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WATCH: Protests sweep India after police allegedly cremate 19yo gang-rape victim’s body without family’s permission

The family of a 19-year-old victim of an alleged gang rape in India have accused local police of cremating the young woman’s body in the middle of the night without permission. The woman died on Tuesday in Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital, two weeks after being tortured during a horrific gang rape in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh. She […]

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US applauds Germany for moving in ‘right direction’ on Huawei oversight, but Berlin doesn’t actually plan to ban it

A top US State Department official has praised Germany for strengthening regulations on Chinese company Huawei. However, Berlin decided against caving into pressure and banning the company outright, reports say. A tour by Keith Krach, US undersecretary of state for economic affairs, is part of repeated attempts by the US to discourage European countries from […]

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Japanese govt & TEPCO ordered to pay $9.5 million in damages over Fukushima disaster, high court rules

A Japanese appeals court has said that the state and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) could have taken steps to prevent the Fukushima nuclear disaster, ruling they must pay one billion yen ($9.5 million) to 3,550 plaintiffs. The Sendai High Court’s ruling on Wednesday upheld the earlier decision by a lower court in favor of […]

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UN nuclear watchdog inspects 2nd Iranian site, after standoff over access

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has inspected the second of two suspected former secret atomic sites in Iran, the UN nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday. “As part of an agreement with Iran to resolve safeguards implementation issues specified by the IAEA, the agency this week conducted a complementary access at the second location in […]

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Let them eat cake? Irish court finds Subway sandwiches ‘too sugary’ to rise to category of ‘bread’

Ireland’s Supreme Court has ruled that the buns in heated sandwiches sold by a local Subway franchisee cannot be legally considered bread as they contain five times more sugar than they should. The Supreme Court has shot down an appeal by the franchisee, Bookfinders Ltd., that argued certain takeaway products sold by the chain are […]

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Israel’s move to limit protests in new coronavirus lockdown law triggers more mass demonstrations (VIDEOS)

Israel’s parliament has adopted new legislation which severely limits the right to protest amid the pandemic. The law, however, seems to have added new fuel to months-long protests over PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s alleged corruption. The controversial, government-backed legislation was adopted on Wednesday following a heated all-night debate in the Knesset. The edict, which forms part […]

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‘You cannot lock down everybody’: Madrid leaders oppose Spanish govt’s plan to lock down capital

Conservative-led authorities in the Madrid region on Thursday criticized the Spanish government’s plan to confine the capital city in an effort to tackle a surge in Covid-19 cases. Announcing its plan late on Wednesday, the Health Ministry said the central government was overriding regional authorities to impose a lockdown of the city of over 3 […]

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‘Life on Venus’ plot thickens as new discovery indicates NASA may have found phosphine as far back as 1978, but didn’t realize it

Researchers poring over archives from previous missions to Venus claim that NASA may have first detected phosphine signatures (indicating potential microbial life) back in 1978, and they just went unnoticed for the past 42 years. On September 14, the world was rocked by the announcement that phosphine, a toxic gas that might indicate microbial life, […]

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FIVE asteroids due to buzz Earth in ONE DAY, as scientists claim space rock once robbed up to 60% of planet’s atmosphere

NASA has announced that at least five asteroids are due for close flybys of Earth on October 1 alone. Meanwhile, researchers believe one giant impact in the past once removed up to 60 percent of Earth’s atmosphere. October appears to be kicking off with a bang as a barrage of space-borne boulders heads our way […]