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Briton searches landfill for $7.5 mn bitcoin fortune

AFP – A British IT worker has launched a frantic search of a landfill site after realising he accidentally threw away a computer drive holding $7.5 million (5.5 million euros) in the online currency bitcoin. James Howells, 28, obtained 7,500 bitcoins in 2009 when the currency was virtually worthless. Its…

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Earthquake in Iran near nuclear plant kills 7

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 struck a town Thursday in southern Iran, killing seven people while causing no damage at the country’s only nuclear power plant, state television reported. The U.S….

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Comet Ison ‘May Have Survived’ Brush With Sun

Astronomers tracking what they hoped would be the “comet of the century” say some of it may have survived its close encounter with the Sun. It was first reported that the Comet Ison’s nucleus and tail had been destroyed by the Sun’s radiation and tidal forces but the European Space Agency (ESA) said the “story continues”. The agency…

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EU extends influence eastward to Georgia, Moldova

VILNIUS, Lithuania – The European Union is extending its geopolitical reach eastward by sealing association agreements with Georgia and Moldova, but has missed out on a landmark deal with Ukraine as its key objective. Enlarge Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych, right, shakes hands with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, left, and European Council President Herman van Rompuy, center, in Vilnius, ...

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Thai prime minister pleads for end to protests

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister begged protesters Thursday to call off their sustained anti-government demonstrations and negotiate an end to the nation’s latest crisis. But the protesters marched instead to new targets, including the national police headquarters, where they cut power lines. Yingluck Shinawatra issued the plea after she easily defeated a no-confidence vote pushed by her opponents, who ...

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Six held over English football ‘Asian betting scam’

LONDON: Six men have been arrested by police investigating alleged fixing in English football matches, amid claims Thursday of attempts to defraud Asian betting websites. At least three footballers and an agent are among the six arrested, said The Daily Telegraph newspaper, which said an undercover investigation by its reporters had triggered the police swoop. The report said match-fixers from ...

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North Korea ‘restarts’ nuclear reactor, atomic watchdog warns

IAEA nuclear watchdog chief ‘seriously concerned’ about Pyongyang programme after study of satellite images A satellite image taken in 2002 of the Yongbyon nuclear facility in North Korea. Photograph: Afp/AFP/Getty Images Activity has been observed at a North Korean nuclear site consistent with an effort to restart a reactor, the International Atomic Energy Agency chief, Yukiya Amano, has said. North…

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Central African Republic needs many more peacekeepers: EU

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Central African Republic needs up to four times more peacekeepers than are currently deployed to quell the worsening sectarian conflict and provide security for aid workers, the European Union’s top humanitarian official said. The country has descended into chaos since the Seleka coalition of rebels, many of them from neighboring Chad and Sudan, ousted President Francois Bozize ...

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Latvia Supermarket Collapse: PM Quits

Latvia’s prime minister has resigned over a supermarket roof collapse that left dozens dead and sparked public outrage. Valdis Dombrovskis, who has been in power since 2009, said the country needed a change in leadership after the disaster in the…

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Italian parliament expels Berlusconi over tax fraud conviction

ROME — The Italian Senate expelled Silvio Berlusconi over his tax fraud conviction on Wednesday, drawing a defiant response from the veteran centre-right leader who vowed to continue leading his party and fight on outside parliament. The vote, after months of political wrangling, opens an uncertain new phase in Italian politics, with the 77-year-old media billionaire preparing to use all ...

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