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Israel instilling cyber-security in high schoolers

Israel accelerates cybersecurity know-how as early as 10th grade (via The Christian Science Monitor) Amid a rapid rise in cyber attacks on Israel, the state is accelerating efforts to recruit and develop the cyber expertise it needs to keep pace with emerging threats in the Middle East and beyond. With double…

Soccer referees jailed for fixing matches for sex

Three Lebanese football referees pleaded guilty Monday to accepting free sex from a gambling-linked global syndicate in return for rigging a match in Singapore, with two jailed and sentencing deferred for the third. A district court judge jailed assistant referees Ali Eid, 33, and Abdallah Taleb, 37, for three months,…

31 dead as monsoon lashes Sri Lanka

Navy boats and helicopters scoured seas off Sri Lanka for dozens of missing fishermen, as the death toll from strong monsoon rains and winds rose to 31, an official said. The dead fishermen were listed as missing since the monsoon hit the island early on Saturday, destroying more than 100…

Extradition hearing for Kim Dotcom’s delayed again

A US bid to extradite Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom from New Zealand for alleged online piracy has been delayed until at least November, court officials said. The extradition case, launched after Dotcom was arrested in an armed raid on his Auckland mansion in January 2012, has been repeatedly rescheduled amid…

Researchers: Radioactive lead has ‘fantastic potential’ as cancer treatment

Atomic medicine has “fantastic potential” for fighting deadly, difficult to treat cancers, the head of French nuclear giant Areva’s medical arm told AFP in an interview. “We are interested in tumors against which the current therapeutic arsenal is very limited — like ovarian, gastric and pancreatic cancers — where the…

Seven Taliban insurgents dead in Kabul airport suicide attack

Taliban militants launched a grenade and gun attack on Kabul airport, seizing two nearby buildings and firing on military facilities before being overwhelmed by Afghan security forces. Two suicide bombers blew themselves up and all five other attackers were killed in fighting as elite Afghan troops stormed the half-built properties…

Naked cyclists protest aggressive drivers in Mexico

Thousands of Mexican cyclists rode naked Saturday to protest aggressive drivers and carbon emissions from cars — and the conservativeness of central Mexico’s Jalisco state — organizers said. Some 3,000 demonstrators — some bare head to toe, others in bathing suits or underwear — braved catcalls and embarrassed smiles from…

Non-profit news outlets face challenges

Non-profit news organizations have been making an impact in the US market but face financial challenges similar to those of their commercial counterparts, a study said Monday. The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism said it identified 172 “active nonprofit news sites” launched from 1987 to 2012, created…

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ director J.J. Abrams drops new hints about film

J.J. Abrams arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ at The Dolby Theater on May 14. He’s set to begin filming ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ next year.(Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/File) The prospect of “Lost” creator J.J. Abrams helming “Star Wars: Episode…  …

Rep. Peter King calls for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to be extradited from Hong Kong

Politicians denounce whistleblower’s actions while civil libertarians hail him as a courageous hero The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was condemned by US politicians and threatened with prosecution by the country’s intelligence chief on Sunday after revealing himself as the Guardian’s source for a series of explosive leaks on cyber surveillance.…

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