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UK ‘has secret Middle East web surveillance base’: report

Britain is running a secret Internet surveillance station in the Middle East, a report said Thursday citing the latest leaked documents obtained by fugitive US security contractor Edward Snowden. The Independent newspaper said it was not disclosing the country where the base is located, but said the facility can intercept…

Watch: Obama heckled over sentencing of Chelsea Manning

President Barack Obama was interrupted by protesters on Thursday night amid a speech on college affordability. While Obama was speaking in Syracuse, New York, two woman began shouting at him. One of the women held up a giant “Free Bradley Manning” sign. Both women were escorted out of the event.…

Elon Musk condemns the ‘perversion of democracy’ in Texas

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is not at all pleased with lawmakers in Texas. “If the public is overwhelmingly in favor of something and then the legislators vote against the overwhelming public interest, that is a perversion of democracy,” he recently told ABC News. “I mean, the whole idea of…

NSA promises transparency by launching new Tumblr blog

As scrutiny of the activities of the US National Security Agency (NSA) continues, a new Tumblr blog launched by the Office of the Director of National Security is promising more transparency on “lawful foreign surveillance activities” carried out by US agencies. IC on the Record will host official statements, declassified…

Obama offers plan to deal with the high cost of college

Barack Obama took aim at the spiralling cost of higher education on Thursday, threatening US universities with a new official ranking system he claimed would help students identify whether they were getting value for money. As crippling student loans are increasingly seen as a impediment to social mobility and a…

An ‘aporkalypse’ has Texas fighting losing battle against feral pig menace

Texans have penned them in state-of-the-art traps, tracked them with night-vision goggles, massacred them with machine guns and and even shot them from helicopters. But despite all the firepower and ingenuity the Lone Star State can muster, it is losing the war on feral hogs. The population of one of…

The world’s most accurate clock is made from the element ytterbium

US scientists said Thursday they have built the world’s most precise clock, whose ticking rate varies less than two parts in one quintillion, or 10 times better than any other. The clock, made from the element ytterbium, could be used for technological advancements beyond timekeeping, such as navigation systems, magnetic…

Retiring FBI director warns ‘the threat is still here’

He took the reins of the FBI a week before the attacks of September 11, 2001. Twelve years later, Robert Mueller is retiring, convinced that “the threat is still here.” Shortly before passing the baton to his successor James Comey on September 4 — a dozen years to the day…

Palestinian activist arrested for selling ‘Morsi perfume’

Palestinian security services have arrested an Islamist sympathiser in the West Bank for selling perfume named in honour of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi, family members said on Thursday. Islambuli Badir, a 36-year-old member of Islamist movement Hamas, was arrested during a raid on his perfume shop in the town…

‘Vitriolic coverage’: Study examines why Fox News viewers hate Obama

Those who think the growing popularity of highly-partisan opinion shows is tearing the United States apart now have some empiric evidence on their side. Research published in the September issue of Political Research Quarterly has found pundits on political opinion shows influence attitudes toward presidential candidates — and in a…

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