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UPDATE: Moderate cleric Hassan Rohani to be Iran’s next president

Update: DUBAI (Reuters) – Moderate cleric Hassan Rohani has won Iran’s presidential election, Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar announced on state television on Saturday. Najjar said 72 percent of the 50 million eligible Iranians had turned out to vote, and that Rohani had secured just over the 50 percent of the…

Iraq journalists detained for 10 days for ‘stealing’ minister’s notepad

Iraqi press freedom activists on Saturday decried the detention for more than 10 days of two journalists accused of stealing the notebook of the country’s defence minister following a meeting of political leaders. Mohammed Fuad and Afdhal Jumaa are alleged to have stolen Saadun al-Dulaimi’s notepad after the June 1…

Supercomputers and analytics: Figuring out the human brain

The brain remains one of humanity’s enduring mysteries, despite centuries’ worth of research into its innermost workings. It will take a lot of very sophisticated tools, paired with some cutting-edge data analytics, to finally figure out how neurons firing in a certain order results in thought……

Young Turks seek greater liberty, not revolution

By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) – Ask the younger protesters who have taken to Turkey’s streets over the past two weeks what they are fighting for, and the response is simple: “More freedom”. It is an aspiration they might just achieve. Turkey’s worst political unrest in decades has galvanized a…

Obama stresses kids’ need for dads’ presence

President Barack Obama is reflecting on the hole left in his life by the absence of his father, calling for reforms of child support laws for dads to be more present for their kids. “There will never be a substitute for the love and support and, most importantly, the presence…

Famed Milwaukee tavern rehangs bras on ceiling

By Brendan O’Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Standing on a foot ladder, Jeff Scanell bent down, pinched his girlfriend’s red lace brassiere between his thumb and index finger and gently lifted it out of the front of her shirt as a cowbell wildly rang and a raucous crowd roared. The 37-year-old…

To avoid ‘foregone revenue,’ largest tar sands producer announces fewer safety checks

Suncor Energy, the largest producer in Canada’s tar sands oil operations, has announced it will require fewer major safety maintenance “shut-down” checks at its Alberta production sites, decreasing the required checks to once every five years, down from its prior four-year schedule. Steve Douglas…  …

West Nile virus fears on rise after Hurricane Sandy

With mosquito season approaching, some health officials are concerned about another possible consequence of Hurricane Sandy: an elevated risk of the West Nile virus. Although they said it is too early to tell how severe the threat will be, officials said they are…  …

Hong Kong protesters back Edward Snowden, denounce allegations of U.S. spying

By Grace Li and Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) – A few hundred rights advocates and political activists marched through Hong Kong on Saturday to demand protection for Edward Snowden, who leaked revelations of U.S. electronic surveillance and is now believed to be holed up in the former British colony.…

Seventy-one Syrian army officers defect to Turkey

ANKARA (Reuters) – Seventy-one officers, including six generals, have defected from the Syrian army to Turkey, a Turkish official said on Saturday, the biggest single mass desertion of senior soldiers from President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces in months. It was not immediately clear why the group had deserted. Just hours…

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