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Morrissey accuses Jimmy Kimmel of ‘reliving the intellectual fog of the 1950s’

Singer takes aim at talkshow host after refusing to appear alongside cast members from duck-hunting reality TV show Morrissey has become embroiled in a war of words with TV host Jimmy Kimmel, bemoaning the “overwhelming loss of meaning” in Kimmel’s late-night chatshow. The battle began on Monday, the day before…

Cyberattack leaves natural gas pipelines vulnerable to sabotage

Cyberspies linked to China’s military targeted nearly two dozen US natural gas pipeline operators over a recent six-month period, stealing information that could be used to sabotage US gas pipelines, according to a restricted US government report and a source familiar with the government investigation…  …

American 15-year-old tells TED 2013 audience how he used Internet to invent early detection tool for cancer

Jack Andraka catapulted from being a typical US teenager unaware of the pancreas to one with a cheap way to detect cancer in the organ before it turns deadly. “Through the Internet, anything is possible,” Andraka said while telling the story of his screening breakthrough at a prestigious TED Conference…

‘Third Track’ rappers and hip-hop artists take ‘Arab Spring’ revolts to the next level

Sitting on the fringes of upheaval in the Middle East, Lebanon’s capital Beirut has become the scene of experimental music-making by Khat Thaleth, a group of rappers out to take the revolts that started during the Arab Spring to the next level. The collective has members from around the region…

Top Cuban dissidents launch opposition coalition

Top Cuban dissidents Guillermo Farinas and Jose Daniel Ferrer joined forces to create a more powerful opposition as Raul Castro celebrates his re-election to lead the Communist-run island. “We are going to use every peaceful means in our power to obtain democratic change in Cuba,” said Farinas as he lamented…

Australian cardinal criticizes departing pope

Australia’s top Catholic cleric, Cardinal George Pell, criticized outgoing Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday, describing his historic resignation as destabilizing and questioning his governance skills. Pell, Australia’s representative at next month’s secret conclave to elect a successor, said Benedict was a “brilliant teacher” but “government wasn’t his strong point” in…

White House stonewalling drone investigation say congressmen from both sides of the aisle

US lawmakers have accused the White House of rebuffing their inquiries into CIA drone bombing raids abroad and vowed to assert more congressional oversight over the secretive drone war. Both Republicans and Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday denounced President Barack Obama’s administration for refusing to share key…

Steven Spielberg to head up Cannes Film Festival festival jury

Award-winning director Steven Spielberg will head up this year’s Cannes Film Festival jury, the organisers announced on Thursday, just days after he missed out on his third best-director Oscar. Spielberg, 66, one of the most powerful and respected film-makers in Hollywood, said he was flattered by the appointment. “The memory…

Indonesian mother kills son over ‘small penis’

An Indonesian woman drowned her nine-year-old son in the bath, claiming she was worried that his “small penis” would affect his prospects for the future, a police spokesman said Thursday. The 38-year-old woman from the capital Jakarta told police her son had had a small penis prior to being circumcised,…

Japan scrambles fighters to meet Chinese government plane

Japan scrambled fighter jets on Thursday to head off a Chinese government plane flying towards disputed islands in the East China Sea, the defence ministry said. It said the Y-12 propeller plane did not enter airspace around the Tokyo-controlled islands known as the Senkakus, which Beijing claims as the Diaoyus.…

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