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Lights go off for Earth Hour

The Eiffel Tower, the Acropolis and the Sydney Opera House were plunged into darkness on Saturday for the annual Earth Hour campaign, leading a global effort to raise awareness about climate change. In a twist to this year’s Earth Hour, Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers will observe from the International Space…

Earth Hour to be watched over from space as the lights go out

The event will have a live commentary from space as landmarks from the Eiffel Tower to the Sydney Opera House switch off their lights Earth Hour, the environmentally symbolic annual switch off of lights for one hour this Saturday night, is to extend into space this year, with the International…

Environmental activists scale Sydney Opera House

Three people scaled Sydney’s iconic Opera House, unfurling a bright yellow banner on its tiled white sails to protest against the destruction of forests. Police said four people were arrested after the protest and were in custody. “One woman was arrested on the ground after allegedly refusing directions to leave…

Apple argues iPad case in Australia tablet row

American computer giant Apple claimed on Monday that Samsung Electronics’ latest tablet computer infringes on patents relating to touch screen technology. Lawyers for Apple addressed the Federal Court after the firm launched legal action against the South Korean company last month, accusing it of intellectual property infringements with the Galaxy…

‘French spiderman’ takes on world’s tallest tower

DUBAI – After scaling the Eiffel Tower in Paris and Sydney Opera House, the “French Spiderman” now has his sights set on the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa in the cosmopolitan Gulf emirate of Dubai. Alain Robert, 48, is due Monday to climb the exterior of the skyscraper which stands…

Floods hit Australian tourism

BRISBANE, Australia (AFP) – Brisbane is a travel hub for tourists and the gateway to the pristine beaches, rugged outback, tropical rainforests and Great Barrier Reef of Australia’s famed ‘Sunshine State’. But the floodwaters that surged through the city last week, depositing tonnes of putrid mud and debris, have shut…

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