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Google has weathered criticism in the past that it has copied some features of Microsoft’s Bing search engine, like background images. Now it has turned the tables, alleging that Bing copies something much more important: search results. - Wednesday 2 February 2011


International

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Hugh Jackman’s conversation Monday with the Los Angeles Times regarding "The Wolverine." is the mere fact that the actor stopped stuffing his face long enough to actually have a conversation.

Jackman is in full-on bulk-up mode as he prepares to play Wolverine for the fourth time on the big screen, sucking down 6,000 calories a day and practically living in the weight room. He’s already tipping the scales at 210 pounds, up from the 190 he weighed for 2009’s "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," and that’s exactly the way director Darren Aronofsky wants him for "The Wolverine."

- Wednesday 2 February 2011


United States - United Kingdom

BP PLC announced Tuesday it is resuming dividends for the first time since the Gulf of Mexico well disaster, as the oil company reported a 30 percent gain in fourth-quarter profits which fell short of reversing a full-year loss.

BP said it had booked a charge of $40.9 billion for the full year to cover the cost of the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig which killed 11 workers, and for the costs of stopping and cleaning up the oil spill along the southern U.S. coast.

- Tuesday 1 February 2011


United States
A federal judge in Florida has tossed out the sweeping health care reform law championed by President Barack Obama, setting up what is likely to be a contentious Supreme Court challenge over the legislation in coming months. - Tuesday 1 February 2011


United States

Hip-Hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc has been released from his medical facility, but remains in need of financial aid to help with an unknown health condition.

"I just spoke to Kool Herc.he’s ok and in good spirits..but needs surgery..THIS TUESDAY at SUTRA..we’re gonna do a collection for him," DJ Tony Touch tweeted earlier today.

- Tuesday 1 February 2011


International

In 10 short years, Wikipedia has accomplished some remarkable goals. More than 3.5 million articles in English? Done. More than 250 languages? Sure.

But another number has proved to be an intractable obstacle for the online encyclopedia: surveys suggest that less than 15 percent of its hundreds of thousands of contributors are women.

- Tuesday 1 February 2011


International
It took Henry Cavill far longer than expected to complete his journey from Krypton to Earth. Years after the British actor first circled the role of Superman, he finally landed the part of the Man of Steel in Zack Snyder’s reboot of the storied comic franchise. - Tuesday 1 February 2011


United States

Jay Carney, the spokesman for Vice President Joe Biden, will replace Robert Gibbs as President Obama’s press secretary, the White House announced Thursday.

A former journalist who spent 20 years at Time magazine, Carney, 45, joined the Obama administration two years ago as communications director for the vice president. His elevation is part of a White House overhaul that has seen several other West Wing staffers promoted, as well as the departures of key aides David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel.

- Monday 31 January 2011


A court in Indonesia has sentenced one of south-east Asia’s best known pop stars to three-and-a-half years in prison for making and distributing sex videos on the internet.

The tapes of Nazril Irham, or Ariel as he is known, and two other celebrities, were made public last June.

- Monday 31 January 2011


Egypt - United States

Charter flights that begin Monday will ferry the first of thousands of Americans away from the escalating crisis in Egypt, the State Department said.

"We will keep running the charter flights until we get [all] people out," said Assistant Secretary of State Janice L. Jacobs.

- Monday 31 January 2011

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