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Latin America demands answers from U.S. on spying

From its neighbor Mexico down to Argentina, Latin American nations are demanding answers from the United States after a report of vast US spying on close allies and leftist critics alike. Governments voiced a mix of outrage and concern after the Brazilian daily O Globo, citing documents leaked by fugitive…

Iran exile group claims evidence of hidden nuclear site

An exiled Iranian opposition group claimed on Thursday to have evidence of a hidden nuclear site located in tunnels beneath a mountain near the town of Damavand, 70 kilometres (44 miles) northeast of Tehran. The Paris-based militant group the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK), alleges the site has existed since…

Greenpeace activists try to climb London’s Shard skyscraper to protest Shell’s Arctic oil drilling

Six female Greenpeace activists were attempting on Thursday to scale the Shard skyscraper in London, western Europe’s tallest building, in a protest over Arctic oil drilling, the environmental group and police said. The protesters evaded security guards just before dawn to begin the unauthorised bid to climb the 72-storey glass-fronted…

Asiana pilot told passengers to stay in seats after San Francisco crash

The pilot of the Asiana Boeing 777 which crashed in San Francisco told attendants not to begin evacuating passengers in the chaotic immediate aftermath of the accident, air safety officials said Wednesday. The pilot has also reported being blinded by a flash of light upon approach as the plane came…

Yahoo wants to make its NSA PRISM fight against U.S. FISA court public

Company says court papers would show the public it fought strenuously against intelligence agencies accessing its data Yahoo has called on Fisa, the secretive US surveillance court, to let it publish its legal argument against a case that gave the government “powerful leverage” in persuading tech companies to co-operate with…

8 things you didn’t know about Nikola Tesla

In honor of inventor Nikola Tesla’s 157th birthday, we’ve turned to two Tesla experts and historians to help us compile a list of interesting facts you probably never knew about the guy. The information below comes from interviews…  …

NASA and Reddit encourage 7-year-old Dexter Walters to seek space

Dexter Walters, a 7-year-old from Britain, heard earlier this year that a Dutch NGO was looking for applicants to start the first human colony on Mars. Fascinated by space, but too young to reasonably expect the agency to select him, Dexter decided…  …

Data shows immigrants enforce, not threaten, American values

A comprehensive immigration reform bill has passed the Senate, but it faces dubious prospects in the House, where it probably won’t garner enough of the Republican support needed to bring it to a floor vote. One Republican sticking point is that the…  …

George Zimmerman won’t testify in his defense

In what may be his last utterances in the Trayvon Martin murder trial, former neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman said Wednesday afternoon he had made the decision not to testify in his own defense. Florida circuit court Judge Debra Nelson asked…  …

Venezuelan minister: Facebook users unwittingly work as CIA informants

A government minister in Venezuela, which has offered fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden asylum, is urging her countrymen to cancel their Facebook accounts lest they be targeted by US snooping. “Fellow Venezuelans: cancel your Facebook accounts, since you unwittingly have worked as CIA informants! Look at the Snowden case!”…

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