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13 million Facebook users fail to use privacy controls

Many users of Facebook are unaware of the privacy risks from the massive social network site or fail to take adequate precautions, a report by Consumers Reports said Thursday. The report found nearly 13 million US Facebook users do not use, or are not aware of the site’s privacy controls.…

Israel’s Supreme Court hears hunger striker appeal

Two Palestinians who have been on hunger strike for 65 days appeared before Israel’s Supreme Court on Thursday to appeal their detention without charge, their lawyer told AFP. Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahla are protesting Israel’s use of administrative detention, which allows military courts to order individuals held without charge…

UN chief Ban Ki-moon called mounting journalist deaths ‘outrageous’

UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Thursday led international outrage at the growing number of journalists killed in the line of duty amid widespread calls for greater protection for reporters. Ban told a World Press Freedom Day event at the UN headquarters that journalists now face “dire threats” and highlighted that…

Egypt’s military promises fair election, power turnover

Egypt’s military rulers vowed Thursday that this month’s presidential election will be fair and moved to assure the public it will hand over power on schedule, a day after a deadly attack on an anti-military protest. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took power when president Hosni Mubarak…

Australia delays Lockheed fighter jet order to save money

Australia said Thursday it will delay its order of 12 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) jets by two years to save money in an aggressive drive to return the budget to surplus. The move is a setback to defence contractor Lockheed Martin, which has struggled with delays and cost blowouts…

U.S. soldier dies after bitten by rabid dog in Afghanistan

A US army soldier died of rabies after being bitten by a dog in Afghanistan, US health authorities said on Thursday. The 24-year-old male first complained in mid-August 2011 of symptoms including shoulder and neck pain, odd sensations in his hands and fainting, shortly after arriving at Fort Drum, New…

Bin Laden worried about ‘unnecessary’ Muslim deaths

Osama bin Laden was deeply worried about “unnecessary” Muslim casualties from Al-Qaeda attacks and called on his deputies to spare civilian lives to shore up his network’s image, according to letters from his compound published Thursday. A year after bin Laden was killed by US Navy SEALs at his Pakistani…

Contraception use on the rise as more teens delay sex: Study

More US teenagers are postponing sex than in 1995, and hormonal contraceptive use is up among those who are sexually active, said US health authorities on Thursday. However, disparities in safe sex practices remain, with white teenagers more likely to regularly use contraception than African-Americans or Hispanics, said the report…

New N. Korea sanctions sets stage for nuclear showdown

The UN Security Council on Wednesday put three top North Korean state firms on a sanctions black list over the country’s failedrocket launch. But the assets freeze against three enterprises said to have financed and organized the North’s missile and nuclear programs could soon be followed by a new UN sanctions battle if…

Baghdad hit by attacks as VP death squad trial opens

Gun and bomb attacks struck the Baghdad area where Iraq’s fugitiveVice President Tareq al-Hashemi was to go on trial in absentia Thursday on charges he says are politically motivated. Hashemi, the country’s top Sunni official, stands accused along with several of his bodyguards of running a death squad but the vice president…

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