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Frankenburger, the world's first lab-grown burger, is to be unveiled and eaten at a news conference in London

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Frankenburger, the world’s first lab-grown burger, is to be unveiled and eaten at a news conference in London on Monday. Scientists took cells from a cow and, at an institute in the Netherlands, turned them into strips of muscle which they combined to make a patty. Researchers say the technology could be a sustainable way of meeting what they say is a growing demand for meat. Critics say th...

he House of Representatives voted to cut nearly $4 billion from food stamp funding

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...211; to scale back the feeding program has been difficult. The conservatives have insisted on larger cuts, Democrats opposed any cuts and some moderate Republicans from areas with high food stamp usage have been wary of efforts to slim the program. The White House has threatened to veto the bill. The new work requirements proposed in the bill would allow states to require 20 hours of work activiti...

Eighteen people have been charged with stealing at least $200 million in a credit card fraud ring, possibly one of the largest in US history

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While the Internet comes with nmany benefits, it also has its downsides. For one, it’s an easy way for criminals to steal your personal information. With knowledge about their tactics, however, you can better protect yourself online. Check out these four ways people steal personal information online. 1. Credit Card Theft Image via Flickr by pressuretobear One of the easiest ways that peopl...

The US has decided to send a senior official to North Korea to request the release of American citizen Kenneth Bae jailed in the communist state

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The US has decided to send a senior official to North Korea to request the release of American citizen Kenneth Bae jailed in the communist state. Robert King, the US special envoy for North Korean rights, will arrive in Pyongyang on Friday, the state department said. He will request a pardon and amnesty for Kenneth Bae, 45, on humanitarian grounds, it said. Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American, was giv...

India's Food Security Bill aims to provide subsidized food to two-thirds of the population

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The controversial Indian Food Security Bill that aims to provide subsidized food to two-thirds of the population has been passed by the lower house. Under the plan, which still needs to be approved by the upper house, 800 million poor people would receive 11 lbs of cheap grain every month. Its backers argue it is a big step towards eradicating the widespread hunger and malnutrition plaguing India...

Malaysian PM Najib Razak's Barisan Nasional coalition is up against Pakatan Rakyat, a three-party alliance headed by Anwar Ibrahim

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Malaysia is voting in what is widely expected to be the most closely contested general election in the country’s history. PM Najib Razak’s Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition is up against Pakatan Rakyat, a three-party alliance headed by Anwar Ibrahim. Malaysian PM Najib Razak’s Barisan Nasional coalition is up against Pakatan Rakyat, a three-party alliance headed by An...

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European and US stock markets have fallen again after the head of Eurogroup suggested that the Cyprus model, which involves a tax on bank deposits, could form a template in any future bailout. On Monday morning, hopes the deal would solve the crisis lifted shares. By 15:30 GMT, all major European markets had fallen into negative territory, joined by US stocks. Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades...

A new EU summit is getting under way in Brussels with issues of jobs and growth expected to dominate its agenda

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A new EU summit is getting under way in Brussels with issues of jobs and growth expected to dominate its agenda. The eurozone as a whole has been in recession for more than a year and unemployment is now just under 12%. France and some other countries want more flexibility in the budget targets set by the EU Commission, as austerity has provoked widespread protests. France and Spain, hit hard by...

Princess Cristina of Spain has been summoned to appear in court over allegations that her husband Inaki Urdangarin misused millions of euros of public money

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Princess Cristina of Spain has been summoned to appear in court over allegations that her husband Inaki Urdangarin misused millions of euros of public money. This is the first court summons for a direct descendant of the Spanish king. Princess Cristina is King Juan Carlos’s youngest daughter. Inaki Urdangarin, who is suspected of having massively overcharged local authorities for organizing...

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Amanda Bynes reportedly told publicist Jonathan Jaxson that she didn’t want to “live anymore” while “high on drugs” on Wednesday night, prompting him to call the NYPD in an attempt to assist her. Jonathan Jaxson told RadarOnline.com he was beside himself with panic because she had told him: “I don’t want to live anymore,” and he took it mean she planned to kill herself. “Amanda had called m...

Lauryn Hill has been sentenced in New Jersey to three months in jail for tax evasion

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Lauryn Hill has been sentenced in New Jersey to three months in jail for tax evasion. Lauryn Hill, 37, also faces three months of home confinement, after pleading guilty last year. Lauryn Hill has been sentenced in New Jersey to three months in jail for tax evasion The Grammy-winning singer failed to pay taxes on about $1.8 million of earnings between 2005 and 2007. In a statement to the judge,...

Bjork Eidsdottir had no idea when, in naming her newborn girl Blaer 15 years ago, she was breaking the law

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Blaer Bjarkardottir, a 15-year-old Icelandic girl, has won the right to keep her first name, despite it being “unapproved” by the state. Why do some countries restrict baby names? Parents-to-be often find it hard enough to find a name they both like, let alone one the state might also be in favor of. Bjork Eidsdottir had no idea when, in naming her newborn girl Blaer 15 years ago, she...

Smog in Singapore soared to hazardous levels again on Thursday, prompting government health warnings

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Smog in Singapore soared to hazardous levels again on Thursday, prompting government health warnings. At 13:00 local time Singapore’s pollution standards index (PSI) reached 371, breaking all previous records. The haze is caused by illegal forest fires in Indonesia’s Sumatra island. Singapore and Indonesia are to hold an emergency meeting, with Singapore’s environment minister d...

Peaches Geldof autopsy has proved inconclusive, and toxicology tests will be conducted in an attempt to determine cause of death

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Peaches Geldof autopsy has proved inconclusive, and toxicology tests will be conducted in an attempt to determine cause of death, police say. Peaches Geldof, 25, daughter of musician and campaigner Bob Geldof, was found dead at her home in Kent on Monday. Police said at the time that her death was being treated as “non-suspicious but unexplained and sudden”. The toxicology tests could...

Brigitte Bardot has threatened to apply for Russian citizenship unless France stops two sick zoo elephants from being put down

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Brigitte Bardot has threatened to apply for Russian citizenship unless France stops two sick zoo elephants from being put down. The elephants, which suffer from tuberculosis, were due to be killed in December, but were granted a reprieve until after Christmas. Brigitte Bardot said she would move abroad if the reprieve was not made permanent. Fellow actor Gerard Depardieu obtained a Russian passpo...

Peaches Geldof was the second daughter of musician Bob Geldof and Paula Yates

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Peaches Geldof, second daughter of musician Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, has died aged 25. Police say they were called to an address near Wrotham, Kent, following a report of concern for the welfare of a woman on Monday afternoon. Peaches Geldog was later pronounced dead by South East Coast Ambulance Service. “At this stage, the death is being treated as unexplained and sudden,” said a...

India has begun voting in the world's biggest election

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India has begun voting in the world’s biggest election, with the nine-phase ballot beginning on Monday and concluding on May 12. India ruling Congress party pitted against the Hindu nationalist BJP opposition. Votes will be counted on 16 May. More than 800 million Indians are eligible to vote in a poll dominated by corruption and high inflation. A new anti-corruption party, the AAP, is also...

Indians are voting on the first big day of the general election pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP

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Indians are voting on the first big day of the general election pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP. Polling is being held in 91 seats in 14 states, including in the capital Delhi and the key states of Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra and Orissa. The nine-phase vote began on Monday, April 7, and will conclude on May 12. Votes will be counted on May 16. More than 81...

Peaches Geldof’s body has been released to the family for funeral arrangements

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Peaches Geldof’s body has been released to the family for funeral arrangements to be made. The body has been released a day after the autopsy into Peaches Geldof’s death proved inconclusive. That prompted further toxicology tests, the results of which are due in two to three weeks. Peaches Geldof, the daughter of singer Bob Geldof and TV presenter Paula Yates died on Monday, April 7, at the...

India is voting in the biggest day of the general election pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP

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India is voting in the biggest day of the general election pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP. Polling takes place in 121 seats in 12 states, including the key states of Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and West Bengal. The nine-phase vote began on April 7 and will conclude on May 12. Votes will be counted on May 16. More than 814 million Indi...

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It’s safe to assume everyone wants to have a comfortable and secure retirement someday.  This dream is definitely one of the main motivations that we use to work hard and strive to stay healthy for as long as we can. As the global economic situation grows more challenging every day, people are working harder than ever just to get by. Retirement ages are getting pushed back in some countries – i...

The Dallas Safari Club in Texas says the hunt will help protect the species by removing an old aggressive rhino

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A permit to hunt and kill an endangered Black Rhino in Namibia has been sold at a Dallas auction for $350,000. The Dallas Safari Club in Texas says the hunt will help protect the species by removing an old aggressive rhino, and funding future conservation. However, the auction has been fiercely criticized by conservationists, and has even drawn death threats. Namibia is home to about a third of t...

Robert Levinson went missing during a business trip to the Iranian island of Kish in March 2007

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Ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson, who is believed to have been held in Iran for the last seven years, was working for the CIA on an unapproved mission, the Associated Press news agency reports. Robert Levinson went missing during a business trip to the Iranian island of Kish in March 2007. US government officials have repeatedly called on Iran to help locate him. “We have no comment on any purp...

China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao promised stable growth, anti-corruption efforts and better welfare provision as he opened an annual session of parliament

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...people are still poor,” wrote one internet user on Tencent Weibo. Wen Jiabao’s report on 2013 policy targets: Chinese economy to grow by 7.5% in 2013, with inflation kept to 3.5% More than 9 million jobs to be created in towns and cities, while urban unemployment to be kept below 4.6% Boost consumer spending to make economy less dependent on exports Implement a “proactive fiscal...

Pope Benedict XVI's resigned starting with February 28

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Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation today is forcing the Vatican to consider some unusual questions. Here are 10 answers: 1. Name and title. He will be known as Pope emeritus, or Roman pontiff emeritus, the Vatican announced on Tuesday. He will also continue to be known by his papal title of Benedict XVI, rather than reverting to Joseph Ratzinger, and he will continue to be addressed as “...