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Former U.S. officials urge Obama to engage in diplomacy with Iran’s new president

Former US officials called Monday for President Barack Obama to pursue diplomacy with Iran’s new president after Israel showed a hard line over Tehran’s nuclear program. In their latest letter to Obama, the ex-policymakers said the election of centrist cleric Hassan Rowhani, who will assume the presidency on August 3,…

Senators to meet in showdown over partisan gridlock

Senate Showdown Over Rules Reaches Boiling Point Between Leaders (via PBS News Hour) By: Terence Burlij and Katelyn Polantz Copyright ImageClick to View Sen. Harry Reid appears on ‘Meet the Press’ in Washington, D.C. Sunday. Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images All 100 senators have been invited…

Top Thailand university apologizes for mural depicting Hitler as a superhero

One of Thailand’s most prestigious universities apologised Monday after students created a large mural depicting Adolf Hitler among a host of comic book superheroes during graduation celebrations. Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University expressed its “deep regret” over the painting, which appeared last week and featured Superman, Batman and the Incredible Hulk as…

Apple to investigate death of Chinese woman killed while using charging iPhone

Apple said Monday it would investigate claims that an iPhone electrocuted a Chinese woman who was making a call while charging the device. The case drew attention — both sympathetic and sceptical — after a woman in the western region of Xinjiang wrote about the death of her 23-year-old sister…

When can crowdsourcing compete with supercomputers?

Human Brains as Supercomputers (via slashdot) Data analytics are valuable because of their ability to filter huge volumes of data, pick out the bits that are relevant to a specific question, and set those aside for analysis. The process may be valuable, but can also be expensive. It’s also potentially……

Soul singer Lester Chambers assaulted over song dedicated to Trayvon

Beyoncé, Jay-Z and A Tribe Called Quest also pay tribute to the 17-year-old shot dead by George Zimmerman The soul singer Lester Chambers was allegedly assaulted at a concert on Saturday night, after he dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin. Hours after George Zimmerman was acquitted for Martin’s murder, the leader of the Chambers…

U.S. sprint star Tyson Gay out of world championships after failing drug test

Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell, two of the four fastest men in history, sent shockwaves through the blue riband 100m when both men failed drug tests. Gay, the 30-year-old American who was world champion in 2007 and the fastest man in the world this year, tested positive for a banned…

Nearly 300 dead after typhoon and rains lash China

At least 295 people have been confirmed dead or missing after rainstorms and Typhoon Soulik hit China, causing floods, landslides and buildings to collapse, the government said Monday. Torrential rains have battered the southwestern province of Sichuan since July 7 and have led to 68 deaths, with another 179 people…

Prague railway station becomes Holocaust memorial

A Prague railway station that saw tens of thousands of Czech Jews leave for ghettos and Nazi death camps between 1941 and 1945 is to become a memorial for those who died. Czech Jews and Holocaust survivors have for years been calling for a memorial for the Prague-Bubny station, which…

Lebanese soccer ref testifies: I got match-fixing instructions via YouTube

A Lebanese football referee jailed for accepting sex in exchange for agreeing to rig matches testified Monday that a Singaporean businessman used YouTube to show him how to fix a game. Ali Sabbagh, speaking on the first day of the trial of Eric Ding Si Yang, said the businessman sent…

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