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Black Italian player vows to walk off field if racially abused

Mario Balotelli, named in Italy’s 23-man squad for the European Football Championships, has threatened to walk off the pitch if he is racially abused by fans. The 21-year-old Manchester City star said in an interview withFrance Football magazine that he reacted differently when Juventusfans targeted him with racist chants during a match for his former club Inter…

Top court rules Assange can be extradited to Sweden

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden, but his extradition was put on hold to give his lawyers a chance to re-open the case. Britain’s highest court rejected the argument from Assange’s lawyers that the Swedish prosecutor who issued the arrest warrant over sex crime allegations was not entitled…

Pope renews trust in allies amid ‘VatiLeaks’ scandal

Pope Benedict XVI expressed his trust in his closest allies Wednesday and said the image of the Church in the media during the so-called “Vatileaks” scandal did not correspond to reality. “I want to renew my trust and express encouragement towards my closest collaborators and all those who help me perform…

PM: Obama Nazi death camp gaffe ‘hurt all Poles’

Poland’s prime minister said Wednesday that remarks by President Barack Obama erroneously identifying a Nazi death camp as Polish had hurt all Poles and he expected more from the US than “regret”. “I am convinced that our American friends can today allow themselves a stronger reaction than a simple expression of regret from the…

Cyber-attack concerns raised over Boeing 787 chip’s ‘back door’

Two Cambridge experts have discovered a “back door” in a computer chip used in military systems and aircraft such as the Boeing 787 that could allow the chip to be taken over via the internet. The discovery will heighten concerns about the risks of cyber-attacks on sensitive installations, coming on…

‘Anonymous’ targets Montreal Grand Prix to back students

MONTREAL — The global group of computer hackers known as Anonymous threw its support behind Quebec students protesting hikes in tuition fees by threatening to disrupt the Montreal Grand Prix. The activists, who earlier this month claimed responsibility for downing a dozen Quebec government websites, blasted organizers for intending to…

Human foot mailed to Canada’s Conservative Party

OTTAWA — Canadian police are investigating after a decomposing human foot was mailed to the ruling Conservative Party at its headquarters in Ottawa. The package was partly opened by the receptionist who called the police after seeing blood stains and was overwhelmed by the smell. “The Hazmat Unit and Emergency…

Obama honors ‘giant’ Bob Dylan with top U.S. award

WASHINGTON — Fan-in-chief Barack Obama invested legendary singer songwriter Bob Dylan Tuesday with America’s highest civilian honor, praising the gritty folk legend’s never ending quest for truth. Dylan joined other honorees including former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth and novelist Toni Morrison…

Court says YouTube not obligated to control content

PARIS — A Paris court on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against YouTube filed by French television, saying the video-sharing website was not obligated to control content of uploaded material. YouTube is “a priori not responsible for the content of videos posted on its website” and “is under no obligation to…

BlackBerry maker to study options, warns of loss

NEW YORK — BlackBerry maker Research In Motion warned Tuesday it could report a loss in the current quarter and said it had hired investment firms to study its strategic options. The move comes with the BlackBerry, which pioneered the smartphone, rapidly losing market share to Apple’s iPhones and devices…

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