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FBI renews $1 million reward for return of agent missing in Iran

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has renewed a $1 million reward for information leading to the safe return of a former agent who went missing in Iran six years ago. Robert Levinson traveled to the Iranian island of Kish on March 8, 2007 as a private investigator looking into…

HTC unveils new flagship smartphone

Taiwan’s HTC unveiled a new flagship smartphone in its domestic market Thursday with revamped designs which analysts said may boost the company’s sluggish sales against rivals Apple and Samsung. The much-anticipated HTC One, which carries a 4.7-inch full high-definition screen, made its local debut following the gadget’s launch in London…

United Nations: Governments fail to tackle drought effects

Governments worldwide are failing to do enough to tackle drought, which lacks the headline-making punch of a hurricane but can have an equally devastating human and economic impact, the UN weather agency warned Thursday. “A flood or hurricane is over within hours or days. A drought can last weeks, months,…

United Nations: Sanctions against North Korea after threat of pre-emptive nuclear strike

The UN Security Council on Thursday imposed new sanctions against North Korea amid escalating tensions as the North threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States. The council unanimously passed a resolution, agreed by the United States and China, which added new names to the UN sanctions blacklist and…

French mother who put ‘I am a bomb’ T-shirt on son goes on trial

A mother on trial in southern France has defended herself for dressing her three-year-old son in a T-shirt reading “I am a bomb” and “Born on September 11.” Bouchra Bagour, 35, is on trial in Avignon on charges of defending terrorism after sending her boy, named Jihad, to school wearing…

State Department uses social media for diplomacy

When John Kerry took to Twitter on his first day as US secretary of state, he joined an army of diplomats using social media to reach out and connect directly with people around the world. “Exhilarating to walk into @StateDept today and get to work with remarkable team. Dad on…

CIA seizes bin Laden son-in-law: report

Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was seized by CIA agents and taken to the United States after Turkey deported him to Jordan this month, a Turkish newspaper reported on Thursday. Abu Ghaith, the former spokesman of the Al-Qaeda network, was seized last month at a luxury hotel in…

Berlusconi sentenced to year in prison over leaks

An Italian court on Thursday sentenced former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to a year in prison over the publication of leaked transcripts from a police wiretap in a newspaper that he owns. Berlusconi, who faces two more verdicts this month for tax fraud and having sex with an underage prostitute,…

New album rekindles Bowie’s Berlin love affair

David Bowie revives his love story with Berlin in his first new album in a decade, out this month, and the city is returning his affections with fervent tributes to its adopted son. Bowie lived in the still war-ravaged, divided city for three years in the 1970s, when he was…

North Korea threatens ‘pre-emptive’ nuclear strike

North Korea threatened to carry out a “pre-emptive” nuclear strike Thursday as the UN Security Council prepared to vote on new sanctions against the isolated state. “As long as the US seeks to ignite a nuclear war, our revolutionary armed forces will exercise the right to launch a pre-emptive nuclear…

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