It is an event "of cosmic proportions", said one Palestinian academic, a befitting description of Stephen Hawking's decision to boycott an Israeli academic conference slated for next June. It was also a decisive moral call which was communicated by the Cambridge University, where Hawking is a professor, on May 8. Hawking is a world-renowned cosmologist and physicist. His scientific work had ...
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Actress Sandra Bullock has joked how her upcoming thriller film "Gravity" has a lot of "space sex", which is slower than real life. "Oh my gosh, there's so much space sex in this film," accesshollywood.com quoted her as saying. "It's a lot slower than in real life because of the whole zero gravity thing. But it takes us a good 45 minutes to actually get from beginning to end, so (the audience) ...
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New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has reopened its European paintings galleries after a two-year renovation, giving a privileged space to Spanish masters Velazquez, El Greco and Goya. Prior to the overhaul, the Met's large collection of works by Velazquez, Goya, Ribera, Murillo and El Greco had been distributed in different galleries organized either by artistic movement or ...
Li said the country's innovation drive will require the wisdom of all its S&T workers, encouraging them to ensure that their own professional pursuits are in line with the requirements of the country's strategic ...
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Public opinion of Mayor Rob Ford all that counts TORONTO - Councillor Doug Ford wants an apology. The embattled Etobicoke councillor says media reports that he sold drugs as young man are an "absolute lie" motivated by a desire to politically attack both him and his brother Mayor Rob Ford. ...
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The chief of Lebanon's Hezbollah says his group will not stand by while the neighboring government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is attacked.
Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech Saturday Hezbollah was fighting in Syria to protect Lebanon from the threat of radical Islamists. It was the first time Nasrallah has publicly confirmed Hezbollah's fighting presence in Syria.
The speech was given as Syrian troops and fighters from Lebanon-based Hezbollah were carrying out the heaviest barrage of gunfire yet in a week-long battle to re-take the strategic town of Qusair from rebel fighters.
The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday's violence killed 22 people.
Rebels are fighting to hold Qusair as a means of protecting their supply lines to Lebanon.
Meanwhile, in Istanbul, the Syrian opposition remains deadlocked on electing a new leadership and president. During three days of talks Western backers of the opposition are pushing for broader leadership, but attempts to weaken the power of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood in the Syrian National Coalition have so far failed.
In Jordan Saturday, Senator John McCain called for Washington to arm some Syrian rebel groups. ...
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