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Biden emphasizes trade in trip to Mexico

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden touted immigration reform and trade with Mexico during talks with President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City on Friday, skirting a thorny spying scandal. Visiting the southern neighbor four months after U.S. President Barack Obama, Biden sought to put the focus again on economic ties between the neighboring nations

Researchers brace for latest corporate push questioning climate change

Climate change summit braced for counterblast from sceptics as report warns greenhouse gas emissions still increasing Big companies are paying contrarians to undermine the work of climate scientists, according to a top UN official speaking before the release of a landmark review of climate science this weekby international researchers next Friday. Halldór Thorgeirsson, a

Apple CEO joins Twitter amid rush for new iPhones

Apple chief executive Tim Cook joined Twitter on Friday, as huge crowds formed around the world to buy up the California giant’s two new iPhones. In his first tweet, Cook described his visit to customers waiting for iPhones near the company’s headquarters. “Visited Retail Stores in Palo Alto today. Seeing so many happy customers

Moroccan rights groups move to challenge repressive police

Moroccan rights groups move to challenge repressive police (via The Christian Science Monitor) Human right s groups have demanded a judicial investigation into why Moroccan police violently broke up a protest last month, in a unusually defiant move against the country’s increasingly repressive security forces. A total of 22 rights groups and…   [Image

France proposes taxing data transferred out of EU

France has proposed the European Union study taxing companies for transferring personal data outside of the bloc, for example in call centres abroad. The proposal is part of a series France has made ahead of an EU summit next month that also includes a call to put in place new tax rules that would

‘Northampton Clown’ terrifies British town for ‘harmless fun’

A mysterious clown dressed like the malevolent character from the Stephen King novel “It” has been scaring residents with random appearances in the British town of Northampton. The “Northampton Clown”, whose identity remains unknown, said on Friday that the bizarre behaviour involving posting pictures of himself around the town was “harmless fun.” The clown,

U.S. markets slide as government budget battle mounts

U.S. markets slid Friday, giving up much of the gains made on the Federal Reserve’s no-taper decision, as the country girded for a disruptive Washington budget and debt showdown. At the closing bell the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 181.09 points (1.16 percent) at 15,455.56. The broad-based S&P 500 dropped 12.56 (0.73 percent)

Smartphone maker BlackBerry to cut 4,500 jobs

BlackBerry Friday said it would cut 4,500 jobs as the struggling Canadian smartphone maker retrenches in the face of hefty losses and weak sales of its ne handsets. BlackBerry said it expects a loss of $950 to $995 million in second quarter. The company’s highly-publicized launch of the BlackBerry 10 earlier this year failed

DA drops charges against Saudi princess in human trafficking case

US prosecutors have dropped human trafficking charges against a Saudi princess accused of holding a Kenyan housekeeper against her will, officials said Friday. Meshael Alayban, one of six wives of Saudi Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud, had been due to enter a plea in court to the felony charges, filed against

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