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French Muslims and Jews outraged after pig heads dumped outside mosque

French Muslim and Jewish groups were united in outrage Wednesday after two pigs’ heads were dumped at a mosque in a town where an Islamist gunman killed two paratroopers in March. The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) described the defilement of the mosque in the town of Montauban…

Experts: $1 trillion cybercrime cost estimate is probably bunk

By Peter Maass and Megha Rajagopalan ProPublica Gen. Keith Alexander is the director of the National Security Agency and oversees U.S. Cyber Command, which means he leads the government’s effort to protect America from cyberattacks. Due to the secretive nature of his job, he maintains a relatively low profile, so…

Somali comedian who mocked Islamists shot dead

One of Somalia’s most popular comedians, known for his parodies of Islamist militants, has been shot dead in the capital, Mogadishu. Abdi Jeylani Marshale was reportedly killed shortly after leaving a local radio station where he worked as a drama producer and performer. It is not known who carried out…

Syrian fighting reaches Damascus’ Christian enclaves

Clashes erupted near two Christian areas of the Syrian capital Wednesday for the first time in the nearly 17-month uprising, as the battle for Aleppo entered its fifth day and President Bashar al-Assad hailed the “heroic” army. In a speech published by official news agency SANA to mark the military’s…

India restores power after huge blackouts

India restored its power supplies on Wednesday after two days of massive outages that blacked out half the country, but fears remained that the grid could again collapse under the strain of over-demand. India’s electricity network was back at full capacity after three regional grids failed on Tuesday in the…

After eight years, Somalia closer to a constitution

Somalia’s constituent assembly on Wednesday endorsed a draft constitution billed as a key step to ending decades of civil war during a vote two suicide bombers failed to scupper. The Horn of Africa country’s outgoing government hailed the end of an eight-year interim period but the UN warned that the…

Apple and Samsung face off in major patent case

Lawyers for Apple and Samsung debated the differences between copying and honest competition as opening arguments were held Tuesday in a huge patent trial involving the two tech giants. Harold McElhinny, a lawyer for Apple in the blockbuster patent trial under way in San Jose, California, told the jury Samsung…

U.S. asks Vietnam to release ‘Free Journalists Club’

The United States on Wednesday called on Vietnam to free three bloggers facing trial for propaganda against the state, voicing deep concern at the self-immolation of the mother of one of the trio. The defendants were arrested after posting hundreds of political articles on the banned Vietnamese website “Free Journalists…

Another Murdoch journalist arrested in phone-hacking case

British police arrested Tuesday a journalist from Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid The Sun in relation to the alleged gathering of data from stolen mobile phones, police and News International said. The 37-year-old man, bailed later on Tuesday, is the third journalist from Britain’s best-selling newspaper to have been arrested recently on…

Drought continues to hammer U.S. crops

The sweat pours down Larry Hasheider’s face as he walks across his parched cornfields to show the result of one of the worst droughts to strike the United States in decades. “This is the best ear I’ve got out here, right now. And, that’s about half the normal size. The…

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