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U.S media brings glitz to increasingly urbane Mongolia

Every time a new Mongolian-language edition of Cosmopolitan magazine is released, Tselmeg Erdenkhuu sits down with a friend to explore a monthly dose of Hollywood gossip, glitzy fashion and scintillating sex. “They talk about sex a lot in this magazine, like what position is healthy or how to make men…

British lawmakers will issue demands for staying in European Union

Lawmakers from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party will on Wednesday issue a “manifesto” spelling out the sweeping changes that need to be made to keep Britain in the European Union. The Fresh Start group of eurosceptic MPs will urge Cameron to demand four “significant revisions” when he makes his…

Obama set to unveil sweeping gun control plans

US President Barack Obama was to unveil sweeping plans to tighten gun controls Wednesday, with an assault weapons ban, background checks for all buyers and limits on high-capacity magazines likely. Obama was to outline his comprehensive strategy to thwart America’s scourge of gun violence surrounded by children who wrote to…

‘Red October’ malware found snooping on Russian state networks

'Red October' malware found snooping on Russian state networks When computer security experts recently discovered the hugely sophisticated and obviously state-sponsored cyberspy worms Stuxnet and Flame, many wondered out loud whether organized criminals might soon get their hands on similar malware tools that can siphon almost any sensitive information from…

House passes Sandy relief bill despite Republican opposition

The House of Representatives voted in favour of a $17bn Hurricane Sandy relief bill on Tuesday, 11 weeks after the superstorm struck the north-east of the US. Congress was due to vote on a second part of the package, which would add $33.7bn to recovery funds, later on Tuesday. Along…

U.S. taps pension fund to avoid debt ceiling

The US government stopped investing in a federal employee pension fund Tuesday to avoid breaching the nation’s legal borrowing limit, the Treasury Department said. The action is among the extraordinary bookkeeping measures the Treasury announced on December 31 to keep the government’s debt below the current $16.4 trillion limit. In…

Wikimedia Foundation launches new travel guide

The foundation behind crowd-sourced knowledge compendium Wikipedia on Tuesday launched a free online travel guide built collaboratively by volunteers from around the globe. Wikimedia Foundation rolled out Wikivoyage.org as its popular online encyclopedia celebrated its 12th birthday and said that the travel guide was debuting with 50,000 articles in more…

Wal-Mart announces plan to hire military veterans

Wal-Mart, the world’s biggest retailer, said Tuesday it would spend $50 billion more on US-made goods and boost hiring of military service veterans to support the nation’s economy. Wal-Mart Store’s retail chains in the United States, Walmart and members-only Sam’s Club, will buy an additional $50 billion worth of domestic…

Maryland governor seeks to abolish death penalty

The governor of the eastern US state of Maryland said Tuesday he will present a bill to abolish the death penalty. If the legislation passes, Maryland would become the 18th state in America to do away with capital punishment. The bill will be formally presented next week. Governor Martin O’Malley,…

Iran plans to remake ‘Argo’ to counter the ‘distorted’ film

Iran is to make its own movie about the American hostage drama during the 1979 Islamic revolution to counter the “distorted” film “Argo” by Ben Affleck, which swept the Golden Globes awards, media said Tuesday. Iranian actor and filmmaker Ataollah Salmanian was quoted in the reports as saying the screenplay…

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