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Merkel Hopes for US Answers on Spying

U.S. President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel chat during dinner at Chralottenburg Castle in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after a phone call with Barack Obama on Wednesday night that she believed the U.S. president took Germany’s concern over reported U.S. spying very seriously, and she hoped coming talks would bring answers. Obama sought to allay the anger in Germany and other European allies in his call with Merkel, during which the chancellor said she made clear to him...

Egypt Swears In New Interim Leader

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The top judge of Egypt’s Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmud Mansour, has been sworn in as interim leader, a day after the army ousted President Mohammed Morsi and put him under house arrest. Mansour said fresh elections were “the only way” forward, but gave no indication of when they would be held. Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected leader, is under house arrest after what he says was ...

US Health Mandate Delayed till 2015

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The main provision of a landmark healthcare bill passed under President Barack Obama will take effect one year later than planned, his administration has said. Employers now have until 2015 to extend healthcare benefits to their employees. The move has been seen as a major concession to retailers and other businesses. But it puts off the law’s aim of giving coverage to nearly 50 million A...

Snowden’s Asylum Options Narrow

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Countries in Latin America, Asia and Europe spurned asylum requests by Edward Snowden on Tuesday, despite a call by Venezuela for the world to protect the former U.S. spy agency contractor wanted by Washington for espionage. Snowden, who revealed the secret U.S. electronic surveillance program Prism, has applied for political asylum in more than a dozen countries in his search for safety from pro...

Kerry Responds to US Bugging Claims

Kerry Responds to US Bugging Claims

Nearly all national governments, not just the United States, use “lots of activities” to safeguard their interests and security, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday, responding for the first time to allegations that Washington spied on the European Union and other allies. The EU has strongly demanded that the United States explain a report in a German magazine that Washington ...

Fossil Clues to Cancer Origin

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A Neanderthal living 120,000 years ago had a cancer that is common today, according to a fossil study. A fossilised Neanderthal rib found in a shallow cave at Krapina, Croatia, shows signs of a bone tumour. The discovery is the oldest evidence yet of a tumour in the human fossil record, say US scientists. The research, published in the journal PLOS One, gives clues to the complex history of...

Don’t Lecture Us on Human Rights: Kazakhstan to Britain

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron attend a Kazakh-British business forum in Astana

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Monday nobody had the right to lecture his country after British Prime Minister David Cameron raised concerns about human rights in the former Soviet state. In Kazakhstan on a brief visit which saw 700 million pounds ($1.06 billion) of business deals, Cameron, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with Nazarbayev, said he had discussed “at length” alle...

Cameron Sued over Avatar Copyright

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Hollywood director James Cameron has been sued by British artist Roger Dean for $50m (£43m) over claims he copied ideas for the 3D film Avatar. Dean, who designed album covers for the likes of prog-rock bands Yes and Asia, filed a legal action at a court in New York last week. He has accused Cameron of “wilful and deliberate copying, dissemination and exploitation” of his original images....

Son Would Return for US Espionage Trial: Snowden’s Father

Son Would Return for US Espionage Trial: Snowden’s Father

The father of leaker Edward Snowden has said he believes his son would return to the US on certain conditions. Lon Snowden asked for “ironclad assurances” his son’s rights would be protected in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. He asked his son not be held before trial nor subjected to a gag order, and be able to choose where he was tried. Edward Snowden fled to Hong Kong and then...

UK Plans for “3-Parent” IVF Babies

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Britain is planning to become the first country in the world to offer controversial “three-parent” fertility treatments to families who want to avoid passing on incurable diseases to their children. The methods, currently only at the research stage in laboratories in Britain and the United States, would for the first time involve implanting genetically modified embryos into women. Critic...