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With shutdown and default clocks ticking, dysfunctional Congress hits another impasse

With shutdown and default clocks ticking, lawmakers hit an impasse (via The Christian Science Monitor) Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington Sunday. Senate Republicans and Democrats have hit an impasse over spending in their last-ditch struggle to avoid an economy-jarring default in just four…

Rising onion costs send India inflation to 7-month high

A four-fold surge in the cost of onions helped push Indian inflation to a seven-month-high in September, data showed Monday, fueling expectations of another interest rate hike as authorities struggle to get the economy back on track. The Wholesale Price Index hit 6.46 percent last month, from 6.10 percent in…

Fracking comes to Saudi Arabia despite limited water resources

The U.S. shale gas boom will spread “far and wide,” the head of Saudi Aramco said Monday, announcing the state oil giant was set to supply gas to a massive Saudi power plant project. The world’s largest oil exporter launched an unconventional gas program in northern Saudi Arabia two years…

Police tactics fall under scrutiny as death toll grows in India temple stampede

Outrage mounted in India Monday after at least 115 devotees were crushed to death or drowned near a Hindu temple, the site of another deadly stampede only seven years ago. As survivors of Sunday’s tragedy on a bridge recounted how desperate mothers threw their children into the water below, authorities…

Thai sex show owner arrested after Rihanna tweets about her visit

Thai authorities said Monday they had arrested the owner of a sex show visited by pop icon Rihanna — the latest crackdown inadvertently triggered by the singer’s tweets. The bar owner on the island of Phuket has been charged in connection with the lewd performance, local district chief Veera Kerdsirimongkol…

Nazi’s body should be incinerated: Jewish group

The body of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke, who died last week in Italy aged 100, should be sent to Germany and incinerated, the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre said in an interview. Efraim Zuroff, who heads the Jewish Nazi-hunting organisation, told La Stampa daily’s Monday edition that Germany…

Richard Branson reveals he moved main residence to private Caribbean island seven years ago to avoid paying UK taxes

Sir Richard Branson makes great play of wrapping himself in patriotic trappings to promote his businesses, but Britain’s best-known entrepreneur on Sunday revealed he had been living as a tax exile for the last seven years after moving his main residence to a private Caribbean island. Branson has swapped the…

More than 90 pilgrims killed in Hindu temple stampede

A stampede on a bridge outside a Hindu temple killed more than 90 people in India on Sunday, with many of the victims leaping to their deaths in the water below. Police warned that the number could rise further as medics struggled to make their way through hordes of pilgrims…

Eating popcorn in a movie theater makes people immune to the advertising: study

Study by Cologne University concludes that chewing makes advertising ineffective Eating popcorn in the cinema may be irritating not just for fellow movie goers, but for advertisers: a group of researchers from Cologne University has concluded that chewing makes us immune to film advertising. The reason why adverts manage to…

Your D-Link router may have a backdoor

NSA-inspired paranoia within the hacker community about the pervasiveness of the government’s power to compromise equipment may be bearing real fruit. A curious computer security professional published findings Saturday that deconstructed the firmware code for some D-Link router devices and discovered a backdoor built directly into the code. By changing…

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