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Mexican Nobel laureate inducted into French Legion of Honor

Mexico City, Apr 11 (EFE).- Mexican scientist Mario Molina, winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was decorated with the Knight medal of the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Hollande in recognition of his services to humanity. The induction ceremony took place at Club France in the Mexican capital, where Hollande arrived Thursday for an official visit to the Aztec nation.

EU rules out sanctions over fraud claims at Turkish agency

The European Commission has no plans to suspend education programmes in Turkey after allegations that a government agency misused EU funds, an official said on Thursday. "The European Commission has analysed the preliminary results of the audit carried out at the Centre for EU Education and Youth programmes in Ankara," the Commission's education spokesman Dennis Abbott told AFP in an emailed statement.

Snowden, Putin cited as Nobel peace candidates hit record

US whistleblower Edward Snowden, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among the nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, as the Nobel Institute announced Tuesday a record 278 candidates. "The number of nominations increases almost every year, which shows a growing interest in the prize," the head of the institute, Geir Lundestad, told AFP. The Nobel committee convened Tuesday for the first time this year to examine the candidate list and will announce the laureate in Oslo on October 10.

Science publisher fooled by gibberish papers

Publisher of science journals Springer said Thursday it would scrap 16 papers from its archives after they were revealed to be computer-generated gibberish. The fake papers had been submitted to conferences on computer science and engineering whose proceedings were published in specialised, subscription-only publications, Springer said. "We are in the process of taking down the papers as quickly as possible," the German-based publisher said in a statement. "This means that they will be removed, not retracted, since they are all nonsense."

Pakistani coma student's family raise funds for US treatment

Family and friends of a Pakistani student left comatose following a traffic accident in the United States have raised thousands of dollars for his treatment and launched an online petition to extend his visa. Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa, 20, has been in a coma since last November when a deer struck a car carrying him and friends from the city of Minneapolis back to the University of Wisconsin-Superior where he was spending a semester abroad.

Prominent Canadians named to the Order of Ontario

TORONTO - Following is a list of those appointed to the Order of Ontario Thursday and invested at a ceremony at the provincial legislature: — Irving Abella, scholar and historian — Dr. Mohit Bhandari, orthopedic surgeon and researcher — Paul Burston, has spent more than 40 years working to improve Ontario's social services sector — George E. Carter, the first Canadian-born black judge — Ellen Campbell, founder and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness — Penny Collenette, innovator whose research spans public policy, business, law and academia

No UK charges for Alps murder victim's brother

The brother of a British-Iraqi man mysteriously gunned down with his family in the French Alps in 2012 said he was "relieved" on Wednesday after being told he would not face charges from British police. Zaid al-Hilli, who was arrested in June last year on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, had his bail cancelled because there was not enough evidence to charge him, Britain's Surrey Police said in a statement. "At this stage there is insufficient evidence to charge him with any criminal offence and no further police action is being taken at this time," it said.

Brazil gov't closes 2 private universities

Rio de Janeiro, Jan 14 (EFE).- The Brazilian Education Ministry withdrew Tuesday the operating licenses from two private universities in Rio de Janeiro for their low academic standards and serious financial problems. The institutions affected are the Gama Filho University, or UGF, and the City University Center, or UniverCidade. Closure of the universities will affect thousands of students, 1,600 professors and close to 1,000 administrative workers, according to the Grupo Galileo, owner of both institutions.

Mother of Canadian woman linked to Mexico City firebombing stunned over arrest

MONTREAL - The mother of a Canadian woman arrested in connection with a Mexico City firebombing says she's deeply concerned about her daughter's well-being. Mexican authorities detained Canadians Amelie Pelletier and Fallon Rouiller Poisson earlier this week following a Molotov cocktail attack Monday against a government office in the capital. Poisson's mother, Line Rouiller, told The Canadian Press on Wednesday she was stunned to hear about her daughter's arrest.

Nobel laureates call to inspire young people for new ideas

STOCKHOLM, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Nobel chemistry prize winners Michael Levitt and Martin Karplus on Saturday called for "more attention and efforts" to young people to help foster new ideas. "More attention and efforts should be given to young people, and make sure that the next great ideas come from people who are in their 20's, and not professors in their 60s," said Levitt in a press conference in the middle of the ongoing Nobel Week. He was echoed by Karplus, who added that it was the teachers' and professors' responsibility to help foster new ideas out of young people.
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