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Africa fails to earn governance award for third time in four years

LONDON — The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership — the world’s biggest individual prize — was not awarded for a third time in four years as no suitable candidates were found, it was announced Monday. At a press conference in London, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation said it was…

Study: Military spending in Asia rose dramatically in a decade

Military spending by Asia’s major powers increased dramatically over the past decade with China leading the way, as its defense budget quadrupled since 2000, according to a study released Monday. Defense spending in China and four other Asian countries doubled over 10 years and will surpass Europe’s military expenditures this…

Tight polls pile on pressure as presidential candidates meet for second debate

Mitt Romney’s late charge has wiped out President Barack Obama’s polling lead and left the White House rivals in the tightest of races, raising the stakes of their second debate on Tuesday. The Republican presidential challenger has built momentum since winning the pair’s first showdown and Obama’s electoral firewall —…

French anti-racist groups denounce anti-Semitic hashtag on Twitter

French anti-racist and Jewish organisations on Monday condemned what they called a wave of anti-Semitism sweeping over the micro-blogging site Twitter using the hashtag #unbonjuif. The hashtag — which in English means a good Jew — has been one of the top trending words on French language tweets in recent…

Officials identify two new drugs tied to meningitis outbreak

US health officials identified two new drugs Monday which may have infected patients with meningitis as they investigate a widening outbreak tied to tainted products from a Massachusetts pharmacy. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urged doctors to contact patients who received drugs produced by the firm to warn them…

Big electric companies behind ‘grassroots’ ad campaign in Florida

By Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica Oct. 15: This story has been updated with comments from the Edison Electric Institute. Since August, a dark money group called Defend My Dividend has spent nearly $90,000 running ads on South Florida TV stations warning seniors about a looming increase in the tax rate on…

9/11 pre-trial hearings begin for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others

Five Guantánamo prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 attacks were back before a military tribunal on Monday for pre-trial hearings after months of delay. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – the alleged mastermind of 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in US history – and his four co-defendants sat quietly at the defence tables,…

New version of cyberspying Flame virus uncovered

A new cyberespionage tool linked to the Flame virus has been infecting computers in Lebanon, Iran and elsewhere, security researchers said Monday. Kaspersky Lab, which was credited with revealing the Flame virus earlier this year, dubbed the new malware “miniFlame,” and said it was “a small and highly flexible malicious…

‘Smart e-Pants’ underwear deliver electric shocks to comatose patients to prevent bed sores

Scientists have developed underwear with built-in electrodes that deliver small electric shocks to combat bed sores in patients who are in a coma or who have injuries that have immobilised them. At the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans on Monday, they reported results from a trial of the “Smart-e-Pants” system, a…

Google honors Winsor McCay’s ‘Little Nemo’

Winsor McCay: How his vaudeville act led him to animation (via The Christian Science Monitor) Google is honoring Winsor McCay with a vivid animated reproduction of ‘Little Nemo.’ (No, not the Pixar film about the little clownfish – that’s ‘Finding Nemo.”) Winsor McCay was a popular early 20th century newspaper…

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