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Latest Snowden leak reveals NSA’s ability to tap your mobile phone

The latest article coming out of Ed Snowden’s documents is reported in the German publication Spiegel and details how the NSA is able to access data from basically every popular mobile phone/operating system: The United States’ National Security Agency…  …

Mars One: The psychology of isolation, confinement and 24-hour Big Brother

Those sent to live and die on the Red Planet face untold risk of mental illness Since April, thousands of people have applied to take a one-way trip to Mars. Following further stages of selection and training, the plan is for the first four astronauts to lift off in 2022.…

Secretary of State John Kerry: End to Syria war must be political not military

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the solution to the Syrian conflict must be political not military but that air strikes were essential to stop the Assad regime from killing its own people with chemical weapons. “Let me be clear, the United States, President Obama, myself, others…

59 percent of Americans oppose strike on Syria: CNN/ORC International poll

The American public strongly opposes a US military intervention in Syria, despite a majority believing that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime gassed its own people, a poll showed Monday. Almost six in 10 of the 1,022 adults questioned — 59 percent — said Congress should not pass a resolution authorizing even…

‘Too fat’ South African wins New Zealand deportation reprieve

An overweight South African threatened with deportation from New Zealand because of his obesity was Monday granted a 23-month reprieve. However, Albert Buitenhuis will not be entitled to any publicly-funded health care over the next two years, associate Immigration Minister Nikki Kaye said. Buitenhuis — who now weighs 130 kilograms…

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticizes ‘out-of-sync’ EU Syria statements

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday criticised the timing of European Union members’ out-of-sync statements calling for a “strong” response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime. With the United States seeking to rally international support for punitive strikes on Syria in the wake of what it…

58-year-old Uruguayan man lost in Andes for four months found in Argentina

Argentine authorities have rescued a 58-year-old Uruguayan man who had been lost in the Andes mountains since May. Raul Gomez Cincunegui was spotted at the Sardina mountain shelter on Sunday, at an altitude of some 4,500 meters (nearly 15,000 feet) in the Los Patos Sur valley. Police then transferred him…

Norway set for swing to right as voting starts, with Conservatives and anti-immigration populists expected to take power

Norwegians started voting Monday in elections likely to lead to a governing coalition of Conservatives and anti-immigrant populists, two years after Muslim-hating Anders Behring Breivik’s deadly rampage. Polling stations opened at 9:00 am (0700 GMT) from the Arctic north all the way to Oslo 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) further south,…

China among world’s top three investors in 2012

China became one of the world’s top three investors for the first time last year as its foreign investment soared to a new record, the government said Monday. The Asian giant’s overseas direct investment rose 17.6 percent last year from 2011 to $87.8 billion, according to a statement jointly released…

Long-lost Van Gogh painting ‘Sunset at Montmajour’ unveiled in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum on Monday unveiled a newly discovered landscape painting from the height of the Dutch master’s career, abandoned for years as a forgery in a Norwegian attic. “Sunset at Montmajour,” a large oil landscape from 1888, was unveiled to applause by the museum’s director Axel Rueger as…

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