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Julian Assange praises Edward Snowden for exposing ‘mass surveillance state’

Edward Snowden is a “hero” who has exposed “one of the most serious events of the decade – the creeping formulation of a mass surveillance state”, Julian Assange said on Monday. The WikiLeaks founder said the question of surveillance abuses by states and tech companies was “something that I and…

Three years after BP oil spill, clean up efforts finally wrap up

Three years after the worst oil spill in US history, BP said Monday it has wrapped up “active” cleanup operations in three US states but continues to patrol a stretch of Louisiana. The British energy giant has spent $14 billion and 70 million personnel hours scouring the Gulf Coast after…

‘Pantsuit aficionado’ Hillary Clinton fuels 2016 speculation by joining Twitter

Hillary Clinton made a lighthearted Twitter debut Monday, poking fun at her own image and fueling speculation about what the future holds for the former secretary of state. The @HillaryClinton account was verified by Twitter within hours of coming online, and the potential future presidential candidate quickly gained more than…

Healthier diet boosts survival rate in men with prostate cancer

Men who ate more healthy fats from vegetables, nuts and olive oil after a diagnosis of prostate cancer saw better survival rates than peers whose diets were unchanged, a US study said Monday. The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine suggest that dietary improvements…

Israeli minister claims Iran wants to build 30 nuclear bombs a year

Iran is working round the clock to enlarge its nuclear infrastructure with the eventual aim of developing an industry capable of building up to 30 bombs a year, an Israeli minister charged on Monday. Speaking to reporters in Jerusalem, Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said Tehran was “very close” to crossing…

Judge’s preliminary decision determines Netflix doesn’t infringe on patent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Internet video streaming service Netflix Inc does not infringe Rovi Corp patents for interactive television program guides, an International Trade Commission judge said on Monday in a preliminary decision. The full commission will issue a final decision in the case in October. In mid-2012, Rovi accused a…

Sweden lifts shorts ban for male train drivers after they wear skirts in protest

Male staff on some of Stockholm’s commuter trains who wore skirts to work in protest have emerged victorious after their employer lifted a ban on wearing shorts, transport company Arriva said on Monday. Around 15 male train drivers and other workers last week wore skirts on the suburban Roslagsbanan train…

Computer forensics experts testify that Manning leaked classified documents

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – Computer forensic experts testified on Monday that they traced a break-in to a secret U.S. government website to Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier charged with the biggest leak of classified files in the nation’s history. The testimony came as the court-martial of the private first…

One third of Americans own a tablet computer

More than one-third of Americans use a tablet computer, with the highest percentage of users in the 35-44 age group, a survey showed Monday. Tablet adoption has doubled over the past year, according to the Pew Internet Life survey of adults in April and May, Unlike smartphones, most popular with…

European Union broadens access to pet passports for competition

Ferret, dog and cat owners got a boost from the European Union on Monday when it said it was broadening its pet passport scheme for animals that are taking part in competitions or sporting events. The current limit of five pets that a person is allowed to bring across EU…

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