggled from China

Dozens of pet birds smuggled from southern China into Taiwan tested positive for the deadly H5N1 avian flu virus and were destroyed, Taiwanese authorities said Tuesday. The smuggler bought the 38 birds in the Chinese city of Guangzhou and was caught at the Taoyuan international airport in northern Taiwan when…

Japanese high school girl speared in head by javelin

A Japanese schoolgirl was in intensive care Tuesday after being speared in the head by a javelin while taking part in track and field training, an official said. The 2.6 metre (8 ft 6 ins) javelin became lodged in the 15-year-old’s head after being thrown by a student on campus…

British regulator probing seven banks over Libor scandal

LONDON — Britain’s financial regulator is investigating seven financial institutions in the Libor manipulation scandal that claimed the boss of British bank Barclays, a senior official told lawmakers Monday. Tracey McDermott of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) also told a parliamentary committee it was unlikely there would be any criminal…

Syria rebels launch full-scale attack operation

BEIRUT — Syria’s rebels announced the launch of a full-scale attack operation, dubbed “the Damascus volcano and earthquakes of Syria,” as major clashes engulfed several districts of the capital. In a statement released on Monday night, the Free Syrian Army’s central-Homs Joint Command said its operation was launched at 8:00…

Hungary says probing Nazi war criminal ‘raises problems’

BUDAPEST — Pressure was mounting on Hungary Monday over an aged Nazi war criminal found living there, as prosecutors said investigating him was difficult as his crimes happened so long ago and in another country. Several dozen young demonstrators gathered outside Laszlo Csatary’s apartment in an upmarket district of Budapest…

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