June 12, 2021

Libyan conflict causes oil price hike

PARIS (AP) — Confusion over the extent of the rebels’ hold on the Libyan capital and a rally in stock markets drove oil prices higher Tuesday, a day after they fell in anticipation of the end of strongman Moammar Gadhafi’s regime. On Monday, Libyans celebrated the news that insurgents had reached Tripoli, but late in […]

Japan likely to replace unpopular PM Kan next week

 TOKYO (AP) — A former foreign minister announced his candidacy to lead Japan yesterday just hours after unpopular Prime Minister Naoto Kan said he would be out of the picture by early next week. Kan has been criticized for lacking leadership after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis, and survivors of […]

Record companies plan music downloading appeal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Recording industry attorneys are appealing a recent ruling that reduced the amount of money a Minnesota woman must pay for willfully violating the copyrights of 24 songs. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis ruled last month that the $1.5 million penalty imposed by a jury was unreasonable, and that Jammie Thomas-Rasset of Brainerd […]

Tests show no illegal drugs in Winehouse body

LONDON (AP) — Amy Winehouse had no illegal drugs in her system when she died, and it is still unclear what killed the singer, her family said yesterday. The family said in a statement that toxicology tests showed “alcohol was present,” but it hasn’t yet been determined if it contributed to her death. The 27-year-old […]

Kate saves Branson’s mother from Carib fire

LONDON (AP) — Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet helped rescue Richard Branson’s elderly mother from a fire that destroyed his Caribbean home. The Virgin Group boss said in his blog that he wanted to offer “many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90 year (old) mum out of the main house to […]

Name change for Libyan square on Google Maps

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Inc.’s online mapping service has changed the name of a Libyan location to what it was called before Moammar Gadhafi rose to power four decades ago. The change came late Sunday, just hours after rebel forces pushed into Tripoli with little resistance. “Green Square” is now “Martyrs’ Square” on the […]

It’s alive! Space station’s humanoid robot awake

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s humanoid robot has finally awakened in space. Ground controllers turned Robonaut on Monday for the first time since it was delivered to the International Space Station in February. The test involved sending power to all of Robonaut’s systems. The robot was not commanded to move; that will happen next […]

US diver dies in East End

An American dive tourist has died after he lost consciousness getting out of the water. The man was with a member of his family and had completed a dive off a site in East End on Wednesday morning. Police say he experienced difficulties as he tried to board a boat with a member of his […]

Anarchy spreads across the UK; Cayman cop slams “mindless” rioters

Top police officer John Jones has described the riots on the streets of the UK as “mindless criminality.” Chief Superintendent Jones, a former UK officer has experienced first hand the mayhem being witnessed all across England. Mr Jones, who has been with the RCIPS for five years, said: “We had riots in the 70s and […]

Internet censorship in Australia

When most people think about Internet censorship, the usual suspects immediately come to mind: Communist China and repressive Islamic countries. Unfortunately, Westerners have an embarrassment all their own: Australia. Freedom House, a non-profit U.S. organisation dedicated to spreading human rights and freedom, undertakes regular surveys on press freedom and censorship. Last year’s survey found that […]