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Egypt court sentences Al Jazeera journalists to 10 & 7 years in prison
​An Egyptian judge on Monday sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to long prison terms, one to 10 years and two to seven years, after finding them guilty on charges that included helping the Muslim Brotherhood by publishing false information.

23.06.2014 09:53

Aussie govt. under fire for offering up to $10k to asylum seekers to go home
Australian opposition and human rights groups have blasted the country’s government after it reportedly increased by several times the payoffs to asylum seekers who voluntary go home, while imposing tough restrictions on their stay.

22.06.2014 07:51

FBI and NYPD team up to create federal cybercrime task force
The New York Police Department is teaming up with federal authorities to create a new anti-terrorism task force, but it isn’t Al-Qaeda they’re after. A new division announced on Thursday will instead aim to take down computer hackers.

19.06.2014 19:35

Secret trade agreement covering 68 percent of world services published by WikiLeaks
The text of a 19-page, international trade agreement being drafted in secret was published by WikiLeaks on Thursday as the transparency group’s editor commemorated his two-year anniversary confined to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

19.06.2014 13:44

Russian CEO mocks Australia for new round of sanctions, says 'pity not to see kangaroos'
The new wave of sanctions from ‘Down Under’ targets 50 people and 11 companies. Russia responded by calling the move “counterproductive” and blacklisted Vladimir Yakunin, head of Russian Railways, said it's a pity he won't see the kangaroos in the wild.

19.06.2014 11:23

Astronomers get new alien hunting tool
The search for alien life may have received an important boost from scientists who have designed a new tool that can more effectively detect methane on other planets.

18.06.2014 18:40

Genetically modified ‘super banana’ to be tested on Americans
A vitamin-enhanced ‘super-banana’ developed by scientists is to be tested on humans. The trials are to take place in the US over a six-week period. Researchers aim to start growing the fruit in Uganda by 2020.

16.06.2014 15:05

Richest Australian worth as much as the country's poorest 2.27 mn
​Australia’s richest 1 percent own as much as the bottom 60 percent, says an Oxfam study. The organisation concludes that in a world where the richest 66 people own the same wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion, extreme inequality poses a growing threat.

16.06.2014 06:31

Obama cites Australia’s gun confiscation program as example for US
The Obama administration may be looking for an example in Australia as the White House considers potential new firearm laws for the United States in the wake of the latest in a series of devastating school shootings.

11.06.2014 16:26

Mystery ‘super predator’ hunted in Australian waters after devouring 3-meter shark
Scientists and a filmmaker have gone after an unknown sea monster which they believe has eaten a great white shark traced with a tag. Some say a bigger shark or whale could have been behind the killing, but the gathered data points to other possibilities.

10.06.2014 14:08

Australia, Canada seek center-right alliance to thwart climate change initiatives
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Monday for talks to form a center-right alliance to thwart carbon pricing and other global attempts to mitigate the effects of climate change.

10.06.2014 02:51

Get it on! Scientists turned on by next-generation 'skin-like' condoms
A number of projects are currently underway to produce the next generation of condoms, boasting new materials and improvements targeted to increase their use.

05.06.2014 00:42

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