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Dianne Feinstein plans to ‘move forward’ Senate version of CISPA cybersecurity bill

We had believed, along with a number of others, that the Snowden leaks showing how the NSA was spying on pretty much everyone would likely kill CISPA dead. After all, the key component to CISPA was basically a method for encouraging companies to have…  …

Google’s $168 million Mohave desert solar gamble gets green light

We’ve been following the progress of the massive Ivanpah solar thermal power plant ever since Google put up a cool $168 million to help build it, so we’re happy to report that the plant has passed the critical “first sync” milestone. Built on…  …

Cruz continues ‘filibuster’ with nods to ‘Duck Dynasty,’ ‘Atlas Shrugged’ and Ashton Kutcher

A marathon speech started Tuesday afternoon by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to block funding for Obamacare continued into Wednesday morning. Cruz started speaking Tuesday at 2:41 p.m., quickly comparing President Barack Obama’s health care reform law to slavery during the Civil War and Nazis during World War II, before reciting…

German tourism company resumes trips to Egypt

German tourism giant TUI said Wednesday it is resuming trips to destinations on the Red Sea in Egypt, which had been cancelled for more than a month due to violence in the country. “The foreign ministry has modified its security advice and no longer advises against travelling to the Red…

Italy intercepts 700 asylum-seekers, including Syrians

Three boats carrying more than 700 asylum-seekers — some of whom were Syrian refugees — have landed on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, according to the Italian Coastguard. The new arrivals reflected a sharp increase in boats landing with people fleeing conflict-torn parts of the Mediterranean region and the Horn…

Flawless $60 million pink diamond for auction in Geneva

Sotheby’s on Wednesday showed off a 59.6-carat pink diamond that will be auctioned in the Swiss city of Geneva in November at a record asking price of $60 million. “The Pink Star,” an internally flawless oval-cut vivid pink diamond, will become the most valuable diamond ever to be offered at…

UN chemical arms experts arrive in Syrian capital

A team of UN chemical weapons experts arrived in the Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday, an AFP correspondent said, ahead of new investigations into the use of the banned arms. The team, led by chief expert Ake Sellstrom, flew into the Lebanese capital Beirut on Wednesday morning, before continuing by…

British schoolboy admits robbing bank ‘like a real-life action video game’

A British schoolboy described as a “model pupil” on Tuesday admitted robbing a bank while carrying a fake gun. The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, held up a branch of Barclays bank in Liverpool, northwest England, on Friday and made off with £2,000 (about $3,200), the city’s…

Kremlin laughs off rumors that Putin married former Olympic gymnast

The Kremlin on Wednesday rubbished rumours that President Vladimir Putin had got remarried in a monastery to a former Olympic rhythmic gymnastics gold medallist, saying the talk had “nothing in common with reality”. The Russian strongman’s private life has been the subject of intense speculation since he and his wife…

Iran’s new president tells CNN: the Holocaust was ‘reprehensible and contemptible’

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Tuesday condemned the Holocaust as “reprehensible” in a new sign of a radical change by the Tehran government. “Any crime that happens in history against humanity, including the crime the Nazis created toward the Jews, is reprehensible and condemnable,” the newly elected leader told CNN…

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