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Britain readies ‘Fortress London’ for Games

Britain is girding itself for the biggest peacetime security operation in its history featuring anti-aircraft missiles on rooftops and a warship in the River Thames for the London Olympics. A security force of more than 40,000 military and civilian personnel, backed by a huge intelligence operation, will turn the British…

Hopes rise for better-than-bleak U.S. jobs report

After two rough months of poor jobs growth, the US labor market looks poised for a small June rebound in Friday’s official data but weak hiring remains the biggest roadblock to recovery. A trio of positive indicators Thursday offered a bit of wind behind hopes for a better reading to…

Analysts: Apple may trounce rivals with smaller iPad

Apple, which is expected to launch a mini version of its market-leading iPad tablet, could quickly overpower its rivals in the segment with the addition of the new product, analysts say. The launch expected later this year however would probably prompt Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to roll over in his…

IMF chief warns over slowing global growth

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde on Friday warned that the global economy was slowing, with a soon-to-be published growth outlook lower than earlier forecasts. “What I can tell you is that it will be tilted to the downside and certainly lower than the forecast that was published three months…

Obama raps China, Romney in debut campaign bus tour

President Barack Obama heralded his first re-election campaign bus tour with a new trade blast at China and fresh accusations his White House foe Mitt Romney helped send US jobs abroad. Obama set off through bellwether Ohio on his sleek, black, armored bus, touting his rescue of the US auto…

World meets in Paris to end Syria killings

The United States is set to call for tough UN sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad and his inner circle at a “Friends of Syria” meeting of over 100 Western and Arab nations in Paris Friday. But despite the estimated killing of more than 16,500 people in the 16-month uprising, key…

MegaUpload boss takes ‘freedom fight’ to Twitter

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has taken to Twitter as a self-styled “freedom fighter” as he waits to find out if the United States can extradite him from New Zealand to face online piracy charges. The German national has amassed more than 56,000 followers in less than three weeks since he…

Biomechanical legs are a giant step for robot-kind

Scientists in the United States say they have made the world’s most advanced pair of biomechanical legs, bringing the goal of human-friendly household robots a bit closer. About half the size of their human counterparts, the legs are the first to mimic walking in a biologically accurate, energy-efficient manner, say…

Wiesenthal Center to Germany: restore circumcision

The Wiesenthal Center on Thursday urged authorities in Berlin to overturn a court ruling banning circumcision, saying it would be “a stain on today’s Germany” to let it stand. The Los Angeles-based Jewish lobby group said Chancellor Angela Merkel and German lawmakers should act immediately to reverse the June 26…

UN calls for ‘billionaires tax’ to help world’s poor

The United Nations on Thursday called for a tax on billionaires to help raise more than $400 billion a year for poor countries. An annual lump sum payment by the super-rich is one of a host of measures including a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, currency exchanges or financial transactions…

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