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So far, voters are blaming Republicans for government shutdown

A new poll shows most voters blame Republicans for the government shutdown that went into effect overnight. According to a poll released Tuesday morning by Quinnipiac University, 55 percent of voters say gridlock in Washington was caused by Republicans who are determined to block any initiative by President Barack Obama,…

‘Sex jihad’ almost certainly a hoax

Over the past few weeks, various media outlets have been awash with sensational stories of an alleged “sex jihad” taking place in parts of Syria controlled by the rebels. Hundreds of Muslim women, notably from Tunisia, are reportedly going to Syria to offer themselves to jihadist fighters as a sign…

Assad will remain in office and may run for re-election, Syrian official says

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad will remain in office, and has the right to decide to run for re-election next year, Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi said on Tuesday. “Syria is staying put: the state, the nation, the people and the president. This is the Syrians’ choice,” Zohbi told journalists. “All the…

E.U. nears anti-trust deal with Google

The E.U. executive hopes to close a high-stakes anti-trust dispute with Internet giant Google by next spring, Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said on Tuesday, with a settlement seeming increasingly possible. The Commission, the E.U.’s executive, has accused Google of giving unfair preference in its search results to its own services,…

Power outage and explosion cancels classes and injures 1 at UC Berkeley

The University of California at Berkeley campus was evacuated Monday night after an explosion injured at least one person and caused a power outage. About 20 people were also trapped in dormitory elevators as a result of the outage, reported The Bakersfield Californian. The power outage was reported about 4:30…

European markets so far unfazed by U.S. government shutdown

Europe’s main stock markets were mixed at the start of trading Tuesday with investors unfazed by a U.S. government shutdown. London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index dipped 0.06 percent to 6,458.37 points, the CAC 40 in Paris grew 0.16 percent to 4,150.04 points and Frankfurt’s DAX 30 rose 0.28 percent to…

Dollar weakens as U.S. government shuts down

The dollar fell in Asia on Tuesday as the United States lurched into its first government shutdown in 17 years due to a budget standoff. The greenback bought 98.16 yen in Tokyo afternoon trade after U.S. lawmakers missed a midnight deadline to avert the shutdown, down from highs of around…

Ex-Microsoft privacy chief: After finding out about NSA spying, ‘I don’t trust Microsoft now’

Caspar Bowden says he was unaware of Prism data-sharing program when he worked at software firm Microsoft’s former chief privacy officer says he does not have faith in the security of the software company’s technology, following revelations about the U.S’s NSA spy agency published in the Guardian. Caspar Bowden, who…

Two U.S. generals fired after security lapse at Afghan base

The commandant of the US Marine Corps sacked two generals in the wake of a deadly attack last year by the Taliban on a major NATO base in Afghanistan. General James Amos announced the extraordinary decision after a military investigation found Major General Charles Gurganus and Major General Gregg Sturdevant…

No golden smiles: More than half of 2012 Olympic athletes had bad teeth

Many elite athletes who competed at the 2012 Olympic Games had levels of oral health similar to those of poverty-stricken communities, a study said Monday. Researchers at University College London examined the teeth and gums of 302 athletes who visited a dental clinic at the London 2012 Olympic Village. The…

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