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Yahoo! raids Google for first woman CEO

SAN FRANCISCO — Marissa Mayer — who was one of Google’s first employees and headed products such as Google Maps — is now arguably the most prominent woman in Silicon Valley and a rare female CEO at one of America’s largest firms. The move comes as a surprise after many…

No electronic ‘break-in’ by WikiLeaks suspect: attorney

FORT MEADE, Maryland — WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning had permission to read secret US diplomatic cables and should not be charged with an electronic “break-in” of government computers, his defense lawyer told a military court Monday. David Coombs, the civilian lawyer for Manning, asked a military judge at a pre-trial…

Hungary says probing Nazi war criminal ‘raises problems’

BUDAPEST — Pressure was mounting on Hungary Monday over an aged Nazi war criminal found living there, as prosecutors said investigating him was difficult as his crimes happened so long ago and in another country. Several dozen young demonstrators gathered outside Laszlo Csatary’s apartment in an upmarket district of Budapest…

Timbuktu man gets 40 lashes for drinking alcohol

BAMAKO — A Timbuktu man accused of drinking alcohol was given 40 lashes Monday by members of an Islamist group that has seized the north Malian city and imposed Islamic law there, witnesses said. “A young man has just been lashed 40 times for drinking alcohol. The whipping took place…

YouTube becoming major news platform: study

WASHINGTON — YouTube, the Google-owned video sharing website, has become a major platform around the world for news, posing challenges to media organizations, a study said Monday. The Pew Research Center report said that news related events were the most searched items on YouTube in five months of a 15-month…

Microsoft revamps Office with ‘cloud’ links

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft on Monday unveiled next-generation Office software overhauled to stay popular with people using tablets or smartphones to access programs in the Internet “cloud.” Chief executive Steve Ballmer pulled back the curtain on the new software at a press event in San Francisco. The popular suite includes…

U.S. will judge North Korea ‘by its actions’

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — The United States said Monday it would judge North Korea by its actions as it declined to speculate on the implications of the removal of the secretive communist nation’s army chief. White House spokesman Jay Carney, traveling with President Barack Obama to Ohio, was asked…

Oil prices rise as U.S. Navy fires on boat in Gulf

NEW YORK — Oil prices rose Monday boosted by a higher euro and reports that the US Navy fired on a small vessel in the Gulf off Dubai. Oil prices held onto their gains even after a United Arab Emirates official said the vessel carried Indian fishermen, one of whom…

Deep Purple co-founder Jon Lord dies aged 71

LONDON — Jon Lord, keyboardist with legendary British rock band Deep Purple and co-author of their most famous hit Smoke On The Water has died aged 71, his family announced on Monday. Lord, who also played with Whitesnake, died at the London Clinic on Monday, surrounded by family, a statement…

Libor scandal undermines market confidence: IMF

The scandal of banks having manipulated the Libor global interest rate benchmark is taking a toll on confidence in the markets, the International Monetary Fund said Monday. “The most serious consequence of this scandal, which is under investigation, is that it undermines the certainty and the trust that markets have…

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