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86 percent of smartphone owners rely on devices for ‘key activities’

More Americans can’t live without their smartphones anymore. A study released Monday shows people using their mobile devices increasingly to settle a dispute, coordinate a meeting, find a restaurant or get emergency information. The Pew Internet & American Life Project said 70 percent of all cell phone owners and 86…

Alleged Colombian cocaine kingpin surrenders to U.S.

A Colombian wanted for allegedly smuggling tons of cocaine bound for the United States into Mexico has surrendered to US officials and may help track down other traffickers, Colombian police said Monday. The United States had offered a five million dollar reward for the capture of Javier Calle Serna, a…

Shell springs new oil pipeline leaks in Nigeria

Oil giant Shell on Monday said two new leaks had occurred on one of its pipelines in southern Nigeria after similar incidents in recent days blamed on crude theft. “Two new leaks were reported today on the Trans Niger pipeline at Akpajo and K-Dere in Ogoniland, after a similar number…

Israel Supreme Court rejects hunger striker appeal

Israel’s Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by two Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike for 69 days in protest at being held without charge, their lawyer told AFP. “The Supreme Court refused both appeals,” Jamil Khatib said of the move by Bilal Diab, 27, and Thaer…

French and German stocks rise after Hollande elected

Leading European stock markets closed higher on Monday despite the prospects for political and financial turmoil in Greece following general elections a day earlier. London markets were closed, but in Paris the CAC 40 index jumped by 1.65 percent to 3,214.22 points in moderately thin trading, while in Frankfurt the…

South African man suspected of stealing a mobile phone was stoned to death

A South African man suspected of stealing a mobile phone from a woman was stoned to death by a mob Monday in the northern town of Polokwane, police said. “The community rushed to help the screaming woman. The man was caught and beaten with stones,” police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told…

Study: Dinosaurs may have caused extinction with flatulence

Giant dinosaurs that roamed the Earth millions of years ago may have warmed the planet with the gas they produced from eating leafy plants, British scientists said on Monday. Much like modern cows that emit a significant amount of methane in their digestive process, the 20,000 kilogram (44,000 pound) sauropods…

Putin returns to Kremlin under protest shadow

Vladimir Putin took office on Monday as Russian president for a historic third term in a glittering Kremlin ceremony shadowed bybloody clashes between police and protesters against his rule. Putin, president from 2000-2008, took over from outgoing president Dmitry Medvedev after swearing in his oath to protect the rights of Russian citizens and defend the country’s…

American kidnapped in Pakistan appears in Qaeda video

Elderly US development worker Warren Weinstein has appeared in an Al-Qaeda video for the first time since he was kidnapped inPakistan just days before he meant to return home last August. The two minute, 40 second video was posted on jihadist forums by Al-Qaeda’s media arm as-Sahab on Sunday, according to the US monitoring service SITE. There is no…

Clinton presses India to cut Iran oil imports

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on India Monday to further cut its imports of Iranian oil, saying New Delhi should use its growing clout to help isolate the Islamic republic. “India… is certainly working towards lowering purchases of Iranian oil. We commend the steps they have taken thus far,” she told an audience of school…

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