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Iran: France ‘engaging in irrational behavior’ over nuclear program

Iran on Monday urged Paris to take “a correct approach based on reality,” after the French defence minister stressed the need to prevent the Islamic republic from developing nuclear weapons. “There is an erroneous belief held by some Western nations that if put under pressure Iran will give up its…

NASA scrambles for better meteor and asteroid detection

NASA, universities and private groups in the US are working on asteroid warning systems that can detect objects from space like the one that struck Russia last week with a blinding flash and mighty boom. But the US space agency reiterated that events like the one in the Urals, which…

Presidents Day is still officially ‘Washington’s Birthday’

Presidents' Day 2013: Actually, there’s no such thing (via The Christian Science Monitor) We know we’re swimming up a creek without a paddle here, but there is no federal Presidents’ Day holiday. We don’t care what your mattress ad says – is that a legal document? The official name of…

New James Bond novel out in September

A new James Bond novel, written by British novelist William Boyd, will be released on September 26, publishers Jonathan Cape announced Monday. The book, as yet untitled, is set in 1969 and features a 45-year-old Bond. “1969. A veteran secret agent. A single mission. A licence to kill. James Bond…

Scientists: Food calorie count labels are often inaccurate

Dieters who eat high-fibre foods consume more calories than they think because retailers’ calorie count system is out of date The calorie content of some types of food has been systematically underestimated by retailers using a system for assessing food energy that is out of date and has not kept…

Guantánamo commander admits listening devices eavesdropped on lawyer meetings with clients

Revelations in pre-trial hearings further undermine US military court as defence lawyers paint legal proceedings as illegitimate The battered credibility of the Guantánamo trials has been further dented by revelations of hidden microphones, intelligence service interference with court proceedings and protests from lawyers who say the US military is preventing…

Russian lawmaker’s body found in barrel filled with cement

The body of a kidnapped Russian lawmaker has been found in a cement-filled barrel in a cellar outside Moscow, investigators said Monday. “The body of Mikhail Pakhomov, a lawmaker from Lipetsk city council, has been found in one of the cellars of a private garage in a metal barrel filled…

‘Argo’ wins best adapted screenplay from Writers Guild

Ben Affleck’s thriller “Argo” scooped up another award late Sunday, receiving the best adapted screenplay prize from the Writers Guild of America just a week before the Oscars. “Zero Dark Thirty” got the best original screenplay prize at the WGA ceremony, which took place seven days before the 85th Academy…

Report: Prisoner X arrested after leaking Mossad work

A suspected Mossad agent known as Prisoner X was arrested by his own spymasters after leaking detailed information about his work to Australian intelligence services, according to sources cited by broadcaster ABC Monday. Ben Zygier, an Australian-Israeli, gave Australian intelligence officials a comprehensive account of a number of Mossad operations,…

EU plans action against Google over failure to comply with privacy laws

European data protection agencies intend to take action against the US Internet giant Google after it failed to follow their orders to comply with EU privacy laws, the French data protection authority said on Monday. In October the data protection agencies warned Google that its new privacy policy did not…

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