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Dutchman arrested for ‘biggest ever’ cyberattack that slowed down the Internet

A Dutchman has been arrested in Spain in connection with last month’s unprecedented cyberattack that reportedly slowed down the Internet, the Dutch prosecution service said. The 35 year old identified only as S.K. was arrested in Barcelona and the house where he was staying searched by Spanish police, said a…

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe escapes injury in five-car collision

A limousine carrying Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was involved in a five-car pile-up at a toll gate in Tokyo on Saturday but he escaped without any injuries, police said. Two guards in a police car accompanying Abe’s official vehicle suffered slight injuries to the face, a Metropolitan Police Department…

Obama urges Congress to end ‘dumb’ budget cuts

President Barack Obama on Saturday called on the US Congress to end the “reckless” and “dumb” budget cuts known as the sequester, and to adopt a plan of “smarter” cuts to fuel economic growth. Obama’s weekly address comes after Congress on Friday overwhelming approved a bill putting furloughed air traffic…

American tourist faces death penalty in North Korea

North Korea said Saturday that it would put a US citizen on trial for trying to overthrow the communist regime, in the face of soaring tensions between Pyongyang and the West. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Pae Jun-Ho had admitted to the charges and would soon…

Records show Facebook chief Zuckerberg earned $2 billion in 2012

Facebook co-founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg earned more than $2 billion worth of stock and $503,000 in base pay last year for running the world’s leading social network. Zuckerberg was also given bonuses that added up to slightly more than $266,000, according to a Facebook filing on Friday with the…

Police in Bangladesh arrest owners of collapsed garment factory

Bangladeshi police said Saturday they had arrested two owners of garment factories based at the eight-storey building that collapsed outside the capital as the death toll rose to at least 323. “We’ve arrested Bazlus Samad, the chairman of New Wave Buttons and New Wave Style factories, and Mahmudur Rahaman Tapash,…

U.S. denies Venezuela’s spying charges against filmmaker

The United States denied that a US filmmaker arrested in Venezuela was a spy tasked with sowing civil unrest throughout the country, as claimed by Caracas. The alleged agent, Timothy Tracy, was detained Wednesday at an airport near Caracas as he tried to leave the country, according to Venezuelan officials,…

White House considering ending protection of grey wolf population

US Fish and Wildlife Service says ruling under review, two years after end of wolf protection in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming The Obama administration was on Friday on the verge of lifting protection for grey wolves across most of the country, ending a 20-year effort to bring the animals back…

Google CEO Schmidt: Google Glass for consumers will ‘take a while’

Consumers can expect to wait a while before they’re able to lay their hands on Google’s much-hyped Internet-connected eyewear, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said Friday. Google recently began shipping Google Glass to software developers who signed on to experiment with the device — which integrates a tiny camera and…

Poaching blamed for 62 percent drop in Central Africa’s elephant population

Poaching on an “industrial” scale has slashed the elephant population in the countries of central Africa by nearly two-thirds, a group of international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) said on Friday. “A recent study shows that the population of forest elephants has dropped by almost two-thirds or 62 percent in the past…

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