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Tens of thousands protest Putin in Moscow

Tens of thousands of people turned out for a protest in central Moscow on Monday marking one year since a demonstration ahead of Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin inauguration ended in mass arrests, organisers said. “The whole square is full. There are tens of thousands of us,” prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov…

NASA: Sending humans to Mars is ‘ultimate destination in our solar system’

Setting foot on Mars by the 2030s is human destiny and a US priority, and every dollar available must be spent on bridging gaps in knowledge on how to get there, NASA’s chief said Monday. Addressing a conference of space experts at George Washington University, NASA administrator Charles Bolden said…

German police charge alleged Auschwitz Nazi guard with murder

German authorities arrested a 93-year-old alleged former guard at the Nazi death camp Auschwitz on murder charges Monday over the death of prisoners on his watch. Prosecutors in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg said the man was believed to have worked at the camp between autumn 1941 and its liberation…

Japanese author Haruki Murakami: Writing is like going to a ‘dark second basement’

Bestselling author Haruki Murakami said Monday that writing a novel is like descending to a very dark second basement of your psyche, where you are not even sure where the corridors are. In a rare public appearance by the publicity-shy but wildly popular writer, Murakami spoke at a seminar entitled…

Neo-Nazi woman begins murder trial in Germany as protesters rally outside courthouse

As angry anti-racism protesters rallied outside the courthouse Monday, the woman at the centre of a landmark German neo-Nazi murder trial was the picture of calm. As Beate Zschaepe entered the courtroom, arms casually crossed and looking confident, she briefly glanced toward the television cameras, then turned her back on…

YouTube promises fame and fortune to Internet-savvy musicians

YouTube is proving to be a powerful launch pad for a new generation of Internet-savvy music stars from Psy to Macklemore and beyond. The Google-owned video-sharing website has catapulted Psy, Macklemore, Justin Bieber and others onto global stages where they can cash in on digital downloads of songs; packed concerts;…

European Union backs Apple in Google-Motorola patent squabble

EU anti-trust officials said Monday that Google-owned Motorola was abusing its leading position in Germany’s mobile phones market by filing a patent injunction against Apple over certain core smartphone functions. A statement said that the European Union had reached a “preliminary view” on a competition investigation opened in April 2012…

Iranian general denies reports of weapons depot in Syria

A top Iranian general said any arms Israel targeted in Syria did not come from the Islamic republic, in remarks published on the Revolutionary Guards website on Monday. Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri “denied Western and Israeli media reports that an Iranian weapons depot has been targeted in Syria,” the website…

Conservationists warn: Hong Kong risks losing rare ‘pink dolphins’

Conservationists warned Monday that Hong Kong may lose its rare Chinese white dolphins, also known as pink dolphins for their unique colour, unless it takes urgent action against pollution and other threats. Their numbers in Hong Kong waters have fallen from an estimated 158 in 2003 to just 78 in…

Botched Kim Dotcom case spurs New Zealand to allow domestic spying

New Zealand unveiled plans Monday to allow its foreign intelligence agency to spy on local residents, to fill a loophole exposed when Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom was illegally snooped upon. Prime Minister John Key said the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) needed additional powers because the challenges facing intelligence agencies…

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