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10 dead in Quebec Legionnaire’s disease outbreak

A Legionnaire’s disease outbreak in Quebec City has killed 10 people since late July, health authorities in the francophone Canadian city said in an updated toll. A total of 165 people have so far been diagnosed with the disease, which poses a risk for people with weak immune systems but…

‘Super Wi-Fi’ poised for growth in U.S., elsewhere

Move over Wi-Fi, there’s a new wireless technology coming. So-called “Super Wi-Fi,” which offers a bigger range than existing hotspots, is being deployed in the United States and generating interest in a number of countries, including Britain and Brazil. Super Wi-Fi is not really Wi-Fi because it uses a different…

Pirate Bay co-founder arrested in Cambodia

A co-founder of top Swedish filesharing site The Pirate Bay, who is on an international wanted list, has been arrested in the Cambodian capital at Stockholm’s request, police said Sunday. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was handed a one-year prison sentence by a Swedish court in 2009 for promoting copyright infringement but…

Taiwan to step up cyberwar capabilities: report

Taiwan plans to beef up its cyberwar capabilities to counter a perceived threat from Chinese hackers targeting government and security websites, local media reported Sunday. Taiwan will expand its cyberwar units next year while scaling back military spending due to budget constraints, the Taipei-based Liberty Times reported, citing a 2013…

Michelle Obama, Ann Romney: a study in contrasts

One is black, the other white. One was born into wealth, the other came from a working class family in Chicago, and as with the two presidential candidates, their wives — Ann Romney and First Lady Michelle Obama — provide a stark study in contrasts. Both women are viewed as…

Blair, Bush should face trial over Iraq war: Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu called Sunday for former prime minister Tony Blair and former US president George W Bush to face trial in The Hague for their role in the Iraq war. The South African peace icon, writing in The Observer newspaper, accused the pair of lying about weapons of mass…

U.S. special forces suspends training of Afghans

US special forces in Afghanistan have suspended training for about 1,000 Afghan police recruits to carry out checks on existing members, the military said Sunday, after a surge in insider attacks on NATO. There has been a sharp rise in so-called “green-on-blue” attacks recently, in which members of the Afghan…

Turkish bulk carrier spilling oil on South African beaches

Oil from a Turkish bulk carrier that ran aground three years ago off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa’s prime tourist city, was spilling onto two beaches, officials said. Investigations on Saturday showed the vessel had disintegrated into three pieces, Cape Town city disaster management spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.…

Two killed in Brazil slum drug sweep

Two people were killed Saturday during a counter-narcotics operation by an elite police in a Brazilian slum, angering residents who blocked a main road into the city. The mayor’s central operations office in Rio de Janeiro reported that Brasil Avenue, which runs from the international airport downtown, was blocked for…

Oscar-winning songwriter Hal David dead at 91

Hal David, an Oscar- and Grammy-winning lyricist who produced dozens of hit songs with composer Burt Bacharach, died in Los Angeles. He was 91. David died of complications from a stroke, according to Jim Steinblatt, spokesman for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers that the songwriter once led.…

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