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New Disney princess outrage: Is ‘Frozen’ only for ‘pretty’ girls’?

New Disney princess outrage: Is ‘Frozen’ only for ‘pretty’ girls? (via The Christian Science Monitor) This publicity photo released by Disney shows a scene from the animated film, “Frozen, ” which hits the big screen Nov. 27. (Disney/AP) The head of animation for Disney’s upcoming film “Frozen” has leaked the…

Obama signs law restoring military death benefits

US President Barack Obama signed a measure into law reinstating US military death benefits to families of soldiers killed on duty that had been halted by the government shutdown. The Senate passed the mini funding bill by unanimous consent earlier in the day, following approval by the House of Representatives…

Chinese students forced to make PlayStation 4 or not graduate

Taiwan’s Foxconn, which assembles products for Apple, Sony and other major tech firms, has admitted some of its student interns worked night shifts and overtime in violation of company policy in its Chinese facility. “In the case of recent allegations regarding the internship programme at our Yantai campus, we have…

CIA suspected Edward Snowden was trying to break into files

While working for the CIA, Edward Snowden was suspected of trying to break into files he did not have access to, but a report from his supervisor on this went unheeded, a newspaper said Thursday night. The New York Times said Snowden’s supervisor wrote a derogatory report on him in…

North Korea threatens to sink U.S. aircraft carrier

North Korea on Friday threatened to “bury in the sea” a US aircraft carrier, as it slammed a three-nation naval drill involving US, South Korean and Japanese warships. The latest warning from the isolated regime came a day after the United States launched a two-day joint military drill with South…

Toyota unveils cars with auto pilot system

Toyota on Friday unveiled the next generation of cars featuring an auto pilot system that will swerve to avoid collisions and also keep to the middle of the road, all without drivers touching the wheel. The Japanese giant autos using the self-driving technology could be available on the market in…

Israeli settler bludgeoned to death in West Bank: police

An Israeli settler was bludgeoned to death Friday by suspected Palestinian militants, police said, in the third violent attack on Israelis in the West Bank within as many weeks. The attack, in which the retired army colonel’s wife escaped with minor injuries, prompted rightwing Israeli MPs to call for the…

White South Africans say they are being oppressed by the government

A group of white South Africans marched Thursday to protest murders of farmers and the “oppression” they say whites suffer, despite remaining the country’s most privileged section of society 19 years after the arrival of all-race democracy. Around 400 Afrikaners, descendants of Dutch settlers, released hundreds of red balloons in…

Father of Edward Snowden has ‘emotional’ meeting with son in Russia

The father of US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has held an “emotional” meeting with his son for the first time since the fugitive took refuge in Russia to escape US justice, a report said Friday. Lon Snowden met his son after arriving in Moscow from the United States on Thursday,…

Syria rebels executed 67 Alawite villagers

Rebel groups executed at least 67 civilians and took hostage 200 others from Alawite villages in Syria in August, Human Rights Watch reported Friday, saying this constituted war crimes. The Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shiite Islam to which President Bashar al-Assad belongs. HRW based its 105-page report on…

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