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U.S. officials: We didn’t ask the UK to detain Greenwald’s partner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials did not ask the British government to question the partner of the journalist who first reported secrets leaked by fugitive U.S. intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden, the White House said on Monday. British authorities did, however, give their U.S. counterparts a “heads up” before detaining…

British social network clamps down on bullying after 14-year-old girl hangs herself

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) – Online social network Ask.fm said on Monday it would clamp down on bullying after coming under fire from child safety campaigners for a string of suicides in Britain that were linked to the website popular with teenagers. Earlier this month Hannah Smith, 14, hanged…

Death toll from China flooding tops 100

Devastating floods at opposite ends of China have left 105 people dead and another 115 missing in recent days, state media said Monday. Flooding in the northeast which left 72 people dead was described as “the worst in decades” by state news agency Xinhua, while another 33 people died in…

Bloomberg ‘might feel differently’ about ‘stop and frisk’ if he had a black or Hispanic son

In an editorial published in Sunday’s Washington Post, Mayor Michael Bloomberg vigorously defended the New York City Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy on the grounds that the practice prevented 21,651 murders in 2012, before adding that “more than 90 percent of [the victims] would have been black and Hispanic.…

Australian man forced to go to ER to have a dessert fork removed from his urethra

In the latest issue of the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, Doctors Krishanth Naidu, Amanda Chung and Maurice Mulcahy used the unfortunate experience of one Canberra man [Ed. note: Medical pictures at link are NSFW] to illustrate the importance of training doctors to remove self-inserted foreign objects from people’s…

Lawmakers travel the world on lobbyists’ dime

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers are once again taking advantage of their summer recess to race around the globe on privately financed tours to places like China, the Middle East and Scotland – trips watchdog groups cite as evidence that congressional ethics reforms are unraveling. Critics of…

Watchdog: Fannie and Freddie should be required to recognize bad mortgages ‘immediately’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are masking billions of dollars losses because of the level of delinquent home loans they carry, a federal watchdog said in an internal report, and it said the companies should be required immediately to recognize the costs of some bad mortgages. The…

Austrian brewer revives 300-year-old beer

VIENNA (Reuters) – An Austrian brewery is offering beer lovers a trip back in time by reviving a 300-year-old recipe it found in the town archives. The family-owned Hofstetten brewery in the Upper Austrian town of Saint Martin recreated the “Neuhauser Herrschafts Pier” from ingredients listed in an invoice for…

Saudi Arabia ready to replace Western aid to Egypt

Saudi Arabia said on Monday that Arab and Islamic countries will step in to help Egypt if Western nations cut aid packages to Cairo over its deadly crackdown on Islamist protesters. “To those who have announced they are cutting their aid to Egypt, or threatening to do that, (we say…

Facebook won’t reward hacker who exposed security flaw in Zuckerberg’s profile

A researcher who hacked into Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg’s profile to expose a security flaw won’t get the customary reward payment from the social network. While Facebook offers rewards for those who find security holes, it seems that Palestinian researcher Khalil Shreateh went too far by posting the information on…

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