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Google’s Android is eating Apple’s lunch

SAN FRANCISCO — Smartphones and tablets powered by Google’s Android software are devouring the mobile gadget market, eating into Apple’s turf by feeding appetites for innovation and low prices, analysts say. The Android operating system powered nearly three out of four smartphones shipped worldwide in the recently ended quarter as…

The staying power of ‘Gangnam Style’

SEOUL — President Obama, the mayor of London, China’s top dissident artist and Madonna — every time someone signals the death of “Gangnam Style” up pops another high-profile figure to keep the phenomenon alive. In the four months since the music video by South Korean rapper Psy went viral on…

New Coptic Christian pope enthroned in Egypt

CAIRO — Pope Tawadros II was enthroned as the new leader of Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority on Sunday in a ceremony at Cairo’s St Mark’s Cathedral attended by Prime Minister Hisham Qandil. Dozens of Coptic clerics in flowing robes took part in the ceremony, the first in four decades, as…

Two rockets intercepted as Hamas targets Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV — Sirens sounded across Tel Aviv for a fourth straight day on Sunday, AFP correspondents said, as Israeli police confirmed two rockets had been intercepted over the city by the Iron Dome defence system. “Two rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome system,” police spokesman Luba Samri told…

Iran expects region to arm Palestinians against Israel

TEHRAN — Iran expects regional countries to send weapons to the Palestinians to help them fight Israel, parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani said on Sunday. “Although political measures taken by the regional countries are admirable, they are definitely not sufficient,” Larijani said in remarks reported by the official IRNA news agency.…

Eight reporters hurt in Gaza media center strikes

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Israeli jets on Sunday bombed two Gaza City media buildings, injuring at least eight journalists, with the Israeli army saying it had hit Hamas communications sites. Russia’s state-run RT global television broadcaster said its office was badly damaged in the incident, adding that none of…

U.S. Coast Guard suspends search for oil rig workers missing in the Gulf of Mexico

The US Coast Guard suspended its search for two oil rig workers who went missing after an explosion and fire on a drilling platform off the coast. “The search is suspended pending further developments,” the Coast Guard said in a statement, adding that it had scoured a 1,400 square-mile area…

Europe to decide this week on helping NASA build manned spaceship to travel to deep space

Europe is preparing plans to join the United States in building a manned spaceship that would take men and women to the moon and beyond. The project is supported by the UK and could see a British astronaut launched into deep space before the end of the decade. The proposal…

White House denies heavy editing of Benghazi memo

The White House denied Saturday having heavily edited talking points to UN Ambassador Susan Rice about the deadly attacks on a US mission in Libya to remove references to terrorism. “The only edit that was made by the White House and also by the State Department was to change the…

Italian erotic flick wins top prizes at Rome film festival as audience boos

Italian erotic film “And They Call it Summer” which was booed during its screening at the Rome Film Festival, scooped two prizes at the awards ceremony on Saturday to catcalls from the audience. Italy’s Paolo Franchi won the best director prize for his steamy tale of a man unable to…

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