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Boomtown church The Vatican franchise is going strong, despite fierce competition – The Economist

ON THE fourth Sunday in Lent, gospel hymns radiate down quiet streets along Ghana’s coast. A five-piece band welcomes the incense-bearing priest to the altar in a simple Catholic church on a hill above the Atlantic. The band aside, the mass is traditional. Hymns alternate with readings from the Book of Joshua. The parishioners look […]

Hoping to Save Bees, Europe to Vote on Pesticide Ban – New York Times

In a case closely watched on both sides of the Atlantic, European officials plan to vote Friday on a proposal to sharply restrict the use of pesticides that had been implicated in the decline of global bee populations. The vote in Brussels, by officials from all 27 European Union member states, follows a January report […]

GE Europe chief eyes investment in Germany – CNN International

(CNN) — U.S. conglomerate General Electric is set to increase its investment in Germany, even as the eurozone remains hobbled by a nearly three-year old economic crisis, the company’s regional boss told CNN. Nani Beccalli-Falco, chief executive officer of General Electric Europe, said Germany was the “economic locomotive” of Europe. The company wanted to strengthen […]

Europe, Russia to launch Mars mission to sample soil for signs of life – NBCNews.com (blog)

Reuters / European Space Agency file The Europe-Russia mission hopes to take scientists beyond NASA’s finding that the surface of Earth’s neighboring planet had the right mix of elements to sustain life, by drilling 6 feet below its radiation-hit surface for samples. By Alissa de Carbonnel, Reuters MOSCOW — Europe and Russia signed a deal on […]

New pope: A shift from Europe to Latin America [Video Discussion] – Los Angeles Times

Catholic experts said the selection of Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to lead the Roman Catholic Church shows a shift from  Europe to the Southern Hemisphere. The Times will host a video chat at 2 p.m. with reporter Teresa Watanabe and experts discussing the issue. You can ask questions and make […]

Qatari Shard investor to avoid Europe this year -exec – Reuters

Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:04pm EDT * To focus real-estate investments on U.S., Qatar – exec * European market tougher because of competition, economy * Declines comment on EFG Hermes takeover process By Lionel Laurent CANNES, France, March 14 (Reuters) – The real-estate arm of Qinvest, the Qatari […]

Reuters Journalist Charged With Conspiring With Hacker Group Anonymous – Wall Street Journal

BY KEACH HAGEY A 26-year-old journalist has been charged with allegedly conspiring with members of the hacker group Anonymous to hack into the Tribune Co. system and alter a news story on the Los Angeles Times website, the Justice Department said Thursday. Matthew Keys, of Secaucus, N.J., was charged in the Eastern District of California […]

Live: Samsung unveils Galaxy S4 – USA TODAY

A screengrab of the new Samsun Galaxy S 4 from a webcast of Samsung’s Galaxy event on Thursday night.(Photo: USA TODAY) 7:34 p.m.: There’s a reason for the dance routine: showing off Drama Shot. The camera can take up to 100 shots in four seconds, and creates a collage in one frame. There’s also the […]

Report says #Facebook #to #adopt #hashtags – Register

Facebook is preparing to adopt hashtags, the folksonomy feature beloved of Twitter users and the microblogging service itself. Hastags grew out of a practice employed by users of Internet Relay Chat (IRC), who added a the “#” character to link posts. Twitter users started doing the same in around 2007, and did so in sufficient […]

Top free alternatives to soon-to-be shuttered Google Reader – Los Angeles Times

With Google Reader set to shut down this summer, many other apps have come into the spotlight as possible alternatives to the popular RSS service. So here are some of the top free services we recommend as users prepare for Google Reader going dark July 1. Feedly Available for Firefox and Chrome web […]