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Hackers attack Tibetan government-in-exile’s website

Hackers have attacked the Tibetan government-in-exile’s Chinese-language website with an unidentified virus, making the portal inaccessible, an official spokesman told AFP Tuesday. “Our office cannot access the website and we are trying to figure out what kind of virus is responsible for the problem,” Tashi Phuntsok, spokesman for the exiled…

Singapore firm launches in-flight Muslim prayer app

A Singapore-based company has launched an iPhone app alerting Muslims when to pray and in which direction they should face even when they’re 35,000 feet in the air. Travellers input the flight details and are provided with prayer times during their journey, as well as the direction of the Muslim…

Australian lawmaker knocked for remark on party mate’s ‘sex appeal’

Australia’s opposition leader, accused last year of misogyny in a blistering speech by then-prime minister Julia Gillard, was under fire Tuesday after touting the “sex appeal” of an election candidate. Tony Abbott, currently the frontrunner to become next prime minister in September 7 polls, made the remark while campaigning with…

Footage of disabled cows stir questions about growth drugs

By P.J. Huffstutter and Lisa Baertlein (Reuters) – At a beef industry conference in Denver last week, the animal health auditor for meat producer JBS USA presented a video showing short clips of cows struggling to walk and displaying other signs of distress. The animals appeared to step gingerly, as…

Green, for her pleasure: French sex toys begin to go eco-friendly

The French have long prided themselves on their sexual prowess, but a new breed of entrepeneur offering goods and services from ethically-sourced condoms to recycling services for worn out vibrators wants to take the eco-conscious to new heights of organic ecstasy. When he launched the first 100 percent organic “erotic…

Disappointed Star Wars fans rage against Disney chief executive

Hell hath no fury like a room full of disappointed Star Wars acolytes: a Disney boss at a high profile convention in California has been booed after admitting he had nothing new to tell fans about JJ Abrams’ forthcoming Episode VII. Speaking at the annual D23 event in Anaheim, during…

U.S. Air Force to shut down space surveillance system over budget cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force will shut down its space surveillance system that tracks satellites and other orbiting objects by October 1 due to budget constraints caused by automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequestration, it announced Monday. Deactivating the system by October 1 would save the…

Full video: Eric Holder announces drug sentencing reforms

In remarks to the American Bar Association in San Francisco on Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder called for major changes to the nation’s criminal justice system. He warned that mandatory minimum sentences had flooded courts and prisons with low-level drug offenders. Watch his remarks, uploaded to YouTube by PBS Newshour,…

California to enact first of its kind transgender student rights law

California Governor Jerry Brown (D) on Monday signed legislation to ensure transgender students have equal access to school activities, sports teams, programs, and facilities. Brown’s signature makes California the first state in the country to write protections for transgender students’ access to activities and facilities into law. In a news…

New York regulators launch investigation of BitCoin

A New York regulator Monday announced a probe into virtual currencies like Bitcoin, saying they could be used by drug traffickers and gun runners and threaten US national security. As part of the probe, according to a person familiar with the matter, the New York Department of Financial Services has…

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