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Apple’s next iPhone to feature slimmer screen

Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone later this year with a slimmer screen thanks to updated touch-screen technology, a report said Tuesday. The next generation iPhone, referred to by fans as the “iPhone 5″, is being manufactured by Asian component makers, Dow Jones Newswires quoted unnamed sources as…

NASA’s Mars rover two weeks from landing

WASHINGTON — NASA’s Curiosity rover is on target to arrive on Mars on August 6 for a two-year mission to find out whether microbial life once existed on the Red Planet, the US space agency said. Landing the car-sized rover is of course no easy task, NASA scientists say. “The…

British regulator probing seven banks over Libor scandal

LONDON — Britain’s financial regulator is investigating seven financial institutions in the Libor manipulation scandal that claimed the boss of British bank Barclays, a senior official told lawmakers Monday. Tracey McDermott of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) also told a parliamentary committee it was unlikely there would be any criminal…

Syria rebels launch full-scale attack operation

BEIRUT — Syria’s rebels announced the launch of a full-scale attack operation, dubbed “the Damascus volcano and earthquakes of Syria,” as major clashes engulfed several districts of the capital. In a statement released on Monday night, the Free Syrian Army’s central-Homs Joint Command said its operation was launched at 8:00…

Senators blast HSBC over lack of laundering controls

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers accused the global bank HSBC on Monday of opening the doors of the financial system to terrorists, drug dealers and money launderers in a hard-hitting report. Senators found the London-based lender allowed affiliates in countries such as Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh to move billions of…

Yahoo! raids Google for first woman CEO

SAN FRANCISCO — Marissa Mayer — who was one of Google’s first employees and headed products such as Google Maps — is now arguably the most prominent woman in Silicon Valley and a rare female CEO at one of America’s largest firms. The move comes as a surprise after many…

No electronic ‘break-in’ by WikiLeaks suspect: attorney

FORT MEADE, Maryland — WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning had permission to read secret US diplomatic cables and should not be charged with an electronic “break-in” of government computers, his defense lawyer told a military court Monday. David Coombs, the civilian lawyer for Manning, asked a military judge at a pre-trial…

Hungary says probing Nazi war criminal ‘raises problems’

BUDAPEST — Pressure was mounting on Hungary Monday over an aged Nazi war criminal found living there, as prosecutors said investigating him was difficult as his crimes happened so long ago and in another country. Several dozen young demonstrators gathered outside Laszlo Csatary’s apartment in an upmarket district of Budapest…

Timbuktu man gets 40 lashes for drinking alcohol

BAMAKO — A Timbuktu man accused of drinking alcohol was given 40 lashes Monday by members of an Islamist group that has seized the north Malian city and imposed Islamic law there, witnesses said. “A young man has just been lashed 40 times for drinking alcohol. The whipping took place…

YouTube becoming major news platform: study

WASHINGTON — YouTube, the Google-owned video sharing website, has become a major platform around the world for news, posing challenges to media organizations, a study said Monday. The Pew Research Center report said that news related events were the most searched items on YouTube in five months of a 15-month…

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