A pack of up to four pit bull terriers has been blamed for the death of a jogger in rural Los Angeles, with officials warning on Thursday that the dogs remained on the loose.
Sheriff’s Lieutenant John Corina said a woman in a car saw the dogs attacking the female jogger, 63, on Thursday morning. The witness called police and blew her car horn to try to get the dogs to [...]
Users ‘frustrated’ by limitations of devices, says Microsoft co-founder, implying many will look to move to Surface products
Users of iPad and Android tablets might not have noticed, but a lot of them are “frustrated” because they “can’t type, they can’t create documents, they don’t have [Microsoft] Office there”. At least according to Bill Gates, who three years ago said of the iPad: “there’s nothing on the iPad I look at and say ‘Oh, I [...]
The world’s most widely used insecticide is devastating dragonflies, snails and other water-based species, a groundbreaking Dutch study has revealed.
On Monday, the insecticide and two others were banned for two yearsfrom use on some crops across the European Union, due to the risk posed to bees and other pollinators, on which many food crops rely.
However, much tougher action in the form of a total worldwide ban is needed, according to the [...]
The lawyer who first drew up White House policy on lethal drone strikes has accused the Obama administration of overusing them because of its reluctance to capture prisoners that would otherwise have to be sent toGuantánamo Bay.
John Bellinger, who was responsible for drafting the legal framework for targeted drone killings while working for George W Bush after 9/11, said he believed their use had increased since because President Obama was unwilling to [...]
An Mpumalanga lesbian couple has been told to split up, or their son will face expulsion from school.
Legally married Samantha (27) and Kally Mabe (26) told The Star newspaper that they were called to a meeting with the principal of Secunda Highveld Christian School and were told their homosexuality was problematic.
They were also accused of falsifying the information stating their sexual orientation in the school’s application letter.
“We never hid the [...]
North Korea has announced that an American tourist is to be tried on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, a crime that carries a possible death penalty.
The case against Korean-American Kenneth Bae, who has been imprisoned in North Korea since early November, could further stoke tensions between Pyongyang and Washington.
Responding to the development, the US State Department said the welfare of US citizens overseas remained a “critical priority” and that [...]
Last week’s collapse of a European carbon emissions scheme makes an agreed approach to climate change all the more urgent
The world is going to fry – unless there is change soon. There is weakening political will to make national and international targets for carbon reduction stick, no strong business and financial coalition prepared to lead and a weakening groundswell of public opinion prepared to foot the bill.
Instead, the international consensus [...]
April 16, 2013
Scientists have successfully bioengineered a kidney and implanted it into a living creature – work which could be an important step forward in the search for personalized replacement organs that could be transplanted into patients with kidney failure, according to media reports published Sunday.
According to Alok Jha, science correspondent with The Guardian, Dr. Harald Ott of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and colleagues took rat kidneys [...]
Uruguay‘s Congress has voted to legalise same-sex marriage, making it the second country in Latin America and the third in all the Americas to do so.
Seventy-one of 92 lawmakers in the lower house voted in favour of the proposal, one week after the senate passed it by a wide majority. President Jose Mujica is expected to sign the bill into law.
“I agree that family is the basis of society but I [...]
Assets worth €1.3bn seized from Italian businessman ‘with mafia links’
Vito Nicastri, known as the ‘king of wind’ for his renewable energy interests, loses companies, property, cars and boats
Anti-mafia investigators in Italy have made their largest confiscation of assets to date: €1.3bn (£1.1bn) worth of property, cash and alternativeenergy companies owned by a man known as the “king of wind”.
Among the assets [...]
Forecasts of global temperature rises over the past 15 years have proved remarkably accurate, new analysis of scientists’ modelling ofclimate change shows.
The debate around the accuracy of climate modelling and forecasting has been especially intense recently, due to suggestions that forecasts have exaggerated the warming observed so far – and therefore also the level warming that can be expected in the future. But the new research casts serious doubts on these claims, and [...]
Bank of Cyprus depositors could lose up to 60% of their savings
Cypriot finance officials say initial losses will be 37.5%, but up to 22.5% more could be taken if bank needs further capitalisation
Savers with the Bank of Cyprus could lose up to 60% of their savings according to officials from the central bank and the finance ministry.
The officials said on Saturday that deposits over €100,000 [...]
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, has described China as “the most egregious” example of a nation attempting to control theinternet, as he hinted at expanding the company’s multimillion-pound transition fund towards British publishers to boost revenues from digital.
In an interview with the Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger at theBig Tent Activate Summit in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, Schmidt spoke of his concern about reports from the New York Times last month that its computers [...]
SPAIN’S JOBLESS HITS RECORD 5 MILLION IN FEBRUARY
The financial crash and plummeting property market struck Spain with a high eviction rate and a rash of empty houses. Now victims of the crisis are fighting back by setting up home in a network of vacant buildings
“Life changes when you lose everything,” says Manoli Cortés. “There was a time when I was happy just to work and look after my home. Now, [...]
Greece is facing a serious shortage of medicines amid claims that pharmaceutical multinationals have halted shipments to the country because of the economic crisis and concerns that the drugs will be exported by middlemen because prices are higher in other European countries.
Hundreds of drugs are in short supply and the situation is getting worse, according to the Greek drug regulator. The government has drawn up a list of more than 50 [...]
DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said Tuesday that layoffs already have begun and that 350 of the studio’s 2,200 employees will have been let go by year’s end.
“These things are very, very difficult to do,” Katzenberg told The Hollywood Reporter. “I would say it’s the hardest thing I’ve had to do since we started DreamWorks. We’ve never had to lay anybody off. It was against our culture. But it’s the right thing for [...]
…A fiscal impasse between Democrats and Republicans is a far bigger short-term threat to the US economy than a slower pace of quantitative easing or the withdrawal of monetary stimulus at some point in the future. The danger is that a failure to reach agreement will trigger across the board spending cuts under the sequestration agreement reached between the White House and Capitol Hill in the summer of 2011.
The combination [...]
February 10, 2013
The super-rich – the top 1% of earners – now pocket 10p in every pound of income paid in Britain, while the poorest half of the population take home only 18p of every pound between them, according to a report published this week by the Resolution Foundation thinktank, which reveals the widening gap between those at the very top and the rest of society.
Inequality has grown [...]
US news organisations are facing accusations of complicity after it emerged that they bowed to pressure from the Obama administration not to disclose the existence of a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia despite knowing about it for a year.
Amid renewed scrutiny over the Obama administration’s secrecy over its targeted killing programme, media analysts and national security experts said the revelation that some newspapers had co-operated over the drone base had reopened [...]
From Washington’s Blog:
Bush and Obama have set us back 800 years.
NBC News reports:
Legal experts expressed grave reservations Tuesday about an Obama administration memo concluding that the United States can order the killing of American citizens believed to be affiliated with al-Qaida – with one saying the White House was acting as “judge, jury, and executioner.”
“Anyone should be concerned when the president and his lawyers make up their own interpretation of [...]
The full extent of the CIA‘s extraordinary rendition programme has been laid bare with the publication of a report showing there is evidence that more than a quarter of the world’s governments covertly offered support.
A 213-page report compiled by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), a New York-based human rights organisation, says that at least 54 countries co-operated with the global kidnap, detention and tortureoperation that was mounted after 9/11, many of them in Europe.
So widespread and extensive was the [...]
Shops and offices throughout France will be forced to turn off their lights overnight in a bid to fight light pollution, the country’s environment ministry has announced.