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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…

Cyclone spares India, minimal loss of life

India began assessing on Sunday the extent of the damage left in the wake of the strongest storm to hit the country in 14 years. But while Cyclone Phailin wreaked havoc upon property and infrastructure, the loss of life appeared limited after the mass evacuation of hundreds of thousands of…

Brazil creating secure email system to beat U.S. surveillance

AFP – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced Sunday that her government was creating a secure email system to try and shield official communications from spying by the United States and other countries. “We need more security on our messages to prevent possible espionage,” Rousseff said on Twitter, ordering the Federal…

No debt ceiling deal yet, damaging world investment community’s calm

The last ongoing talks to avert US default broke up on Sunday evening without resolution amid signs that investors were growing increasingly nervous that politicians would not reach a deal in time. Democrat majority leader, Harry Reid, appeared briefly in the Senate to say he had a “productive and substantive”…

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