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Sharp increase in number of U.S. Internet users who had data stolen: survey

Some 18 percent of US Internet users have had important personal data such as bank account information stolen and the problem appears to be getting worse, a survey showed Monday. The Pew Research Center study carried out in January showed a sharp increase from mid-2013, when 11 percent reported being…

Disease threatens to wipe out most of the world’s bananas

The United Nations warned on Monday of the potential “massive destruction” of the world’s banana crop if a disease affecting the most popular variety spreads from Asia to Africa and the Middle East. The disease is “posing a serious threat to production and export” of bananas, the fourth most important…

NASA to go ahead with Dragon capsule SpaceX launch despite glitch

The launch of a SpaceX rocket and its Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station will go ahead as scheduled Monday despite a glitch affecting a computer on the station, officials said. The Falcon 9 rocket and its unmanned capsule Dragon is scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral…

Israel minister warns John Kerry over ‘surrender’ to Iran

Israel’s intelligence minister Monday slammed as unacceptable comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry on negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme which he said indicated a “surrender” to Tehran. “The things Kerry said in the Congress are worrying, they are surprising and they are unacceptable,” Yuval Steinitz, who…

Fur flies as U.S. gets to grips with horde of feral cats

It’s Friday night in Eckington, a quiet residential corner of Washington, and the back alley is crawling with feral cats — rich pickings for seasoned cat-trapper Marty King. “Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty,” said King after setting four metal traps baited with flaked shrimp and fish cat food and lined…

49ers linebacker Aldon Smith detained at Los Angeles airport after saying he had a bomb

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been detained at a Los Angles airport after he allegedly told police he had a bomb. Police said in a statement Sunday that Smith was “being uncooperative with security personnel and stating he had a bomb.” The 24-year-old was apparently then transported to…

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad: war turning in regime’s favour

President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday that the war that has torn Syria apart for three years and cost more than 150,000 lives is turning in the government’s favour, state news agency SANA reported. “This is a turning point in the crisis, both militarily in terms of the army’s achievements in…

Wall Street Journal: Citigroup cuts 200-300 jobs

US bank Citigroup (NYSE: C – news) has cut between 200 and 300 additional jobs, most in the global markets business, The Wall Street Journal reports. Some of the employees were fired, while others left voluntarily. Among them was Steve Prince, the younger brother of former chief executive Charles Prince,…

Thousands flee, 11 dead, as killer blaze tears through Chile

More than 10,000 people were evacuated Sunday as an army of firefighters battled a killer blaze that tore through parts of Chile’s historic port of Valparaiso and left at least 11 people dead. The fire, which started in woodland Saturday, gutted 500 homes as flames advanced on the city of…

Japan and South Korea to discuss fate of ‘comfort women’ before Obama visit

Japan, S. Korea to discuss ‘comfort women’ before Obama visit (via AFP) Japan and South Korea will hold talks this week to try to improve frosty relations before President Barack Obama visits both the US allies during an Asian tour, it was announced Sunday. The two governments “have decided to…

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