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Serbian village stakes out its own vampire claim

The leering visage of a gap-toothed man with blood dripping down his stubbly chin is an unusual lure for tourists, but in this tiny Serbian hamlet of Zarozje, locals are hoping a resurrected vampire legend will let them bleed a little cash from passing visitors. Anyone entering the poor mountainous…

Mobile news gains across generations: survey

Americans of all ages are increasingly using mobile devices for news, with many boosting their media consumption rather than just shifting from print sources, a survey showed Tuesday. The Pew Research Center study, in collaboration with The Economist Group, found that around a third of Americans with tablets or smartphones…

Clinton cancels Morocco trip due to illness

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has canceled a planned trip to Morocco due to a stomach virus, her office said. “Since she’s still under the weather, we’ll be staying put this week instead of heading to North Africa and the Middle East as originally planned,” said Philippe Reines, a…

Britain’s ‘under-trained’ drone pilots create ‘significant risks’

Badly trained pilots are creating “significant risks” to Britain’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) programme, a military investigation has found. A probe by the Military Aviation Authority found that “increasing demands” on drones used for surveillance and intelligence-gathering were “constraining the length of time available to train and qualify” new pilots,…

World leaders face enormous challenges in 2013

Barack Obama is back and China has a new leader in Xi Jinping, but world leaders face heavyweight issues in the coming year, from lingering economic crises to bloody tumult in the Middle East: ECONOMIC CRISES IN THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE “No ‘foreign policy’ issue in 2013 will matter…

Pentagon report faults Pakistan over Afghan war

Despite an easing of tensions with the United States, Pakistan is persistently undermining security in Afghanistan by permitting safe havens for insurgents, a Pentagon report said. In a biannual war assessment mandated by Congress, the Defense Department said that the 68,000 US troops in Afghanistan and their allies had succeeded…

Frail Nelson Mandela’s ‘sparkle fading’: wife

Ailing anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was Tuesday spending a fourth day in hospital for more tests, as his wife said his trademark “sparkle” was waning. Looking calm in an interview with a local television network, Graca Machel did not give details about Mandela’s health status, just saying it was painful…

Dominique Strauss-Kahn court case settled as hotel maid receives rumored $6 million

A hotel maid who claims she was brutally sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn has settled her civil action against the former IMF chief for an undisclosed sum, a move that allows her to “move on with her life”, lawyers said. In Bronx supreme court yesterday, a judge announced that an…

New York judge’s ruling on $20 billion hedge fund sparks nationalist surge in Argentina

New York judge's ruling sparks nationalist surge in Argentina The stakes couldn’t be higher for Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner as a legal tug-of-war with a $20 billion US hedge fund plays out in a New York case that has sent nationalist sentiment soaring in Argentina and raised concerns…

Google Chromebooks steeply discounted for classrooms –with a catch

Google has partnered with the online charity platform DonorsChoose.org to offer a discounted line of Samsung Series 5 Chromebook computers for public school classrooms. In a post on the Google blog, product manager Rajen Sheth said that beginning this week, full-time public school teachers can request……

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