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Freight train derails near Baltimore causing massive explosion

A freight train plowed into a garbage truck and derailed Tuesday near the US city of Baltimore, triggering a fire and a massive explosion that injured a driver and was reportedly felt for miles. Television footage showed several train cars lying on their side and engulfed in flames, along with…

International trio take Russian Soyuz rocket to space station

An international trio blasted off Wednesday on top of a Russian Soyuz rocket for the International Space Station with a busy schedule full of space walks and a docking with a pioneering US cargo craft. The six-month mission of Russian commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and his two flight engineers — Karen…

Chinese hackers jeopardize secrecy of U.S. weapons programs

Chinese hackers have gained access to secret designs for a slew of sophisticated US weapons programs, officials said Tuesday, possibly jeopardizing the American military’s technological edge. The breaches were part of a broad Chinese campaign of espionage against top US defense contractors and government agencies, officials said, confirming a Washington…

U.S. shuts down digital currency service Liberty Reserve in money laundering probe

The United States on Tuesday unveiled the world’s “largest” money laundering probe targeting the digital currency operator Liberty Reserve, striking a major blow against what a prosecutor termed the “Wild West” of virtual banking. The Costa Rica-based entity, which handled huge amounts of money outside the control of national governments,…

Online fashion retailer Asos recalls radioactive belts shipped to U.S.

Online fashion retailer Asos has recalled a batch of belts after US customs officials discovered they were radioactive, the company said on Tuesday. A spokesman for the London-listed retailer said the belts, which are made of leather and covered with metal studs, were being held at a radioactive storage facility…

Jailed Pussy Riot member hospitalized while on hunger strike

Jailed Pussy Riot punk rocker Maria Alyokhina, who has been on hunger strike for the past week, was briefly hospitalised on Tuesday, her supporters said. “Have just been informed that Alyokhina was admitted for an examination into the prison colony’s medical quarters,” the Voina radical art collective, which is closely…

Man accused of hacking FBI pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges

A member of a loosely organized group of hackers accused of breaching computer networks of the FBI and a global intelligence firm pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy charges, officials said. The US Justice Department said Jeremy Hammond, known by his handle “Anarchaos,” pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court for his…

Cuba plans to expand public Internet access

Cuba will expand limited public access to the Internet next month by opening up another 118 places where people on this communist-run island can surf the Web for a fee, authorities said Tuesday. Set to start June 4, the extension takes advantage of an undersea fiber-optic cable from Venezuela and…

Riots spread in Myanmar after Buddhist woman set ablaze by Muslim man

Houses and mosques were set ablaze by mobs in a town in eastern Myanmar after a Buddhist woman was allegedly “torched” by a Muslim man, authorities said Tuesday, in a fresh bout of religious violence. An ethnic Shan-Muslim man was arrested after he “torched” a woman selling petrol, a police…

Vatican: 100,000 Christians are killed every year for their faith

A top Vatican official has said around 100,000 Christians are killed every year for reasons linked to their faith and pointed to the Middle East, Africa and Asia as the biggest problem areas. Monsignor Silvano Maria Tomasi was quoted by Vatican radio on Tuesday as saying that the figures were…

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