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Ex-CIA worker exposed US spy programme

Britain's <i>Guardian</i> newspaper has identified a former CIA technical worker as the source of leaked information on a controversial surveillance programme operated by the US government.<p>The <i>Guardian</i> said on Sunday it published the identity of 29-year-old Edward Snowden, a current employee of defence …

S Sudan 'will not go to war' over oil dispute

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has said he would refer oil arguments with neighbouring Sudan to African Union mediators, vowing not to take the country back to war.<p>Speaking on Monday, he said Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir was mobilising for war, something he would not inflict on South Sudan …

Apple unveils music streaming service

Computer giant Apple has unveiled its "iTunes Radio" music streaming service, saying it will personalise listeners' music based on what they bought and previewed on iTunes.<p>In an announcement in San Francisco on Monday, Apple said the new software, which will compete with similar products such as …

Hong Kong court supports transsexual right to wed

<b>A Hong Kong transsexual has won the right to marry her boyfriend, following an appeal to Hong Kong's top court.</b><p>The Court of Final Appeal ruled that Hong Kong's current law, which barred the transsexual woman from marrying her male partner, is unconstitutional.<p>The woman, identified only as W, …

LGBTQ

Chris Hadfield: Around Planet Earth in 1,500 tweets

<b>Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is due to return to Earth on Tuesday from a five-month stint on board the International Space Station.</b><p>Since docking with the ISS in a Soyuz craft in December, the 53-year-old station commander has kept hundreds of thousands of followers back on Earth informed and …

Space Exploration

Wales economy growing slowly, says CBI's Emma Watkins

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/news_wales/977000/977961_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518152312_7a4680788d744cfce30b3443837ad97c<p><b>The Welsh economy should pick up later this year and that will continue into 2014, the employers' organisation the CBI Wales has predicted.</b><p>It said …

United Kingdom

North Korea removes missiles from launch site

North Korea has moved two missiles from launch sites on the country's eastern coast, after weeks of concern that Pyongyang had been poised for a test-launch.<p>A US defence official said on Monday that Washington did not believe the Musudan missiles had gone to an alternate launch site and that they …

France pledges to keep fighting al-Qaeda

French President Francois Hollande has said that he is taking threats made by al-Qaeda against his country seriously.<p>He was responding on Tuesday to threats made by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in a video message posted on April 25.<p>"We are taking seriously the threat by AQIM," Hollande …

Israel okays new settler homes near Ramallah

Israel has given the go-ahead to build nearly 300 houses in a settlement near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, an army spokesman has said, in a move likely to spark tensions as Washington seeks to restart peace talks.<p>The army said on Thursday the plan was compensation for Israelis who were …

Abducted European hostages freed in Yemen

A Finnish couple and an Austrian student abducted in Yemen by al-Qaeda fighters more than four months ago have been freed and handed over to Omani authorities, a Yemeni official said.<p>The three Europeans, seized in Sanaa on December 21, were freed by local tribesmen on the border with Oman overnight …

Woman found alive in Bangladesh factory ruins

Bangladeshi rescuers have pulled a woman alive from the ruins of a collapsed garment factory complex after she spent 17 days trapped in a basement under the rubble.<p>Hours after officials had announced the death toll had surged past the 1,000 mark, recovery teams who had long given up any hope of …

Sharif claims victory in Pakistan elections

Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif has declared victory in the country's general elections as preliminary results showed a clear lead for his party, making it almost certain that he will become prime minister for a third time.<p>Turnout in Saturday's vote was nearly 60 percent, the election commission said, …

DNA pioneer Francis Crick honoured with Cambridge memorial

<b>A memorial to DNA pioneer Francis Crick has been unveiled at his former college at the University of Cambridge.</b><p>Attending the ceremony at Gonville and Caius was Dr James Watson, who shared the 1962 Nobel Prize with Crick and Maurice Wilkins for revealing the structure of DNA.<p>The engraved stonework …

Genetics

Zach Braff raises $1.5m to make Garden State follow-up

<b>Actor and director Zach Braff has raised $1.5m (£970,000) to fund the follow-up to cult film Garden State.</b><p>More than 20,000 fans donated money within 24 hours through a "crowd-sourcing" website.<p>Wish I Was here will feature Braff in the lead role as a struggling actor who has to home-school his …

Hollywood

Dhaka building collapse: Dozens found alive in rubble

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/973000/973259_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518152311_61971470a35bf248989ed6581b6ea385<p><b>Dozens of people have been found alive in a room in the ruins of a building outside the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, a day after it collapsed.</b><p>Bangladeshi …

Extremism

Phone pioneer speaks for first time in 128 years

<b>The voice of Alexander Graham Bell has been identified for the first time, in a recording from 1885.</b><p>On the wax-disc recording, the telephone inventor says: "Hear my voice, Alexander Graham Bell."<p>The recording is among the earliest held by the Smithsonian Institution, which runs the National Museum …

Smithsonian

LED streetlamp aims to improve public's view of stars

<b>Researchers believe they have come up with a new type of LED-powered streetlamp that could radically reduce light pollution.</b><p>Current designs "leak" large amounts of light in unwanted directions, obscuring views of the stars, wasting energy and making it harder for drivers to see.<p>The team, based in …

LED Lighting

Private US rocket Antares makes test flight

A privately owned rocket built in partnership with NASA to haul cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) has blasted off for a debut test flight from a new commercial spaceport in Virginia.<p>The 13-story <i>Antares</i> rocket, developed and flown by Orbital Sciences Corporation, left on Sunday.<p>NASA …

Israel and Turkey begin reconciliation talks

Israeli and Turkish officials have made progress on compensation over a deadly 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship, and officials said they hoped a crucial step would be taken towards restoring once-solid ties between the two countries.<p>"This problem will be solved at a second meeting, and if …

Volunteers wanted for one-way ticket to Mars

Mars One, a Dutch company, has begun its search for volunteers to fly and live on the red planet - but it's a one-way trip.<p>At a press conference in New York City on Monday, the company's CEO Bas Lansdorp announced an open call for anyone to apply for the flight, knowing that they will never be able …

French parliament adopts gay marriage law

France's parliament has defied months of protests by approving a bill that would make France the 14th country legalising same-sex marriages.<p>In its second and final reading, the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, voted 331 to 225 to adopt the bill allowing homosexual marriages and …

PKK sets date for withdrawal from Turkey

The Kurdish rebel group the PKK has announced it will withdraw its thousands of fighters from Turkey starting on May 8.<p>The rebels from the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK), who have been fighting the Turkish government for the last three decades, will move to northern Iraq after leaving Turkish …

After the Bombing, Comfort Dogs Come to Boston

Specially trained golden retrievers show the healing power of dogs.<p><b>Comfort in the form of five tail-wagging, furry-faced golden retrievers has been dispatched to aid those reeling from the Boston marathon bombing.</b><p>The dogs are specially trained therapy dogs brought to Boston by Lutheran Church …

Pets

Coelacanth Genes Mapped, "Living Fossil" Evolved Slowly

Ancient fish's DNA evolved more slowly than that of other fish or animals.<p><b>In the deep sea, slow and steady wins the race—and that proverb is reflected in the genes of the coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae), a new study says.</b><p>When the study authors sequenced the ancient fish's genome, they found that …

Evolution

First Person: My Uncle Was First to Fly Over Everest

Aviation runs in the family of the first man to fly over the summit.<p><b>Eighty years ago this month, my uncle steered his open-cockpit Houston-Westland biplane toward Tibet, a young explorer hoping to be the first to set eyes on the summit of Everest.</b><p>Uncle Douglo is how I've always thought of him, but …

Mount Everest

Byzantine Site in Israel Yields Church-Shaped Lantern

Intriguing artifact was unearthed near a facility for making wine.<p><b>In Israel, any turn of a spade can reveal surprising pieces of history.</b><p><b>That occurred recently when a large winepress from about A.D. 500, the early Byzantine era, turned up southwest of Jerusalem near the spa town of Hamei …

Archaeology