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Consumer Electronics Show foretells electronic ‘war of ecosystems’

LAS VEGAS — The annual Consumer Electronics Show ended Friday, leaving gadget lovers with visions of a “Matrix” like world in which the Internet surrounds them no matter where they go. Makers of everything from cars and refrigerators to televisions, smartphones and software pitched innovations heralding the arrival of connected…

Report: Mossad agents posed as CIA to recruit anti-Iranian terrorists

WASHINGTON — Agents with Israel’s Mossad agency posed as American CIA agents in operations to recruit members of the Pakistani militant group Jundallah, a report in Foreign Policy magazine said Friday. Using American dollars and US passports, the agents passed themselves off as members of the Central Intelligence Agency in…

Scottish sports star warned after calling Obama a Wall Street whore

GLASGOW — A Scottish rugby player has been warned about his “completely inappropriate” language after calling US President Barack Obama a “whore” on Twitter. When praising Ron Paul, a candidate to be the Republican Party’s nominee for the 2012 presidential election, Rory Lamont said on January 4: “He doesn’t work…

Obama seeks merger of U.S. trade, commerce agencies

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will ask Congress on Friday for powers to merge US trade and commerce agencies in an effort to cut red tape for businesses and end government overlap, an administration official says. The proposed shake-up aims to consolidate six agencies and Obama will announce details of…

U.S. seeks to exchange ambassadors with Myanmar

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that the United States is moving toward exchanging ambassadors with Myanmar, as a reward for reforms by the military-backed government. Echoing President Barack Obama in hailing the release of political prisoners, Clinton said she is also instructing State Department officials…

Buzz around Beyonce as fly named in diva’s honour

It might not be the most flattering accolade for the “bootylicious” American pop star, but new mother Beyonce now has a fly named after her. Just days after the singer and actress gave birth to a baby girl, Australian scientists said Friday they had named a rare horse fly from…

Thailand arrests suspect after US terror warning

Thai authorities said Friday they had detained a Lebanese man with suspected links to the Hezbollah militant group, after the United States warned of a terrorist threat against tourists in the kingdom. “Foreign terrorists may be currently looking to conduct attacks against tourist areas in Bangkok in the near future,”…

Pentagon identifies unit in US Marine abuse video

Top US officials strongly condemned a video that appears to show Marines urinating on dead insurgents in Afghanistan, while the Pentagon said it had identified the unit involved. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the behavior in the video was “utterly deplorable,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke of…

Myanmar frees leading political prisoners

Myanmar pardoned a number of prominent dissidents, journalists and a former premier Friday under a major prisoner amnesty, intensifying a surprising series of reforms by the army-backed regime. Western powers have demanded the freedom of political detainees languishing in jail in the country formerly known as Burma before they will…

U.S. to withdraw about 7,000 troops from Europe

WASHINGTON — The United States plans to withdraw about 7,000 US troops of the 81,000 troops based in Europe, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. In an interview with the Armed Forces Press Service, Panetta said two brigade combat teams, or roughly 7,000 US troops, would be withdrawn from Europe,…

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