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‘Invisible key’ invented by Taiwan scientists

A team of Taiwanese researchers have developed an “invisible key” technology which allows users to unlock their doors by means of simple hand gestures, the head of the team said Monday. “In the future, you won’t have to worry about losing or forgetting your keys,” said Tsai Yao-pin, who teaches…

Dominique Strauss-Kahn to sue French rape accuser for slander

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn plans to sue for slander a French woman who said she will file an attempted rape complaint against him, his lawyers said in a statement Monday. Earlier French journalist and writer Tristane Banon, 32, who once branded Strauss-Kahn a “rutting chimpanzee”, indicated she would lodge…

Grenade wounds 17 Afghan schoolchildren

KABUL — A suspected militant on a motorbike threw a hand grenade at the gates of a school in north Afghanistan on Sunday, injuring 17 children, the interior ministry said in a statement. The incident took place in Maimana, the main city of Faryab province, the ministry said, adding that…

Israeli army uses dogs against Palestinian workers

RAMADIN, Palestinian Territories — Palestinians desperate for work in Israel will go to extremes to sneak past the West Bank barrier, but now they face a new hurdle — army attack dogs sent to sniff them out. Workers say the use of dogs to hunt down anyone trying to enter…

Obama’s biggest election foe may be economy, not GOP

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Barack Obama does not yet know the identity of his 2012 Republican challenger, but his toughest reelection challenge could be to convince voters the economy is in steady hands. In the two years since Obama took office, the US economy has improved dramatically. Growth has swung from…

Clear economic victory eludes Obama as vote nears

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Barack Obama does not yet know the identity of his 2012 Republican challenger, but his toughest reelection challenge could be to convince voters the economy is in steady hands. In the two years since Obama took office, the US economy has improved dramatically. Growth has swung from…

Right-wing group warns gays will skip ‘hand in hand’ to adopt boys ‘for themselves’

The 30-year-old conservative group Public Advocate of the United States implied that homosexual men were child abusers in a fundraising email asking for donations to help fight against a revision to Virginia’s adoption rules. “The thought of it sickens the soul,” the group’s founder, Eugene Delgaudio, wrote. “Practicing Homosexuals skipping…

Australia carries out its first hand transplant

SYDNEY (AFP) – A man who lost his hands and feet to a bacterial infection four years ago has become Australia’s first recipient of a hand transplant, a report said Thursday. Peter Walsh, 65, underwent the successful nine-hour operation in Sydney this week. “Peter was wriggling his fingers today,” Professor…

Wyclef Jean injured in Haiti election clamor

Hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean, who attempted to run for the presidency of Haiti, was injured Sunday morning in Port-au-Prince. There are conflicting reports about the nature of his wounds, though all parties agree they are non life-threatening. Jean claims he was shot in the hand, while local police say he…

If spending cuts kill jobs, ‘so be it’: Boehner

WASHINGTON – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Tuesday showed little concern for the federal job losses that could result from the GOP’s proposed spending cuts. “In the last two years, under President Obama, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs. If some of those jobs are lost…

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