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Facebook recognises Kosovo as independent state

The world’s largest social network Facebook has listed Kosovo as a country more than five years after the breakaway territory proclaimed independence from Serbia, officials said Tuesday. “Facebook recognises Kosovo as a state,” Minister for EU Integration Vlora Citaku wrote on Twitter. And Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said in a…

European Union powers to work together on new drones

Several EU nations including France and Germany agreed Tuesday to join forces to develop new-generation drones, in a bid to close a gaping deficiency in the bloc’s defence industry. EU defence ministers meeting in Brussels approved a series of projects to develop Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) pilotless aircraft from…

Troubling study finds rape incidents are far higher than reported by the U.S. Census Bureau

The incidence of sexual violence is likely sharply underreported in a closely-watched barometer of US crime because of the way it’s designed, an expert panel said Tuesday. The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), conducted by the US Census Bureau for the Bureau of Justice Statistics, put the number of rapes…

Senate’s defense bill would allow Guantanamo Bay to finally close

The US Senate debated a defense bill Tuesday that would ease restrictions on detainee transfers from Guantanamo, a major first step toward closing the controversial war-on-terror prison. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the provision should be the first measure debated and voted on in the defense spending bill for…

U.S. marks 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln’s undying call for a “new birth of freedom” at the bloody turning point of the US Civil War, turned 150 years old Tuesday, even as the union he fought to preserve quarrels bitterly over the role of government. Thousands of people bundled up against the…

Twitter pulls Shebab accounts as group boasts of Kenya attack

As gunshots and explosions rocked Nairobi’s Westgate mall, those behind the horrifying attack used Twitter to provide something of a running commentary of events. “What Kenyans are witnessing at #Westgate is retributive justice for crimes committed by their military,” Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab tweeted. The depiction of the attack at the…

Obama’s approval rating plummets amid health care debacle

President Barack Obama’s approval rating has fallen sharply because of the botched launch of his signature health care plan, says a poll out Tuesday. His overall approval rating stands at 42 percent, dropping six points in a month in the Washington Post-ABC News poll, his lowest rating yet. Opposition to…

Prosecutors drop bigamy charges against Nelson Mandela’s grandson

South Africa’s state prosecutor said Tuesday that charges of grave tampering and bigamy have been dropped against Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla, who had been embroiled in a bitter family feud. In July, Mandla Mandela was charged with tampering with the graves of some of his famous grandfather’s children, after exhuming…

Not a belieber: Mexico says Justin Bieber lied about meeting President Nieto

Sorry Justin Bieber, Mexico’s president is apparently not a belieber. The Canadian pop star’s controversy-filled tour of Latin America took a new twist in Mexico after Bieber’s claim that he met with President Enrique Pena Nieto was swiftly denied by the government. Before a Mexico City show late Monday, Bieber,…

Tesla Motors seeks to annihilate ‘false perception’ about fire risk of electric cars

A US government agency said Tuesday it was investigating fires in Tesla electric vehicles, as the company ordered modifications aimed at reducing what it called a negligible risk. The move by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came after Tesla requested such a probe, saying it wanted to quash any…

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