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BRICS group of emerging powers scales back plans to challenge Western supremacy

Leaders from the BRICS group of emerging powers on Wednesday were to unveil a scaled-back plan to challenge Western supremacy at global institutions like the World Bank. Leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and hosts South Africa were set to hammer out deals designed to counter the impact of Europe’s…

Homeland Security seeks student hackers to help counter cyberthreats

The need to develop a skilled cyber workforce is a formidable challenge for government, she said. (Michael Bonfigli/The Christian Science Monitor) There are “new and…  …

Scottish government ignores Donald Trump’s threats and approves windfarm

Scottish ministers have given the go-ahead to an experimental offshore windfarm site near Aberdeen after ignoring Donald Trump’s angry threats of legal action to block the project. Trump has repeatedly attacked the European offshore wind deployment centre (EOWDC) proposal, alleging the turbines will ruin the view from his £750m golf…

French far right heaps praise on Britain’s David Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron has been praised by the French far right National Front for “smashing the taboo” on European immigration. France’s far-right National Front (FN) has praised British Prime Minister David Cameron after he said Tuesday he would stop immigrants receiving welfare benefits after six months. “The Front…

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg joining tech industry executives to start SuperPAC

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is joining other tech industry executives to start an organization to lobby Washington. Zuckerberg is reportedly taking a lead role…  …

In surprise move, Vietnam asks citizens for public comment on their constitution

Vietnam’s government has asked its 90 million citizens for public comment on their constitution, and the request has prompted a flurry of rare public critiques from intellectuals, former officials, and civil society groups.  That type of reaction from the public might seem normal in a democracy,…  …

Janet Napolitano answers critics of new TSA rules for knives on airplanes

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano quoted a “Saturday Night Live” comedian when she was asked about a storm…  …

Jared Leto wears fan’s human ear on a necklace

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Two-headed bull shark discovered in Gulf of Mexico

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Christie: I’ll keep ‘firm grip’ on Prince Harry during New Jersey visit

Famously rambunctious New Jersey governor told a local radio station that he’ll spend all day with prince on Garden State tour Keeping Britain’s rambunctious Prince Harry in line is a tough job that the prince’s media handlers and protection officers have never quite come to grips with – to the…

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