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Yahoo plans to end South Korea operations by the end of the year

Yahoo Inc. said Friday it will close its South Korean operations by the end of this year, citing a challenging business environment as it struggles to compete in a market dominated by local web portals. “The Korean operation has been faced with a lot of challenges and has slowed Yahoo’s…

Sting moves Philippine concert over disagreement about pine trees

MANILA — Rock superstar Sting has forced organisers to move his planned one-night show in the Philippines to another Manila venue amid a spat over pine trees involving the original hosts, it was announced Friday. The Manila leg of his “Back to Bass Tour” on December 9 will now be…

Study: 2 in 5 U.S. adults use social media for politics

Nearly two out of five US adults use social media to get involved in politics, with the younger crowd and the ideologically committed especially active, a study showed Friday. The Pew Research Center study showed that 60 percent of adults use social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter and that…

Gay kiss on ‘Downton Abbey’ sparks outrage in Greece

A row has erupted in Greece’s state broadcaster ERT over a decision this week to cut a scene showing two men kissing from the evening broadcast of award-winning British period drama “Downton Abbey”. The company’s managing director criticised the move as censorship after it raised a wave of complaints over…

Study linking genetically modified corn to cancer ‘a non-event’

A controversial study that linked genetically modified corn to cancer in lab rats is a “scientific non-event”, six French scientific academies said Friday. “This work does not enable any reliable conclusion to be drawn,” they said, adding bluntly that the affair helped “spread fear among the public.” The joint statement…

Kosovo group claims hack of National Weather Service

The US National Weather Service computer network was hacked this week, with a group from Kosovo claiming credit and posting sensitive data, security experts said Friday. Data released by the Kosovo Hackers Security group includes directory structures, sensitive files of the Web server and other data that could enable later…

Starbucks launches first storefront in India

Starbucks, the world’s biggest coffee chain, launched its first Indian outlet Friday in an upscale part of Mumbai, becoming the latest global firm to tap the urban youth’s growing taste for caffeine. The Seattle-based firm has finally entered the vast Indian market in a joint venture with the country’s giant…

Singapore student sex blog draws scandal

SINGAPORE — A young Malaysian couple have sparked a scandal in Singapore and Malaysia after posting a sexually explicit blog that challenges conservative values in both countries. Alvin Tan, 24, a law student at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and his Malaysian girlfriend Vivian Lee, 23, have been denounced…

Banks found to be conducting their own foreclosure reviews

By Paul Kiel, ProPublica The idea behind the Independent Foreclosure Review seems simple. During the peak of the foreclosure crisis, the banks broke laws and made errors that hurt homeowners. In response, the government mandated they compensate the victims. But there is growing evidence some banks are playing a major…

Saudi Arabia reveals plans to be powered entirely by renewable energy

World’s biggest oil producer says it wants to make a 100% switch from fossil fuels to clean energy Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil producer, has plans to become 100% powered by renewable and low-carbon forms of energy, according to an influential member of the royal family. But the process…

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