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Malala says she’s no ‘Western puppet’

Malala Yousafzai hit back at claims that she has become a figure of the West, insisting she was proud to be a Pakistani. The 16-year-old, who was shot by the Taliban for championing girls’ right to an education, claimed she retained the support of people in her homeland, and reiterated…

SNL on ‘Gravity’ and the shutdown: ‘Mission control’s not here right now, but can I take a message?’

On last night’s Saturday Night Live, the show featured a parody of the most popular movie in America, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, in which the astronauts detached from the Hubble telescope must deal with a janitor who’s “apparently the only ‘essential’ employee in the building.” When the astronauts call mission control…

American in Egyptian custody found hanged in cell

An American found hanged in his police cell in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya on Sunday was believed to have committed suicide, Egyptian security officials said. They said the body of James Henry, 55, who told authorities he was a retired officer, was found at noon at Ismailiya Awal…

Pope Francis refuses to cancel mass beatification of disputed war ‘martyrs’

The Catholic Church in Spain will on Sunday beatify more than 500 people, most of whom died in the country’s 1936-39 civil war, despite calls for Pope Francis to cancel the controversial event. Critics of what Spanish media have described as “the biggest ever beatification in the history of the…

Hard road to world domination for Chinese

In the global contest for business Chinese brands struggle to rival big Western and Japanese names, but some are now looking to reinvent their identities to overcome image and political hurdles. The world’s second largest economy does not have a single one of the world’s top 100 brands, as compiled…

‘Baby Hope’ murder solved 22 years later by NYPD

AFP – New York police said they have arrested a man who confessed to sexually abusing and murdering a little girl found stuffed in a picnic cooler 22 years ago. Local media identified the suspect, Conrado Juarez of the Bronx, as a cousin of the four-year-old victim, who was named…

World prepares for U.S. debt default

Phillip Inman, The Observer Without a budget in place, the US government has run out of the cash needed to pay thousands of government workers in Washington and keep national parks open. But this week an even more critical issue comes to the fore. On Thursday, the country will be…

Surveillance drives international Internet group to take control from U.S.

The United States nominally controls the Internet, through the sponsorship of the Department of Commerce of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, an international standards-setting body. Well, ICANN is about through with them. Earlier this week, leaders of organizations responsible for coordination of the global Internet technical…

Food stamp network technical outage sparks outrage

A “routine test” of Xerox’ computer back-up systems left food-stamp card holders in 17 states without access to food benefits Saturday morning. Xerox’s Electronic Benefits Transfer system shut down temporarily during the glitch, Xerox said Saturday. “While the system is now up and running, beneficiaries in the 17 affected states…

Scientific American dustup over blogger being called ‘urban whore’ after rejecting request for unpaid work

Scientific American’s blog network drew controversy Friday after removing a complaint about mistreatment posted by one of its scientific bloggers. Danielle N. Lee, Ph.D., rejected a request for unpaid writing by Biology-Online.org, a partner site of Scientific American, notes Wired Magazine writer Maryn McKenna. In an emailed response, a Biology-Online.org…

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