• Brazil conference will plot Internet's future post NSA spying

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Esteban Israel and Anthony Boadle SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - A global conference in Brazil on the future of the Internet in the wake of U.S. spying revelations might be much less anti-American than first thought after Washington said it was willing to loosen its control over the Web. Bowing to the demands of Brazil and other nations following revelations last year of its massive electronic surveillance of Internet users, the United States has agreed to relinquish oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned of Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit group based in California that assigns Internet domain names or addresses. "The focus has changed from a political reaction to the NSA allegations to one of more constructive criticism and talk about the future of the Internet," said William Beer, a cyber security expert based in Sao Paulo. More »Brazil conference will plot Internet's future post NSA spying

  • Shares rise on corporate results, M&A talk; euro flat

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Herbert Lash NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global equity markets rose on Tuesday, lifted by solid U.S. corporate earnings and deal-making activity among European drugmakers, while the euro edged above break-even. In Europe, an index of top European shares finished up 1.3 percent, the biggest daily advance since early March. Netflix Inc, the video streaming company, surged 7.0 percent to $372.90 a day after it reported quarterly results that showed strong subscriber growth, a sign its shares could continue to rise despite valuation concerns. More »Shares rise on corporate results, M&A talk; euro flat

  • Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, April 14, to Sunday April 20: More »Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

  • Search for MH370 reveals a military vulnerability for China

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Greg Torode and Michael Martina HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - When Chinese naval supply vessel Qiandaohu entered Australia's Albany Port this month to replenish Chinese warships helping search for a missing Malaysian airliner, it highlighted a strategic headache for Beijing - its lack of offshore bases and friendly ports to call on. China's deployment for the search - 18 warships, smaller coastguard vessels, a civilian cargo ship and an Antarctic icebreaker - has stretched the supply lines and logistics of its rapidly expanding navy, Chinese analysts and regional military attaches say. China's naval planners know they will have to fill this strategic gap to meet Beijing's desire for a fully operational blue-water navy by 2050 - especially if access around Southeast Asia or beyond is needed in times of tension. China is determined to eventually challenge Washington's traditional naval dominance across the Asia Pacific and is keen to be able to protect its own strategic interests across the Indian Ocean and Middle East. More »Search for MH370 reveals a military vulnerability for China

  • Ukraine leader urges crackdown as peace eludes east

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Aleksandar Vasovic and Alissa de Carbonnel SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine's acting president accused Russia of aiding "terrorists" who killed a politician from his own party, urging a crackdown in the east on Tuesday that could hamper international efforts to defuse the crisis. As Vice President Joe Biden flew home from a brief visit to demonstrate solidarity with Kiev's new leaders against Moscow, Oleksander Turchinov called on security forces to relaunch an operation against pro-Russian separatists that was suspended after a deal with Moscow last week on disarming militants. In fact, Ukraine's poorly resourced forces had previously shown little sign of taking on the gunmen who started occupying towns and public buildings two weeks ago. Turchinov's call may not lead to much more action. More »Ukraine leader urges crackdown as peace eludes east

  • Stowaway teen is resting at Honolulu hospital

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    HONOLULU (AP) — A teenager who stowed away in the wheel well of an airplane for a five-hour flight from California to Hawaii is resting at a Honolulu hospital. More »Stowaway teen is resting at Honolulu hospital

  • Why You Forget: 5 Strange Facts About Memory

    LiveScience.com - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Although rare, certain activities can result in a temporary memory loss and brain fog, called transient global amnesia. For example, sex has been reported to cause this memory problem, with patients forgetting the past day or so, and having difficulty forming new memories. More »Why You Forget: 5 Strange Facts About Memory

  • Maine baby lobster decline could end high catches

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — The number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline — possibly foreshadowing an end to the recent record catches that have boosted New England's lobster fishery, scientists say. More »Maine baby lobster decline could end high catches

  • Proposed Navajo junk-food tax fails at council

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An effort to resurrect a junk-food tax on the country's largest American Indian reservation has failed. More »Proposed Navajo junk-food tax fails at council

  • Israel encouraging more Christians to join military service

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Dan Williams and Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Tuesday it was stepping up efforts to encourage military enlistment by Christian Arab citizens, a community long closer to the larger Muslim minority in identifying with the Palestinians. Israel's Christian Arabs number about 160,000, some two percent of the Jewish state's eight million people, and the expected number of conscripts - now about 100 - will rise in coming months, a senior military officer said. "We intend to appeal to the Christian population of conscription age (17 and 18) and will send them call-up notices to volunteer for service," Lieutenant-Colonel Amir Hai told reporters in a telephone briefing on Tuesday. Being mostly Palestinians themselves, Israel's Christian Arabs have traditionally stood alongside the Muslim community on Israeli-Palestinian issues. More »Israel encouraging more Christians to join military service

  • Ukraine president calls for new anti-rebel offensive as crisis deal falters

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Alastair Macdonald and Darya Korsunskaya KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukraine's acting president Oleksander Turchinov called on Tuesday for government forces to relaunch an offensive against pro-Russian rebels after a local politician from his own party was found dead with signs of torture. Kiev's first push failed last week to retake one of the towns in the mainly Russian-speaking east occupied by the separatists, and its military has largely suspended operations since the United States, Russia, Ukraine and European Union signed a deal in Geneva last week intended to calm the crisis. But the agreement is already in trouble, with Washington and Moscow putting the onus on each other on Tuesday to ensure that it is implemented, including a stipulation that the rebels must disarm and leave the government buildings they have occupied. One was that of Volodymyr Rybak, a member of Turchinov's Batkivshchyna party, who had recently been abducted by "terrorists", he said in a statement. More »Ukraine president calls for new anti-rebel offensive as crisis deal falters

  • France says one of two hostages held in Mali probably dead

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    A French man kidnapped two years ago in Mali by an al Qaeda-linked group is probably dead, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday after the insurgents said they had killed him. Gilberto Rodriguez-Leal, who would be 62 now, was captured in November 2012 while camping in the region. He had crossed from Mauritania into Mali where Islamist militants had taken advantage of chaos after a coup to seize the northern two thirds of the country. A spokesman for the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJWA) told Agence France Presse he had been killed because France was "our enemy". More »France says one of two hostages held in Mali probably dead

  • Amgen profit falls on costs, disappointing sales

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    (Reuters) - Amgen Inc on Tuesday reported lower first quarter profit as results were hurt by acquisition-related costs as well as sales of several key products that fell short of Wall Street estimates. The world's largest biotechnology company said net profit fell to $1.07 billion (636 million pounds), or $1.40 per share, compared with a profit of $1.43 billion, or $1.88 per share, a year ago, when earnings were helped by a tax gain. Excluding special items, Amgen had adjusted earnings of $1.87 per share. Analysts on average expected $1.94 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. ... More »Amgen profit falls on costs, disappointing sales

  • AP Source: Giants' Hill facing 3rd suspension

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that New York Giants safety Will Hill is facing a possible third suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. More »AP Source: Giants' Hill facing 3rd suspension

  • U.S. to send 600 troops to Eastern Europe to reassure allies

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Phil Stewart and David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is sending about 600 soldiers to Poland and the three Baltic states for infantry exercises, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, one of its highest-profile steps yet to reassure NATO allies after Russia's seizure of Crimea. Groups of 150 soldiers will be sent to Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia in rounds of month-long exercises in each country in what the Pentagon calls a "persistent rotational presence" that stops short of permanently basing troops. More »U.S. to send 600 troops to Eastern Europe to reassure allies

  • Robin Williams confronts deep-rooted secret in drama 'Boulevard'

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A random drive down an unfamiliar road and a chance encounter with a stranger force a soft-spoken bank employee to reassess his life and acknowledge his true self in the new indie drama "Boulevard," starring Oscar winner Robin Williams. Williams, 62, most familiar to audiences as a sharp-witted, fast-talking comedian, shows his darker, more intense side in "Boulevard," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival that runs through April 27. "He is an older man, long married, who essentially comes out of the closet at an age when most couples have settled into the tedium of a kind of combative relationship," said Geoffrey Gilmore, Tribeca Film Festival's chief creative officer. Williams' character, Nolan Mack, must choose between hiding the secret he has suppressed for decades and continuing his life with a woman he loves and respects, or dealing with it and upending the only life he has ever known. More »Robin Williams confronts deep-rooted secret in drama 'Boulevard'

  • Benfica, Juventus meet after 21-year wait

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    (Reuters) - Benfica and Juventus, two great clubs hoping to end long waits for a European trophy, meet for the first time in more than 20 years in their Europa League semi-final first leg on Thursday. Hosts Benfica, who have just won their domestic league, have not lifted a continental trophy since winning the old European Cup in 1962. Juventus, on course for a third successive Serie A title, have not added any major European silverware to their trophy cabinet since the Champions League in 1996. Despite their long traditions in European football, the teams have met only twice before, in the 1968 European Cup semi-finals and the 1992/93 UEFA Cup quarter-finals, when the current Juventus coach Antonio Conte played in both legs of a 4-2 aggregate win for the Italians. More »Benfica, Juventus meet after 21-year wait

  • South Sudan peace talks delayed as rebels deny massacre

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Carl Odera and Michelle Nichols NAIROBI/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - South Sudan peace talks were delayed again on Tuesday as United Nations peacekeepers battle to protect some 22,000 civilians at a base in Bentiu, where dead bodies lined the dusty streets after an ethnic massacre during rebels' seizure of the oil town. The U.N. base, guarded by 500 peacekeepers, has come under rocket fire and the number of civilians seeking refuge there has quadrupled since the start of April, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York. The United Nations accused the rebels of hunting down men, women and children a week ago in a hospital, church and mosque in the capital of the oil-producing Unity state and then killing them based on ethnicity and nationality. He also accused the U.N. mission of "cheap propaganda" to win favour with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir. More »South Sudan peace talks delayed as rebels deny massacre

  • Michigan affirmative ban is OK, Supreme Court says

    Associated Press - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A state's voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America. More »Michigan affirmative ban is OK, Supreme Court says

  • Bahrain sentences 12 people for life for spying, Iran links

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    A Bahraini court has sentenced 12 men to life in prison for spying, receiving training from Iran's Revolutionary Guard and processing weapons and explosives, a defence lawyer and rights activist said on Tuesday. Bahrain accuses Shi'ite power Iran of fuelling unrest in the country since a 2011 uprising led by the Shi'ite Muslim community demanding reforms and more share in running the kingdom ruled by the Sunni Muslim al-Khalifa dynasty. Tehran denies the accusation, but defends the cause of Bahrain's Shi'ite opposition. Attorney Fatima al-Adraj said the court convicted the men on Sunday, and sentenced two others to 15 years. More »Bahrain sentences 12 people for life for spying, Iran links

  • UKIP launches European election campaign amid racism row

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - UKIP launched its campaign for next month's European elections on Tuesday and fended off accusations that its posters were racist and its anti-immigration rhetoric hypocritical. With polls showing the UK Independence Party will come second in the May 22 election, ahead of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives but behind the opposition Labour Party, UKIP hopes to attract enough extra votes to win the ballot outright. Party leader Nigel Farage has said such a victory would trigger a "political earthquake", putting UKIP in a position to win its first seats in the British parliament in 2015 and piling pressure on the three main parties to sever Britain's ties with the European Union. UKIP wants Britain to leave the EU and an end to "open door" immigration, particularly from inside the 28-nation bloc. More »UKIP launches European election campaign amid racism row

  • Syria's chemical weapons wild card: chlorine gas

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT (Reuters) - Chlorine gas attacks in Syria this month, if proven, expose a major loophole in an international deal to remove chemical weapons from the war-torn country and suggest chemical warfare could persist after the removal operation has finished. President Bashar al-Assad agreed with the United States and Russia to dispose of his chemical weapons - an arsenal that Damascus had never previously formally acknowledged - after hundreds of people were killed in a sarin gas attack on the outskirts of the capital last August. The government blamed the rebel side in Syria's civil war, which is now in its fourth year. Syria has vowed to hand over or destroy its entire arsenal by the end of this week, but still has roughly 14 percent of the chemicals it declared to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). More »Syria's chemical weapons wild card: chlorine gas

  • U.S. Senator Blumenthal wants to quiz former GM CEOs on recalls

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Former General Motors CEOs and other executives should be called to testify to the U.S. Congress about the company's slow response to defective ignition switches in cars that have been linked to at least 13 deaths, a Democratic senator said on Tuesday. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, an outspoken member of the Senate Commerce Committee that is investigating GM, said there are "a whole set of questions on why there were so many delays in taking action to remedy this situation" that are still unanswered by the Detroit automaker. "Of course we have to go back to the prior CEOs" who headed GM before this year's recall of 2.6 million automobiles, he said. The recalled vehicles have ignition switches that can unexpectedly slip out of the "run" position, shutting off engines, disabling air bags, power steering and power brakes. More »U.S. Senator Blumenthal wants to quiz former GM CEOs on recalls

  • Ivory Coast ex-rebel profiting from banned diamond trade - U.N. experts

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Joe Bavier ABIDJAN (Reuters) - A senior Ivory Coast army officer is breaking a diamond embargo and may be using profits to buy arms, U.N. experts have found, dealing a potentially embarrassing blow to government efforts to have the ban lifted. Ivory Coast is the only country in the world still subject to a U.N.-imposed ban on diamond exports but it received a clean bill of health in November from the Kimberley Process - the body tasked with preventing the sale of so called "blood diamonds" from fuelling armed conflicts. But U.N. experts, charged with monitoring compliance with a sanctions regime including an arms embargo, said diamonds are being exported from Ivory Coast in breach of the ban. "The measures and restrictions imposed by the (Security) Council ... still do not prevent the illicit trafficking of Ivorian rough diamonds," read the report released on Tuesday. More »Ivory Coast ex-rebel profiting from banned diamond trade - U.N. experts

  • Google extends reach into mobile apps with new ad feature

    Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc will allow marketers to run online ads that send consumers to a page directly inside a mobile app, furthering the Internet company's effort to extend its multibillion-dollar advertising business to smartphones. The new advertising feature helps Google bridge the gap between the traditional public Web pages that have long underpinned its search business and the increasing number of standalone, mobile apps popular with consumers. Mobile apps, which are dedicated to everything from restaurant reviews to online games, have typically been walled off and difficult for Google to integrate into its search engine results. Last year Google began to offer so-called "deep linking" capabilities with a limited number of participating mobile apps. More »Google extends reach into mobile apps with new ad feature

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