SIx In The Morning Tuesday July 30
Middle East peace talks under way
Negotiations begin in earnest, with Obama and Kerry praising Israeli-Palestinian summit but warning of big challenges
Taliban attack Pakistan prison
Heavily armed militants thought to have been trying to free associates when they stormed Dera Ismail Khan jail
Drugs and alcohol in child victim reveal sacrificial secrets of the Incas
Analysis of mummy’s hair by UK team shows teenage girl was given coca and alcohol before ritualistic death
Archaeologists are piecing together the real-life tragedy of a 13-year-old girl chosen as a gift to the gods, who was killed more than five centuries ago on the summit of a sacred four-mile-high mountain in South America.
By pioneering a remarkable bio-chemical analytical process to extract data from her hair, British scientists have been able to trace the nature of her food and drink consumption over the final 24 months of her life.
Much of the key data was revealed yesterday in the US scientific journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), augmenting other data from the same research team, published six years ago.
Undercover Report: Apple Faces Fresh Criticism of Factories
Apple might have abandoned manufacturing supplier Foxconn in the wake of a scandal over deplorable working conditions in its Chinese factories, but it seems that labor rights violations are also rife at Pegatron, its new partner.
Tim Cook has tried to be a better person. Or at least, to look like one. Last year, Apple’s CEO personally flew to China to have a look around Foxconn, the company’s controversial supplier. Reports about migrant laborers’ deplorable working conditions and low pay, as well as a spate of suicides were damaging Apple’s image, so Cook promised improvements and also scouted around for new factories where the company’s iPads, iPhones and computers could be produced. One of Apple’s new partners is the Taiwanese electronics manufacturing company Pegatron, which operates several factories in China. But it recently transpired its workers are even worse off than those at Foxconn.
Daughters win long court battle over Maharaja’s billions
July 30, 2013 – 9:55AM
Dean Nelson in Delhi
Zimbabwe’s elections explained
With Zimbabwe’s national election taking place on July 31, we take a look at some of the pertinent questions and key players involved.
On Wednesday, Zimbabwe will hold national elections to elect a new government. President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will face off in the contest for the third consecutive time after encounters in the 2002 and 2008 elections. But as things stand, there are other stakeholders who will be watching the outcome of the election contest from the periphery. Voters, Zimbabweans living in the diaspora, South Africans, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the rest of the world will have their eyes on Zimbabwe to see whether Mugabe will succeed in his bid for another five year-term office, his seventh consecutive term since independence in 1980.