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Fidel Castro denies Cuba refused Edward Snowden asylum

Fidel Castro said in remarks published Wednesday that no Cuban official should have denied US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden entry to the communist-run island, as alleged by a Russian newspaper. The former longtime leader said he didn’t know whether anyone linked to Havana had actually spoken to the fugitive former…

Salvation Army to attend South Africa sex fair to promote ‘Christian understanding of sexuality’.

The Salvation Army said Wednesday it will join porn stars, strippers and pole dancers at an upcoming South African sex expo to promote “Christian understanding of sexuality”. “If Jesus Christ was on earth today, he would be standing beside us at Sexpo,” said the nearly 150-year-old group, famed for brass…

North Carolina man accused of killing and dismembering wheelchair-bound roommate

A 33-year-old North Carolina man faces a first-degree charge for allegedly killing his wheelchair-bound roommate, then using a hacksaw to dismember his body. WSOC-TV reported on Tuesday that Brian Hord was arrested at the apartment he shared with 70-year-old Richard Gentry in Gastonia, North Carolina, late Tuesday night. Authorities were…

Undercover reporter ‘had sex’ with dentist during female circumcision sting operation

Hearing told reporter was trying to get dentist to agree to carry out female circumcisions in sting set up by Mazher Mahmood. An undercover Sunday Times reporter had sex with a dentist during a sting set up by ‘Fake Sheikh’ Mazher Mahmood, a misconduct hearing has been told. The unknown…

U.S. rules out unilateral military action in Syria: anonymous official

The United States has ruled out unilateral military action against Syria and is conferring with allies on potential punitive strikes that could last for more than a day, a senior US official said Wednesday. “Any military action would not be unilateral. It would include international partners,” the senior administration official,…

Scientists to develop new system to link human knowledge with machine data

There have been dozens of experimental design approaches to the problem of connecting human nerves with mechanical or electronic extensions. In addition to “smart prosthetics,” there have been more adventurous attempts, including the effort to connect…  …

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says Microsoft’s behavior is ‘pretty dangerous’

In a new interview with the BBC, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak suggested that Microsoft has stagnated, but that Apple still has the opportunity to seize new markets and beat back Samsung. “I think in some kind of real dollar terms Microsoft’s been…  …

Peru dethrones Colombia as cocaine king

Peru is on the brink of officially confirming its unwanted status as the world’s top producer of cocaine and other illegal coca plant derivatives. In recent weeks, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released…  …

Cory Booker’s Republican opponent: Washington Post interview ‘helps get him the gay vote by acting ambiguous’

While New Jersey senatorial candidate Cory Booker admitted to the Washington Post that he has started dating again, his Republican opponent suggested on Tuesday that Booker was engaging in political courtship. “Maybe that helps him get the gay vote, by acting ambiguous,” Steve Lonegan told Newsmax host Steve Malzberg. “That…

Facebook to pay 614,000 users $15 each over privacy concerns

Facebook has built an empire on getting to know its users’ preferences, sometimes with a frightening accuracy. A while back, the company launched a new advertising campaign called “Sponsored Stories” that incorporated users’ “likes” into advertisements.;  …

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