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The ‘sharp decline’ in U.S unemployment was actually a glitch

US jobless claims fell sharply last week mainly due to technical problems that affected some states supplying data, the government said Thursday. Initial claims for unemployment benefits dived by 31,000 to 292,000 in the holiday-shortened week ending September 7, the Labor Department reported. Analysts had expected new claims, a sign…

Archaeologists uncover tomb of ancient female ‘prime minister’ to China’s first empress Wu Zetian

Archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a 7th-century female politician who was one of the most powerful women in China’s ancient history, local media said on Thursday. Shangguan Wan’er — who lived from 664 to 710 in the Tang dynasty — was a trusted aide to China’s first empress Wu…

Russian concerned about North Korea’s ‘nightmarish’ nuclear reactor re-start

Russia said on Thursday that North Korea was apparently conducting work on a nuclear reactor, warning that the ageing facility was in such a “nightmarish state” it could cause a disaster. “It is obvious that some works are being conducted, and for a long time at that. According to some…

World’s largest LED streetlight retrofit completed in Los Angeles

The world’s largest LED streetlight retrofit was recently completed by the City of Los Angeles — the enormous street light swap-out, one that saw the installation of 141,089 brand-new LED street lights, was finished up just towards the end of June…  …

Arctic ice continues to thin, European satellite reveals

The Arctic’s ice thinned ever more this past winter, again sounding the alarm bells that Arctic ice melt is continuing unabated. (Brennan Linsley/AP) The thickness of the Arctic’s ice was whittled to a new winter low, according to data from the…  …

9/11 Commission leaders Lee Hamilton and Tom Kean push for changes in U.S. terrorism fight

< 9/11 Commission members Lee Hamilton (l.) and Thomas Kean answer questions at a press conference in 2004. They released a new analysis Thursday of the terrorist threat facing America. (Andy Nelson/The Christian Science Monitor/File) Two of the top officials…  …

‘Siberian Mowgli’ returns to civilization after 12 years in wilderness

A young man who spent the past 12 years in the Siberian wilderness has appeared before the Russian public – and then disappeared – alarming local officials and gaining media attention as the “Siberian Mowgli.” Agence France-Presse reports that locals near the resort area of Belokurikha found the man, whose…

Alabama-born Omar Hammami killed in a shootout with Al-Qaeda linked Shebab militants in Somalia: witnesses

US Islamist fighting in Somalia was killed Thursday in a shootout with Al-Qaeda linked Shebab militants, former comrades he had fallen out with, witnesses said. Alabama-born Omar Hammami — better known as Al-Amriki or “the American” — was one of the most prominent foreigners fighting in Somalia, and the US…

Hacker steals data of 2 million Vodafone customers

Mobile phone operator Vodafone Germany said Thursday a hacker had stolen the personal data of two million customers, and that a suspect had been identified. “This attack could only be carried out with high criminal intent and insider knowledge and was launched deep inside the IT infrastructure of the company,”…

Activist artists fight to save George Orwell’s ‘Burmese Days’ inspiration on the banks of the Irrawaddy

Cobwebs cover its furniture and its rooms are long deserted, but a crumbling house in northern Myanmar is at the centre of a conservation battle by locals who say it was once home to George Orwell. The remote trading post of Katha on the banks of the Irrawaddy — and…

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